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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Chocolate bars with no soy lecithin are not easy to find....but they are out there.

Updated December 5, 2013

Let’s face it: most chocolate bars contain soy lecithin, a by-product of soybean oil. It is the key ingredient in chocolate that keeps the cocoa butter and cocoa from separating. Although some food specialists believe that soy lecithin can be good for brain development and heart disease prevention (http://www.chow.com/food-news/54094/is-soy-lecithin-bad-for-you/), there are many people who cannot consume soy products because of an allergy to soy or a history of cancer. For those people, it is difficult to eat any chocolate because of a lack of readily available chocolate bars containing no soy lecithin.

I bought a Ritter Sport 71% dark bar the other day and it reminded me that I have a list of all the chocolate bars that I have tried with no soy lecithin, so today I thought I would share that list.  Ideally, I would like to help people who cannot have soy products to find chocolate bars that they can eat.  After all, I’d like to think that my life is all about spreading happiness through chocolate.  And hopefully I can do that today.

I became interested in chocolate containing no soy lecithin when a salesman at a chocolate exhibition told me that his company was the only one to make soy-free chocolate bars. So I went on a mission to find other chocolate bar manufacturers that have also kept soy derivatives out of their chocolate.

Here is the list that I have put together of chocolate bars that are free of soy lecithin, listed by country/region:

American Soy Lecithin-Free Chocolate:

q Amano Madagascar 70% and other flavours of Amano Chocolate (www.amanochocolate.com). Although they have a warning on the package regarding the possibility of traces of soy lecithin, they tell me that they have never run lecithin on their equipment, but because they are restored antiques they can not be sure what was run on the equipment in the past. See this post and the comments below it for more information: http://ultimatechocolateblog.blogspot.com/2011/12/patric-american-handcrafted-chocolate.html?showComment=1325214828163#c4395610763615427899

q Patric American Handcrafted Chocolate - I have tasted their Signature Blend bar and their In-NIB-itable BAR. Very smooth chocolate with a lot of flavour. Both bars do not contain soy lecithin. See the following article for more details on Patric Chocolate: http://ultimatechocolateblog.blogspot.com/2011/12/patric-american-handcrafted-chocolate.html?showComment=1325214828163#c4395610763615427899

q Madre Chocolate This is fantastic and flavourful chocolate made in Hawaii and made from Hawaiian cacao beans. Their chocolate is soy-free and they make several amazing flavours, including their popular Passionfruit bar. I have tasted this chocolate and blogged about it a few times - here are my articles: http://ultimatechocolateblog.blogspot.com/2012/03/going-to-hawaii-think-tropical.html and http://ultimatechocolateblog.blogspot.com/2012/04/making-chocolate-from-bean-to-bar-at.html Their website is: www.madrechocolate.com.

q Pacari Ecuadorian Organic Chocolate "Los Rios" (Single Region Fine Chocolate) bar with 72% cacao (50 g/1.76 oz) Made with sunfflower lecithin and specifies "dairy and soy-free" on the package. Lot's of good flavour in this chocolate. http://www.pacarichocolate.com/

q Pacari Ecuadorian Organic Chocolate "Raw Chocolate" with 70% cacao (50 g/1.76 oz) - again specifies "dairy and soy-free" on the package and is made with sunflower lecithin. This raw chocolate is not really smooth, but I like it. It is also great because it has had minimal processing so the antioxidants, flavanols and bean flavour are maintained. http://www.pacarichocolate.com/

q  Potomac Chocolate (Woodbridge, VA) http://www.potomacchocolate.com/ their Upala 70% chocolate bars are made using cacao from the Upala district of Costa Rica and the only two ingredients are cacao beans and sugar. They also sell one chocolate bar made from cacao from Peru. I have tried this chocolate and loved it.  Read my review here: http://ultimatechocolateblog.blogspot.ca/2011/11/po-to-macpo-to-macpoto-macpot-to.html
 
q  Rogue Chocolatier (Three Rivers, Massachusetts) http://www.roguechocolatier.com/ This is a small, craft, bean-to-bar chocolate maker who sources the finest beans from single-origin sources like Peru, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Trinidad and Tobago and Honduras. They work directly with the farmers to ensure quality and fair trade. Unfortunately, I have not yet tasted their chocolate as they do not ship to Canada. But their accolades can speak for their chocolate: Rogue Chocolatier has won several awards, including the Good Food Awards for 2011, 2012 and 2013.

