CHOCOLATES ARE FOR EVERYBODY. YES, EVEN THOSE WITH STRICT DIET RESTRICTIONS
Is chocolate vegan?
Technically, it is. Chocolate is the product of a plant, after all. In the process of turning the cacao bean into a sinful bar, though, the definition becomes unclear as additives like milk prohibit it from being vegan, in the strictest sense of the word.
But don’t lose hope. Due to the growing population of healthy converts, more and more vegan chocolate options are becoming available to the market. Go Max Go, a vegan-owned and operated online company, has come up with gluten-and artificial ingredient-free versions of our favorite candy bars like Butterfinger, while Raaka Co. Virgin Chocolate in Brooklyn produces a version that marries coconut and dark chocolate.
To guarantee that the chocolate is legitimately vegan, do a quick scan of the ingredients. Milk chocolates should use non-dairy alternatives like coconut milk or almond milk. There should be no trace of animal fat as well. Cocoa butter is vegan so you don’t have to worry about that.
For these vegan pralines, I used three of my favorite vegan chocolate brands. The dark one made with Marou chocolates is made with 76 percent single-origin cacao beans and almond milk powder and stuffed with chocolate hummus and raspberry jam. The milk chocolate is composed of Loving Earth 34 percent cacao with caramelized coconut milk encasing a chickpea, coffee, and hazelnut praline filling. And the white is made with Vego, cacao butter, and almond milk filled with coconut sugar caramel and homemade cashew butter.