Updated for 2022! Chocolate is always the perfect gift. Yes, always. It makes loved ones swoon, children clamor, coworkers sigh, and neighbors grateful. But it’s tricky when you know the recipient has a special diet. Fortunately, dairy-free, vegan, and even allergy-friendly chocolatiers are not only emerging, they’re flourishing! It honestly wasn’t easy, but I’ve gathered what we believe are the best dairy-free chocolate gifts for the holidays. The following sweet surprises won our top marks for fun and festive, sensationally smooth and creamy, or downright indulgent.
The Best Dairy-Free Chocolate Gifts for the Holidays
Each one of these decadent treats has gift-worthy appeal, but there is no rule on who they should be gifted to. You can share them with family, a dairy-free friend, or anyone who should know just how delicious dairy-free and vegan can be. But don’t forget to gift some to yourself – you deserve something special this holiday season too!
Allergen Notes: All items listed below were dairy-free by ingredients at the time of our review. But ingredients are subject to change at any time, and all products are at some degree of risk for allergen cross contamination. If you are concerned about potential cross contamination of an allergen, always contact the company to discuss their ingredient sourcing and allergen protocols before purchasing. Only you can decide what is safe for your needs.
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Honestly, I couldn’t decide what picture to show from this kosher parve, dairy-free chocolatier. Would it be the Artisan Crafted Box Set with 63 Chocolates, the Chocolate Butter Log, or the Fames Seventh Heaven Assortment? I finally settled on the latter, because I recently had the chance to try it. Every chocolate in the assortment was delicious! Most of Fames products are on Amazon, but you can also order direct from www.fameschocolates.com.
Each year, they offer a range of Christmas and Hanukkah gifts. This includes our favorite Truffle Collection with fun seasonal flavors, like Gingerbread Santa Truffles, Salted Caramel Reindeer, Peppermint Frosty, and even Cherry Cordials! Their chocolate bars are also immensely giftable, with winter features like Walnut Sage, Spiced Orange, Chai Spice, and Magical Mocha Mylk. Everything they make is vegan, raw, gluten-free, peanut-free, soy-free, and organic. Acording to the company, they are “very allergen-aware” and also “diabetic friendly.” You can order direct via their website at www.gnosischocolate.com.
No one does dairy-free chocolate gifts like No Whey Chocolate. They maintain a top allergen-free facility, and churn out semi-sweet, “milk,” and white chocolate creations for every holiday and special occasion. And the selection changes every year. The founder and head chocolatier, Yochy, simply loves creating new products. And this year, he’s added fudge to the mix! (For more info, see our full review here.) You can order direct at nowheychocolate.com, or buy most of their products on Amazon.
It’s hard to explain this alluring chocolate. It has a unique flavor that’s perfect for chocolate adventurists. You can buy their core collection in a neat and tidy little box (just slap a bow on it!), but we are insanely smitten by their new Peppermint Cream flavor. It’s available in a 6-pack on its own. You can find these bars in natural food stores, or order the collections on www.drbronner.com.
This year, their Winter Collection includes four vegan, organic, paleo chocolate bars: Pumpkin Spice, Gingerbread, Hazelnut Butter, and Crunchy Mint! They also have a larger Variety Pack with their classics and a Build Your Own Bundle option. As a heads up, this brand used to be completely dairy-free, but they’ve added a dairy milk chocolate line. Stick with the dark labels when ordering. You can order their chocolate from Amazon or direct via hukitchen.com.
The real star of this show is the Mexican Hot Chocolate disks, which come in three varieties, each made with simple dairy-free ingredients. You can buy the hot chocolate trio, or upgrade your gift with the Malinillo whisk, clay jug, and mugs. For the best deal, buy them via Uncommon Goods.
Canada’s favorite chocolatier launched amazing vegan chocolate bars, and they offer a wonderful assorted bar bag for the holidays. But this year, I must feature their boxes of Sweet Georgia Browns. These turtle-like chocolates are beyond heavenly. You can buy them at their shops in Canada, or order them online in the U.S. at www.purdys.com.
