I can’t tell you how many times I have received emails to the effect of, “That recipe isn’t dairy-free, it contains chocolate!” But I am here to share with the world, once and for all, that dairy-free chocolate does exist! In fact, there are several brands. For an in depth discussion on dairy-free living and chocolate, see Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook. But, for a quick taste of some “safe” chocolates you can purchase, I am happy to present the following comparison report from Speedbump Kitchen …
It’s a tough job …but someone needs to taste-test the CHOCOLATE!! In the wake of Valentine’s Day leftovers, and an impending baking challenge, I pulled out all the dairy, egg and nut-free chocolate from the pantry and did a little taste test. Yes, there is safe chocolate out there…you just have to look! …
The chocolate we tried today were Divvies chocolate chips, Enjoy Life chocolate chips, Amanda’s Own chocolate chips, No-Nuttin chocolate chunks, a nibble on the Enjoy Life Dark Boom Choco Boom Bar, plus a few Amanda’s Own chocolate hearts and the rest of the Divvies Benjamint Crunch bar from Christmas (sorry those last 2 items were devoured before picture time!). You can buy all these directly from their respective companies, but I ordered them all through peanutfreeplanet.com to get a little free shipping.
1.) Divvies: I love Divvies, their products are cute and the company has such a positive attitude. I also loved finding them in Disney World! Their chocolate chips are my standby. I order a 5 pound bag along with some cookies twice a year. They are full-sized semi-sweet chips and remind me of the intense chocolate in Ghirardelli semi-sweet chocolate chips. The price is $30 for 5 pounds, or $6.50 for a 1 pound bag (but why would you go small?) Their chocolate bars are so fun for a sweet treat. The Benjamint Crunch is a huge hit around here with little crispy shavings of peppermint candy mixed in the bar ($4/ bar).
2.) Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips: These are mini chocolate chips, but are pretty intense on the chocolate flavor. They melt a bit too much in chocolate chip cookies or granola bars, but they are great for sprinkling on sundaes or rolling around the edges of ice-cream sandwiches. They cost $3.49 for 10 ounces and are being stocked more frequently in health food stores. They also make a chocolate bar called Boom Choco Boom ($1.99 for 1.4oz) that is a treat to snack on or chop into chunks.
3.) Amanda’s Own: These are mini chocolate chips and look exactly like the Enjoy Life chips, but are more sweet/waxy and not as chocolaty as Enjoy Life. They cost $6.65 for 1 pound. These were not my favorite. I’ll save my money and buy Amanda’s Own amazing chocolate creations instead! Their shaped chocolates are truly their niche, where else can you get a dairy and egg-free chocolate advent calendar!!
4.) No-Nuttin’ 70% Dark Chocolate Chunks: Wow! Intense, bittersweet chocolate chunks. My girls love dark chocolate, so these were actually their favorite for snacking on and for adding to trail mix. These run $8.99 for 13 ounces, not the cheapest of the bunch, but a little goes a long way with these guys.
So my final report on the allergy-friendly chocolates: Divvies wins for the “normal” style of chocolate chip, Enjoy Life wins for being the only option I can find easily in a bind at my local health food store, Amanda’s Own chips are not something I will buy again but I will keep buying her amazing little shaped chocolates, No-Nuttin’ is something I’ll use only for special occasions and even then, it will be sparingly due to the strength of the chocolate.