Thursday, October 25, 2007

Vegan Chocolates are Divine










I love chocolates. Chocolates make me happy. I guess
there are very few people in the world who are not
fond of chocolates.

While growing up in India, for me, chocolate was
synonymous with Cadbury dairy milk. Cadbury dairy milk
was loaded with milk. I sometimes liked eating Amul
chocolates, five star and kit kat.

In United States, I enjoyed eating Hershey's
chocolates - Hershey's milk chocolate, Hershey's
kisses, kit kat and Almond joy candy bar. I always assumed
that Pure Dark Chocolates, was used only for baking.

I decided not to consume anything with milk, when I
learnt about the horrible tortures the diary cows
endure every day across the world. Visit this website
to know why milk is bad for you and your family.

When I became vegan, I somehow could not find
vegan chocolates in the supermarkets. Thanks to the
wonderful vegan bloggers who gave me information about
the vegan chocolates, when I posted a post inquiring
about vegan chocolates.

I was thrilled to bits when I found some vegan
chocolates in some stores. I liked all the vegan
chocolates which I ate. Infact, the vegan chocolates
tasted better than the chocolates drenched with milk.

Ghirardelli Twilght Delight, chocolate bar has 72%
cocao. The firt time I tasted this chocolate, I did
not like it. And then I ate it again after a couple of
days, I was pleasantly suprised when I liked the
taste. It was no longer bitter, but the taste of cocao
was addictive. I purchased this chocolate in a
walgreen's store in Chicago. Visit Ghirardelli

Endangered Species Chocolate, Dark Chocolate with
Raspberries, is my favorite vegan chocolate. This
chocolate with 70% cocoa is studded with dried sweet
raspberries. This chocolate has now become my new -
Cadbury dairy milk chocolate, which I relished while I
was in India. I purchased this chocolate in Kroger's
in Detroit.

I also savored Dark chocolate with cranberries and
almond, which was also delicious.

I also love the fact that the Endangered Species
Company donates 10% of net profits to help adorable
animals and the environment. Visit Endangered Species

Dagoba Organic Chocolate, was another chocolate which I ate recently. According to San Francisco Chronicle, this chocolate was “Best Dark Chocolate” a couple of years ago. Visit Dagoba

Scharffen Berger's, Bittersweet Pure Dark Chocolate was another divine chocolate which I ate a couple of days ago. Visit Scharffen Berger

I purchased Dagoba Organic Chocolate and Scharffen Berger's, Bittersweet Pure Dark Chocolate in Hersheys Chicago.

The common ingredients which you find in chocolates without milk are :cacao beans, sugar, cocoa butter, and soy lecithin.

Visit Vegan Essentials if you can't find vegan chocolates in nearby stores.

18 comments:

Amy said...

I have some dark chocolate almost every day. Another plus is that people generally don't eat as much dark chocolate as they would milk chocolate, because the taste is so much more intense!

Rural Vegan said...

I am one of those rare people who dislikes chocolate. I guess that makes me lucky in a way! About twice a year though, I will buy an Endangered Species bar. They're my favorite if I had to pick.

Sirisha Kilambi said...

Kumudha...Nice post....Just read the link abt milk...never ever heard of this before and it shocked me...Now I will think twice before buying myself any dairy product..........A very informative post.Thanks dear :-)

Kribha said...

Kumudha...you have got me worried here. Milk is the chief source of nutrition for my son. Now I have to do more research and make a decision.Anyway, 'Thanks' for all that info. Will try to reduce the intake atleast.

Theresa said...

I'm glad you've found some good vegan chocolates. I agree--it's so much better when it's not all milky!

Veggie Cookster said...

Great post. I'm definitely a chocolate lover and I've been buying vegan chocolate. I like Ritter Sport (it's so fun opening the package by breaking the bar, lol) and the Endangered Species is good, too. Green and Blacks Organic is devine, as well. :)

Vegan_Noodle said...

I used to love snickers and reeses and all of those milk chocolate candy bars. I despised dark chocolate. But now, I have a new found love for it....I too love the endangered species bars, I think the deep forest mint is my fave. And now with Crispy Cats (have you tried these), I now have my vegan version of Snickers!

Rajitha said...

hey kumudha..i loove dark chocolate and that is the only thing i eat..it takes a bit to get used to..but once u are hooked..there is no going back :)

Cynthia said...

I'm like rural vegan, one of those rare people who dislikes chocolate.

Johanna3 said...

i need to save some money and order some vegan chocolate via internet!!! yummmmm

urban vegan said...

You know, I'm not what people would call a "chocoholic," but I do enjoy a really good peice of chocolate. Tonite, I made bread pudding with chocolate and bananas and I think using good quality chocolate made all the difference.

Milk chocolate, to me, is like a tricycle. Dark chocolate is a Rolls Royce. Great post.

SaraJane said...

Dagoba is fantastic! Don't forget Green & Black's, though! They're organic and fair trade. And my absolute favorite.

Alisa said...

Too many chocolates to try! I must get my hands on some scharffenberger and dagoba I think.

Kumudha said...

Amy,
I now adore dark chocolates. The taste is intense, and it takes some time to get addicted to dark chocolates!

rural vegan,
I too love endangered species bar, they are great chocolates.

Sirisha, Kribha
For years, even I assumed that milk was very nutritious. After coming across websites such as www.peta.com , I learnt about the horrible facts about milk and meat.
If possible read the book -The China Study. http://www.thechinastudy.com/about.html

Theresa, vegan_noodle, sarajana & urban_vegan
Thanks for all the info about wonderful dark chocolates!

Veggie cookster,
I purchased Ritter Sport yesterday. I have not yet tasted it. I have heard that it is great!

Rajitha,
I now wonder why I waited so long to taste dark chocolates!

Cynthia,
I'm sure you will get great chocolates in Barbados.

Johanna3,
I hope you will like all the great dark chocolates!

Alisa,
scharffenberger and dagoba are great chocolates!

s.j.simon said...

lol. did you know that chocolate was banned in switzerland for many years. read this

Anonymous said...

Thank you! you've mentioned really interesting vegan chocolate facts!

chani said...

Can Anybody suggest about any Chocolates in India which are strictly vegan or vegetarian?
T.S.Sethi ( Channi/Dehradun/India)

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