Unbelievably Vegan Chocolate Gifts for 2023  

19 Dec 2023


Indulge yourself with decadent vegan* chocolate gifts this Christmas. We have fabulous festive treats for everyone.

More of us than ever are going vegan or switching to a plant-based diet. But cutting out dairy and animal products doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice indulgent treats like chocolate. Far from it — our sumptuous Nutmilk collection highlights just how creamy vegan* chocolate can be.

So curl up in a comfy chair and prepare to shop our unbelievably vegan chocolate gifts. And put a smile on everyone’s face this festive season.

Raspberries and dusted truffles on a dark background for vegan chocolate gifts.

What makes Hotel Chocolat vegan chocolate stand out?

So what makes Hotel Chocolate vegan chocolate so irresistible? If you love our high cacao, dark chocolate recipes, you’re already enjoying a decadent vegan treat. Packed with our cacao beans and dripping with natural cacao butter for a rich mouth feel, our dark Batons and Slabs are an accessible way to indulge in vegan chocolate.

But what if the rich, bitter notes of high-cacao dark chocolate leave you unimpressed? What if you crave the indulgence of a dairy-packed milk chocolate? Does vegan milk chocolate even exist? Here’s where our revolutionary recipes really stand out. Our clever chocolatiers have mastered the art of blending our 45% cacao chocolate with finely milled hazelnuts. The result is sumptuously creamy milk chocolate that you’ll love, no matter if you’re a vegan or not.

It took five years to refine the recipe that broke the mould for vegan milk chocolate. And now our Nutmilk vegan chocolate stands proud alongside our other house milk chocolate recipes. This indulgent recipe really shines in our 45% Nutmilk Chocolate Batons. They’re decadently creamy and nutty, with a depth of cacao flavour you’ll find irresistible. Made for sharing, they’re so staggeringly creamy that they might disappear before your non-vegan friends get a chance to dip in!

Ultimately, the quality of the cacao beans determines the quality of any vegan chocolate. We use ethical beans with a strong connection to terroir that you can taste in every mouthful. Combining the expertise of our genius chocolatiers and our ethical production process, our Unbelievably Vegan chocolate is sheerly irresistible.

*Even though our Nutmilk chocolate is dairy-free, it’s worth noting that it’s made in the same environment as our milk chocolate with dairy. We believe our Nutmilk chocolate is suitable for vegans, but we can’t guarantee it’s free from milk traces.

Nutmilk chocolate for vegan chocolate gifts.

Finding the best chocolate Christmas gifts for vegans

At Hotel Chocolat, we’re one big happy family of chocolate lovers. And we believe chocolate is the best gift, especially at Christmas. With that in mind, we’ve put together a quick guide to choosing the best vegan chocolate gifts.

Now, more than ever, there’s no excuse not to treat your vegan chums to decadent chocolate. Chocolate is a reliable and indulgent gift, and there’s no need for plant-based pals to miss out on an indulgent nibble.

Start by establishing if they crave something rich, dark and spicy or prefer something luxurious and creamy. If they’re your best friend, you’ll want to splurge on something extra-special that reflects their tastes, like our sumptuous Sleekster. For a lasting good impression, try an H-Box or Sleekster with a mix of deliciously indulgent truffles, batons and pralines.

These days, when it comes to what you eat, vegan and plant-powered lifestyles are the ethical and environmental choice. But with vegan chocolate Christmas gifts this good, they’re also an incredibly tasty way to enjoy everyone’s favourite treat. As a bonus, they can also be a safe bet for people with allergens and other dietary restrictions, but always check the label before you buy. Here are some of the non-vegan ingredients to look out for:

  • Dairy (cream, milk or butter)
  • Whey powder and casein
  • Lecithin from animal sources
  • Honey
  • Eggs
  • Gelatine

It’s also worth thinking about how your plant-powered pals enjoy consuming chocolate. Say they prefer a warming mug of hot chocolate. Then, a gift of vegan hot chocolate paired with the revolutionary Velvetiser is the indulgent way to enjoy a barista-style cup at home.

Impress your plant-based recipient with these vegan gifts

Ultimately, there’s an indulgent world of non-dairy delights for vegans and non-vegans alike to enjoy. Here’s our pick of the very best Christmas gifts for vegans.