q  Enjoy Life brand of chocolate chips are made on dedicated equipment that is soy-free, as well as peanut-free, tree nut-free and free of several other known food allergens. Read on for more information about Enjoy Life's Mega Chunks and Mini Chips.


q Askinosie Chocolate (Springfield, MO) www.askinosie.com  Askinosie Chocolate does not add any soy lecithin in their chocolate making process. The only ingredients in their Single Origin Dark Chocolate bars are cocoa beans and organic sugar. They are also doing some really interesting things with chocolate education at chocolateuniversity.org.

q Dandelion Chocolate (Mission District, San Francisco) www.dandelionchocolate.com  This new San Francisco bean-to-bar chocolate maker only uses two ingredients: cocoa beans and sugar.

q Ritual Chocolate (Denver, Colorado) www.ritualchocolate.com a small-batch, craft chocolate making company They were recently honoured at the Good Food Awards Ceremony in San Francisco for their Costa Rica and Madagascar (70% cacao) chocolate bars. They also make a bar from beans of Trinidad and of Balao, Ecuador. All of their chocolate bars can be ordered online, including from Canada. Their chocolate also only has two ingredients: cacao and sugar.


Canadian Soy Lecithin-Free Chocolate:
 
q Camino (formerly called Cocoa Camino) chocolate by La Siembra Co-Operative (http://www.cocoacamino.com/) has no soy lecithin in its chocolate, which is also organic and fair trade. For instance, their 71% Bittersweet 100 gram bar has only cocoa mass, golden cane sugar, cocoa butter, whole cane sugar and ground vanilla beans in its ingredients list. 

q Just Us Coffee Roasters 70% Dark Chocolate Bar (100 grams). This bar had a very strong organic and fire roasted bean flavour – I ate the whole thing in one day so it must’ve been good! There is also no soy lecithin and it has just organic cocoa paste, organic muscobado whole cane sugar, organic cocoa butter and organic cocoa powder. I purchased this bar in Ottawa, Ontario at Mountain Equipment Co-Op, but you can purchase it directly at Just Us coffee houses in Halifax as well. Check their web site to learn where it is sold in your area: http://www.justuscoffee.com/.

q President’s Choice Fair Trade Dark Chocolate (Peru, 70% cocoa solids) has a great taste that tastes a bit like “Chipits” brand of chocolate chip, only darker. It seems sweeter than most 70% chocolate bars, but a nice sweetness (not sickeningly sweet like some North American-branded dark chocolate can be). The ingredients on the package are listed as: unsweetened chocolate, sugar, cocoa butter, low fat cocoa powder. See http://www.pc.ca/ for more information.

q Cuisine Camino fair trade "Baking Chocolate" is La Siembra Co-Operative's baking line of chocolate (http://www.cuisinecamino.com/). Their chocolate comes in 200 gram boxes, which is a larger, more helpful size for baking than a standard 100 gram chocolate bar (sometimes you just need more!). Their 56% cacao Semi-Sweet Baking Chocolate bar, for instance, is made with three simple ingredients: organic cane sugar, cocoa mass, and cocoa butter and no lecithin or vanilla in sight. The chocolate is made in Peru and is both organic and fair trade. If you are doing a lot more baking or chocolate making than your average home baker, look to Camino's Professional and Industrial lines for more 10 kilo boxes of their organic and fair trade courverture in white, milk, semi-sweet and bitter-sweet chocolate. It is also soy-lecithin free.

q Hummingbird Chocolate Maker - This is a new bean-to-bar chocolate maker in Ottawa, Canada. They have a flavourful range of chocolates made from single origin beans (Hispaniola, Venezuela and Talamanca) which show immense differences in flavours - I highly recommend trying their entire range for a chocolate tasting party. www.hummingbirdchocolate.com.

q Camino Milk Chocolate Chips - there is a "May contain peanuts and soy" warning on the package, but there is no actual soy lecithin in the ingredients list. If you are just avoiding soy (not allergic), this may be a great brand for you to try as milk chocolate chips without soy is not easy to find. www.tasteofcamino.com

q    President’s Choice's 300 gram chocolate bars have canola lecithin instead of soy lecithin. Their 70% range chocolate uses artificial flavouring though, but otherwise is good for baking. Their hazelnut and milk chocolate bars do have natural vanilla flavouring. These are available in Ontario at Loblaws, Loblaws Superstore and Valu-Mart. Check http://www.pc.ca/ to find out where they are sold near you.

