Special Edition: The rise of vegan/plant-based chocolate

5 vegan chocolate bars for a plant-based diet

By Anthony Myers

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Pic: Firetree
Pic: Firetree

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As Veganuary turns nine this year with a record number of sign-ups, we check out some of the latest vegan chocolate bars to hit the shelves over the past 12 months.


firetree vegan

The UK’s super-premium chocolate brand has launched its Innovations Collection, a dairy-free chocolate alternative with five exotic varietals added to its plant-based range of volcanic chocolate including a gluten-free oat milk bar.

The collection is an extension to Firetree’s supremely smooth core range of great tasting rich volcanic chocolate, and will see five new varietals to choose from, including a melt-in-the-mouth gluten-free oat milk bar. What better way to stick to your healthier New Year’s resolutions than rewarding yourself with a variety of guilt-free plant-based chocolate this Veganuary?

Vegan KitKat

vegan kitkat

The alternative KitKat combines crisp wafer and smooth chocolate blended with a rice-based milk alternative for fans to enjoy ‘a plant-based break’. The bar was developed by chocolatiers and food scientists in Nestlé’s Research and Development centre in York, the original home of KitKat.

KitKat V (RRP £1) is certified vegan by the Vegan Society. Like the rest of the KitKat range, it is made using 100% certified sustainable cocoa, sourced through the Nestlé Cocoa Plan in conjunction with the Rainforest Alliance.



Since its launch in March, H!P has proved a hit with vegans and flexitarians across the UK with nearly half a million bars sold to date.

H!P’s founder is James Cadbury - also the founder of the ethical, luxury chocolate brand, Love Cocoa, and the great-great-great-grandson of the original Mr Cadbury.

The H!P range is handmade blending sustainably-sourced single-origin Colombian cocoa with creamy oat milk. Each bar has approximately 30% less sugar than the average high street dairy milk chocolate bar as well as more cocoa.



To help all those following a vegan diet this January, top vegan and free-from chocolate brand has put together its top choc choices to help ease cravings for some much-needed indulgence.   

The list includes smooth, gooey caramel, made with a non-dairy alternative to milk chocolate with a vegan caramel-flavoured centre, it is completely vegan and free from dairy, gluten, egg and nuts. 

It is made from sustainably sourced, quality ingredients, ensuring that all chocolate lovers can enjoy a moment of pure indulgence. Other offerings from NOMO include a Choc Orange Crunch Bar, and Creamy Choc and Caramel & Sea Salt Buttons.

Lindt vegan


The Swiss chocolatier has launched a selection of vegan milk chocolate bars using an oat-based alternative. The new bars are part of Lindt’s HELLO range and are wrapped in recyclable packaging and are available in three different flavours — Hazelnut, Salted Caramel, and Cookie — with each 100-gram bar on sale in Europe for €2.99.

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