Happy National Chocolate Covered Anything Day!!! Genki Husband and I would like to introduce all of you to the world of chocolate covered – well everything for the Christmas season. Stocking-stuffers are rather difficult for non-vegans to decide upon the contents since generally the items are usually chocolate related items. At least it’s normally chocolate in our household, is that normal for yours?
Enjoy Life Chocolate Bars: Genki Husband is the chocolate lover but I’m not a fan so we’ll all have to trust him taste-buds on this one. In the month of December I have a tradition of giving Genki Husband a gift every day up until Christmas Day (or when we travel for the holidays). This year I gave him each one of Enjoy Life’s Chocolate Bars which come in three different flavors: Dark Chocolate, Ricemilk Chocolate, & Ricemilk Crunch Chocolate. Genki Husband fell in love with this brand and he actually asked for more in the future. He said they melted in his mouth and had luxuriously creamy ‘milk’ chocolate texture/flavor.
Equal Exchange/Fairly-Traded Chocolate: This brand not only has vegan but also is fair trade, hooray! Not all are vegan though so look for these: Organic Dark Chocolate Fruit and Nut Candy Bar with Raisins and Almonds, Organic Dark Chocolate Minis (55%) Countertop Display, Organic Lemon Ginger Chocolate with Black Pepper (55% Cacao), Organic Very Dark Chocolate (71% Cacao), Organic Dark Chocolate with Almonds (55% Cacao), Organic Panama Extra Dark Chocolate (80% Cacao), Organic Mint Chocolate with a Delicate Crunch (67% Cacao), Organic Ecuador Dark Chocolate (65% Cacao), Organic Chocolate Espresso Bean (55% Cacao), & Organic Dark Chocolate Orange (65% Cacao). These are a darker type of chocolate, perfect for extreme dark chocolate lovers.
Endangered Species Chocolate Bars: All Dark Chocolate Bars with the exception of 3oz. Natural Dark Chocolate with Hazelnut Toffee. The dark chocolate is in the middle range for dark chocolates but compliments the added “flavors” such as Forest Mint or Peppermint Crunch. Plus, 10% of net profits from your purchase are donated to support conservation efforts and at-risk species details are located on the inside of each wrapper. It is a great way to have chocolate and learn a little about our world.
Go Max Go: This company makes a handful of candy bars that are vegan. If the person in your life (or yourself) loves candy bars, this is the company to go with since they are similar to traditional milk chocolate candy bars. Genki Husband loves these occasionally (he’s more of a plain dark chocolate guy), especially during the holidays. Look for Mahalo, Jokerz, Buccaneer, Twilight, Snap!, Cleo, & Thumb’s Up. Not only will the vegan in your life enjoy having vegan candy bars but will appreciate the company being a vegan owned & operated. The company also boosts fair labor, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and Rain Forest Alliance.
Mama Ganache Artisan Chocolates: Organic Fair Trade, 100% USA made and the dark chocolates are vegan! Unfortunately, (or maybe thankfully for my weight?) we have not found these in our stores and I always forget to order some online. One of these days we will delight in these dark chocolate and caramel chocolates! I adore caramel so I’m rather sad we haven’t found these just yet. There are many different options and have some adorable gift packages that any vegan would fall in love with in my opinion. The company also helps protect farmers through an organization called Project Hope and Fairness.
OCHO: OCHO Coconut bar is the only candy bar in the entire line that is vegan. If you have a coconut bar lover in your household, I’d suggest trying this one out. Unfortunately this is another brand that I can’t find in our stores locally however I have heard people really like the companies’ products. The company is fair-trader certified.
Eli’s Earth Bars: Their website states 5% of sales benefit non-profit children’s organizations but I’m not certain exactly which ones. The company is USDA organic approved and Fair-Trade Certified. I believe all the products sold by this company are vegan but just to make sure look for the Dream Big Bar, Treasure Bar, & the Celebrate Bar. These are also Gluten-free.
Theo’s: This is widely popular in our local health foods stores. Look for the dark chocolate options since the company is not 100% vegan. There are seasonal chocolate bars that come out such as the Theo Dark Chocolate Peppermint Stick, The Nutcracker Brittle Dark Chocolate Bar & Ghost Chile Bar. Theo’s also offers Dark Hot Chocolate that is vegan.
Justin’s Peanut Butter Cups: Peanut Butter Cups are really hard to give up for a lot of vegetarians turned vegan. Thank goodness for Justin’s. Be aware the Peanut Butter Bar is not vegan though.
Hopefully this list helps all of you in purchasing for your vegan friends and family members. All of these are great vegan options that can be purchased in many different stores around the nation or online. Some other ideas for the stocking this year is apples, oranges, energy bars, peanut butter, dried fruit, little items like socks, and etc. Sometimes it just takes creativity but I’m sure the vegan in your life will love everything since you took the time to pick out some options this year that he/she can eat or use.