Palm Oil Free Christmas





Last updated: November 2017




Palm Oil Guide to Christmas Food


This Christmas, you can buy your Christmas food shopping, mince pies, boxes of chocolate and biscuits from companies that only use sustainable palm oil. Or you could choose to boycott palm oil and buy palm oil free products. 

We've put together a list of companies which receive our best rating for palm oil either for being a palm oil free company or for only using certified sustainable or organic palm oil. We list the products from these best-rated companies that are palm oil free.


Mince pies | Boxes of chocolatesBiscuits | Supermarkets




Mince Pies


Palm oil free mince pies:

  • Authentic Bread Company: Organic Luxury Mince Pies, Organic Mince Pies, Roots & Wings Organic Mince Pies. Buy from Riverford Organics, Abel and Cole, Suma, or
  • The Organic Collection: Mince Pies. Buy from
  • Abel & Cole: mini organic mince pies, Luxury organic mince pies. (Made by Authentic Bread Company). Buy from Abel and Cole.
  • Riverford: Organic mince pies. (Made by Authentic Bread Company). Buy from Riverford Organics
  • Waitrose: Duchy Organic, Christmas Chocolate & Ginger
  • Marks and Spencer: Mince Pie Parcels, 36 Mini Mince Pie selection


Palm oil free, organic and vegan mince pies:


Image: Mince Pies 


You could make your own mince pies using palm oil free mincemeat. Palm oil is usually used in the vegetable suet. Authentic Bread Co, Infinity Foods and Meridian all sell jars of organic, vegan, suet-free mincemeat. Or you could make your own mincemeat without suet.


Best company rating for palm oil:

  • Walkers - no palm oil free mince pies
  • Abel & Cole
  • Riverford Organics
  • Waitrose
  • M&S
  • Authentic Bread Company
  • Organico Realfoods
  • Artisan Bread Organic
  • Infinity Foods - palm oil free mincemeat
  • Meridian - palm oil free mincemeat





Boxes of chocolates and gift chocolates


Palm oil-free boxes of chocolates:

  • Divine (Fairtrade): all chocolate (After Dinner thins, Chocolate Bar Selection, Belgian Chocolate Collection) - buy from Ethical Shop >
  • Plamil (vegan): all chocolate
  • Booja Booja (organic & vegan): all chocolate - buy from Waitrose >
  • Cocoa Loco (organic and Fairtrade): all chocolate - go to their online shop >
  • Montezuma (organic): all gift chocolate - go to their online shop >
  • Seed & Bean (organic & Fairtrade) - all chocolate -  buy from Ethical Shop >
  • M&S: Penguin Igloo, Gastronomic chocolate collection, Salted caramel pine cones, Sparkling Caramels, After Dinner Mints, Cherry Liquers, Chocolate Marzipan, Marc de Champagne truffles, Cocoa Dusted Lquid Salted Caramels.
  • Waitrose: Dark chocolate mint creams, Dark chocolate mint thins, Milk Chocolate Snowmen, White Chocolate Snowman, Dark chocolate covered stem ginger, Chocolate ginger, Belgian Dark Chocolate Cherry Liqueurs, Belgian Marzipan Bites, Belgian Milk Chocolate Caramels, Waitrose 1 Champagne Truffles, Waitrose 1 Marc de Champagne dark truffles, Waitrose 1 milk chocolate truffles, Waitrose 1 dark chocolate truffles, Waitrose 1 Salted Chocolate Collection, Waitrose 1 salted caramel truffles, Swiss Neapolitan Assortment, Swiss Milk Chocolate Alpine Bites


Image: Box of Chocolate

Best company rating for palm oil:

  • Booja Booja (organic, palm oil free company),
  • Divine (Fairtrade, palm oil free company),
  • Plamil (vegan company),
  • Seed & Bean (palm oil free, organic company)
  • Cocoa Loco (organic),
  • Montezuma (organic),
  • Ferrero Rocher, Raffaello, Kinder (no palm oil free varieties)
  • Waitrose,
  • M&S


Read our ethical shopping guide to Boxes of chocolates for companies' overall rating for corporate responsbility.





Best supermarkets for your Christmas food shopping


Best rating for palm oil:

  • Waitrose 
  • M&S


Avoid the following as they have received a worst rating:

  • Iceland
  • Ocado
  • Booths
  • Spar


See supermarkets guide for companies' overall rating.






Palm oil free biscuits:

Most likely those biscuits that are 'all butter', shortbreads or the more expensive 'cookies'.

  • Island Bakery (all organic): all biscuits - buy now > 
  • Traidcraft: Half Coated Chocolate Shortbread Finger, Geobakes Shortbread Biscuits
  • Bahlsen: Choco Leibniz Milk, Dark and Orange Chocolate, Leibniz Butter, Leibniz Zoo
  • Walkers: all shortbread,  Thick and Crunchy Oatcakes, Three Seed Oatcake, Oat Crunch Biscuits
  • Waitrose: all Waitrose 1 biscuits, all Waitrose Duchy Organic biscuits
    Plus: Shortbread selection, Scottish Shortbread Stars, Scottish shortbread fingers, Scottish chocolate chip shortbread, Scottish stem ginger shortbread, Continental dark chocolate butter biscuits, Continental milk chocolate butter biscuits, Flapjack all butter cookies, Stem ginger all butter cookies, Vanilla Viennese fingers, Chocolate Viennese fingers, Almond Viennese swirls, Mini oat biscuits, Belgian double chocolate cookies, Belgian triple chocolate cookies, Belgian chocolate & hazelnut cookies, Belgian white chocolate cookies, White Chocolate & Lemon All Butter Cookies, Milk chocolate chip cookies, White & plain chocolate cookies, Cranberry & white chocolate cookies, Walnut chocolate raisin & oat cookies, Mini choc chip cookies.
  • M&S: Selection of chocolate chunk cookies (tin), Scottish Shortbread Selection (tin), All Butter Scottish Shortbread (tin), Ginger & Cinammon Spiced Biscuit Thins (tin), Belgian Chocolate Chunk Cookies.


Image: Xmas Biscuits


Best company rating for palm oil:

  • Palm oil free company - Island Bakery
  • Use organic palm oil - Against the Grain, Doves Farm
  • Use FairPalm - Traidcraft
  • Use certified sustainable palm oil - Nairn's, Bahlsen, Walkers, Hill Biscuits, M&S, Waitrose, Burton's Biscuits



Read our ethical shopping guide to Biscuits for companies' overall rating for corporate responsbility.





Palm Oil Free List

Our unique guide to products without palm oil

Palm oil is in so many consumer goods (food and cosmetics) its hard to find products without it. Use our list to help ensure that you avoid an ingredient that has caused many environmental and social problems through irresponsible cultivation practices.

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