This chocolatier used to make dairy milk chocolate, but they went fully plant-based, and now run a dairy-free facility. In fact, they shun egg, wheat, peanuts, and sesame, too. Their gift boxes include assortments of their chocolate bars, with varieties like Toffee Time, Choco Latte, and Holy Fudge. They’re each available to purchase via tcho.com or on Amazon.
I have a bit of an obsession with white chocolate-covered pretzels, and this kosher company makes them giftable. Their boxes include a selection of decorated, chocolate-covered pretzels, all dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan. They also offer pretty chocolate-covered gluten-free & dairy-free cookie boxes. You can order them all on Amazon.
This decadent kit includes dairy-free French dark chocolate morsels, candy thermometer, coconut flakes, peppermint, vanilla, or Himalayan sea salt. Instructions include vegan “milk” chocolate option with coconut milk. This kit is available from Uncommon Goods.
This bakery offers a range of vegan chocolate candy bars and ships them throughout the U.S.! They have hand-crafted copycats for Snickers, Twix, and Peanut Butter Cups. You can buy them via sweethazelandco.com.
In recent years, this traditional chocolatier has truly upped their vegan game. For the holidays, they have an amazing Vegan Chocolate Gift Box with various chocolate bars, bites, and hot chocolate. They also have a lovely Vegan Chocolate Bar Library, arguably the best Holiday Hot Chocolate Set, pretty Vegan Truffles, and stocking-worthy Vegan Poinsettia Salted Caramels. You can buy these gifts on Amazon or direct from www.lakechamplainchocolates.com.
You can get a whole “Stocking Stuffer” gift set of wafer candy bars, chocolate bars, and hot chocolate in assorted flavors from this all-vegan chocolatier. The best place to order this brand is at trupotreats.com.
This gourmet chocolatier makes a collection of truffles without dairy plus pretty round boxes of blackberry truffles and bronte pistachio truffles. Their truffles are enriched with olive oil and superfoods or fruits, and aren’t too sweet. You can order them at www.vosgeschocolate.com.
There aren’t many companies that make and ship vegan fudge, but those that do, are pretty darn good! This little company offers the creamiest fudges in the prettiest packaging for truly gift-worthy treats. Visit www.chocolatemoonshine.com to order.
This company’s collection of dairy-free, pareve chocolate gifts is unsurpassed. But their most unique line is a collection of chocolate filled crates with a molded chocolate feature. You can order any of their vegan gifts at www.ohnuts.com.
Who knew there were enough vegan, fair-trade, ethically sourced, soy-free, gluten-free, dairy-free and nut-free chocolates to make a whole subscription club? Yes, it’s all dairy-free chocolate, and each box comes with detailed information on each bar (ingredients, source, etc) along with a chocolate tasting sheet for notes. You can buy them a month, 3 months, or 6 months.
Moo Free is an allergy-friendly chocolate company in Europe, and Basically British has packaged a wonderful assortment into adorable reindeer bags. It’s a kid-friendly gift that I bet adults would love too. They also have a tasty Christmas Box with assorted white, mylk, and dark chocolates. In the U.S., you have to order this brand from Amazon.
This is one of our favorite allergy-friendly little chocolate companies. I believe they’ve been around for about a decade, making kid-friendly sweets that adults love too. This year they have a big assortment of dairy-free, gluten-free, nut-free, and soy-free chocolate figures, plus nice gift boxes of peppermint bark and various nut-free clusters. But my favorite is this half-pound box of five pretty semi-sweet chocolate bars. They’re affordably priced so you can buy a bundle for friends. To order, visit amandasown.com.
You can now hand pick a box of chocolates for that dairy-free, gluten-free, soy-free, low-glycemic, vegan, and paleo person on your list. The options range from 8-piece to 20-piece boxes, and the flavors include almond butter cups, after dark truffles, peppermint patties, and much more. Create your own collection at www.coracaoconfections.com.
