Just a few short years ago, when most folks barely knew what it meant to be vegan, there was no such thing as a vegan Easter egg (except, maybe, a token dark chocolate egg aimed at diabetics). Fast forward to 2020 and, happily, the landscape has changed dramatically, with an abundance of vegan Easter eggs lining the shelves – hooray!
We don’t know about you, but no matter how old we get our eyes still light up at the sight of a chocolate Easter egg. From peeling away the foil coating to popping the first piece into our mouths, our child-like glee at the simple pleasure of digging in to a chocolate Easter egg is as strong as ever – and that goes for vegan Easter eggs too. We’re not sure whether it’s the novelty of the egg shape, the fact (and, make no mistake, it is a fact) that the egg shape makes the chocolate taste better, or the unspoken rule that eating an entire Easter egg in one go is acceptable behaviour, but you just can’t beat them.
Granted, our tastes are a little more refined these days, which is why we’ve only included chocolate eggs we know our vegan pals will approve of. And it’s not just dark chocolate eggs, either; we’ve done our homework and come up with plenty of milk chocolate Easter eggs that are suitable for vegans, plus a few non-egg-shaped Easter treats for any non-traditionalists out there. Most are moderately-priced, but we do have a couple of high-end options for anyone looking to push the boat out this Easter.
Some aren’t available yet, but we wanted to whet your appetites good and early so you can pounce as soon as they go live online. All of our picks are free from dairy and gluten, and many use sustainable packaging too. If only they were free from calories too, eh?
Dark chocolate vegan Easter eggs
Cocoa extremists will love these decadently dark chocolate Easter eggs. Rich and velvety, they’re ideal for anyone who finds milk and white chocolate too sweet.
Cox & Co Dark Chocolate Easter Egg
What: Not only is this 85% cacao dark chocolate egg intensely rich, it’s also sustainably produced. The cacao is supplied by an ethical estate in Colombia which guarantees quality and traceability while the packaging is made from fully biodegradable card, vegetable-based inks and compostable film bags made from wood pulp – not a single-use plastic in sight. Greta Thunberg would approve.
How much: £9.99
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The Multifaceted Egg by Le Chocolat Alain Ducasse
What: It’s the most expensive egg on this list, but then it does look more like a work of art than a chocolate Easter egg. Handcrafted by the master chocolatiers at Alain Ducasse’s workshop located in a cobbled Parisian courtyard, this stunning egg is made with dark chocolate, almond praline and hazelnut, making it both creamy and crunchy. A milk chocolate version is also available, but only the dark chocolate egg is suitable for vegans.
How much: £34 (available from 12 March 2020)
Where: Le Chocolat Alain Ducasse, Coal Drops Yard, Unit 15, 16 Bagley Walk, Kings Cross
Betty’s Venezuelan Dark Chocolate Egg
What: We think a visit to Betty’s is reason enough to visit Yorkshire, but if you can’t make it there this Easter we recommend you invest in one of its eggs-quisite chocolate Easter eggs. Its beautiful 65% cocoa egg is moulded from Swiss dark chocolate by Betty’s professional chocolatiers and finished with an elegant bronze shimmer and an edible Betty’s plaque making it almost too pretty to eat. Almost.
How much: £19.95
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ASDA Extra Special Free From Easter Egg Selection
What: Okay, we cheated a little on this entry as only one of the three eggs in the selection is dark, but given the quality, variety and price, we don’t feel too bad. For less than a fiver, you can tuck into a rich dark chocolate egg with cocoa nibs, a creamy milk chocolate egg with raspberry pieces, and a white chocolate egg flavoured with vanilla. Well, it is egg-stra special, after all.
How much: £4.50
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Milk chocolate vegan Easter eggs
Just because you’re vegan, it doesn’t mean you don’t get to eat milk chocolate any more. See below for our picks of the best vegan-friendly milk chocolate Easter eggs available this year.
Hotel Chocolat Free-From Splat Easter Egg
What: Easter egg hunts are hard enough without trying to track down a vegan milk chocolate Easter egg that’s also free from other allergens, but Hotel Chocolat has made it easy this year. Its Free-From Splat Easter egg is entirely free from dairy, gluten, nuts and wheat, making it ideal for vegans, coeliacs and those with nut allergies to indulge this Easter.
How much: £10
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Tesco Free From Chocolate Caramel Egg With Buttons
What: The packaging is distinctly supermarket-own-brand, but as Mother always says, it’s what’s on the inside that counts. Both the milk chocolate egg and buttons within are caramel flavoured, making them perfect for vegans with a sweet tooth. And, at just £2.50, it’s the cheapest Easter egg on this list.
How much: £2.50
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Moo Free Free From Orange Egg & Chocolate Surprise
What: Moo Free’s vegan chocolate Easter egg is clearly aimed at children, but if you can get past the reference to ‘Cheeky Chops’ and the ‘choccy chum’, there’s actually a delicious organic vegan chocolate orange egg inside. What’s more, the packaging is made from recycled plastic so you can indulge without compromising your ethics.
How much: £3.50
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Nomo Free From Caramel & Sea Salt Chocolate Egg
What: Caramel and sea salt are a winning combination, so we were very happy to discover this egg by Nomo. Its tagline is ‘no missing out’ and we definitely agree, as its caramel and sea salt chocolate is as good as any non-vegan alternative. It also does a Fruit & Crunch version, which we’ve included in the vegan section of our main Easter Eggs 2020 round-up.
How much: £6
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Vegan chocolate Easter egg alternatives
As a fellow vegan, the Easter Bunny says it’s fine to indulge in vegan chocolate treats in any shape or form you like this Easter.
Booja Booja Almond & Sea Salt Caramel Truffles
What: Oh look, more sea salted caramel! Booja Booja is a rite of passage for vegans with a sweet tooth, as its products are just divine. These truffles, presented beautifully in a hand-painted egg, are a case in point. Made from almond and sea salt caramel ganache enrobed in dark chocolate, they are an indulgent treat that anyone – vegan or not – would be thrilled to receive this Easter.
How much: £24.99
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Dark Chocolate Lindt Bunny
What: Lindt bunnies used to be a no-go for vegans, but since this dark version came out everyone can partake in the joy of unwrapping the foil from this jingling fellow and biting its ears off. Perfect for adults and kids alike, a dark chocolate Lindt bunny is a treat that should hop into everyone’s baskets this Easter.
How much: £4
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Whittard Salted Caramel Flavour Hot Chocolate
What: Chocolate egg puritans will be horrified by this inclusion, but we know a few folks who prefer to drink their chocolate and this is for them. We’ve included the salted caramel flavour (obsessed much?) but Whittard offers a whole range of vegan hot chocolate, including orange, chilli and rocky road, to name a few, so vegan hot chocolate drinkers can take their pick.
How much: £8
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Montezuma’s Peanut Butter Dark Chocolate Truffle Bites
What: So popular were Montezuma’s dark chocolate Easter mini eggs that they decided to create these peanut butter truffle bites that are available all year round. Dangerously moreish, these soft-centred salted peanut butter truffles are ideal for Easter egg hunts, though we’d also recommend keeping a bag handy for emergency chocolate craving at any time of the year.
How much: £2.99
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Is it your turn to be the Easter Bunny this year? Check out our round-up of the 15 best kids’ Easter eggs.