If you’ve recently cut dairy and soya out of your diet, here’s something that will make life a little easier – my ultimate list of dairy and soya free chocolate! Whatever your reason for eating dairy and soya free, I’ve got you covered x
My son was only a few months old when he was diagnosed with CMPA, and I was advised to cut dairy and soya out of my diet. How I longed for chocolate! I missed cheese and the ease of grabbing a yogurt, but chocolate was what I really wanted as I struggled, bleary eyed, through the weeks of sleep deprivation.
There was a fair amount of dairy free chocolate around, but it felt like every bar I found contained soya lecithin. That was 6 years ago and, luckily, the choice and variety has moved on a lot. That sneaky soya lecithin is still lurking in a lot of places though! I’ve put together the ultimate list of dairy & soya free chocolate in the UK, to help you avoid that sinking feeling when you spot soya hiding right at the end of the ingredients list!
I have included any chocolates which do not have dairy or soya listed as an ingredient; however some do carry ‘may contain’ warnings. If you are not sure if you or your child can eat products labelled as ‘may contain’ then talk to your medical professional. Always double check ingredients when buying, as they can change without warning.
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Dark & delicious – dairy & soya free chocolate for grown up tastes
- Booja booja truffles were the first sweet treat I found (after significant searching) when I went dairy and soya free. These truffles will forever have my gratitude! Your bank balance and waist line will not thank you, but these truffles are delicious, and TOTALLY WORTH IT. I usually buy from their Amazon store* , but you can find them in Asda, Holland and Barretts and Waitrose, as well as many independent stores.
- Divine is not an exclusively dairy free brand, but many of the dark bars in their range are vegan and soya free. The chocolate is really good quality, and they have loads of different flavours. Mint crisp and raspberry are my faves. Very dark chocolate can be bitter, but this isn’t – it’s just right if you want something sweet but not too sweet. You can buy multipacks* from Amazon, and the bars are stocked in Ocado, Waitrose and lots of independent stores.
Dairy & soya free chocolate brands with a great range:
- Rhythm 108 have got a range of individual size filled chocolate bars, larger sharer bars, mini biscuits and filled soft bake cookies (which are also free from egg and gluten!). Their vegan creamy coconut bar is one of my top favourite things to eat! You can buy from their Amazon store* or a range of supermarkets including Asda, Ocado and Sainsbury’s.
- Ombar is a vegan brand with a frankly dizzying array of flavours. They have a new selection of creamy oat milk chocolate, perfect if you’re not keen on dark choc. You can use their Om Finder for your nearest stockist. You can buy bundles on their website or from Amazon*.
- Buttermilk have a fantastic dairy free range, and their bars are some of the most delicious out there! My personal favourites are the honeycomb blast and caramel nougat bars. Keep an eye out for their themed rages as well; they had a fantastic Easter selection this year.
- Vego is a nut based range. They have a few different products, including sharer size and mini bars, a chocolate spread and pralines. I am very partial to their white chocolate almond bliss bar! They are stocked in a number of supermarkets, including Asda, Holland and Barrett and Co-op.
Best dairy and soya free chocolate for kids (& big kids)
- Moo Free is the original free-from chocolate for kids. They have such a great range for little ones, including mini bars in a variety of flavours. Christmas, Easter and Halloween are also covered with lots of fun products. Moo Free have a special place in my heart for providing my kids with dairy & soy free Easter eggs and advent calendars when there was, literally, nothing else available. They are also stocked in many of the major supermarkets, as well as Amazon*.
- Nomo has a great range of small bars in a variety of flavours. Their caramel bar is absolutely delicious, and my son’s favourite by far! They do monster character chocolate lollies, and have fun Christmas and Easter offerings. You can buy multipacks* online, and they are stocked in most of the major UK supermarkets.
Vegan versions of the classics
As the vegan market gets ever more lucrative, some of the old classics are getting dairy free makeovers. I don’t often see them in the shops, so if you find any then stock up! Unfortunately most contain soy, but here are three which don’t:
Cutting the costs of dairy & soya free chocolate
There’s no denying that most of these chocolate bars are, unfortunately, more expensive than a standard dairy based bar. There are a few things you can do to help cut the cost:
- Buy in bulk. Chocolate has a long use by date, and you can often get a better deal if you buy a multi pack. These are often available on Amazon or direct from the brand’s websites.
- Some brands also sell bags of broken chocolate. For example Moo Free sell wonky choc bags which are heavily discounted but taste exactly the same.
- Look out for price cuts after holidays. After Easter you can often find heavily discounted Chocolate eggs. Same goes for Christmas and Halloween. You can get some excellent bargains this way. Either save it for next year, melt it to make dairy free rocky road or crispy cakes – or just eat it!
Which is your favourite dairy and soya free chocolate?
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Last updated and ingredients checked online on 7th July 2022.