Pacari Vegan Chocolate Review & Giveaway

photo of three bars of vegan chocolate and two mini bars and competition text

I used to be a Cadbury’s Whole Nut kind of girl. In my younger, thinner days, I’d think nothing of eating a massive bar of it over an evening because health and weight didn’t really feature in my life back then, with my diet being based on cigarettes, alcohol and delivery pizza. Now that I’m a *cough* glowing beacon of health and vitality *cough* and can’t remember the last time I had any kind of Cadbury’s – Whole Nut or otherwise – eschewing those purple-packaged products and their ilk for something more refined (i.e. not full of shit). These days I much prefer a satisfying couple of squares of good quality vegan dark chocolate as opposed to a massive bar of sugary milky stuff. Which is just as well, as I am no longer in my younger, thinner days and can no longer eat an unholy amount of crap without any repercussions.

But, it’s all very well and good trying to avoid chocolate containing crap but, there is only so long you want to stand in the supermarket with your glasses halfway down your nose while you squint at labels trying to find a bar of chocolate that contains mostly, um, chocolate and not a load of other stuff you most certainly do not want.

Pacari vegan fair trade chocolate

Pacari Premium Organic Chocolate

Pacari knows this and they’ve made chocolate suitable for just about everyone (I can’t actually think who it’s not suitable for but there’s bound to be someone. People allergic to vegans, perhaps.) Pacari’s chocolate is:

  • vegan
  • fair trade
  • palm oil-free
  • soy-free
  • gluten-free
  • artificial ingredients-free
  • certified organic
  • certified Kosher
  • B-Corporation certified
  • Biodynamic certified

If you’re looking at this list thinking, ‘Hmm, what about sugar-free and/or raw?’, don’t worry, you’ll also find those on their website.  And if you’re looking for more reasons to buy Pacari chocolate, take a look at this:

  • They’ve won over 250 international chocolate awards.
  • Their chocolate is made from ‘tree to bar’ in Ecuador, meaning 50% of the wealth stays in the country of origin and contributes to its development. With ‘bean to bar’ chocolate (where cacao beans are imported from developing countries with the rest of the production taking place in the UK or other non-cacao growing countries) only around 7% stays in the country.
  • They support local communities by:
    • working directly with local farmers, not via middle men, and pay them above market prices; and
    • creating job opportunities such as technicians, designers, chocolatiers, and sales and shop staff.
  • They’re environmentally-friendly, using only 100% organic ingredients and their packaging is 100% recyclable with their chocolate bars wrapped in recyclable aluminium foil and cardboard.
  • Their chocolate is healthy, containing important vitamins and minerals including magnesium, flavanoids with antioxidant properties, vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B9 and E, essential fats, protein and fibre.

Phew. That’s quite a list of reasons why Pacari are a brand you should be buying. What about the taste though? It’s no good being this worthy if their chocolate tastes like cack, is it? Well, I can confirm their chocolate doesn’t taste like cack – it is divine. It’s not thin and crispy a la Lindt or Green and Blacks but, despite it being a thicker bar (although if it’s thin you want, check out their minibars), it doesn’t have that thick, cloying texture that some vegan chocolate bars suffer from. I kept mine in the fridge and, although that made it hard to bite into, it had a satisfying crunch to it.

five bars of Pacari chocolate

Win 5 bars of Pacari chocolate

You can see the whole range of Pacari chocolate, chocolate covered fruit, and drinking chocolate on their website along with a list of stockists. You can also be in with a chance of winning

  • 3 x 50g bars
  • 2 x 10g minibars

(flavours may vary)

by entering my giveaway via the Rafflecopter widget below – good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Thanks to Pacari for sending me a selection of their chocolate to review and also for providing a selection to give away. 

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  1. Not seen this particular brand before but will definitely keep a lookout for it – the chocolate sounds amazing.

  2. would love to try these, I am vegetarian and my Wife is Vegan we are always on the look out for yummy treats

  3. These look sooo good! I’m always looking for healthier alternatives to sweets so I’ll definitely have to give these a try.

  4. I was immediately sold by the first two descriptions of Pacari chocolate: Vegan and Fair trade, describing taste and the honest, hard work that was put in to creating perfect chocolate. I am, ought, to try it soon ☺.

