Feeling a little hard done by because the rest of the world has amazing vegan products and South Africa doesn’t? Well, this post is going to show you that we have incredible inventors and innovators right here who are helping us vegans get our chocolate fix! I’ve created a list of local companies that are showing us that vegan chocolate in South Africa is available and delicious!
These best chocolates in South Africa would be great stocking stuffers, added to Easter baskets, given as birthday gifts or just enjoyed, well, just because you need some chocolate!
All of these companies are proudly South African and are on some sort of a mission - either 100% vegan, sourcing renewable ingredients or making healthier options for us.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can vegans eat chocolate?
Of course! Most dark chocolates are vegan, but you should always check the ingredient list before eating it. There are loads of companies that are now producing vegan milk chocolate and I’ve even seen vegan white chocolate! Just Google “vegan chocolate near me” and you’ll be surprised what you discover!
How can I check the ingredient list? What am I avoiding?
- Firstly, look at the allergy information. If it lists dairy or eggs as an allergy you’ll know instantly that it isn’t plant based.
- Next look at the ingredients. If it contains any of these ingredients that are derived from milk such as casein, whey, milk, milk solids, and milk fat then it isn’t vegan.
- Luckily a lot of companies are now printing if the product is vegan friendly on the packaging to make it super simple! Check out PETA’s full article here.
Is Aero dark chocolate vegan South Africa?
Aero dark does not contain any animal products, but it is still made in the same factory. So cross contamination may occur.
Are Kit Kats vegan?
Unfortunately Kit Kat dark isn’t vegan as they contain milk.
Is Lindt chocolate vegan?
Lindt 70% and darker are the chocolates you'll want. Check the ingredients before you buy as some of their dark chocolates still contain milk.
South African Chocolatiers
These amazing teams are making chocolate a reality for vegans and I love them for that! Some have just the basic dark chocolate, but others are really thinking outside the box!
The Chocolatiers hand make their “normal” and vegan chocolate bars and bonbons using only responsibly sourced and natural ingredients! Meaning your order will contain real berries, citrus, chilli and coffee.
Check out their special creations for the holidays - I love their speckled Easter eggs and gorgeous Valentines hampers! Plus they only use plastic-free, compostable and recyclable packaging! Woooohoooo!
Make sure you choose the vegan option when you order!
De Villiers sources their cocoa beans from the foothills of the majestic Rwenzori mountains in Western Uganda and pride themselves on only using natural ingredients in their chocolates. If you’re wondering which of their products you can buy, you’ll be glad to know that their dark chocolate, nut butter chocolate and no-added-sugar chocolate ranges are registered with The Vegan Society.
That means no more reading labels!
Monate is a completely vegan chocolatier that hand crafts organic dark chocolate in micro-batches. They only use ethically sourced single-origin cocoa beans and natural ingredients. If you are avoiding sugar, dairy, soy, additives, or preservatives, these are for you!
Nova Chocolate makes exquisite sugar-free, gluten-free and vegan cocoa products from ethically sourced cacao beans. They even have a chilli chocolate balsamic if you don’t feel like a chocolate slab!
NobleField has only plant based products! Which is mind blowing when you see their variety! From choc cups filled with delicious centres like salted fudge or mint cream. Try their chocolate slabs that are apple pie flavoured or their white chocolate carrot cake! Check out their special creations for the holidays too.
Honest Chocolate believes in keeping their product distinct by handcrafting and only using old school methods. Their ingredients are produced locally and organically. A word of warning, their website will take away all self control!
Go check it out for yourself!
The Cheaky Co are creating a substitute for the snack lovers! Their dry-roasted chickpeas covered in dark or “milk” chocolate will amaze you! This company is also doing their part by donating 5% of the sale total towards The Haven Night Shelter.
Try some Orbs and comment below what you thought of them!
Nanuki are making snacking healthy with all their products being gluten free and dairy free. Check out their wide product range for anything your sweet tooth could desire! If you really can’t decide, they have a taster box.
Grumpy snacks are saving the world one hangry person at a time. If you’re searching for a yummy, healthy chocolate covered snack, these are the ones to try! They also have salted dry-roasted chickpeas if you’d rather have a savoury snack.
Do you know of other amazing companies that should be added to this list? Let me know below or DM me on Instagram!