Verdict: Some Lindt Dark Chocolate (Certain Excellence bars) is vegan, and some is not.
Lindt makes a variety of chocolate, but most of it has milk products that make them not vegan friendly.
However, the dark chocolate bars (their “Excellence) line) are typically more promising.
Some of their products do include milk fat, like their 78% Excellence bar, but many of them consist of nothing but:
- Cocoa powder
- Cocoa butter
- Vanilla beans
All of which are plant-based ingredients. The only potential issues are whether or not chocolate is sourced ethically, and whether or not the sugar is vegan.
This may differ based on your country, so you’ll have to double-check the ingredients yourself.
Is Lindt’s Chocolate Sourced Ethically?
One major concern about cocoa products is whether or not it comes from child labor and slavory.
Lindt has more recently done a lot of work to try and source beans from only sustainable and ethical sources.
They’ve instituted a program with high standards that allows them to trace back the beans to their origins.
Is Lindt’s “Sugar” Vegan Friendly?
Plain “sugar” is not always vegan.
Long-story short, white sugar in North America is sometimes made with bone char as a decolorizing agent (to help whiten the sugar).
That sugar is not vegan, which leads to the question: is the sugar in Lindt chocolate white sugar?
It appears that some may be, and some probably aren’t. (I’ve contacted them for clarification, but have not received a response).
If you go on the Lindt website, you can get a bit more detail for their products.
For example, their 85% Excellence bar uses demerara sugar. This is a different type of sugar that is meant to be a darker color and wouldn’t be processed with bone char.
This is almost certainly vegan friendly.
The 99% bar also uses demerara sugar.
But the rest of the bars just have “sugar” in them, and we have no way of knowing how it was made. It’s not safe to assume that these bars are vegan.
Summary: Which Lindt Products Are Vegan?
It comes down to how much of a “risk” you’d like to take.
The only bars that are almost certainly vegan are the:
- Lindt EXCELLENCE 85% bar.
- Lindt EXCELLENCE 99% bar.
Then, there are a few bars that have just “sugar” in them (but no dairy), which may or may not be vegan.
These bars might be vegan, but there’s a good chance that they aren’t:
- EXCELLENCE Madagascar
- EXCELLENCE Mild 70%
- EXCELLENCE Cocoa 70%
- EXCELLENCE Ecuador 75%
- EXCELLENCE Cocoa 90%
I’d stick to the 85% or 99% bars if you want to be on the safe side.