Nestlé Debuts Vegan White Chocolate Chips

Swiss company Nestlé Toll House debuted vegan white chocolate baking chips during trade show Natural Products Expo West today. The White Morsels are the latest addition to the company’s allergen-free Simply Delicious line, which debuted last year. The six-ingredient product contains organic cocoa butter, cane sugar, and tapioca starch. “When you have allergies, you have very limited options, and we wanted to expand and give people with allergies a wide variety of options,” Carlo Ramirez de Arellano, Nestlé Toll House Communications Manager, told VegNews. The white chocolate chips ($4.99) will debut in August at major retailers including Walmart and Kroger. The Simply Delicious line includes Semi-Sweet and Delicious Dark baking chips free of the eight major food allergens (milk, eggs, wheat, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, fish, and shellfish). “We have a lot of options in the oven and we’re going to expand with different flavors, including a matcha-flavored baking chip that we’re currently evaluating,” Ramirez de Arellano said. To focus on more of its plant-based offerings, Nestlé recently ditched its deli-meat brand Herta and plans to debut a vegan burger, the Incredible Burger, this spring.