Dairy Free Chocolate
What a time to be a vegan! Over the past few years vegan options have got bigger & better and they show no signs of slowing down.
Everyone loves chocolate - some love that soft, creamy texture, for others it's that rich dark bold flavour, some dip it in their tea and some keep in the fridge (crazy I know) whether you like yours sprinkled with cinnamon or packed choc-a-block with nuts there is quickly becoming a delicious dairy free chocolate option to suit everyone. Woooo!
So how do they make dairy free chocolate taste creamy and 'milky'? Well it's quite simple really, they take out the milk and replace it with products such as, soymilk powder, coconut milk/cream, or hemp seeds. There are other ingredients which work perfectly well, but these are some of my personal favourites.
"So what actually are these?" you might be asking. Let me explain:
Soy Milk - Also known as soya milk or soymilk, is a plant-based drink produced by soaking and grinding soybeans, boiling the mixture, and filtering out remaining particulates.
Coconut milk - is an opaque, milky-white liquid extracted from the grated pulp of mature coconuts. The opacity and rich taste of coconut milk are due to its high oil content, most of which is saturated fat.
Coconut cream - is much thicker and richer. It is made from simmering four parts shredded coconut in one part water. The cream that rises to the top of a can of coconut milk is also considered coconut cream.
Hemp Seeds - they have a mild, nutty flavour. Hemp milk is made from hulled hemp seeds, water, and sweetener.
True chocolate is naturally dairy free and dark, which in it's purest form, contains only two ingredients:
Cacao - The beans are processed at low temperatures and are considered raw. Once milled into powder, it contains a much higher amount of enzymes, minerals, and nutrients.
Sugar - Added to balance out Cacao's naturally bitter taste.
All the different percentages on dark chocolate packaging can have us feeling a little confused. Here is what it all means - The cocoa percentage figure refers to the actual amount of the chocolate made from the cocoa bean, such as cocoa butter (the fat portion of the bean), often added to make chocolate creamier.
So a dark chocolate bar with a cocoa content of 70%, means that 70% of the chocolate has been made from ingredients found purely in the cocoa bean. 55% will contain 55% of the ingredients found in the cocoa bean and so forth.
For more information on our vegan chocolate range give our 'vegan chocolate' blog a little read or you can head straight over to our shop to find some incredible dairy free chocolate, including some of the rarest chocolate in the world!