HOLIDAYS (Pt. 1): VEGAN EASTER

Hello, 

Welcome to the launch of the 'Holidays' series, starting with Easter. 

I'm not religious myself, but I did grow up celebrating Easter a la the  'guess I'm Christian if I have to fill out a form or something' way of South African youth. So, not much church in my fond childhood memories of the auspicious Easter weekend, but there is plenty of room in said memories for chocolate and family. 

My best ever Easter happened while I was visiting my grandparents with my parents and baby brother. The grown-ups went all-out to make our Easter egg hunt extra, super awesome. Which was difficult I'm sure, considering there can only be a small number of things that would top being encouraged by your loved ones to find chocolate they had to buy for you, as my brother and I already were. 

Story time! 

It was a balmy Durban day, and my parents called me from the pool to check out some 'rabbit footprints'  they had found in the garden. In reality, they had sprinkled Natal's baby powder  supply in little piles around the area,  and made them lead to various parts of the garden. No mercy was shown to the plants that hid our bounty, and by the end of the day my grandmother's garden took on the look of a field ravaged by locusts. I hope it was worth it to see the happiness on our faces when each of us showed our baskets filled with eggs to our family.  Probably not though because at the time we were grateful only to our all-seeing, all-generous Easter Bunny, and thought our parents complete idiots for letting him get away without a photo to show off to Claire from home room. Thanks for nothing, mom and dad.  

That was a long time ago. Three years, to be exact. Just kidding. I haven't really celebrated Easter since I was more or less thirteen. This year I'd like to make an effort, though. And since it is my very first full-vegan Easter, I thought I'd make a list  of some vegan chocolate goodness you can enjoy yourself or pass on to your treasured crew this Easter.  Before moving on, please take a look at my disclaimer at the bottom of this post. I'm in happy cahoots with Faithful to Nature, and I want to let you guys know what that entails. 

VEGAN CHOCOLATE, SAY WHAT?

If you're sitting there thinking, 'there's no way chocolate is vegan', then I'm about to rock your world. While sweeter milk chocolates are  often not vegan because they usually contain milk or milk solids (duh),  most dark chocolates are vegan-friendly. They tend to be the higher-end chocolates, but you also get some cheaper vegan chocolate favourites, like TV Bars. I know, right?

While I'm at it, sugar is also vegan, and so are most breads. And if you're not a vegan and you think otherwise, please try to visualise your thoughts as a chain, and follow that chain to its source. Is it credible, or did you hear it from Larry who kinda likes animals, but dude, like, could never go vegan, bra, he just loves bacon too much? Hm, thought so.

If you're not a fan of dark chocolate, there are some alternatives available, but like most things when switching to veganism from an omnivorous diet, dark chocolate is something to get used to. Looking back I laugh at the way I struggled eating vegetarian. In hindsight, it's so damn easy. Take a popular meat dish, remove the bits of meat, and voila! Supper's ready. Vegan meals take a bit more time to get used to if you're not there already. And yes, it certainly won't taste the same as meals that you're used to,  but they really can taste good when you are more accustomed to dairy alternatives and the like. In any case, I'm not vegan for matters of taste, and so if the food really was bad, I'd still make do. It's just a massive bonus that vegan food really is yummy. 

Right, okay. Let's hop to it, shall we?

YUM

HONEST RAW CHOCOLATE SLAB (72%) WITH CRACKED COFFEE BEANS

Oh, Honest Chocolate. My first dark chocolate love. This particular one is a smooth taste with some coffee beans in every other bite. 

X-FACTOR:

Honest Chocolate is a local company with some pretty impressive conscientious stats. They are a small business, making hand-crafted and hand-wrapped chocolate with organic, raw, and fair trade cacao from Ecuador. Go team Honest Chocolate!

 

MOONBEAN UNBAKERY DOUBLE CHOCOLATE MACAROONS

A heavenly cookie-type chocolate treat that's gluten-free, cane-sugar-free, raw, and free from preservatives. 

X-FACTOR:

Made in small batches and filled with natural, plant-based ingredients, they are a healthier way to curb biscuit cravings.  At least, that's my story and I'm sticking to it.

 

LEAFY GREENS CHOCOLATE BROWNIES

A locally-made, giant brownie that comes in twos. One for me, and one for myself and I to share. 

X-FACTOR:

Deliciousness from odd  and interesting ingredients. Nuts+ potato+ tapioca flour+ date palm sugar = epic vegan brownies. 

 

RAWSUPERFOOD BLISS CHOCOLATE BAR

You have to admire a company that names its products after things most likely to have been said first by Deepak Chopra. No sugar, no preservatives,  no dairy, no gluten, no guilt. 

X-FACTOR:

Using the herb for its apparent energising function, a RawSuperfood Bliss Bar is the only kind of hemp brownie that's safe to eat in public.

 

VIVANI ALMOND & ORANGE VEGAN MILK CHOCOLATE BAR

An international chocolate that's made without soy or gluten, and uses rice milk powder to achieve the creaminess you might miss from regular chocolate. 

X-FACTOR:

Interesting flavours for adventurous part-time creatures of comfort. 

 

THE HUNGRY HERBIVORE DARK CHOCOLATE COCONUT CHIPS

Not to be outdone, the Hungry Herbivore's coconut chips collection is a great way to get the crunch we've associated with regular potato chips (that contain milk solids - weird, right?).  Crisp, dehydrated, non-GMO coconut flakes coated in raw cacao.

X-FACTOR:

The cutest name this side of veganism.

 

There you have it, folks. All the chocolates mentioned can be bought from Faithful to Nature, and since I've been using their service for a few months now, I feel confident in saying that they have excellent delivery and customer relations practices. They've also got some cool chocolate-related bits on their blog so check that out here and here

If I left any of your favourites out, or you know of more vegan chocolate goodness, please share the love in the comments section. Also let me know about your family's Easter traditions! Will you do the whole hide-and-seek shenanigans, or are you and your family coming together over a meal?  I'd love to hear from you. Remember to check out the disclaimer at the end of this post, and to direct all pressing questions or comments to hello@toofufu.com. 

 

Until next time,

A

xoxoxoxoxox

 

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Alez Odendaal