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Chocolate is one of the best treats in the world, wouldn’t you agree? I mean, it has so many powerful benefits, but it also is just plain good.
So, how can you eat chocolate when you can’t have dairy?
Believe it or not, the majority of the chocolate you buy at the store (i.e. candy cars, chocolate chips) contain milk or butter. Milk chocolate is sweeter, creamier, and one of everyone’s favorite forms of chocolate.
I never put much thought into the actual chocolate ingredients until about five years ago. Even when I presented my senior research project for my chemistry degree, I really just dug deep into the health benefits and chemical composition…not store bought ingredients.
My husband is a complete chocoholic. Well, sweets in general, but chocolate more than anything else in the world. He can eat an entire bag of Hershey kisses in like an hour. That is how much he loves it.
He used to get away with it too. Side note, how do men get away with eating like that, when us women have to watch every morsel? I guess being in the Marine Corps and being fit helps, but still not fair lol
Anyways, he USED to get away with it until (very long story short) he got very ill and lost his colon. Now, he can’t have dairy in any form without getting sick. Guess what? The chocolate had to go. He was devastated, to say the least.
So, I started finding alternative ways for him to enjoy his chocolate without dairy. Luckily, we do live in an age that has made so many things more available to people with food allergies. There are many natural ways to enjoy chocolate without dairy, but there are also many brands that have some great products out there too!
Here are the ways you can eat chocolate when you can’t have dairy!
Keep it Natural!
Obviously the more natural the chocolate, the less likely it will contain dairy.
Cocoa Powders are perfect for creating drinks, icings, or adding to just about anything. They have one ingredient, cocoa powder. My personal favorite is always Hershey’s unsweetened natural cocoa powder. It is the best quality and easily accessible.
Be sure to read about the two types of cocoa powder here to make sure you are using the best one for whatever you are making.
Dark Chocolate is the most raw form of chocolate you can get. You can check the labels on almost all dark chocolates and see that there is no milk products. Be careful on candy bars and chocolate chips though. Even baking dark chocolate chips will usually contain milk solids! This is another instance where you want to find an organic, high cacao percentage which will typically not have dairy!
Cacao nibs are another completely natural form of chocolate that don’t contain dairy! They are the perfect dairy-free chocolate option! I bake cookies or brownies for my husband and add these for a nice chocolate crunch! If you haven’t tried these yet, definitely check them out! They are also really good for you and high in magnesium. This one is my favorite brand, it is affordable and has a great taste!
Store Bought Options
I have been trying out different dairy-free chocolates over the last few years and they actually have some great alternatives now!
The brand we like most, that is also the most affordable, is Enjoy Life! There are other options on the market brand wise, but this is the best price and best quality from the ones we have tried. My chocoholic husband agrees.
Enjoy Life chocolate chips are perfect for cookies, brownies, ice creams, etc. I always keep a bag on hand.
These Enjoy Life Rice Crunch Bars are the best alternative to crunch bars! They are made with rice milk, but seriously just as good as the other kind.
The other one my husband loves is this Chocolateriz bar.
This is the best guide to how you can eat chocolate when you can’t have dairy! I will continue to keep you updated on the best products we try out! Feel free to follow me on instagram and snapchat (username alexisroch) for more!
Let me know if you have any questions! Feel free to email me with any questions about baking, health, etc. I love to help!