Vegan Hot Chocolate, Mocha and Malt Style Drinks

by Elisa
Last updated: 03/11/17

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If you thought that being vegan or dairy-free means that a steaming mug of hot chocolate is off the menu… good news – not at all! Check out our tips on where to buy a mug on-the-go, and our lovely list of hot chocolate (drinking chocolate), liquid chocolate, cocoa powder, ‘malted’ drinks, mocha/latte/cappuccino alternatives, and meltable chocolate spoons, flakes, buttons, nibs, drops… and more… right after the jump.

Quick links

Hot Chocolate, Drinking Chocolate, Flakes and Cocoa
Chocolate Spoons and Chocolate Drops
Malt-style, Barley and Rye, and Chicory drinks
Hot chocolate from high street chain cafes

 

Tip: Watch out for some brands which have similar-looking products. Examples of products which ARE NOT VEGAN:

  • Clipper Fairtrade Instant Hot Chocolate (the pink one)
  • Hotel Chocolat Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate
  • Nesquik hot chocolate powder (it contains non-vegan Vitamin D3  – labelled as “Cholecalciferol” in the ingredients)
  • Whittard White varieties and Mint flavour

Aldi

Aldi Luxury Chocolate Drink

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Asda

Asda Chosen By You Cocoa

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Cadbury

Cadbury Drinking Chocolate

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(Cadbury instant, Options, Highlights and others all contain milk).

Cadbury Bournville Cocoa (it states for baking but can be used) 

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Cafe Direct

Cafedirect Fairtrade San Cristobal Drinking Chocolate

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Clipper

Clipper Fairtrade Drinking Chocolate (the purple one)

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Choc Chick

Choc Chick Blissful Blends Cacao Mandarin

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Choc Chick Blissful Blends Raw Cacao Powder with Heart-warming Cinnamon

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Chocolates El Canario Sabor

Chocolates El Canario Sabor Tradicional Cacao a la Taza
(available online from Melbury & Appleton and Tastes deli)

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Cocoa Cravings

Divine

Divine Drinking Chocolate

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Dr Oetker

Dr Oetker Fine Dark Cocoa Powder

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Food Thoughts

Food Thoughts Fairtrade Cocoa

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Galaxy

Galaxy Drinking Chocolate
Note: ONLY Galaxy option is safe for vegans as all others contain milk. This one does not – the label has a pink note stating ‘Add milk’.

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Green & Blacks

Green & Blacks Organic Cocoa Powder (125g)

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Green & Blacks Organic Dark Hot Chocolate Drink

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Hasslacher’s

Hasslacher’s Hot Chocolate Flakes

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Hotel Chocolat

Note: Salted Caramel IS NOT VEGAN (milk). Shame!

Hotel Chocolat Classic (70%) Hot Chocolate

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Hotel Chocolat Chilli Hot Chocolate

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Hotel Chocolat 100% Dark Hot Chocolate

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Lidl Deluxe

Lidl Deluxe Amazonas Drinking Chocolate

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M&S

M&S (Marks & Spencer) Christmas Hot Chocolate Flakes

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Montezuma’s

Montezuma’s Christmas Ginger and Orange Drinking Chocolate (Organic)

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Montezuma’s Eden Project Mocha / Mochachino Drinking Chocolate

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Morrisons

Morrisons Cocoa

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Morrisons Drinking Chocolate

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Plamil

Plamil Luxury 70% Organic Chocolate Flakes

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Raw

Raw Hot Chocolate Original – with Madagascan Bourbon Vanilla Powder

Raw Hot Chocolate Spiced – with cinnamon, nutmeg and Madagascan bourbon vanilla powder

Raw Hot Chocolate Fiery – with Wiltshire-grown Jamaican Red chili

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Rowntree’s

Rowntree’s Cocoa

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Sainsbury’s

Sainsbury’s Cocoa

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Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Santo Domingo Drinking Chocolate

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Sainsbury’s Taste the Difference Santo Domingo Drinking Chocolate with warming Cinnamon

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Spanish Chocolate Company

Spanish Chocolate Company Thick Hot Chocolate Drink

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Sweet Freedom Choc Shot

Sweet Freedom Choc Shot Liquid Chocolate (original)
Sweet Freedom Choc Shot Orange Spice Liquid Chocolate
Sweet Freedom Choc Shot Coconut Liquid Chocolate
(All registered with the Vegan Society)

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Sweet Revolution

Sweet Revolution Instant Hot Chocolate

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Tesco

Tesco Cocoa Powder

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Tesco Drinking Chocolate

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Twinings

Twinings Swiss Hot Chocolate Drink

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Waitrose

Waitrose Christmas Gold Shimmer Hot Chocolate

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Waitrose Luxuriously Rich Drinking Chocolate

