Peace , Love, and Chocolate

I’ve been so obsessed with chocolate the past few days.  I might break out like a teenage boy about to hit puberty.  Except I’m a girl.

I have always had a sweet tooth and been into eating a piece of chocolate here and there, but a full chocolate bar every day for the past two days (okay three) is pretty unusual.  Must. break. this. habit. now. 

Lake Champlain Chocolates is my favorite, because they have an Organic Dark Chocolate Spicy Aztec bar that is to die for.  Chocolate meet Mexican Hot Chocolate meet my love for cayenne pepper

Spicy Aztec Chocolate

A little insight to my world.  I prefer to break my chocolate into small bites and let it dissolves in my mouth.  Draw out the experience…

Next up in line, is Endangered Species Chocolate.  Their Organic Dark Chocolate Chimp Mints is like a peppermint patty party in my mouth

Chocolate Chimp MInts
Two little squares normally does the trick.  (But not this week.)

And when I’m in a pinch and there are no overpriced health food stores around, I’ll settle for Starbuck’s Dark Chocolate Bar.

Starbucks Dark Chocolatre 
Which brings me to the point of this post – Last night I was craving something sweet.  Starbucks just landed in my lamp.  I went in, bought my beloved chocolate, and told the barista about my out-of-control binge.  She sympathized. 

I proceeded to talk her ear off about how I like their dark chocolate because there is not milk in it.  She checks me out (not like that) AND THEN says, “I hate to burst your bubble, but a gal here is also Vegan and says this chocolate is not Vegan.”  I take a look at the ingredients; I don’t see any dairy listed.  It passes my test. 

Take a look for yourself: (not listed on Starbuck’s website, but found here)

Starbucks® Dark Chocolate, 34 g
Starbucks Coffee Company, Seattle, WA USA
http://www.starbucks.com/
Ingredients: cacao beans, cane sugar, cocoa butter, soy lecithin, vanilla.  May contain traces of milk and tree nuts.
Marketing on package:  “Starbucks is committed to ethical sourcing.”, “sourced at origin, artisan crafted.”

The “may contain traces of milk and tree nuts” is what she must be referring to.  I did a little google search to see what other Vegans think (not that I really care, because the chocolate is all consumed by the time I begin my research).  The disclaimer on the packaging seems to be strictly legal jargon, but some folks still wouldn’t consume products with the “may contain this or that animal product” on it. 

Well, it ain’t going to keep me from my chocolate. 

Do the Vegans who read my blog eat products that contain traces of animal products? 

Eat well,
Carolyn

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5 responses to “Peace , Love, and Chocolate

  1. if it says MAY contain traces.. i dont worry about it! of course if it contains them then i wont eat them becuz they aren’t vegan.. but a factory cant PROMISe there wont be traces so i dnt mind about that!

  2. Oh so curious if your marathon chocolate craving is still going strong. 🙂

    Most of our dark chocolate selections are certified vegan by Vegan Action. They address the issue of shared equipment on their website; this might give you some insight into your question. http://www.vegan.org/campaigns/certification/index.html

  3. Stephanie

    i am allergic to milk, and i can eat starbucks’ VIA dark chocolate bar (though i’ve never tried the original dark chocolate). but the VIA one also says “may contain traces of milk.” I’m pretty sure it’s vegan because i don’t get any sort of reaction from it (and i’m really sensitive). it’s delicious!

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