Updated for 2015! Our team of Go Dairy Free reviewers has taste-tested dozens of dairy-free chocolates (it’s a tough job, but someone has got to do it), and the following chocolate gifts won our top marks for fun and festive, sensationally smooth and creamy, or downright indulgent.
Set the Bar High with these Chocolate Gifts
1. Dear Coco made us swoon with their wide array of Artisan Chocolate Toffee Bars. They start with creamy, all-natural dairy-free dark chocolate and then layer it with shards of rich vegan toffee, followed by nuts or seeds. With numerous globally-inspired bars to choose from five-spice, white sesame Shangai to almond Barcelona, you are better off gifting the entire set. They are dairy-, egg-, and gluten-free. Dear Coco offers other amazing chocolate gifts, including truffles, artisan tiles, seasonal bars, and hot chocolate spoons! (For more info, see our full review here)
2. Pascha Chocolate is still my favorite for straight up incredible dairy-free chocolate bars, and the gorgeous packaging ensures that your chocolate gifts are still impressive. Buy one of each variety (including the newer “superfood” flavors), stack the perfectly rectangular boxes, tie with ribbon, and share the chocolate love. Each bar is made in their Top 8-Free facility. (For more info, see our full review here). These products are also available on Amazon.
3. Amore di Mona offers a hybrid box of bars and caramels that is sure to please all of the low glycemic loved ones on your list. Neatly packaged, each gift box contains one of their creamy fair trade chocolate bars (love them!), one Caramela “bar” and one Caramela with Cherries “bar.” They are labeled as allergy-friendly (free of dairy, gluten, soy, peanuts and tree nuts), vegan, and diabetic-friendly. These products are also available on Amazon.
4. Rescue Chocolate offers the vegan truffle bar gift that keeps on giving. They donate 100% of net profits to animal rescue organizations, and offer chocolate gifts of all sizes, including: The Top Dog Collection, 4 Paw Collection, Animal House Collection, and Best in Show Collection. (For more info, see our full review here)
Truffles, Meltaways and other Chocoholic Dreams
5. Premium Chocolatiers is the best in the business when it comes to creating dairy-free chocolates for every season. They do shapes, caramels, creams, truffles, candy bar bags, white chocolate, dark chocolate, “milkless” milk chocolate, and so much more. The head chocolatier, Yochy, simply can’t stop creating and every year, he invents new chocolate confections for each major holiday. They maintain a dairy-, egg-, gluten-, and nut-free facility (contains soy), too. (For more info, see our full review here). Several of their products and gifts are available on Amazon.
6. Ethereal Confections touts completely dairy-free and gluten-free, handmade chocolate gifts, and they are indeed heavenly! From decadent truffles and meltaways to nut butter-y nom noms this one-stop confection shop is a dairy-free chocoholic’s dream. (For more info, see our full review here)
7. Jen’s Zen makes the most amazing dairy-free and vegan chocolate sauces with a luxurious base of organic coconut milk. It thickens up to a dense fudge when chilled, but becomes creamy and pourable (though still thick and rich) when warmed. Available in Original, Raspberry, and Peppermint, they don’t come pre-packaged as a set, but who says you can’t place them in a gift basket or bag on your own? (For more into, see our full review here). Note for 2015: They are currently working on their online store, but several online retailers still have the product in stock.
8. Intemperantia offers the dreamiest bites of chocolate that have ever crossed my lips. Rich with cocoa butter (yes, that is a naturally dairy-free ingredient!), they literally melt into a milky, fudgy, creamy bliss. Even their French hot chocolate contains luxurious cocoa butter. Both are vegan and packaged in beautiful, gift-able boxes. (For more info, see our full review here). Several of their products are available on Amazon.
9. Lagusta’s Luscious is far from ordinary, with unique hand-crafted chocolate and truffle flavors packaged in eco-friendly wrap that looks nothing like the “green” gifts of years past. Lagusta seems to love contrast, her truffle flavors are rustic yet the look and taste is quite refined. Though she has added many new options over the years, we still love her original line of intense truffles best. (For more info, see our full review here).
10. Rawmio is a superfood chocolatier, putting wholesomeness into each decadent bite via raw cacao nibs, coconut, nuts and coconut sugar as the only sweetener. But don’t let the healthier nature fool you, delights like their raw organic truffle cake will please all cacao purists. (For more info, see our full review here). Many Rawmio products, including their Truffle Cakes, are available on Amazon.
11. Sjaak’s successfully ventures where many have tread, yet fallen short, before. While dairy-free white chocolate can seem impossible to master, they have hit the sweet spot with their Snowballs – over-sized truffles with a smooth, yet delightfully crunchy and rich hazelnut filling, enrobed in a thick blanket of smooth white chocolate. Enjoy this dreamy indulgence before the sugar coma sets in. (For more info, see our full review here)
12. Taza Chocolate sets themselves apart with earthy, stone-ground chocolate. Every bite is dairy-free, soy-free, certified gluten-free, organic, and direct trade. They offer all types of gift packages, including boxes filled with my favorite Taza delight, the Mexicano Chocolate Discs. The selection is huge, with more traditional flavors like Salted Almond and Ginger, and seasonal varieties, like Spiked Eggnog. (For more info, see our full review here). Many of the Taza Chocolate products and gifts are available on Amazon.
For more delicious dairy-free chocolate, see our Chocolate Reviews.
Bonus: Dairy-Free Chocolate Gifts in Europe
Moo Free is a completely organic, dairy-free, vegan and gluten-free chocolatier offering advent calendars and chocolate santas. They can be hard to find in North America, but the brand is readily available in the U.K. and a bit in other countries. For the U.S., some Moo Free products are sold on Amazon.
Plamil Dairy Free is a division of another U.K. company. They produce organic, fair trade chocolates including some oh-so enticing Chocolate Snowmen. For the U.S., some Plamil products are sold on Amazon.
Dairy-Free Advent Calendars
There are now so many that I’ve moved these to their own special post! We update our Dairy-Free Advent Calendars listing every November, just in case you missed it! Click the image:
Please note that many of these brands are allergy-friendly, but ingredients and processes may vary and are subject to change. Always contact the company directly to confirm a product’s safety where severe food allergies or other food issues are a concern.