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Is Chocolate Dairy-Free?

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Is Chocolate Dairy-Free?

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Question: Is Chocolate Dairy-Free?
Is Chocolate Dairy-Free?
Answer: Well, this depends on what kind of chocolate you buy. Obviously, milk chocolate is not dairy-free, as it contains milk and usually other dairy ingredients as well. High quality dark chocolates are the best places to look to satisfy your lactose-free chocolate cravings, as they should only contain cocoa butter, cocoa liquor, lecithin (usually soy-based), and sugar. Not all dark chocolate bars are equal, however, and many "mainstream" manufacturer chocolates contain a long laundry list of dairy-derived ingredients, so label-reading is essential.
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