BY SARAH HATFIELD ON DECEMBER 9, 2020
Updated for 2020! I like fall treats such as Pumpkin Spice Lattes, but my heart belongs to chocolate peppermint. When I was little, my grandparents would take us out to eat at a historic 200-year old restaurant, and in the winter I would always order peppermint stick ice cream with chocolate sauce for dessert. The menu at The Tavern has since changed, and my preferred desserts are now dairy free, but my love of the magical chocolate and peppermint combination lives on.
Here is an extensive list of vegan and dairy-free chocolate peppermint treats to warm your soul during the chilly, busy months ahead. We believe they are also vegan, unless otherwise noted. But most of them are seasonal, so enjoy them while you can!
All of the non-dairy products mentioned below are dairy-free by ingredients. Ingredients are subject to change at any time, so always read the label! And as always, contact the manufacturer to discuss their production processes if a severe food allergy is a concern for you. There is always some degree of cross-contamination risk, and allergen labels (or lack of) should not be relied on exclusively. We cannot evaluate if a product is safe for your needs.
Dairy-Free Peppermint Chocolates
Some Little Secrets Pieces flavors do contain dairy (sorry, the Spice Pumpkin Pie is out), but these Peppermint infused treats are made without dairy.
New this year, these perfectly portioned pieces of chocolate bark are Certified Organic, Vegan, and Gluten-Free. Their chocolate tends to be very smooth and appealing to all ages, so we’re planning on stocking up!
These are perhaps the purest peppermint patties on the market. They’re organic, vegan, low glycemic (sweetened with coconut sugar and agave), and made with the “cleanest” ingredients – right down to the Himalayan crystal salt.
Look for the penguin bar to enjoy this 72% dark chocolate bar. It’s a seasonal vegan and certified gluten-free option from this traditional chocolate bar maker.
A favorite chocolate peppermint treat of my kids is Hershey’s Chocolate Mint Candy Canes. Yes, they are dairy free, and they are delicious! Somehow they taste like chocolate with a hint of peppermint.
Okay, Coracao has a competitor. These coconut sugar-sweetened peppermint patties are a treat, but still relatively nutritious. They’re also vegan, raw, and paleo-friendly.
They always have some pure dark chocolate vegan treats, but we were excited to see that Lake Champlain made these peppermint-filled treats without dairy!
These dairy-free and allergy-friendly M&M copycats are infused with peppermint flavor.
This holiday chocolate peppermint goodness is made with 60% dark chocolate, and spiked with crunchy peppermint candy.
If you need allergen-free chocolate peppermint treats, look no further than Amanda’s Own. They run a top allergen-free chocolate business.
This Ayurveda Inspired chocolate bar is made with pure ingredients, no refined sugars (it’s sweetened with honey), and no emulsifiers (it’s soy-free). And we’re a bit curious about this floral combination!
Like several other chocolate brands, Theo has many vegan dark chocolate bars. And this seasonal peppermint bar is one of them!
More Dairy-Free Chocolate Peppermint Treats
This year, they’ve launched yet another flavor of high-protein vegan cookie, complete with white chocolate chips!
These gluten-free and top allergen-free cookies are seasonal, so get them while available! ELF’s soft-baked cookies have a wonderful texture that everyone seems to love.
It looks as if Oreo is trying to get into the candy cane sandwich cookie game, replacing their seasonal red-filled Peppermint Oreos with Peppermint Bark Oreos. The cookies are filled with icing mixed with red sugar crystals, and the filling has a slight peppermint flavor. (Yes, I bought a box. For science.)
Perhaps Trader Joe’s Candy Cane Joe Joe’s are just as good as the Benton Candy Cane Chocolate Sandwich Cremes. After all, Aldi and TJs were founded by a pair of brothers. But I’ve never tried them! Maybe someone will send me some for Christmas so I can do a taste test. While the regular Candy Cane Joe Joe’s are vegan, the gluten-free version contains egg. (Editor Note: Alisa can vouch that these dairy-free chocolate peppermint cookies are very tasty!)