q Terra Nostra™ Organic, Intense Dark™, 100 gram bar with 73% cacao is also organic and has only three ingredients: cocoa mass, organic sugar, cocoa butter. http://www.terranostrachocolate.com/ Although it’s been a while since I tried it, this bar had a wonderful smell and great taste.

q    Denman Island Chocolate (British Columbia, Canada) Located in British Columbia's Gulf Islands, Denman Island Chocolate makes 10 flavours of perfectly portioned chocolate bars that are soy, peanut and gluten-free. The chocolatiers use fresh local and imported ingredients to create just the right favour balance with the organic and Fair Trade certified chocolate that is made for them in Europe. Denman Island Chocolate bars are sold at retail outlets across Canada and the U.S. www.denmanislandchocolate.com

q Belgian Milk Chocolate Bar made for Indigo Books & Music (Toronto, Canada) and sold in Chapters/Indigo stores across Canada.  This is 1 kilogram of quality milk chocolate!  Awesome gift for milk chocolate eaters or avid bakers. Made in Germany. Read about it here.
 

Soy Lecithin-Free Chocolate from Outside North America:

q     The Ritter SPORT Amargo Extrafino 71% Cocoa, 100 gram bar has no soy lecithin (just cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter, natural vanilla). This bar is smooth, chunky and great for those moments when you are craving very dark chocolate.  It does not have any strong flavours in it like the organic chocolate bars listed below, so would be suitable to those who are not used to tasting the specific nuances of single origin cocoa beans, and those who are not used to the strong flavour of organic chocolate. It has a happy feel to it – eat this on a day that needs brightening.

q     Ambriel (73% cocoa) chocolate bar with cocoa nibs has a very organic and earthy flavour and smell and, in fact, is certified organic and fair trade. Sproutmaster.com sells this product. The cocoa comes from Bolivia and the Dominican Republic.

q     Vivani (Edel Bitter EQUADOR) organic “superior” dark chocolate (70% cacao) with olive oil.  This is a nice smooth chocolate, likely due to the olive oil. Its ingredients are all organic and include: cocoa mass, raw cane sugar, cocoa butter, olive oil (2%). Check http://www.vivani.de/ for more information.
  
q    Green & Blacks Organic Dark 85%, 100 gram bar.  This bar is made with Trinitario cocoa beans and when I purchased it in 2008, it offered a quality promise on the package that it lived up to. Its ingredients are organic and include: chocolate liquor, cocoa butter, fat-reduced cocoa powder, raw cane sugar, vanilla extract.  Be wary though, if you do not want soy lecithin, just stick to the 85% bar, Green & Black’s 70% chocolate does have soy lecithin in it.

q    Michel Cluizel Plantation "Los Ancones", 67% Dark Chocolate, 100 g (3.5 oz) - of the highest quality and there is no lecithin used at all in this chocolate. Plus it's made with Bourbon vanilla pod and is made in France, one of the greatest countries for chocolate making! http://www.cluizel.com/
 



If you know of any other chocolate bars that do not contain soy lecithin, let me know in the comments below!  Let’s help more people eat chocolate!

89 comments:

  1. Some of Cadbury's chocolates from the UK do not contain soy lecithin. Many of their chocolates contain ammonium phosphatides instead of lecithin.

    Amedei (Tuscany, IT) and Theo (Washington, US) chocolates are my favourites. They're made in entirely soy free factories and taste great!

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    1. Hi please can you tell me which ones? I recently went home to the UK but could not find any without soya.
      Thanks.

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    2. Twirls and Twirl bits dont contain soya nethier does Flakes or Matchmakers both mint and orange flavours.

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    3. thanks - more uk ones please!! :o)

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    4. Some of the Finn Carre chocolate bars from Ldil in Ireland contain no soy lecithin, instead they contain sunflower lecithin.
      It is worth noting that the EU has revoked honest labeling laws allowing corporate crooks to hide toxic ingredients. YOU CANNOT TRUST THE LABELS. Cadbury's no longer uses the word soy on its labels in Ireland it doesn't mean its not in there.
      Charlotte Gerson has a 90% cancer cure rate with her Gerson therapy, she noted that in cancer patients that were eating soy the patients tumors would not recede.

