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Hollywood star Alicia Silverstone made a splash this spring in her latest role as Susan Heffley in Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul. She has long had more on her mind that her long and illustrious acting career, though. She is a bestselling author and outspoken activist for animals and the earth.
Most recently, Alicia stood up for animals and chocolate lovers at the same time.
In an open letter she wrote with animal rights charity PETA, the long-time vegan asked Ghirardelli to bring back their discontinued vegan chocolate chips. The famous chocolatier’s Ghirardelli Semi-Sweet Chocolate Baking Chips used to be vegan, but now they contain animal-derived ingredients.
Alicia told Ghirardelli: "Vegan chocolate is a powerful source of antioxidants and is chock-full of essential nutrients. It improves blood flow and reduces stress. That's why I'm urging you to switch Ghirardelli's semi-sweet chocolate chips back to their original dairy-free recipe, so health conscious snackers and bakers alike can indulge.”
She then touched upon the growing trend of vegan eating, and she urged the chocolate company to take advantage of this growing dairy-free market.
She was kind to the company as well, encouraging its leaders to make the company an inspiring model for other businesses by changing the chocolate chips back to the vegan recipe.
It’s clear the blond beauty loves her sweets. Don’t think Alicia makes chocolate a main staple of her diet, though. She has been outspoken about healthy eating in her book The Kind Life and on her website.
She also talks about it openly when discussing her lifestyle, telling Food & Wine: “I think it’s great that people are coming out with alternatives to animal products.
"There are so many amazing ones! I love things like Heidi Ho Chevre, Field Roast Sausages, Vegenaise, and Earth Balance Butter—which are mind-blowingly yum—but I personally like to keep my diet as close to the earth as possible. So while these options are tasty—and so much better than animal foods—they are not part of my regular diet.”
She said: “Being able to do something that is good for the Earth, good for the animals, and good for you all at the same time seems like such a no-brainer. It’s like the biggest ‘Duh!'”
Who can argue with that? Another thing that Cher and Alicia have in common is a big heart, and Alicia is no stranger to using hers to make a positive change in the world.
It remains to be seen whether Ghirardelli will make changes after Alicia’s request, although the company’s website does state that it does currently have vegan items with dark chocolate that are dairy-free.
If you’d like to join in Alicia’s quest, PETA has a helpful guide to how you can contact the company to politely request that they bring back vegan chocolate chips. Meanwhile, if you are craving chocolate chips, companies like Enjoy Life and Whole Foods offer vegan chocolate chips in all their yummy glory.
Robin Raven is the author of Santa’s First Vegan Christmas. She has written for publications such as The Malibu Times, Alabama Baby & Child Magazine, the official website of Melissa Gilbert, and USAToday.com. She holds a BFA from the School of Visual Arts and is now furthering her education. Robin often has her nose in a book and her arms around a rescued animal. She’s a vegan foodie who blogs at RobinRaven.com and loves to connect with readers on social media. You can follow her @RobinRaven on Twitter.
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