Nova produces smooth artisan dark chocolate temptations. These chocolates are sugar-free, vegan-friendly, gluten-free and dairy-free, so you get all of the pleasure without any of the guilt. These treats are made from quality beans and pure ingredients as to not compromise on quality or taste. Nova chocolates are available in a range of flavours, including Salted Caramel, Cashew & Chilli, Toasted Coconut, Mint and Peanut Butter. You can find Nova chocolates at various stores across Joburg, so there really is no excuse to not indulge a little.
Made in the Cape Winelands, De Villiers are Africa's first ethically and sustainability sourced UTZ certified chocolatiers. These yummy chocolates are free from any artificial ingredients, gluten, trans fats, soya and palm oil. De Villiers offers six types of vegan dark chocolate - Coffee Dark, Salted Almond, Nib & Salt Dark, Orange & Vanilla Dark, Coconut Dark and Intense Dark. You can get your De Villiers chocolate at their online store or at your favourite Woolworths branch.
For locally sourced and made chocolate, there is nothing better than Afrikoa. This company believes in growing the art of chocolate crafting, supporting African farmers and using local resources. Using heirloom cocoa beans and unrefined cane sugar, these chocolates include no gluten, soy, GMO, palm oil or artificial flavourings and colourings. Their vegan options include 70% Dark Chocolate, 55% Semi-Sweet Dark Chocolate and 55% Dark Chocolate with Coffee. You can purchase Afrikoa chocolates at any of their Joburg stockists or on their website.
Any chocolate lover worth their salt knows about Lindt. The makers of fine Swiss chocolate, Lindt chocolates are creamy, delicious and decadent. But they're not vegan, right? Well, that's not completely true. While most of the products are not suitable for vegans, there are some that are. According to Lindt, "Some of our products are made without any animal products, such as our Lindt EXCELLENCE range with 70%, 85%, 90% and 99% Cocoa dark chocolate bars. Please always refer to the packaging for a definitive ingredient listing."
MojoMe aims to make carb-free living a breeze with their range of cupboard essentials and lifestyle supplements that are low-carb, sugar-free and preservative-free. Their range includes 86% Plain Chocolate, 86% Dry Roasted Almond and Cacao Nib and 86% Rock Salt vegan chocolate bars. These treats are also free from sugar and palm oil, diabetic-friendly and hand-made. You can find your favourite MojoMe Chocolate slab at Wellness Warehouse branches or on their website.
Veggie Gourmet is a seller of delux vegan treats, straight out of Europe. Their range of vegan chocolates includes brands such as Organic, iChoc, Rapunzel, Vivani and Vego. Our favourite of these has to be the Vego hazelnut chocolate bar made from Italian hazelnut paste, hazelnut cocoa cream and whole hazelnuts. Vegan, organic, fairtrade and gluten-free, this is the plant-based answer to all those Ferrero Roche cravings. You can purchase all these luscious chocolates and more on Veggie Gourmet's website.
Even More Vegan Chocolate
If you're looking to indulge your chocolate cravings even more, here are a few vegan and accidental plant-based chocolates:
Lifestyle Food - These dark and decadent bars are free from sugar and animal ingredients and can also be found at your local Dis-chem branch.
Woolworths - Available at one of our favourite grocery stores, Woolworths Belgian Dark Chocolate contains no animal products.
Dark TV Bar - The Dark TV Bar (slab only) is accidentally vegan and available at most supermarkets.
Beacon Orange & Almond - Beacon dark chocolate is another accidentally vegan bar that can be found at almost any store.
Aero Dark - If you prefer your chocolate aerated, then the accidentally vegan Aero Dark is the chocolate for you.
Prefer to drink your chocolate? Then check out our vegan hot chocolate article.
What is your favourite vegan chocolate? Let us know in the comments section below!
*Always check the labels of your food products to ensure that they are vegan.