Save yourself loads of money and check out this detailed chocolate review of the best Australian chocolate bars and brands. See what is the best of the best when it comes to dairy free chocolate!
Australian Vegan Chocolate Review
Over the past few years, Australian supermarkets have been stocking plenty of vegan chocolate bars. For the longest of times, there would usually only be a few options available, and they were very expensive to boot.
Now, we are fortunate that the everyday Australian consumer can enjoy dairy free chocolate, without the overly expensive price tag. Coles, Woolworths, Aldi, and IGA have all offered plenty of options. Not only that, many mainstream brands have several kinds of chocolate that are accidentally vegan!
Australian Vegan Chocolate- The ultimate taste test!
We’ve given a taste test to ALL the easily accessible vegan chocolate brands available in Australia. We’ve broken them down based on taste, texture, price, and comparability to other competing brands.
Here are the brands we have tried-
- Sweet William
- Green and Black’s
- Pico chocolate
- Loving Earth
Lindt can do no wrong when it comes to taste and texture. Like their other bars, the Lindt 78% was creamy, smooth, and melt in your mouth. It’s also great used in baking and melts beautifully.
Lindt bars retail between $4-$5 a bar, but they are often on special.
Sweet William Milk Chocolate
We tried the Sweet William chocolate bars, that was more on the milk chocolate side. While incredibly smooth and creamy, the chocolate was very, very sweet.
Sweet William bars retail around $6 per bar.
Green and Black’s salted caramel dark chocolate
A newer range brought out by Green and Black’s, we were astounded by how incredible this chocolate tasted. It was incredibly creamy, and the addition of salt took it up a notch. We had to stop eating it after a few pieces as it was incredibly moreish!
Green and Black’s Salted caramel dark chocolate retails at $4.25 per bar and is often on special.
Green and Black’s 80%
The OG of dark chocolate, Green and Black’s original dark chocolate was similar to Lindt, but less creamy. It’s good as a chocolate standby, but there was nothing special about it. Stick to their salted caramel version, which is out of this world.
Green and Black’s dark chocolate retails at $3.50 per bar.
Pana Milk Chocolate
We had high hopes for the Pana milk chocolate, as Pana has been around for a very long time in the vegan chocolate world. However, the chocolate was very dissapointing. The texture was not very creamy and had a waxy texture. It wasn’t overly sweet and didn’t really melt.
Retailing at $6 per small bar, they were definitely not worth it and you’d be better off buying their other flavors.
Popular supermarket chocolate availability
Vegan Chocolate Woolworths
- Pico– A higher priced chocolate, they come in several flavors including coconut milk, hazelnut milk, super dark, and mint crisp. Pico chocolate retails around $6 a bar, which is a little more expensive that other chocolate bars, but their texture is smooth and creamy.
- Pana– Pana chocolate has now become quite mainstream and has a plethora of flavors. Some of their flavors are better than others, and price-wise, Pana is VERY expensive. Their small bars are $6 and their larger bars are close to $8.
- Loving earth– Similar to Pico chocolate, Loving Earth chocolate has several main flavors, including salted caramel and creamy mylk. Retailing between $4-$5 per bar, they are one of the more affordable vegan chocolates.
Vegan Chocolate Coles
- Coles Vegan range– Coles have recently released a home range of vegan chocolates. They come in flavors including dark chocolate toffee, chocolate orange, and peppermint chocolate. Retailing at $5 per bar, they are more affordable, but their texture is quite hit and miss. Some flavors are super creamy but a few of them tend to be quite bitter and dry.
- Sweet William– A pioneer in dairy free chocolate, Sweet William has been around for many years. We found the range to be super sweet, but it’s fabulous to use in baking, like cookies.
Vegan Chocolate Aldi
- Choceur– The Aldi home brand, Choceur has several options which are secretly vegan. Their dark chocolate and black chocolate ranges are vegan friendly.
- Dairy fine– Look out for their extra dark chocolate flavor- there is no dairy or eggs in them.
Which should I buy?
After trying out all the vegan chocolate in Australia, the best of the best has been the Lindt chocolate. Not only is it smooth and creamy, but it is easily accessible.
Lindt chocolate is always on sale and is readily available around the world. Not only is their 78% vegan, but any percentage of cocoa above that is also vegan.
Avoid the specialty brands like Pana chocolate and Loving Earth, as they are hit and miss with their flavors and overpriced.