We all need to treat ourselves now and again. It’s the little things that make life worth living!
The History of Candy
Of course, we can't talk about the origins of chocolate without filling you in on the untold history of candies. The first place where candy truly began was in ancient Egypt. They combined fruits, nuts, and honey to make humanity's first sugary delights. Not long after the Greeks used honey and candied fruits to make their own version. It wasn’t until the 19th century however that candy began to truly develop alongside the industrial revolution. Fast forward to the modern-day and candy is now a true part of our culture. Halloween anyone?
The Health Benefits of Vegan Chocolate & Candy
You can eat vegan chocolate and candy every once in a while and still be healthy! Here at PlantX, we believe that a key factor to well-being is having balance. This means making healthy choices but also finding joy in eating the foods you love. Nourish your body with mindful exercise and plant-based foods, and allow yourself to nourish your soul with vegan chocolate and candy.
Vegan candy is often more nutritious than regular candy. Many vegan candy brands use natural organic ingredients and no refined sugar. How's that for an excuse? You may also be surprised to know there may be some health benefits to chocolate as well. Dark chocolate has been known to reduce the symptoms of depression due to its anti-inflammatory qualities. It also contains a lot of nutrients and antioxidants.
Does Vegan Chocolate & Candy Have More Calories?
No, not necessarily. It all depends on the brand and what type of sweet treat you’re looking for. And remember, something can be high in calories and still be super nutritious! The foundation of chocolate products generally contains cocoa, cocoa butter, and sugar. Many companies add dairy milk to make the chocolate smoother, but vegan chocolate brands tend to use coconut oil, dairy-free spread, or plant-based milk such as oat or almond milk instead.
This means a vegan chocolate may be just as high in calories, but it will still be more nutritious and better for your body. The same goes for candy. Vegan candy made with sugar can be high in calories but you can still snack away with a good conscience knowing it's better for the animals and the planet.
Best Vegan Chocolate Candy Recipe
We absolutely love these indulgent Plant-Based Nanaimo Bars by Sara - they’re so easy to make and packed with plant-based chocolatey goodness. Each bar is around 168 calories (11g fat, 16g carbohydrates, 4g protein) making them a really healthy vegan treat. Enjoy on the go, with your afternoon coffee, or with your Sunday Netflix marathon.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I Eat Candy & Chocolate on a Vegan Diet?
Yes, you can have both and still stick with your plant-based diet. Many chocolate and candy brands use animal-derived ingredients in the production process, so make sure you read the labels and go for sweet treats that are made with plant-based ingredients only. Luckily, the demand for vegan candy and chocolate is growing and here at PlantX, we offer you the best of the best!
Is Vegan Candy Nutritious?
Vegan candy is often more nutritious than regular candy. Many vegan candy brands use natural organic ingredients and no refined sugar. There are also vegan candy brands that use refined sugar, these sweets will be high in calories but you can still snack away with a good conscience knowing they’re better for the animals and the planet. Read the label to make sure you get a vegan candy that is nourishing, for both body and soul.
Are all PlantX’s Candy Really Vegan?
Yes! As you probably know, there are a lot of chocolates and candies on the market that include animal-derived ingredients, such as gelatin or milk. They also include unnecessary ingredients such as artificial additives, flavors, colors, and preservatives. Here at PlantX, we have made sure our products are 100% vegan so you don't have to worry.
Are Red Candies not Vegan?
Usually, red candies are not vegan! They contain a red food dye called carmine that is made from bugs. At PlantX, we have made sure that all candies (even the red ones) don't use any ingredients derived from animals. Especially cute little bugs! Let them live!
Is your Candy Gluten-Free?
Most of our candies are not only dairy-free and cruelty-free, but also gluten-free and GMO-free! Please see the drop-down menu to view our range of the best vegan gluten-free candy. We have something for everyone! No matter your allergies or dietary requirements, you won’t have to miss out on vegan candy and chocolate!