If you’re craving a sweeter “milk” chocolate, then this dairy-free milkless bar might become a new holiday favorite.
I’m featuring three dairy-free chocolate peppermint sandwich cookies on the list, and my allegiance is to Benton’s Candy Cane Chocolate Sandwich Cremes. The filling in the chocolate cookies is flecked with crushed candy canes, making them an ideal Christmastime cookie.
These dairy-free, gluten-free bars are a healthier chocolate peppermint treat. They often go on sale on Amazon in January, which is a great time to stock up for the year. While there are no dairy ingredients in the Luna bars, the allergen statement on the Clif Bar website says that the bars “contain soy and may contain peanuts, tree nuts, and milk,” so they are not appropriate for those with severe allergies.
For crafty bakers, this is a wonderful find! All Satin Ice Fondants are 100% vegan, and boasted as”Allergen-Free, Gluten, Dairy, Soy and Nut Free.”
Dairy-Free Chocolate Peppermint Tea, Coffee & Hot Cocoa
Protein powder is a newcomer to our list! This virtuous blend has 21 grams of plant-based protein and no added sugars.
Okay, this isn’t quite hot cocoa. But Amazing Grass entered the market this year with their seasonal superfood blend. We prefer their powders blended with fruit, but you might enjoy this straight up!
Made with powdered coconut milk, this peppermint spiked hot chocolate mix can be ready in an instant!
This dairy-free hot chocolate mix is cutely packaged in a glass milk bottle and contains only natural cane sugar, dutch cocoa (processed with alkali), and peppermint flavor.
Known for gourmet chocolates (some vegan, some not), Lake Champlain couldn’t stick with a simple hot chocolate mix. This holiday mix is a blend of rich cocoa, cool peppermint, and hints of cinnamon!
St. Claire’s is a marvelous allergy-friendly brand. Most of their products are in the candy and mint category, but they also have a wonderful line of top allergen-free hot cocoa mixes.
For white chocolate fans, Dunkin’ offers this kosher pareve ground coffee option through the holidays.
This seasonal favorite is made simply with ground coffee and flavors, and it reportedly “Does not contain any of the 8 major allergens.” But steer clear of the Latte K-Cups, which are filled with milk.
This chocolate peppermint coffee would be a fun way to perk up office hours during the holiday season. According to Keurig’s website, the coffee is “free of milk, whey, sodium caseinate, and lactose, and is certified Orthodox Union Kosher.”
My daughter and I have tried many chocolate mint teas, but this is our favorite. It has just the right balance of cocoa and peppermint. I stock up to have it on hand till next year.
In addition to peppermint and cocoa, this tea is also flavored with vanilla and sweetened with stevia leaf.
Dairy-Free Chocolate Peppermint Milk Beverages & Creamers
Alisa wrote up an extensive list of dairy-free holiday beverages that includes information on all of the available chocolate peppermint options. I just wanted to briefly list the chocolate peppermint ones again here.
We love that everything from Nutpods is unsweetened. You get full, creamy, dairy-free flavor that is somewhat neutral to enjoy in a variety of ways.
If you would rather blend up your own peppermint mocha, then this dairy-free creamer could be a better option for you.
We have one picture for both, so we’re bundling these two Aldi finds together. Both are peppermint mocha flavor, both are made with almondmilk, and both are for coffee connoisseurs. So I’m pretty sure if you like one, the other one will be a win too.
This isn’t just peppermint chocolate, it’s a flavorful mocha with a nice caffeine hit that you can enjoy cold or warm!
Can’t Find a Peppermint Chocolate Drink?
Dairy-Free Chocolate Peppermint Recipes
Want to make some homemade chocolate peppermint treats to share and enjoy? I had fun going thorough our archives to find these delicious recipes.
- Dairy Free Peppermint Patties
- Peppermint White Chocolate Mocha
- Chocolate Marshmallow Peppermint Sticks
- Perfectly Peppermint Fudge Bites
- Chocolate Peppermint Crinkle Cookies
- Chocolate Peppermint Slice
- Vegan Chocolate Peppermint Pie
- Peppermint Healthy Hot Chocolate