vegan easter bunny
by ecorazzicontributor
Categories: Animals, Eats.
Photo: PETA.org

It’s that time of year again, the time when we all pause to reflect on ideas of rebirth and salvation, and also shove as much chocolate and candy into our mouths as possible.

It’s Easter season! That can mean only one thing: chocolate bunnies, chocolate eggs, and chocolate just-about-everything-else.

But what if you want to have yourself a vegan Easter? Easy: go for some vegan Easter chocolates.

There are plenty of places to get good vegan chocolate, both locally and online. If there aren’t any vegan bakeries or food shops near you, look for dark chocolate chips or other vegan chocolates at Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods. Usually, if you’re eating natural dark chocolate and not milk chocolate, you’re all good. Alternatively, you could go to a site like chocolateinspirations.com and your purchase will help fund animal shelters.

PETA’s online catalog has its very own animal-friendly Easter basket, assembled by the Harbor Candy Shop. In it, you’ll get assorted vegan chocolates, a chocolate egg with peanut butter filling, peanut brittle, and a delicious vegan chocolate bunny.

PETA notes that milk and dairy-free products are important due to the treatment of cows at commercial dairy farms. Often these cows are milked for far more than they should be, their young are taken away from them very early on with the males being raised for veal, and when they become worn down and unable to produce enough milk, they are taken to slaughter.

So try some vegan chocolates this year! Your conscience will thank you, and so will the cows…even if your diet might not.

 

  • http://strikingattheroots.wordpress.com/ Mark Hawthorne

    I love the fact that you are promoting dairy-free chocolate; however, not all chocolate — even the vegan variety — is “cruelty free”: a lot of cocoa sourced from Africa comes from plantations that use child labor. It’s an issue I wish more vegans were talking about, and it’s made me do a bit of homework before I buy chocolate. Fortunately, volunteers with a nonprofit called Food Empowerment Project (F.E.P.) have been taking the time to contact companies directly and find out where their cocoa comes from. F.E.P. even has a list of recommended companies. People can learn more at http://www.foodispower.org/slavery_chocolate.htm