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    5. Thank you so much for this post. It was really helpful to have a list to go off of!

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  2. Thanks for letting us know! We'll keep growing this list to help anyone who can't have soy.

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  3. another for the list: Alter Eco Chocolate bars- gluten free, soy free, no emulsifiers and organic, GMO free. and the quality of chocolate is quite excellent.

    they've got a heady Dark 85%, plus a Dark Mint, Dark Quinoa and Dark Almond + all are really tasty, good quality.

    http://www.altereco-usa.com
    might have to poke around to see what retailers carry this line (Pharmaca does)
    enjoy!

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    1. I was just going to mention Alter Eco too! I can even get it in little Roseburg, Oregon, at the local Sherm's Thunderbird Market in the Organic section!! I'm allergic to High Fructose Corn Syrup (& all other chemical sugars), and am extremely sensitive to GMOs & even MSG, so finding this made me very happy!!!
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    2. The only problem with Alter Eco is their equipment also processes products containing soy, so one would still seem to be sunk. ~ Anything that seems too good to be true, is.

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  4. Lindt 85% does not have it. The Lindt 70% recipie was recently changed to contain soy lecithin. In my opinion, it sadly changed a perfect chocolate bar to a quite inferior one.
    India Carson

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  5. My daughter is allergic to soy and peanuts... is there any chocolate without both? I am trying to find chocolate chips so I can bake her some cookies!

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    1. Enjoy Life brand are dairy, soy, nut, gluten free the last time I checked.

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  6. For chocolate chips, I use Cuisine Camino's Semi-Sweet chocolate chips from their Professional Line (http://www.lasiembra.com/camino/en/professional-industrial-lines/semi-sweet-chocolate-chips). The ingredients are soy-free (cane sugar, cocoa mass, cocoa butter), organic and fair trade. Also, there is no "May contain peanuts, tree nuts, etc" statement on the package, so they should be peanut free. These are the large format of chocolate chips (sold in 10kg packages). Unfortunately, Camino's smaller packages of chocolate chips with 56% cacao do make the claim that they may contain traces of peanuts. Heere is the link: http://www.lasiembra.com/camino/en/cuisine-camino/semi-sweet-chocolate-chips However, they do not have soy lecithin in the ingredients list. I hope this helps!

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  7. Anonymous, I cannot have tree nuts, peanuts or soy. The best chocolate chips I've found are "enjoy life" http://www.enjoylifefoods.com/our_foods/baking.php. I'm in search of dark baking chocolate. The label on Bakers Chocolate was recently updated to say they produce the chocolate on the same machine they process soy.

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  8. Try the chocolate trading company as they sell lots without soy and lecithin.

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  9. Hi! Thanks for your advice about Chocolate Trading Company (www.chocolatetradingco.com). It offers fantastic search functionality, so you can choose your chocolate by category depending what food sensitivities you have (i.e. soy lecithin free, gluten & wheat free, etc.) However, it is a U.K. based company. It looks as though North Americans CAN order from them(http://www.chocolatetradingco.com/delivery), but shipping costs to Canada is £25.00 per order (£28.00 to the USA), which is rather steep. Perhaps order a lot at once, or scope out what products you want to buy, then seek out North American alternative sites (i.e. chocolatesource.com) who can ship it to you for less.

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  10. These days more and more artisan chocolate makers are only using cacao and sugar, with no soy lecithin or vanilla. A few that come to mind are Fresco, Rogue, Mast Brothers, Soma.

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  11. Wow I can not thank you enough for taking the time to share this information. Trying to find healthy alternatives for my family has become such a chore! However the work is worth the reward!

    Thank you!

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  12. Trader Joe's organic 72% Belgian dark chocolate bar does not include the word soy lecithin in it's ingredients . it contains cocoa mass, cane sugar, cocoa butter, cocoa solids (72%). But it makes think...can it be in the ingredients if it has less than ???

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  13. Enjoy Life Food Bars are perfect for people like me with nut, soy, and shellfish allergies. Sadly, i recently developed a carrageenan allergy and can no longer eat them. Any recipes for making chocolate?