Forget Nutella. This Belgian chocolate spread is dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan, and comes in four flavors, including Sea Salt Caramel. You can build your own collection at www.lekkco.com. Just keep in mind that they don’t come packaged in a gift box – you’ll need to order and put them in giftable packaging yourself!
For the discerning chocoholic, this little company makes organic, vegan, fair trade, and sustainable chocolate bars with just two ingredients: organic cocoa beans and organic sugar. Their vegan truffles contain just a few more ingredients, for the milky finish and flavors, but are still quite pure. You can order them on Amazon.
Oh Barnett’s, where have you been all of my adult life? This kosher certified company is non-dairy, and they make the most enticing boxes of dunkable biscotti. Every crunchy bite and sweet drizzle is dairy-free, but the company does use wheat, eggs, nuts, and soy (lecithin). They also make sandwich cookie gift boxes, with assorted chocolate-covered varieties. You can order a wide range of their gift boxes on Amazon.
For the sugar-free recipients on your list, The Good Chocolate offers a vegan line of zero sugar, keto-friendly chocolate bars. You can bundle your own, or buy one of their little hostess-sized gift boxes for sharing. You can order them via www.thegoodchocolate.com or on Amazon.
Their chocolate bars and hot drinking chocolates are handmade in small batches and packaged into this lovely gift set. They use raw, organic cacao sourced from >premium Ecuadorian & Peruvian farms and infuse their creations with Ayurveda inspired ingredients. It’s available on Amazon.
The “All Day I Dream of Chocolate” Gift Set from Fine & Raw Chocolate is over the top. It’s filled with vegan truffles, chocolate bars, “chunkies,” and even their own Nutella copycat. But if it’s out of budget, they offer smaller gift boxes, too. Everything they make is dairy-free, plant-based, organic, and sweetened with coconut sugar. You can order their full range at www.fineandraw.com and select items on Amazon.
This vegan and gluten-free company offers a huge assortment of caramels, barks, and chocolate to suit almost any gifting situation. They have beautiful gift boxes, and this year, they’re even offering hot chocolate bombs in seasonal flavors. You can order from them at www.dtchocolates.com.
Most of their products contain dairy, but their lone vegan truffle box is quite popular. Their vegan truffles are made with a rich dark chocolate shell surrounding a decadent hazelnut filling.
ichoc is a German vegan chocolatier that makes some seriously scrumptious white and “milk” chocolates. You can buy their delights throughout Europe, and in the US, you can order this Basically British Gift Sack with a tasty assortment on Amazon.
This kosher chocolatier is dairy-free and gluten-free, and they offer a big array of chocolates – including boxed varieties and truffles – and all types of treats for the holidays. We were most smitten by their peppermint bark. See their whole selection at chocolate-emporium.com.
This lovely shop 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. We like their special gift box for the holidays, but they usually have seasonal foil-wrapped chocolates too. (For more info, see our full review here) You can order direct from them at etherealconfections.com.
These bars aren’t big, but they are definitely impressive. Their stunning designs are just the beginning. Each bar offers mini bites of some of the most alluring chocolate we’ve ever tasted. They offer a range of vegan bars and bon bons too. All varieties are available on Etsy.
For fair trade fans, Raaka goes above and beyond with transparency. Their chocolate is also certified organic, dairy-free, gluten-free, and soy-free, and this gift box includes a unique assortment of bars. They include Oat Milk, Bourbon Cask Aged, Green Tea Crunch, Bananas Foster, and more. If that’s not a giftable collection of chocolate bars, then I don’t know what is! For a more modest option, they also have a fun Mini Dose box filled with mini chocolate bars. You can order their dairy-free chocolate gifts via Amazon or direct at www.raakachocolate.com.
They’ve always been known for candy, but as their vegan line has continued to grow, they’ve expanded into vegan chocolates. This collection includes classics, like cherry cordials and haystacks, but also has a couple unique varieties, like key lime creams. You can order them at www.sweetpetescandy.com.
