Terry’s Chocolate Orange is one of the traditional Christmas treats. A milky chocolate orange bar segmented like an orange, wrapped in orange foil, often found in a Christmas stocking. But today we know a little better. It’s made from refined sugar, skimmed milk powder, milk fat and whey powder (likely from factory farms), and palm oil. This Tea in the Moment Loose Orange Cacao Chocolate Tea is made from cacao shells, leftover from the chocolate making process.
In 2016, the chocolate orange was reduced considerably in size to leave more ‘air gaps’ and yet doubled in price in some shops (the same happened with Toblerone chocolate bars, with companies trying to eek out more profit, as people ate less of their products). Instead, why not go for some alternatives? These can be homemade but there are some pretty good creations around.
All chocolate is toxic to pets (white chocolate also has too much fat). Use a letterbox guard, for home delivery. Never buy chocolate sweetened with xylitol, as any licked or eaten could be lethal. Read more on keeping pets safe at Christmas.
Vegan Chocolate Orange Recipes
Orange Choc Chip Shortbread Cookies (Full of Plants). Use vegan butters with no palm oil. Keep these recipes away from pets due to toxic ingredients (fruit pips & seeds, dried fruits, nutmeg, fresh dough, chocolate, caffeine, alcohol and xylitol).
Orange Almond Biscotti (Minimalist Baker) are good with coffee.
Vegan Salted Chocolate Tart with Orange (So Vegan) is sweetened with sugar in coconut milk, then combined with 70% dark chocolate (no higher or the chocolate will split). To vary this recipe, you can leave out the oranges and cocoa, but replace the orange juice with coconut milk or just more water.
Buy Vegan Chocolate Orange Bars
- Vurger Co Vegan Chocolate Orange Advent Calender is offered seasonally by this London and Brighton fast food chain.
- Montezuma’s Like No Udder Chocolate Orange is the closest in taste, made with organic ingredients. Note if you have an allergy to milk, this is best not eaten, due to methods of production.
Fabalous Choc Orange Spread is a combo of organic hazelnuts, cacao and chickpeas, with orange zest. Mr Organic Orange Biscuits with Cocoa Beans are one of the vegan biscuit brands that are also free from palm oil.
Chocolate Orange Drinks