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    1. Hi! If you e-mail me at ultimatechocolateblog@gmail.com I can send you a PDF of a recipe. Read here on my bean-to-chocolate-making experience: http://www.ultimatechocolateblog.blogspot.ca/2012/04/making-chocolate-from-bean-to-bar-at.html. Hope this helps!

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  15. 100 years ago a study done by Epstein and Olsan found that lecithin tends to speed up sugar-fermentation by bacteria. This explains why some people break out from eating chocolate. It's not the cocoa causing it, it's the lecithin that's in most chocolate products. Many people have difficulty digesting/assimilating lecithin. For these people, when lecithin is combined with sugar in chocolate, and the lecithin speeds the fermentation of the sugar and simultaneously retains it longer in the body, the evidence usually appears as an abnormal pimple or infected bump. If cancer already exists in the body, then the cancer will likely produce a tumor quickly because cancer tumors grow and thrive on fermented sugar. For this reason, these people should avoid chocolate made with lecithin and sugar.

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    1. Really helpful. Trying to avoid soya and soya lecithin for health reasons and reducing sugar intake. So many people trust the food industry- myself included- until recently.

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  16. Thank you!!!! I have recently gotten on the no soy bandwagon as I've read terrible things about soy. I'm so disgusted at the fact tha it is in EVERYTHING!! This list is awesome. I have come to the conclusion that I must make everything from scratch but it's good to know there is a chocolate bar this chocolate lover can eat. Can you post a cookie recipe? Thanks!

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  17. Nirvana Belgian Chocolates also makes an excellent organic 72% dark chocolate with sea salt and caramel bar sans soy lecithin.

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  18. Thanks so much for the info. I have hypothyroidism and soy or almond products are a no-no. So it is great to know I can still have chocolate!

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  19. Theo chocolate and AlterEco are the 2 I buy most often, always delicious and soy free.

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  20. Hey, great list, thanks for putting it up. It helps me, at least, but I'm wondering if you know of any that might help my sister out. We're both looking to avoid soy more often, and she loves chocolate, but only MILK chocolate. She can't stand dark. I know, it's.. criminal, and makes her very weird.

    Do you know of any milk chocolate bars that are soy free?

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    1. Cadburys Twirls and Flakes are soy free and so are matchmakers both mint and orange flavors, these are all milk chocolate and you can get these in most stores.

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  21. Coppeneur chocolate is a fine chocolate from Germany that is soy free and fair trade sourced. I have not tried it yet but it looks great and thier milk chocolate bars are also soy free. The only thing preventing me from ordering is the high shipping cost, but might be worth it if you order a lot.

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  22. Thank you so much for doing this! I had almost lost hope!

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  23. Thanks so much for this soy-free list. My mother has a horrible reaction to soy but LOVES chocolate. Both of my parents were enjoying Cachet's until it became almost impossible to find. They substituted Theo short-term, but declare it's no match for Cachet (they especially liked the Peruvian version, which seems to still be unavailable, although two others are back). After I tasted the Theo, I decided soy lecithin must be what makes chocolate so good --I definitely don't care for the soy-free stuff, but I can do without the chocolate calories anyway :-)

    KLB in Florida

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  24. Compound Chocolate

    I am chocolate lover and very nice website and also article nice keep it up

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  25. What a fantastic site and individual. Thankvyou for taking the time to research these alternative chocolates for those of us who do not wish to expose ourselves to this byproduct it warms my heaet to know that im not the only one who cares in these trying times Thankyou.

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  26. I just phoned Theo Chocolate (in Seattle) to confirm that they *don't* use soy lecithin in any of their organic chocolate. https://www.theochocolate.com/

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    1. The Theo Chocolate bars (especially the Mrs. Goodbar varieties) are very good.

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    2. Yes! Was just scrolling to see if Theo was mentioned. They are delicious and have some of the most simple ingredients of any chocolate bar I've had. mmmm

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  27. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you for this list! I have searched high and low for soy-free chocolate with no luck. I developed a soy intollerance 3 years ago and have gone without for far too long ;) I'm really excited to eat chocolate again.

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  28. benefits of chocolate
    This is a top blog over here. I think I’ll visit your website more if you post more of this kind of specific information. Many thanks for posting this information.

