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Best Cruelty-Free Easter Treats Revealed

Best Cruelty-Free Easter Treats Revealed

Posted 20 March 2010   by Karen         Permalink | 26 Comments

Tags: Easter, Chocolate, Dairy, Cows

I think Easter is a pretty sweet deal -- holidays and a chocolate supply big enough that I have some to spare after a whole week of stuffing my face. Sadly Easter isn't quite such a sweet deal for the cows who have to produce all that milk for dairy Easter eggs. Not only have they been selectively bred to produce a whopping 10 times the amount of milk their calves would naturally need, but to add insult to injury their calves (who are born just to keep the mums producing milk) are taken away from them within 24hours and most are trucked off to slaughter. Hmm... that's enough to kill that sugar high.

But once you know the dirt on dairy, the big question is how to be sweet to yourself and the cows at Easter...? Well let me tell you, this used to be a challenge! But these days there are so many amazing cruelty-free, dairy-free chocolates around that you probably don't need a blog to point them out. But since you're here...

Our top 5 Must-Have-Eat Vegan Easter Treats!

Lindt Dark Choc Bunny

5. Lindt Dark Choc Bunny
Why? 'Cause these cute little guys are smooth, delicious and available pretty much everywhere (Note only the dark bunnies are vegan, but they're the best, anyway ;)).

Alpha Chocolate Eggs

4. Alpha Chocolate Eggs
Something to get eggxcited about (first and last egg pun, I swear)! Alpha have a range of fine dairy-free chocolates including large and small eggs. Look out for them at DJ's or TheCrueltyFreeShop.

Sweet William Chocolate Easter Bunnies

3. Sweet William Chocolate Bunnies
All Sweet William do is make chocolate. And all Sweet William chocolates are vegan! This Easter they've brought out Easter bunny multi-packs available at Coles, Darrell Lea, Franklins, Independent Groceries and Health Food Stores.

Vegan Chocolate Bars by Go Max

2. Vegan Snickers, Bounty, Milky Way and Mars Bar Doppelgangers
These delights are new to Australia and are to die for. If you're lucky your local health/specialty store will stock them, or pick them up from TheCrueltyFreeShop.

Home made chocolates

1. DIY Vegan Chocolate Treats
My favourite 'cause there's nothing quite like getting your hands dirty and making your own chocolates! Grab a bar (or five) of your favourite dairy-free chocolate*, melt in a bowl sitting in a pot of shallow boiling water, then scoop the melted chocolate into chocolate moulds and place some roasted nuts (macadamias are my fave) in the centres. Cover with sprinkled nuts or desiccated coconut. You don't need to hold out for Easter -- these make great gifts at any time of year actually! *Here are a few of the brands to look out for:

  • Whittaker's Dark Chocolate Block (confectionary isle of supermarkets)
  • Tropical Source (fair trade, and lots of yummy varieties! At some supermarkets and heath food stores)
  • Bonvita Rice Milk Chocolate (also fair trade. Words can't express how amazing Bonvita is. Their white chocolate is incredible. At health food & specialty stores)
  • Sweet William (their range of chocolate bars are in most supermarkets. They now have vegan white chocolate bars too!)

So now you know what to get me for Easter :) If you have any favourites to add to the list please comment below!

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Hayley. J Hayley. J 20 March 2010
1
They look great!! happy
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Jesstwin Jesstwin 20 March 2010
2
fantastic thanks for the helpful tips..saves me time looking around for cruelty free chocolate
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leticia-porth leticia-porth 20 March 2010
3
these look yum its time 2 go shoppin!
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Shirley Shirley 20 March 2010
4
mmm yum
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CUPCAKES! CUPCAKES! 20 March 2010
5
man I live for chocolate clap
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RMK RMK 20 March 2010
6
And the Lindt chocolate bunny is confirmed as palm oil free - so even better in terms of saving orangutan habitat!
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Cj Cj 20 March 2010
7
ohhh mann yum
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lovingmommmy24 lovingmommmy24 20 March 2010
8
alpha chocolates are the best my kids loooove them but for me nothing beats the gold bunnie hehe
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KarenV KarenV 20 March 2010
9
Thanks for doing the research!
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.ellehcoR .ellehcoR 20 March 2010
10
VERY MUCHLY LOOKING FORWARD to the sweet williams easter range happy
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Pepperlillies Pepperlillies 20 March 2010
11
The DIY ones are adorbale!
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Clud Clud 21 March 2010
12
Miam!
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Bring Jess the Horizon Bring Jess the Horizon 21 March 2010
13
Ohhh yummo! Gotta get me some of that chocolatey goodness!
rabbit
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RebeccaXY RebeccaXY 21 March 2010
14
AWESOME!!!!
For the past few years my sister hasn't eaten an chocolate for easter as she is vegan.. But now i can get her some stuff, and my family! (And it wont be hurting anyone... Cept me when i eat too much of it (; )

This is great.
Thanks so much!!!!!!
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Kathryn Kathryn 21 March 2010
15
hey! don't forget to buy Fair Trade - people are animals too!
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ohmygodlana ohmygodlana 23 March 2010
16
The Lindt bunnies are amazing! Their regular chocolate blocks are vegan too. happy
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Karen Karen 28 March 2010
17
Quite a lot of off-the-shelf dark chocolate is dairy free too. Just check the label happy
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d-i-am-ond d-i-am-ond 28 March 2010
18
tropical sorce is soooo good!
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veganx veganx 30 March 2010
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happy
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Jessica Jessica 4 April 2010
20
Easter - possibly the hardest day of the year for a recovering chocoholic. sad

Hope you all enjoy your cruelty-free deliciousness.  rabbit
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jehnavi jehnavi 5 August 2010
21
tropical sorce is soooo good!
http://www.australiavoyage.net/
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Chip Chip 5 March 2011
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Awesome article!! I was actually thinking about this yesterday and was hoping you'd have an article like this - you never cease to please me. happy
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...2 ...2 5 March 2011
23
Yuuuummmmmmmm.

Easter suddenly got exciting.
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Val Val 28 March 2011
24
oh my god YUMMMMM!! I'm so excited! ecstatic I am so buying the lindt dark choc bunnies happyhappyhappy
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laulamoo laulamoo 25 March 2014
25
these look lovely, but are they palm oil free too?? happy
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Amy Amy 26 March 2014
26
Hi laulamoo, looks like the Lindt bunnies, Sweet Williams (except choc chips and choc spread) and Whittakers are all palm oil free happy http://www.orangutans.com.au/orangutans-survival-information/helping-you-buy-responsibly-palm-oil-free-alternatives.aspx

All the choccies in our online shop are palm oil free as well happy https://unleashed.qnetau.com/shop/?product=160 (And I can personally vouch for their deliciousness wink )
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