Confectionery brand Mars has announced it is launching vegan versions of its Galaxy chocolate bars.
Mars is the first major mainstream confectionery brand to offer a plant-based alternative to milk chocolate.
The new bars, made from hazelnut paste and certified by the Vegan Society, will be available in three flavours: smooth orange, caramel and sea salt, and caramelised hazelnut.
They will go on sale at Tesco stores from Monday and online via Ocado and Amazon soon after.
While all dark chocolate is naturally vegan if it has not had milk or cream added to it, milk chocolate is more challenging to adapt because of its dairy content.
Kerry Cavanaugh, marketing director at Galaxy manufacturer Mars Wrigley UK, said the company was “so excited” to introduce the vegan range using a recipe that “doesn’t compromise on the brand’s signature smooth and creamy characteristics”.
Abigail Stevens, trademark marketing manager at the Vegan Society, said: “We are delighted that Galaxy, such a well-known brand, is entering the vegan market and offering more choice – and even more excited that there are three delicious flavours to choose from.”
The bars are also Mars’s first UK confectionery products to be wrapped in compostable film packaging, made from wood fibre and designed to break down in home composting in a few months.
A number of smaller brands market vegan milk chocolate, including Vego, Loving Earth and Moo Free, while Hotel Chocolat has recently expanded its vegan line.