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  29. Snake & Butterfly Chocolates in Campbell, Ca doesn't use soy in any of their chocolates or caramels. Www.snakeandbutterfly.com

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  30. TAZA CHOCOLATE is soy free and comes in many delicious and interesting varieties. My new favorite. Here's some info from their website;
    Dairy, Soy, and Gluten-free Chocolate
    Taza Chocolate is completely vegan friendly. It contains no dairy, lactose, soy, soy lecithin, wheat, or gluten. Taza chocolate poses no risk to sufferers of lactose intolerance, soy allergy, or Celiac disease. Our chocolate contains many of the vitamins and minerals that are essential to good health, including iron, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, and the vitamins A, B1, C, D, and E. And chocolate has more magnesium than any other food.
    http://www.tazachocolate.com/

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  31. In addition to all of the reasons you mentioned for avoiding soy, people must be aware that soy is one of the top crops that is GMO. I do not have an allergy/intolerance to soy that I know of, but I do avoid all product with soy and corn because I so not want to be a guinea pig in Monsanto's genetic engineering experiment.

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    1. Same here. I avoid anything containing soy, mainly because of its GMO content.

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    2. I was reading the article and comments and was going to post that 90% of all the USA is now genetically modified thanks to Monsatan. I do my very best to avoid GMO's, but it's uber challenging.

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  32. THE KALLARI ASSOCIATION
    The Kallari Association is a self-governed coalition of Amazon artists and organic cocoa producers. Our cooperative began in 1997 with less than fifty families and has now grown to over 850 families. Kallari has created sustainable income so Kichwa people can fulfill our basic family needs without logging our rainforests or selling our land. Our export of handcrafts has inspired the Kichwa youth to learn and practice traditional harvesting, dying, weaving and carving techniques. Just ten years ago, middlemen kept profits for themselves and set low prices for cocoa beans. Today Kallari communities sell as a single unit, ourleaders travel to Europe and North America to negotiate prices for our harvest. We have recently taken empowerment a step further: Kallari produces and sells gourmet organic fairly traded dark chocolate bars.

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    1. Thanks for the information! Tell us your website so my readers can learn more about you.

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  33. Whole foods 365 brand has no soy and Meijers store brand uses sunflower lecithin

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  34. Thank you for all the wonderful information! It's great to know we have so many choices nowadays!

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  35. Thank you for the post. It is really helpful.

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  36. What a wonderful site - I have been unable to eat Soy lethicin for about 20 years (I am also a Coeliac) so checking labels is my hobby! The only chocolate in the UK that is pure Cacao is Willie's Cacao - his factory is in Devon and he uses Venezuelan Cacao from his plantation. He has a good web site and he ships abroad. Pure heaven !

    Birdie

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  37. Thank you for sharing. Chocolate equipment is useful for the semi-automatic and fully automatic production of chocolate from bean to bar as well as molding, enrobed and panned chocolates.

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  38. Did you know that the product labelled "Lindt Lindor Irresistably Smooth Assorted Chocolate Truffles" sold at Costco is an inferior product that achieves mouth-feel with a high content of coconut and palm kernel oil? (They are two of the worst saturated fat sources for you.) I noticed this a few months ago and now, I see that they have changed their labelling and no longer disclose the type of vegetable oil. (Sign of a bad company, not to be trusted???)
    Kaycee

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    1. Coconut oil is NOT bad for you.

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    2. Do your research on coconut oil, it is a healthy oil that got a bad rap back in the 60' & 70's.

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  39. Sorry for the shameless self-promotion, but for those of you in Canada (and some parts of the states) looking for a soy lecithin free dark chocolate fix, our chocolate is soy lecithin free as well as being fair trade and organic.

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    1. Hi! I will add you to the soy-free list and the Canadian chocolate list (http://ultimatechocolateblog.blogspot.ca/2012/12/the-ultimate-canadian-chocolate-list.html) - I tried your chocolate a few years ago when I was in Vancouver and loved it! I started this blog after that, I suppose that's why I forgot to add you!

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  40. Most people with soy allergies can safely eat soy lecithin and soy oil. Those with a "soy allergy" are typically allergic to soy protein, not the soy fats. I recommend checking with your allergist to confirm what the allergy is because it makes life a lot easier when you don't have to go out of your way to avoid an ingredient that turns out being safe.

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    1. Many people with soy allergies are allergic to the whole plant. The studies you are referring to had too small sample sizes: only 7 subjects in one and 30 subjects in the other. There are also many ways of processing soy oil, and some may contain higher amounts of allergens than others.

