Let me start by saying that yes, we do eat chocolate.
Cacao beans are a plant.
One of the reasons why it took me 11 months to transition to veganism was that, besides the baked goodies, I was afraid of letting go of my favorite chocolate.
I had no idea if I could find plant-based alternatives in my small town and the thought of having to eat just healthy foods was disturbing.
Before I started thinking of what I put inside my body my lunch consisted of – and this is the honest truth – frozen pizza, Coke and Milka chocolate. No, my health was definitely not a priority.
So once I stopped consuming animal products, I had to learn how to eat plants in a way that nourishes me but also figure out where I can find junk food for those days when I want to eat my feelings.
In 2015 my small town had less than a handful of cookies and chocolate that was plant-based. I spent 30 minutes just reading the labels and Googling what the numbers on them meant. It was pretty exciting, I must say.
As the years went by, I got better at recognizing different ingredients, finding vegan products even if they didn’t have the V label on them, and my town got better at providing the alternatives.
I would be lying if I said that it wasn’t hard for a while not being able to just buy whatever I wanted. But I knew why I was doing it and after a while, things got better and easier for me.
I don’t know where in the world you live and how many alternatives to milk chocolate products there are, but things do get better. People are waking up to the horrors of the dairy industry and demanding change.
As I said, things improved over time and now I have many products I can choose from. So I want to share with you a few of my favorites.
Maybe they are hiding at your local store but you never looked for them! Who knows.
So, do vegans eat chocolate? Yes, and plenty of it too!
Listen, maybe you won’t like the first 10 plant-based chocolates you try. That’s okay because I still haven’t found one that tastes as good as Milka.
But you know what? I’m not vegan for the chocolate and the taste of it is certainly not enough for me to go back to paying for the exploitation of other animals.
I’m happy with my lifestyle today and there are plenty of plant-based chocolate products that I can satisfy my taste buds with. I’m still searching for that one that will make my knees weak but it’s not the most important thing in my life.
Chocolate is delicious but I prefer saving cows over stuffing my mouth with Twix.