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.
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…
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.
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
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?