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  41. Hey Lisabeth. Denman Island Chocolate bars are made in Canada and they don't contain soy lecithin.

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  42. I have hypothyroidism and have been trying to eliminate soy and canola of all types but it is difficult to find any product that does not list them. Sometimes they appear under many different names or are listed as natural ingredients. I find that both these ingredients have an extremely unpleasant taste . Soy lecithin is especially metallic and sour. I really appreciate the people who took the time to write the blog and the comments. Thank you all very much.

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  43. http://www.ocado.com/webshop/product/Willies-Cacao-72-Dark-Venezuelan/49835011?from=trolley&parentContainer=BASKET this is a great chocolate available in uk and only has 3 ingredients :)

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  44. I am so happy I found this site! My daughter was recently diagnosed with a soy allergy, after having 2 major allergic reactions after having cookies with soy lecithin in it. I have been on the hunt for products that don't have soy, and it has been a challenge and an eye opener...can't believe how many things have it. Thank you for creating this site...it lifted my daughter's spirits to find out there are products out there that she can still enjoy. So I wanted to share that I recently found a company that makes chocolate without soy. I found it in the kosher section of my grocery store. It is called Schmerling's Swiss Chocolate, and it is delicious! It tastes just like Lindt milk chocolate, but without the soy lecithin in it. My daughter has had it and no reaction!!! Thought I would share it with everyone here. Thanks again for creating this helpful site!!!

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  45. Cocolo chocolate is amazing and soy lecithin free. I am addicted to their dark orange and dark mint flavours (natural flavours only)! It's organic, fairtrade, made in Switzerland and uses evaporated cane juice to sweeten. The only place I've found that sells it in Australia is the Organic Buyers Group website.

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  46. Delight Chocolates is a store in Toronto that sells organic fair trade chocolate and they make their own chocolate with no soy!!! They also make their own ice cream and don't use soy in it. Just tried it yesterday for the first time and it is delicious!!! Just wanted to share with everyone here.

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  47. Nativa dark chocolate bar is also soy free and organic. You can find it at shoppers drug mart

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  48. I'm afraid to say CADBURY'S TWIRL does have soy lecithin. I checked on their website but flakes don't.

    TWIRL
    Ingredients: Sugar, Milk Solids, Cocoa Butter, Cocoa Mass, Emulsifiers (Soya Lecithin, 476), Flavours. May contain traces of Nuts. Milk Chocolate contains Cocoa Solids 27%,Milk Solids 28%.

    FLAKE
    Ingredients: Sugar, Milk Solids, Cocoa Butter, Cocoa Mass, Flavours. May contain traces of Nuts. Milk Chocolate contains Cocoa Solids 28%, Milk Solids 28%.

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  49. my bf got me some really good chocolate from the netherlands the other day. it was really good, we tried to make that small delectable bar last but we've finished it. it contained only chocolate, milk powder and sugar (e.g. no vegetable oils or soy lecithin or vanillin or any of that fake stuff in regular store bought chocolate). i have definitely seen the light. nothing i have in my fridge recreates that aroma and taste! not the dark choc, not the cote d'or chocolate, definitely not cadbury nor nestle, and definitely not balinese souvenier chocolates called monggo chocolate (most vile stuff with vanillin!)

    after some detective work, i figure it's because commercial chocolate has added fat to it, typically lecithin or some other vegetable oil. so i had to google 'chocolate no soy lecithin'. thanks for making this list! it helps loads in my gourmet organic chocolate search :)

    anyway, less backstory, more on that chocolate: the one we had was 'de gorilla bar - melk' (the gorilla bar - milk). the cocoa is organic comes from congo. the chocolate goes towards gorilla conservation as it provides congolese with an alternative to sell cocoa instead of poach gorillas. it says it contains: 37% cocoa, 30% milk powder, 23% sugar and 12% cocoa butter. that's 2% more than a 100. oh well! it is so rich in flavour i can overlook the math.

    apparently, these guys had a ship, sailed into amsterdam from south america and traded chocolate bars with a local bouldering gym (where the bf climbed) for a shower. not sure if that is entirely true but it is an epic story to match the delish-ness of the chocolate.

    if you have google chrome, you can get a slightly wonky but fairly readable translation of their website. it doesn't seem like they have it up in english.
    http://chocolatemakers.nl/onze-boeren-en-hun-cacao/
    unfortunately, at the moment you can only buy them in NL, either at a store carrying their stuff of if you live in NL and have a dutch bank account that has iDEAL, a dutch online payment mechanism. but if you ever are in NL, look out for them. i hope they grow semi-global as i don't live in NL...

    thanks again for the list!

