These unsuspecting semi-sweet chocolate chips are vegan! I believe they are only sold in Canada (but are called President’s choice for the president of the company, if you were confused like me). President’s Choice chocolate chips are one of my favourite vegan products that are not made for vegans. Non-vegans often assume that all chocolate contains milk and being vegan means relinquishing chocolate from your life. On the contrary sweet omnivores, cocoa itself is vegan and milk is not always added to it. You may be thinking now of dark chocolate, but be careful, some dark chocolate does have added milk. Some chocolate products you think would contain milk occasionally don’t. Take Oreos and Fudgeos for example, they have NO animal products in them (in Canada. Double check this for your individual country). Now back to the chips. These are great to recommend to non-vegan friends when they want to make you a batch of cookies but are freaked out by the prospect of finding vegan chocolate. These chocolate chips are good. They are not of great quality and they are definitely not organic or Fair Trade. However, they are cheap and work like a chocolate chip should. I actually prefer the texture and taste of President’s Choice chocolate chips over Camino semi-sweet chocolate chips, which are Fair Trade. If you can find these bad boys, buy them! You won’t be disappointed.
UPDATE November 2013: Bags with the code: 6038307922 (possibly the larger bag?) are may contain as usual. Bags with the code: 6038365205 (300g bags) are may contain (made in the same facility) as well as made on a line with dairy products. According to PC, none of the ingredients in either product contain dairy, however there is a higher risk of cross-contamination when the products are made on the same line. Therefore, this product is not recommended for those with milk allergies as well as those following a Jewish parve. If the product does not list dairy (make sure to double check) then no dairy is in the recipe.