As we continue to welcome new one-of-a-kind shops to Toronto, vegan, plant-based and dairy-free options are becoming more and more common. Sometimes it’s hard to believe that just a few short years ago—or maybe even months ago, for some—we all thought vegan food had no flavour, “plant-based” sounded like a flowerpot, and there was no such thing as dairy-free chocolate.
Luckily, we’ve learned a lot in the past few years, and now more people—people who aren’t even diary intolerant or vegan—are loving these options more than their nonvegan counterparts.
But nobody should miss out on chocolate, which is why we’ve rounded up the best spots to find vegan chocolate in Toronto.
This Toronto shop features bean-to-bar chocolate that you can feel good about—no matter how much of it you eat by yourself on a Monday night. All products here are made free of nuts, dairy, soy, gluten and preservatives. The beans come from direct-trade so you know exactly where they’re coming from. ChocoSol might pride themselves on delicious dark chocolates, but their plant-based “white” chocolates are revolutionary on their own.
This family-run North York company is a must for any vegans in the city looking to satisfy a sweet tooth. Sweets from the Earth’s original recipes are all 100% plant-based, vegan, and free of GMOs, eggs, and dairy. With one facility that is entirely nut free and one that is entirely gluten free, this store offers something for everyone. Vegans and dairy-lovers alike will love Sweets from the Earth’s oh-so-chewy Chocolate Caramel Pecan bars.
This fully stocked grocery store is a one-stop shop made to satisfy all your vegan needs. Between meat, eggs, fish, ice cream, and cheese, you’ll be surprised by how much food you can get that’s entirely vegan. And you definitely won’t want to skip through the chocolate aisle. Between Vego, La Vida’s, Cleo’s and Lilo & Co., Good Rebel offers the best vegan, dairy-free, and organic chocolates that you’re sure to love, no matter your cravings.
The best place to get your chocolate is from someone who has dedicated their life to creating and sharing the very best chocolate they can. That’s what makes Soul Roasters one of the top chocolate choices in the city. At Soul Roasters, only the highest quality cacao beans and organic cane sugar are used to make this delicious dark chocolate. These bars are made from cacao beans that have been sourced from across the globe—everywhere from Venezuela to the Dominican Republic to Tanzania. Soul Roasters evens offers a vegan milk chocolate, where the milk powder is substituted by coconut flakes, giving it a sweeter and creamier taste.
While Delight Chocolate mainly offers non-vegan chocolates, their dairy-free and vegan options are some of the favourites at Delight Chocolate. The toasted hazelnut chocolate comes from the velvety smooth taste of hazelnut butter packed into a semi-sweet dark chocolate. Other dairy free favourites on the menu include the peanut butter, honey pistachio and burnt almond chocolate. For a taste of fruity flavour to mix with the sweet, Delight Chocolate offers pink grapefruit and raspberry chocolates.