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  50. Black Mountain chocolate is another no soy chocolate bar. Company is near Asheville, NC.

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  51. I just found out i can't have dairy or soy. I'm thinking the darker the chocolate the better? Of course I will check the labels before buying.

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  52. I'm the one that can't have dairy or soy and forgot to mention I am in Canada.

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  53. Thanks for sharing Chocolate bars with no soya lecithin. I have also allergy of soya products, so can not eat chocolate bar.

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  54. I recently found out I have sensitivity to soy and was getting really frustrated on the desserts department. I did stumble on this little ice cream gem while I was in Vons http://coconutbliss.com/ It's made from coconut milk and it's soy free, gluten free, and vegan. It's also organic and fairtrade. I know it's not chocolae bar related but it's a chocolate dessert item. :)

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  55. Soy lecithin is highly estrogenic. It is no wonder that such a waste product is causing so many problems and allergies to people. It's like taking a fraction of a birth control pill every time you eat those chocolate bars.

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21801783

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  56. I'm in the UK and there are a few Cadbury's ones which are Soy free that I have found. All Cadbury's : Chomp, Fudge, Milk Chocolate Buttons, flake,Twirl and Crunchie. Also Cadbury's Freddo which said may contain soya but haven't brought out any reaction (they're last choice though) .

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  57. Great list and resource for those searching for soy free chocolate. It can be hard to find a tasty chocolate bar without soy lecithin.

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  58. My 7 yr old granddaughter is allergic to strawberries, cocoa (thus regular chocolate) and any soy product. I would love to send her "chocolates" for Valentine's Day but have not had much luck finding a quality white chocolate product. I realize white chocolate is not a "true" chocolate, but it's the best we can do for her. Any suggestions would be appreciated!

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  59. Excellent website! I am allergic to soy and nuts as of 3 years ago. It's very hard to find foods that do not contain soy. It's in everything! Theo 70% Chocolate does not contain soy and is delicious.

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  60. This is a useful list of chocolate made without soy. What a challenge it can be to find chocolate without it! Thanks for the list!

    www.sanssoy.blogspot.com

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  61. you have cross contamination issues with soy and also gluten, wheat, dairy and nuts. free from should mean exactly that without traces.

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  62. Montezuma's dark chocolate, available in the UK, doesn't contain any soy lecithin

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  63. I'm trying to find an honest small industry in europe that produces dark chocolate with no soya or lecithin.
    SOYA is the No1 GMO ingredient!

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    1. try www.Cococaravan.co.uk, all organic, no soy, no GMO, no artificial sweeteners

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  64. I'm trying to find a dark chocolate sweetened with stevia with no soy lecithin.

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  65. In the UK you can find CocoCaravan. We are making Raw Vegan Chocolate and are not working with Soy Lectin at all.

    www.cococaravan.co.uk

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  66. Guittard Semi Sweet Gourmet Baking Bars (also Dark Chocolate) is made with sunflower lecithin - no soy!!! Available at Sprouts.

    With Annie's Organic Honey Grahams (full-sized, not the little bunny grahams), which is also soy-free and available at Sprouts, and some marshmallows, hello S'mores!

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  67. I called PC.ca head office and they do not carry the Free trade 70% dark chocolate that has no soy lecithin...unless they are misleading me? Anyone know where you can find it in Toronto Ontario CAnada?

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  68. Hi, go to Loblaws, Valu-Mart or Independent Grocer and find it in the treat section. The chocolate with Canola Lecithin (instead of soy) is one of the long bars with 300 grams, labelled 72% Extra Dark Chocolate. However, it is not their Fair Trade bar. I have not checked those bars for soy lecithin content yet, but will do next time I find one. Check Camino brand (tasteofcamino.com) and their baking line - they have a 70-something% bar that may not have lecithin and all their chocolate is Fair Trade. youc an also find them in Loblaws, Superstore & health food stores.

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