How to have a Dairy Free Easter

a selection of dairy free Easter eggs

Dairy Free Easter eggs
N.B. This is not a sponsored post, I’m simply sharing some products I’ve found in the hope that it helps you to enjoy your dairy-free Easter too.

Easter can be a really crappy time if you’re intolerant or allergic to dairy. Milk chocolate eggs are everywhere, and you can’t go more than a few steps without being slapped in the face with a giant chocolate bunny. Easter eggs seem to hit supermarket shelves from the end of January, so there is a long and painful build-up to this chocolate-covered holiday.

Last year was my first ‘strict’ (i.e. absolutely no dairy whatsoever) dairy-free Easter, and it was miserable. I’m lactose intolerant, so have avoided most dairy for years, but I’d always put up with some pain and discomfort to to tuck into a few Easter eggs. I wasn’t prepared for my first proper dairy-free Easter; I didn’t research dairy-free options, I didn’t shop early. I assumed I’d find something dark that would be fine, but I ended up with one sad and lonely dark chocolate egg that turned out to have milk fat in it so I couldn’t eat it anyway. Poor me!

Now that I’m dairy-free for the Stuntman (while we’re still breastfeeding) it means that cheating isn’t an option. I may have been willing to give myself a tummy ache for the sake of a Ferrero Rocher Easter egg (or 3!!), but I’m not going to put him through the agony and distress that consuming dairy causes him. So a dairy-free Easter is our reality.

So in the name of *research* (ahem), I’ve road tested a few dairy-free Easter options so you know what to look out for. Our product range is pretty limited in Australia – there are a lot more dairy-free options available in the US, UK and the rest of Europe, but hopefully this means they’ll filter down to us soon.

Coles and Woolies have a few options nowadays, and health food shops have even more. If you’ve got plenty of time, then you can find a pretty good range online. If you’re in Sydney or Melbourne, I recommend making a trip to the Cruelty Free Shop, a Vegan supermarket (Glebe in Sydney, and Fitzroy in Melbourne). The Cruelty Free shop also has an online store if you’re not in the area.

 


Kid in a candy store – Little Miss checking out the Easter range at the Cruelty Free Shop in Glebe

‘Milky’ Chocolate

Moo Free Easter range

Moo Free Easter Eggs

Dairy, soy, gluten, wheat, egg and nut free
$10 – $13
Available in health food shops and online
Moo Free eggs are the closest to proper milk chocolate I’ve found. They’re manufactured using rice milk to give it a milky taste. The eggs come in plain ‘milk’ chocolate, chocolate orange, and bunnycomb flavours, and are free from dairy, soy, wheat, gluten, and egg (so are also suitable for vegans). 

They’re not cheap – I paid about $10 per egg and have seen them for up to $13 – but they’re worth it. You can also get little mini moo bunnycomb bars (17g) for around $2.99.

Sweet William Easter range

Dairy, gluten, wheat, egg and nut free (contains soy)

  • Bunny Faces – packs of 10, 12, 15 –  $5.50 – $6.95
  • Rice Crackle Easter Bunny $4.10
Widely available in most major supermarkets, health food shops and online.
The gluten and dairy free Sweet William Easter range includes Easter bunny heads and a big Rice Crackle bunny, which you can pick up at most supermarkets. 

I was really excited to try out the Sweet William Easter bunnies, but then I discovered that they all contain soy flour, so sadly they’re a no-go zone for us.

But they are a great option for people who are dairy and/or gluten free, and they also have low sugar and sugar free options which would be great for diabetics.

The Sweet William dark chocolate range doesn’t contain soy, but they don’t have any Easter products available in dark (not yet anyway).

 

Alpha Milk Free, Gluten Free Easter eggs

Dairy, soy, gluten, wheat, egg and nut free

  • Bag of 10 small eggs $12.95
  • Large Easter egg 150g $21.50 (no one said living dairy-free was cheap!)
Available from the Cruelty Free shop, in store and online, and other online shops
These are a real find – they’re dark chocolate, but not super dark, and they are quite sweet, so OK for kids. And it’s nice to have some small, wrapped eggs as an option for Easter egg hunts!

Bonvita Easter eggs and bunnies

Dairy, soy, gluten, wheat, egg and nut free

  • 100g bag of half mini eggs or mini Easter bunnies $9.50
Available from the Cruelty Free shop, in store and online, and other online shops
These mini half eggs are really sweet and pretty milky tasting too! They use rice milk powder to create the milkiness. The mini bunnies are really cute too :).
Plamil Dairy Free half eggs

Plamil dairy free chocolate eggs

Dairy, soy, gluten, wheat, egg and nut free

  • Large egg 85g $9.60
  • Mini Half Easter eggs – 125 g bag – $12.60
Available from the Cruelty Free shop, in store and online, and other online shops
The Plamil range is a pretty good substitute for milk chocolate. It uses rice milk powder to achieve a milky flavour. The Plamil range now also includes a sugar free option (please note: sugar free range contains soy).

 

 

Dark Chocolate

Lindt Dark Chocolate Bunny

Dairy, gluten, wheat, egg and nut free (contains soy lecithin)

Available from Coles, Woolworths, some chemists and newsagents – $5.50 – $6.50
The iconic Lindt Bunny in a beautiful rich dark chocolate.
Lindt Dark Chocolate Bunnies

Moser Roth Dark Chocolate Mini Eggs

Dairy, soy, gluten, wheat, egg and nut free
Aldi, $2.99 for 150g bag
These 70% cocoa dark chocolate mini eggs are awesomely delicious! They are probably more for the dairy-free mums and dads though, rather than the kiddies, as they’re very rich, and not very sweet. And they’ve got a lot of cocoa in them, which means a big hit of caffeine. Be warned! (I’ve been pairing these with a nice bottle of Aldi Shiraz – lovely!).

 

 

Choceur Dark Chocolate Bunny

Dairy, soy, egg and nut free (contains wheat)
Aldi $2.99 each (120g)
These dark chocolate bunnies give the Lindt bunnies a run for their money. Minimum 60% dark cocoa, so they’re pretty rich, and half the price of the Lindt ones (so you can buy two?).

 

 

Kinnerton Dairy Free Luxury Dark Chocolate Easter egg

Dairy, gluten, wheat, egg and nut free (contains soy)

  • Gift box with Large egg & chocolate bar $15
  • Large egg $8
Available from Coles, Target, David Jones
This is a very dark chocolate egg, luxurious and delicious, but probably too rich for the kiddies (in fact it’s called an ‘Adult Dairy Free Egg’ on their website).

 

 

*Please note that I’m in Sydney, Australia, so these are products I’ve found available here.

 

 

Online Dairy Free Easter Egg Shopping

 
Happy Easter Egg hunting!!
Have you found any other dairy free Easter products? Let me know and I can add them to the list!

 

 

The Multitasking Mummy

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