The Unbelievably Vegan Sleekster

We believe everyone should enjoy Hotel Chocolat chocolates without compromise. And our Unbelievably Vegan* Sleekster is the ultimate indulgence. If you’re looking for the ultimate luxury box, the search ends here. With thirty-three plant-based truffles, batons, caramels and beyond packed into a fabulously sophisticated cacao-inspired box, it’s a real crowd-pleaser.

You’ll fall head over heels for our astonishingly creamy Nutmilk chocolate. Here, it’s paired with decadent caramel, deep-roasted pecans and peanuts, savoury sea salt and sweet praline to create chocolates that can’t fail to impress. These melt-in-your-mouth treats are pure heaven for even the most hard-to-please recipient.

The Unbelievably Vegan H-Box

Know someone who wants to answer the age-old question, “What’s the best vegan chocolate?” Our Unbelievably Vegan* H-Box is the little sibling to our Vegan Sleekster, with the same exquisite choice of pralines, batons and more. We love the balance of flavour-bomb fruit flavours like raspberry and orange with crunchy roasted nut and salted caramel.

With something for everyone, this fourteen-treat selection suits every budget. And the lucky recipient will be treated to the luxury of our indulgent Nutmilk chocolate, with its high cacao content and ridiculously creamy mouthfeel.

Vegan cacao-infused tipples

A nice bottle of something is a time-honoured gift. And at the top of our Christmas gifts for vegans list is our Cacao Gin. This award-winning gin is perfection over ice with a twist of orange, the tangy citrus notes bringing out the rich notes of the chocolate. It makes the ultimate G&T, and its hints of cacao, juniper, coriander and grapefruit add unique depth to an espresso martini.

If your vegan friends crave pure indulgence over Christmas, try our Salted Caramel Cacao Vodka Liqueur. Toasted single-origin cacao shells are infused with vodka for a complex, malted finish. Then, we melt in salted caramel for the ultimate Christmas tipple.

Raw cacao beans stacked horizontally.

Warming vegan hot chocolate

Hot chocolate is a Christmas staple. The combination of our vegan hot chocolate with the Velvetiser, our home hot chocolate system, is right up there for all-time greatest vegan chocolate gifts.

Silky, luxurious, creamy and oh-so-satisfying – every mouthful is as rich and indulgent as the last. From classic dark to fabulous 45% Nutmilk, our vegan hot chocolate delivers on every level. Or hit the jackpot with mouth-warming habanero in our Chilli Dark Hot Chocolate Sachets – just add your choice of plant milk and let the Velvetiser work its magic. Can’t make up your mind? Then our Vegan Hot Chocolate Selection Box delivers an irresistible flavour selection designed to satisfy all your senses.

What to put in a vegan gift box?

Sometimes, the occasion demands something more personal than a single box of chocolates. Christmas is a time for giving, so why not go all out and create your own vegan gift box?

Start with a beautiful box or basket and fill it with sustainable packing materials – shredded old Christmas wrapping paper adds a festive touch. Then, add your goodies and finish with a cellophane flourish and a big bow.

Here’s our choice of smaller vegan Christmas gifts to knock their socks off:

Vegan Selectors

The perfect size for a mid-afternoon splurge while you watch your favourite Christmas movie, our Vegan Selectors are the ultimate bite-size treats. Lose yourself in an irresistibly smooth and creamy Gianduja Bombe Selector. Or wake up your taste buds with the fruity kick of our Raspberry Nutmilk Ganache Selector — a real pow for your tastebuds.

Slabs and Batons

When only the pure cacao hit will do, our Slabs and Batons perfectly fit the bill. Curl up with a good book and a box of our mouthwatering 70% Dark Chocolate Batons. Otherwise, every fruit and nut lover will crave the combination of crunchy almonds, chewy cherries, and sumptuous chocolate in our Dark Chocolate Fruit & Nut 80% Selector.

Chocolate enrobed fruit

Zingy ginger and tangy citrus enrobed in chocolate deserve a place in any chocolate lover’s gift basket. Packed in inviting sharing tubs, our spicy stem ginger sticks and candied orange slices capture the spirit of Christmas—the perfect fruity partners for our vegan-friendly 70% dark chocolate.

Plate of candied orange slices and squares of dark chocolate.

Surprise your loved one with vegan Christmas gifts

It’s the season to be jolly and treat all your friends and loved ones to indulgent chocolate gifts from Hotel Chocolat. Our vegan* chocolate range means no one misses out on ethical cacao at any time of year. So why not embrace our “more cacao, less sugar” mantra and give every chocolate lover our vegan Christmas gifts this year?