This Christmas, popular Swiss chocolatier and confectionery company Lindt & Sprüngli, commonly referred to as just Lindt, is launching its first-ever vegan milk chocolate bars.
The dairy-free, oat-based milk chocolates—available in Cookie, Hazelnut, and Salted Caramel flavors—will be available in Germany initially.
The vegan-certified bars, which are also nut-free and lactose-free, will be part of the brand’s Hello range.
Vegan Chocolates Galore
Lindt isn’t the only company churning out vegan chocolate options.
Earlier this year, Mondelēz—the owners of Cadbury—revealed it had been working on perfecting a plant-based milk chocolate option for two years. “We’re always listening to our consumers,” said a Mondelēz spokesperson. “So we can develop and provide people with greater choice.”
They continued, “this includes looking at a plant-based Cadbury Dairy Milk bar.”
The brand has no plans for immediately launching a dairy-free option. It will debut the new vegan milk chocolate option when it “retains the texture and taste that consumers love.”
In response to an increased demand for vegan products, grocery chain Trader Joe’s also revealed its developing vegan milk chocolate bars. It made the announcement on an episode of its podcast, “Inside Trader Joe’s.”
Instead of using dairy milk, the new dairy-free bars will be made with an almond-based ingredient. “But I wouldn’t have known the difference if I hadn’t been told,” the chain’s director of words, phrases, and clauses, Tara Miller, said. “It just tasted like really good creamy milk chocolate.” She added: “I feel like our vegan customers are going to absolutely flip for that particular product.”
Barry Callebaut, one of the world’s leading chocolate and cocoa manufacturers, also introduced a 100 percent dairy-free “M_lk Chocolate” alternative. It’s part of its Plant Craft range to “satisfy the growing consumer demand for plant-based indulgence.”
The chocolate manufacturer also revealed plans to open a vegan production facility in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. Barry Callebaut will use the factory to exclusively produce its non-dairy chocolates. The company plans to have the factory operational in 2021.
Lindt’s new vegan chocolate will be available in November and will cost €2.99 a bar.