I love chocolate.
Clever marketers have convinced us that chocolate consumption is just as effective as therapy. Science doesn’t support their claims, but there are studies that show some health benefits to chocolate consumption. Chocolate may improve brain function. It may lessen your risk of heart failure and heart attack. The flavanols in chocolate can lower blood pressure. It may even reduce your risk of stroke.
Keep in mind that the positive benefits come from dark chocolate, and not from the processed stuff that is marketed as chocolate.
The good news for us who care about animal welfare is that it’s fairly easy to buy vegan dark chocolate. If you live in the US, you’ll want to stick with organics to ensure the sugar isn’t processed with animal bone char (that’s not a problem in other parts of the world). Check the ingredients to ensure there’s no stray milk products included, and you’re good to go!
For those of you that love milk chocolate, don’t despair.
This is Sweet Chocolate Dream, made by the same folks that bring you Soy Dream, Rice Dream, and Almond Dream frozen desserts.
This bar has a higher melting point than milk chocolate, so it’s going to remain hard in your mouth. But I left a bar in the car and it got soft, and that chocolate was creamy, just like a bar of milk chocolate. I haven’t replicated that in an oven or microwave, so I am not sure how that would work.
But what about special chocolate treats, like for the holidays?
If you want to give the gift of chocolate, let me tell you about Rose City Chocolates.
Rose City offers a wide selection of vegan chocolates, including these cuties for fall.
They’ll soon have their Christmas and winter holiday items available, including Santas and snowmen figures. My personal favorite is the vegan cherries. Yum!
So you see, you can still indulge, but in a healthier way, and support animal welfare in the process!
Is there a cruelty-free chocolate that you enjoy? Tell us about it in the comments section!