Vegan Easter eggs make hopping into the holiday spirit easier than ever.
The season of bunnies, flower festooned bonnets, and of course, chocolate, is nearly upon us. For those who’ve given up chocolate for Lent, the annual feast day probably can’t come soon enough.
Combining chocolate and eggs, a pagan symbol of new life and fertility, the ancient holiday is perhaps the most unvegan sounding of celebrations. However, the plant-based chocolate market has grown considerably in recent years. Ditching dairy no longer means missing out on Easter indulgence or forgoing a proper Easter egg. If you’re looking for some inspiration, here is our ultimate guide to vegan Easter eggs in the UK.
Vegan Milk Chocolate Easter Eggs
Created by Mike and Andrea Jessop, all of Moo Free’s products are organic and made with fair-trade cocoa. The multi-award-winning, family-owned business uses high quality, natural ingredients in its creations and holds a focus on being environmentally-friendly.
Its factories send no waste to landfills and none of its chocolates use animal products. Because Moo Free manufactures its items from raw ingredients in its own factories, it can assure its customers that all of its goods are free from gluten and soya.
Sea salt and caramel Easter eggs, “Bunnycomb” eggs, Rosie Rabbit chocolate bars, and “Cheeky Orange” Easter eggs are all on offer.
Its products are stocked at leading retailers including ASDA, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Morrisons, and Waitrose.
NOMO by Kinnerton
Founded in 1978, Kinnerton is a “child’s chocolate dreamland,” according to its website. Its products—which include Easter Eggs, chocolate bars, and advent calendars—are made in a “pioneering” nut-free environment.
Though not a vegan brand, the company recently introduced a dairy-free range of products, called NOMO.
This Dorset-based chocolate company offers eight plant-based Easter treats, including a Dark Chocolate Bunny in a Box. For those who would find eating a vegan chocolate rabbit just a bit too confusing, a gorgeous alternative is Chococo’s Madagascan Vegan Milc Chocolate Egg, which retails at £18.50. Made from cashew nuts, this large egg is perfect for vegans who prefer their chocolate on the lighter side.
Holland & Barrett Milk Chocolate Style Egg with Bunny Bar
High street retailer Holland & Barrett carries its own dairy-free organic chocolate Easter egg. This festive treat swaps milk with rice powder for a rich, creamy taste and texture, plus it comes with a bunny-shaped bar.
This year, the health food chain is offering its largest-ever range of vegan eggs. It’s stocking dairy-free eggs from Mummy Meagz, Moo-Free, Nomo, So-Free, Buttermilk, and Doisy & Dam.
Molly King, a seasonal buyer for the chain, said in a statement: “we at Holland & Barrett believe that being plant-based shouldn’t ever mean missing out on taste or excitement, especially when it comes to chocolate.”
Dark Chocolate Easter Eggs
For people who take their chocolate very seriously, Hotel Chocolat sells a few vegan Easter delicacies. The top pick is its Splat Easter Egg, which is comprised of a dark chocolate egg decorated with white vegan chocolate, cunningly decorated to look like its suffered an eggy mishap.
Founded in the year 2000, this UK chocolate specialist listened to market demand by launching its own vegan chocolate range.
Its 100 percent cocoa Absolute Black Vegan Button Easter Egg is available from John Lewis. If that’s a little too strong for you, the brand also offers a vegan chocolate chicken named Harriet Hen, which consists of 70 percent cocoa. It also sells Absolute Black Peanut Butter Mini Eggs and Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Mini Eggs.
Chocolates by Eloise
Chocolates by Eloise makes high quality, artisan luxury chocolate by hand. The company’s Extra Dark Chocolate With Ginger & Lemongrass is vegan, featuring 72 percent cocoa solids, which are sustainably sourced from across the world. The eggs are available in three sizes.
Cadbury’s Easter egg range this year includes not one, but two vegan options, in the form of Bourneville. The Bourneville Easter Egg is part of the brand’s Heritage Collection and comes complete with a bar of its signature dark chocolate. Cadbury’s is also offering a Bourneville Orange Easter Egg.
Flavored Vegan Chocolate Easter Eggs
Sainsbury’s Free From
This British supermarket, founded in 1869, is getting fruity with a vegan white chocolate and strawberry egg. Not only is this £3.50 egg from Sainsbury’s Deliciously Free From range a fetching shade of pastel pink, but it also contains real chunks of freeze-dried strawberry.
The Easter egg is also available in dark and white chocolate varieties.
For a more luxurious “eggsperience,” this Cornwall-based confectionery company makes vegan eggs in flavors Choc Orange and Choc Honeycomb. Buttermilk typically produces non-vegan fudge, honeycomb, and brittle, but launched the animal-free Easter treats in an effort to be more inclusive.
You can buy Buttermilk’s dairy-free Easter eggs from Sainsbury’s for £6 each.
Tesco Free From
Tesco offers a range of vegan Easter eggs, including three NOMO options and one from Moo-Free. It also has a selection of own-brand Easter chocolate. Customers can try its Free From Chocolate Caramel Egg With Buttons, its Free From White Chocolate & Raspberry Egg, and its Free From Chocolate Chicks & Friends.
This specialist chocolate shop based in London’s Notting Hill handcrafts all of its chocolatey wares from fresh ingredients. Its bespoke strawberry egg is made with 70 percent dark chocolate, freeze-dried strawberries, and passion fruit. An especially nice touch is that the artisanal egg is filled with vegan confectionery in the old school style. At £29.99, this is the sort of Easter egg one gives as a very fancy present. Of course, we all deserve to treat ourselves now and then.
Fairtrade chocolate company Divine offers a range of vegan Easter egg options, including a Dark Chocolate & Raspberry Easter Egg.
The company uses high-quality ingredients; its eggs contain 60 to 70 percent cocoa and Divine supports cocoa farmers in Ghana by offering them shares in the company. Divine doesn’t use palm oil, artificial flavors, or soya in its recipes.
Booja-Booja makes its luxury dairy-free creations with just a few natural ingredients, like agave syrup and almond paste. Its Easter chocolates are kept cozy in hand-painted shells made in Kashmir, India. Inside, you can find three truffles or 12, depending on your appetite for all things chocolate. Flavors include almond and sea salt caramel, fine de champagne, and hazelnut crunch. They’re organic and free from gluten and soya.
Vegan Creme Eggs
Yorkshire-based Mummy Meagz has made a fully vegan version of the classic creme egg: the Chuckie Egg. The gluten-free and soy-free dark chocolate eggs feature a sticky vegan fondant filling, colored to resemble the white and yolk of a raw chicken egg. The Chuckie Eggs are available to buy from Holland & Barrett.
Miami Burger offers more than just burgers. The brand is now offering Melting Middle Chocolate Puddings too. They’re not chocolate eggs, granted, but they feature a creme egg filling, so they’ll definitely get you in the Easter spirit. You can buy them from Holland & Barrett.