13 Dairy-Free, Gelatin-Free Easter Egg Candy Basket Essentials

Easter means many different things to many different people. It is, of course, a religious holiday, so for Christians, it’s about remembering the resurrection of Jesus Christ. But for many, the holiday has also become more secular—it’s about celebrating spring, spending time with loved ones, and, of course, eating candy. Lots and lots of candy.

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In fact, research suggests that in the US, around $2.6 billion worth of Easter candy is sold every year. And in the UK, Brits eat more than 80 million chocolate eggs at this time of year. If you’re looking to get in the spirit of the season and indulge in some dairy-free sweet treats this Easter, then good news: we’ve gathered all of the tastiest vegan candy options on the market right now.

Why isn’t all candy vegan?

Chocolate is undeniably the most popular candy at Easter time. But most of the options on the market are made with milk, which means they’re not vegan. Milk is, of course, a product of the dairy industry, which relies on the artificial insemination and factory farming of millions of female cows every year. Gummy candy is another popular Easter treat, but this often includes gelatin, which is derived from the connective tissue of animals, so again, it’s not suitable for vegans.

But if you’re on the hunt for Easter candy that doesn’t include animal products, then don’t worry, there are still plenty of options! In fact, the vegan confectionery market is growing all the time—right now, it’s worth more than $1.11 billion. Here are some of our favorite vegan Easter candies on the market right now. Happy munching! 

13 vegan Easter candies

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1 Lindt Dark Chocolate Bunny

You can always rely on Lindt for top-quality, rich, delicious chocolate. The Swiss chocolatier offers several vegan options, including a dairy-free dark chocolate version of its signature Gold Bunny. (Watch out though, because not all of its dark chocolate Easter candy is vegan.)
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2 No Whey Easter Truffles

Arguably, one of the best ways to celebrate Easter is with your feet up on the couch and a box of vegan truffles on your lap. If this sounds like your kind of vibe, then No Whey’s Easter Truffle Collection—which is packed with gourmet chocolates in flavors like fudge, coffee, and salted caramel—is the ideal accompaniment to an Easter weekend night-in. The brand has several other vegan Easter options, too, including ‘Noah’ The Hollow Milkless Bunny, Milkless Surprise Eggs, and the Eater Lollipop Collection.
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3 Divine Dark 70 Percent Chocolate Mini Eggs

Vegan milk options are becoming more and more readily available, but for some, you just can’t beat the vegan OG: super-rich dark chocolate. If this is you, these mini eggs from ethical chocolate brand Divine have a deliciously intense flavor, as well as a smooth velvety texture.
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4 Lake Champlain Chocolates Oatmilk Chocolate Bunny

Vermont-based chocolatier Lake Champlain Chocolates caters to all dietary preferences with its large range of carefully crafted Easter chocolates. Vegan options include several cute bunnies, including this creamy oat milk-based option.
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5 Sour Patch Kids Bunnies 

If you’re not a big chocolate fan, then another great option is Easter gummy candy. Loved by adults and kids alike, these fruity bunnies from Sour Patch Kids are gelatine-free and totally vegan!
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6 Whole Foods Market Organic Dark Chocolate Bunny

If you’re heading to Whole Foods Market to stock up on Easter weekend snacks, then keep an eye out for this dark chocolate easter bunny. It’s not only vegan, but it’s made with organic ingredients too.
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7 Purdy’s Vegan Mylk Chocolate Spring Egg

Canadian chocolatier Purdy’s isn’t short on Easter candy options, and it even has a whole section dedicated just to vegan chocolate. Try this Vegan Mylk Chocolate Spring Egg, which is made with rice syrup powder instead of cow’s milk, or, if you prefer a tray of chocolates, the brand also offers Vegan Hawaiian Black Salt Caramels and Vegan Mylk Chocolate Sweet Georgia Browns (both of which are bestsellers!).
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8 Moo Free Natural Rocky Road Easter Egg

Moo Free offers a whole range of fun, unique, dairy-free Easter options, but one of the best has to be this Natural Rocky Road Easter Egg, which features a tasty mix of biscuit rice balls, raisins, marshmallows, and cinder toffee pieces. If you prefer something simpler, the brand also offers a delicious vegan milk chocolate option.
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9 Lagusta’s Luscious Milk Chocolate Marble Egg

New York-based Lagusta’s Luscious has been making ethical, vegan candy since the early 2000s, and it’s still going strong. Among the brand’s seasonal, limited-edition collection are these beautiful swirly Milk Chocolate Marble Eggs, which are made with a white chocolate base. If you want more, there are also English Cream Eggs, Peanut Butter Eggs, and Tahini Mousse Eggs, too, as well as a range of vegan chocolate bunnies.
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10Montezuma’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Mini Eggs

British chocolate brand Montezuma started back in the early 2000s with one key mission: to liven up the UK’s chocolate industry with new, innovative options. Decades later, it’s still living up to that goal, and it has plenty of vegan choices, too. These Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Mini Eggs are ideal for evening snacking or candy hunts for the kids. Other vegan Easter options include its dark chocolate chicks: Plucky, Lucky, and Frizzle.
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11 Venchi Dark Chocolate Chick 

This sweet little chick is the perfect Easter gift for the dark chocolate lover in your life. Crafted in Italy, the deliciously rich offering features 60 percent dark chocolate. It’s also gluten-free and palm oil-free, too.
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12 Nomo Cookie Dough Bunnies

When it comes to tasty, creamy, dairy-free seasonal chocolate options, British brand Nomo never disappoints. Its sweet Mini Cookie Dough Bunnies are ideal for Easter chocolate hunts. Or, if you’re more of an Easter egg fan, it also has several delicious flavors, including Choc Fudge Caramel, and Cookie Dough Crunch.
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13 Hotel Chocolat Unbelievably Vegan Ostrich Easter Egg

British luxury chocolate brand Hotel Chocolate is consistently upping its game when it comes to vegan options, and this year it’s on a mission to bring “plant-based springtime joy to the masses” with this, quite frankly, huge ostrich egg-sized chocolate Easter treat. Not only do you have the nut milk-based chocolate shell to enjoy, but it’s also filled with delicious dairy-free candies, including Peanut Butter Jelly cups and an Orange & Nutmilk Baton.
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