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Whittard

Whittard (an impressive collection follows…)

Whittard 60% Flaked Drinking Chocolate

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Whittard 70% Cocoa Hot Chocolate

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Whittard Caramel Hot Chocolate

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Whittard Chilli Hot Chocolate

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Whittard Dreamtime Hot Chocolate (contains Barley)

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Whittard Luxury Hot Chocolate

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Whittard Orange Hot Chocolate

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Whittard Rocky Road Hot Chocolate

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Whittard Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate

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CHOCOLATE SPOONS AND CHOCOLATE DROPS

Cocoa Loco Dark Hot Chocolate Spoon

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Lidl – chocolate chips (try warming and add plant-based milk)

Seasalt Cornwall Hot Chocolate Spoon – Dark – Mint

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Seasalt Cornwall Hot Chocolate Spoon – Dark – Orange

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Sir Hans Sloane Drinking Chocolate Dark Chocolate Beads

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Whittard 72% Dark Chocolate Spoon

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Willie’s Cacao Chef’s Drops 72% Rio Caribe

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Willie’s Cacao Chef’s Drops 71% Sambriano

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EXTRAS… syrup, cream and such!

Why not use cocoa and make your own – you could add syrup, use coconut milk or cashew milk for extra creaminess.
Want cream on top? Squirty cream is available!

Camp Chicory & Coffee Essence

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Schlagfix Vegan Squirty Cream (can)

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Soyatoo Dairy-free Vegan Spray Cream – Rice Whip

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Soyatoo Dairy-free Vegan Spray Cream – Soy Whip

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Homemade recipe: Whip up Coconut cream/milk

MALT-STYLE, BARLEY AND RYE, CHICORY DRINKS TIP

Do you miss that ‘malt’ taste, like Horlicks, Ovaltine and Maltesers? Or fancy a different kind of caffeine-free latte or cappucino?

Malted: Try making a ‘malted’ hot chocolate by adding Oat milk (such as Oatly) or malted-type drink powder (such as Barleycup).

Latte/Cappucino/Mocha: Combine the chocolate/cocoa drink with coffee (caff/decaff) or for a gentle latte or cappucino, try a roasted barley or chicory drink.

Many of these are in Holland&Barrett and independent stores.

A.Vogel Bambu Instant Coffee Substitute
(Chicory, Wheat, Malted Barley, Figs, Acorns)

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Barleycup Powder (Instant Cereal Drink)
(Roasted barley, rye and chicory. Caffeine free.)

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Barleycup Original Granules (Instant Cereal Drink)
(Roasted barley, rye and chicory. Caffeine free.)

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Nestle Caro Chicory & Rye Drink
(Roasted chicory and rye)

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Orzo coffee Organic Ground Roasted Barley

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Prewett’s Organic Chicory Drink
(Roasted organic chicory)

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Prewett’s Roasted Instant Chicory Drink
(Roasted organic chicory)

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Whole Earth Organic No Caffeine Drink
(Barley, malted barley, chicory, rye, figs)

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For a quick super-milky drink, warm up some chocolate plant-based milk (Oatly, Alpro, “Dream” have options).

HOT CHOCOLATE FROM HIGH STREET CHAIN CAFES

Tips on grabbing a hot chocolate on-the-go: Watch out for hot chocolate in coffee shops – even those made with soy milk, because there are instances when the following are NOT vegan:

hot chocolate base
flavoured syrup
drizzle on top (eg caramel)
chocolate sprinkles or dust

People in vegan Facebook groups have reported being caught out by non-dairy syrups in a flavoured hot chocolate, for example.

Please send us your tips! This is a work in progress, so if you have a tip please contact us (Facebook etc.) and we will update the article. Thanks!

Costa
VW Chatroom tip: Soy Toffee Apple Hot Chocolate – dairy-free only not suitable for vegans due to potential cross-contamination. If ordering, do so without sprinkles, choc powder or cream and with soy milk.

Starbucks
VW Chatroom tip: Classic hot choc with soya milk is usually fine – chocolate powder sprinkles should be dairy free but ask to be sure. Can add syrup, eg Peppermint to get Mint Hot Chocolate.

Cafe Nero (TBC)
Example: Spicy Orange with Soya milk

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2 comments on “Vegan Hot Chocolate, Mocha and Malt Style Drinks”
  • Jack says:

    Rowntree’s cocoa powder lists “flavourings” as an ingredient as well as cocoa. I understand the flavourings could be vegan, just weird how they do not list it as one of their vegan products on the Nestle website. Makes me doubt whether it is vegan.

    • Sandra says:

      They don’t list anything that is a ‘may contains’ allergens and therefore like lots of vegan lists is shorter than it ought to be. If you find out otherwise then please do let us know.

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