  5. Looks like a gorgeous selection, I would be particularly interested in trying the goldenberries bar. 🙂

  6. Lovely! When I first tried converting to veganism, there was so little choice that I eventually gave up. I salute all those who kept at it and made up the numbers so that ethical producers had a growing market.

  7. It’s really great the selection of vegan produce, particularly treats like chocol6, that is now available. Thumbs up from me.

  8. As a chocolate lover, these would be just perfect for the week before THAT week, when all I want is chocolate!!

  9. These vegan chocolate bars sound lovely, I am yet to find a vegan chocolate that I like and you make them sound delicious.

  10. I love the sound of the unusual flavours – lemongrass and goldenberries definitely sound like they’re worth a try!

  11. my vegan daughter would love to try these. its a new brand for us and we will be looking out for it in the future

  12. I love chocolate and I would love to taste these bars to check the difference to my old favourite – maybe these are better!

  13. I’ve been vegetarian for 30 years but I’m trying to eat more vegan food this year – I’ve not really thought about chocolate so would love to try this!

  14. I’ve never seen or heard of Pacari chocolate but it sounds fantastic and I’m going to be looking out for it in future.

  15. As a vegan I love trying new goodies and enjoying new flavours. Enjoying treats makes me feel happier knowing that it is fairtrade

  16. Starting put in my vegan journey and would love to give these a try, see if a good choc will keep me on the straight and narrow

  17. These look fantastic! I love the variety of things they offer as well – much more diverse than most and some really unusual flavours

  18. Tried them once at a Chocolate Festival- that was years ago! Fingers crossed everyone :)These flavours sound amazing!

  19. Puts hand up timidly… ME, it’s not suitable for me! I’m diabetic and control it by avoiding sugar. Unfortunately for my husband, that means that I never keep chocolate in the house, so he never gets to have any, and i know he would love this selection, especially the lemongrass one

  20. I have been flirting with veganism for a while now so it’s always nice to find new goodies that fit the bill.

  21. I’ve tried a few vegan chocolate bars but not from this brand. A good place to find them is tkmaxx. Ironically

  22. I’m looking to reduce my animal product intake and this kind of thing is exactly what I need to help me!

  23. Ah you can’t beat good chocolate and those flavours look good I haven’t seen lemomgrass or golden berries before.

  24. Wow, these would make a great Easter gift – nice to be able to eat chocolate when you can’t have dairy.

  25. Would be something lovely for me to have at Easter while the rest of the family tuck into all their goodies.

  26. I’ve never tried Pacari Vegan Chocolate Bars before but they sound delicious and I would absolutely love to try them

  27. Would love to try these and also would share with a good friend if mine who has recently become vegan. Looks yummy!

  28. I would love to try the mint flavour. Although they all sound delicious, chocolate with mint is my favourite.

  29. thank you for the review, although i have heard of this brand before, i have never tried them yet – defo, will now x

    1. I’ve not tried vegan chocolate before and would really like to try the golden berries. Chocolate that’s healthy always gets a yes from me!

  30. Have heard of Pacari and read some great reviews…would love to try some for myself and perhaps share !!

  31. Lovely looking bars is the first positive the awards are impressive and the list of ingredients are making me want to try them.

  32. I’m seriously considering a vegan diet to see if I feel less lethargic without dairy but chocolate is something I’ll miss. It would be great to give this a try. Thank you for the chance to win some 🙂

  33. I would like to win these for my friend Jane. She went Vegan this year and it would be a lovely treat.

  34. Love the fact that they are vegan friendly. My mother in law is vegan and I struggle trying to buy in the right kind of treats for when she visits. These bars would be perfect to bake her some goodies with…… if I haven’t eaten them all first lol x

  35. These look so delicious & tasty chocolate bars, and being vegan means a lot to me. I don’t eat meat and a close friend of mine is vegan.

  36. Id love to try something a little more grown up for a treat – ‘normal’ choc is tasting worse and worse now sugar is being replaced by chemicals :/

  37. These sound lovely! I really like the sound of the goldenberries – I think that would be very different.

  38. I’ve never tried this brand of chocolate but it sounds really nice. Would love to give it a go. ☺️

  39. Always looking for chocolate for my vegan daughter and she always ready to try new products

  40. I have never tried Pacari bars before, but the flavours sound fantastic, especially the lemongrass 🙂

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