Happy Valentine’s Day (almost)! Looking for some cruelty-free alternatives for Valentine’s Day chocolates? Try one of these for your sweetie:
- Endangered Species Chocolates
A year-round favorite when I’m in the mood for a little dark chocolate (or simply an impulse buy at Whole Foods). Beyond the bars, though, I’ve discovered on the ES web site that the company has amazing gift collections — think chocolate towers! But my fave fave is ES’s adoption collection: everything from wild dogs to giraffes. Takes cruelty-free “cool” to a whole new level. Last year, I announced that my heart belonged to the one who adopted a zebra for me. My valentine came through for me, and I now have a little stuffed animal zebra to remind me what a lucky girl I am to have married such a wonderful guy.
- Rescue Chocolates
This Brooklyn-based company donates 100% of its net profits to animal rescue organizations around the country. The packaging of each vegan chocolate bar addresses an aspect of the companion animal “overpopulation” issue. For example, the “Peanut Butter Pit Bull” addresses the negative public image of the breed; “Foster-iffic Peppermint” highlights animal foster care for shelter animals until they can find their forever homes. For Valentine’s Day, consider Rescue Chocolate’s “Wild at Heart” — vegan chocolate hearts filled with raspberry ganache.
- Sjaak’s Organic Chocolates
Offering everything from chocolate bars to bite-sized assortments. Sjaak’s offers seasonal products, including goodies for Valentine’s Day… and Easter, which will be here before we know it. I’m already contemplating the Bunny Truffle Gift Box. Wedding favors also are available; just something to keep in mind in case someone pops the question this V-Day.
- Veganache Chocolate Collection by Christopher Norman
This 12-piece vegan truffles collection includes four decadent flavor profiles in Sicilian Orange, Raspberry, Coconut and Rich Dark Chocolate. How luscious does that sound?!
- Chocolate Valentine’s Nuts & Chews
I found this gift box on Pangea’s online Vegan Store. Each 9-piece package contains assorted chewy caramels and nut crunches smothered in organic ricemilk chocolate. Organic and Fair-Trade Certified. A great option if dark chocolate isn’t your valentine’s thing… though there is a dark chocolate version available as well.
- Chocolate Valentine’s Lollipop
Also on Pangea’s site, the lollipop is the perfect “little something” for someone special. From Divine Treasures, this vegan chocolate lollipop is organic and gluten-free, with a cute heart shape and the word “love” in capital letters.
- GREY2KUSA Valentine’s Gift Packages
A hand-painted Valentine’s Day card with your personal message, a matching stamp, and a greyhound-shaped, cruelty-free chocolate. For an additional $15, a greyhound doll of your choice that is simply TOO cute. Not only is this a wonderful gift idea, but it also supports an organization doing extraordinary work to end greyhound racing throughout the country. I received this gift package a couple of years ago from my sweetie, and my heart immediately melted. LOVE it!
A Vegan Chocolate Tidbit:
When Apple’s Steve Jobs rejected an iPhone app that made a game out of killing baby seals (based on Canada’s annual commercial seal hunt), PETA sent him some vegan chocolate seals as a “thank you.”