Finding dairy-free chocolate is getting easier, but I was overjoyed when I discovered this dairy-free chocolate-covered pretzel maker. Their beautiful boxes include an assortment of designs and flavors, including white chocolate and peanut butter chocolate coatings. They offer a good selection of options on Amazon.
Every year, Lagusta fixates on creative new ways to enjoy classic confections. And everything she makes is vegan. She’s always been known for truffles, one year she dabbled in fudge, and recently, she’s been big on caramels. They’re liberally featured in several of her holiday options, including the massive Caramel Collection. But peruse the whole site before you purchase. You might feel the need to throw some hot chocolate “spheres,” fudge, or some of her famous bon bons. (For more info, see our full review here.) You can order all of Lagusta’s products at www.lagustasluscious.com.
Although they make dairy milk chocolates aplenty (in the same facility), this kosher chocolatier also has vegan dark chocolate truffle boxes filled with tasty assortments. You can order various parve chocolates from them at miamibeachchocolates.com.
This is a fun gift for a friend or kids. It’s a full pack of every vegan chocolate product from Unreal, including various peanut butter cups and M&M like candies. You can order vegan Unreal products on Amazon.
Compartes Luxury Vegan Chocolates
They offer a full line of vegan chocolate treats. But our favorites for the holidays are their organic vegan truffles with brilliant prints and full set of vibrant, organic vegan chocolate bars. All Compartes chocolates are available at compartes.com.
Every nibble from this chocolatier is dairy-free, gluten-free, and organic. They also shun refined sweeteners, and most of their truffles are vegan and/or paleo. Their better-for-you collection includes enticing flavors, like eggnog cheesecake, pecan pie, and cookie dough. Order these chocolates at www.daydreamdessert.com.
For a new twist on boxed chocolate, order these bite-sized, vegan cakes. They have a rich layer of semi-sweet Belgian chocolate “cheesecake” baked on a layer of old-fashioned cocoa cake, and dusted with imported cocoa. These indulgent bites are available on Goldbelly.
If you’re looking for vegan inspirations, then this chocolatier has you covered. They make traditional milk chocolate items, but have a full line of vegan treats that are Alicia Silverstone-approved. For that extra something special, I recommend their holiday package with chocolaty peanut butter pillows and chocolate-covered toffee. Order from this year’s plant-based collection at www.chocolateinspirations.com.
Sjaak’s is a chocolatier that has been around for quite some time, but they went fully vegan about a decade ago. Like No Whey Chocolate, they love the holidays, and always have a huge assortment of festive chocolates and boxes. They even make filled treats like Nog Bites and Melk Chocolate truffle boxes. (For more info, see our full review here.) You can purchase from their broad product line at www.sjaaks.com.
Taza is one of my all time favorite chocolate companies. They set themselves apart with earthy, stone-ground chocolate that’s dairy-free, soy-free, certified gluten-free, organic, and direct trade. They make a huge array of chocolate bars, but for gifting, my top choice is their Chocolate Mexicano Sampler. (For more info, see our full review here.) You can buy Taza chocolate from stores like Whole Foods, or order it on Amazon.
This Portland-based truffle maker is completely dairy-free. They hand-craft a variety of seasonal flavors and package them neatly into gift boxes. They sell locally at farmer’s markets, but also ship. You can order them at missionary-chocolates.myshopify.com.
Bonus: Dairy-Free Chocolate Gifts in Europe
Montezuma’s does make dairy chocolates, too, but their vegan chocolate line is stunning, and includes some lovely chocolate gift boxes.
Moo Free is a completely organic, dairy-free, vegan and gluten-free chocolatier offering advent calendars and chocolate santas. And this year they have some new White Choccy treats. They can be hard to find in North America, but the brand is readily available in the U.K. and several other European countries.
Plamil Dairy Free is a division of another U.K. company. They produce organic, fair trade chocolates including some a full white chocolate range. Around the holidays they have hampers available.
Lindt Oat Milk Santas might be saying hello again this year. They’re vegan versions of their classic milk chocolate santas.