I am seeking a chocolate with no soy products added (including soy lecithin). Can anyone recommend a maker? Can be either dark or milk. I know someone who is allergic to soy and would like to make some truffles for him. Thanks.
Michel Cluizel reformulated their chocolates years ago - 2002? - to remove the lecithin. Not just because of allergies but because of concerns in the EU over GMO foods. A great deal of soy is grown from GMO seeds and there are few sources of lecithin from soy grown from seeds that are not GMO.
I agree with Mark Heim - most manufacturers will make chocolate with PGPR (polyglycerol poly ricinoleate). However, a chocolate does not have to include lecithin - it is added to a chocolate to reduce the amount of cocoa butter used - a cost saving. There is a synthetic lecithin used by some companies, generally referred to by its Cadbury code-name 'YN'.
If your customer is seriously allergic to soy products, make sure the company that manufactures chocolate with PGPR does not make chocolate with soy lecithin on the same equipment as there could be a risk of cross contamination.
From a purely technical perspective, commercial grade soy lecithin is so processed that it's devoid of soy protein, which is the component your friend would be allergic to. Sort of akin to eating french fries cooked in soy oil - there's no real risk of soy protein in RBO (refined, bleached oil). Lecithin is a highly purified extract, essentially, that is most commonly derived from soybeans. The extraction and purification process it goes through eliminates the allergen concern.
However, I do understand the concern and can relate to wanting to stay as far away from anything with the word soy in it, if you've got that allergy 8-)