Top 10 Savoury Vegan Christmas Finds 2018

Are you all stocked up on sweet treats for Christmas but struggling to find savoury vegan options? We’ve got you covered. Whether you’re looking for a special main course or some fun snacks to serve guests, the list below should have you excited about hitting the supermarkets.

1. Morrison’s Veggies in Blankets

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Missing pigs in blankets? You’re in luck — Morrison’s have released this 100% vegan alternative. The sausages are made from tomato, potato and mushroom and the blankets are aubergine slices.

2. Asda Extra Special Vegan Pate

Looking for a delicious pate to go with all those Christmas crackers? Try this Roasted Parsnip Pate with Chestnuts and Sage from Asda.

3. Iceland No Turkey Christmas Dinner

The vegan No Bull products at Iceland have had rave reviews — and now you can enjoy a ‘No Turkey’ Christmas Dinner from the same range for just £3.

4. ASDA Extra Special Vegan 2 Mushroom & Spinach Puff Pastry Parcels

 

Looking for a filling starter or a Christmas Eve treat? These Spinach and Mushroom Puff Pastry Parcels look perfect.

6. Tesco Finest Butternut and Mushroom Wellington

A nice change from a typical nut roast, this Tesco Butternut Squash Wellington looks like it would make a great main course for Christmas day.

7. Asda Mushroom & Lentil Nut Roasts with Caramelised Onion Melt

How cute are these individual Mushroom and Lentil Nut Roasts? They look really festive and are perfect if only a few members of your family are vegan.

8. Quorn Cracking Cranberry Balls

It isn’t Christmas without cranberries, and these Quorn Cracking Cranberry Balls are now available at Morrison’s.

9. Violife Vegan Platter

This year Violife have released TWO vegan cheese platters especially for Christmas.

The first platter contains Blu Wedge, Cranberry After Dinner and Mature Cheddar Flavour Block — it’s available at Asda, Holland & Barrett’s, Morrison’s and Waitrose. The second features Cranberry After Dinner, Block with Herbs and Smoked Flavour Block and is at Whole Foods and Sainsbury’s.

10.  Tesco Tortilla Trees

These Tortilla Trees from Tesco are a fun festive twist on a classic snack. Perfect for parties!

What’s been your favourite savoury vegan Christmas find so far this year? Let us know below or on social media — and keep an eye out for the sweet version of this post!

 

Wicked Kitchen Red Velvet Brownie Review

Have you tried the new Wicked Kitchen Red Velvet Brownie yet? It’s one of two new sweet options from the range, which is sold at Tesco. If you’re not sure whether to splash out on the brownie, this review should help!

Price

The brownie weighs 390g and costs £4.50, which we don’t think is too bad. It might seem more expensive than other chilled cakes but pre-made vegan desserts are still quite rare, and this is the kind of thing you’d buy for a birthday or special treat. It’s also large and rich enough to serve a decent number of people.

Appearance

The brownie looks delicious straight out of the box. It’s a neat square that’s kept in shape by extra cardboard and is topped with red lustred cocoa nibs which make it look a bit fancy. There’s a good brownie to icing ratio and it’s easy to cut into neat pieces.

Taste

The brownie has a rich, chocolate-y taste without being overly sweet. The raspberry flavour really comes through in the chocolate and raspberry ganache. We’d say you only need a small piece, which makes the dessert go a pretty long way. The brownie is quite dense with a nice cake-y texture. We reckon any chocolate fan will enjoy this — so long as they like raspberries.

We enjoyed the brownie chilled but it can also be microwaved or heated in the oven — a nice option for cold winter nights.

Verdict

We really enjoyed this brownie and think it could make a great vegan birthday cake, office treat, or dessert for a family dinner. The price seems fair for what you get and the flavour is really good — we’re sure non-vegans would enjoy it just as much as vegans.

Have you tried the Wicked Red Velvet Brownie? What about the Charred Pineapple Dream Cake?

Let us know what you thought below and feel free to request other product reviews.

 

Top UK Vegan Halloween Treats 2018

Looking for some fun vegan treats to enjoy this Halloween? Look not further! We’ve listed some of our favourite vegan Halloween finds this year, from sweets and toffee apples to spooky crumpets and crisps.

Toffee Apples (Tesco)

These Parrs toffee apples are sold individually in the fresh fruit section of Tesco. We sampled one this week and it was delicious!

Ghost Crumpets (Asda)

Want to make your Halloween breakfast extra spooky? These ghost crumpets from Asda are a really fun idea.

Pumpkin Crumpets (Morrisons)

Can’t get enough of the novelty vegan crumpets? You’ll want to grab these pumpkin shaped ones from Morrisons too!

Fizzy Fangs (Sainsbury’s)

These fizzy fang sweets from Sainsbury’s are accidentally vegan and great for trick-or-treaters.

Monster Claw Crisps (Tesco)

Unlike branded Monster Munch, these Tesco’s own Monster Claw crisps are completely vegan – yum! Great snack to throw in a bowl and serve as part of a Halloween buffet.

Super Scary Fizzy Spiders (M&S)

These super scary fizzy spiders from M&S are another great choice for parties. Lots of M&S veggie sweets are also vegan – take a look at their full vegan list by clicking the link at the bottom of this page.

If you’d like more ideas for vegan sweets, check out our list from last year, or visit the sweets section of our database.

Bear Claws Blackcurrant & Beetroot (Waitrose)

Want a healthier Halloween snack? These ‘bear claws’ are made from 100% fruit and veg and are lots of fun for kids.

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Free From Italy Vegan Panettone With Chocolate Review

Have you been searching high and low for a vegan panettone? Or are you just looking for a tasty alternative to traditional Christmas cake? You’re in the right place! This week we were sent the Free From Italy Vegan Panettone with Chocolate to review — keep reading to find out what we thought.

Packaging

This panettone comes in this really nice cardboard box. It’s a good size (500g) and definitely looks fancy enough to give as a gift. There’s a nice label tied to the box with ribbon and this lists the ingredients and gives some details about the sourdough method which is used to bake the product.

Appearance

Once out of the box, the panettone looks good — it’s got some nice decorative edging and a good shape, with plenty of chocolate chips visible.

Taste

The smell of chocolate hits you as soon as you take the panettone out of its packaging and cutting into the cake reveals a generous number of chocolate chips.

The bread tastes sweet but not overwhelmingly so, and the chocolate chips are rich and delicious. You can definitely tell that the product is made using sourdough — it has a distinctive ‘tang’. Overall, we’d say the taste and texture are quite similar to a chocolate chip brioche.

We thought the taste was great — just sweet enough, nice and chocolate-y, and a good texture. If you’re not keen on sourdough then it might not be right for you, but otherwise we would highly recommend giving this product a try.

Where to Buy

You can buy the Free From Italy Vegan Panettone With Chocolate at selected branches of Morrisons this Christmas. It’s also available online via Ocado or the Free From Italy website. If you’re not keen on chocolate, there’s also a more traditional version which contains sultanas.

Are you a fan of panettone? Will you be testing one of these this Christmas? Let us know in the comments below!

 

Where to Get Vegan Mayo in the UK

Want to enjoy vegan mayo on your sandwiches, salads, and more? You’re in luck – most major UK supermarkets now sell at least one brand of vegan mayo, so you’ll be spoilt for choice! Keep scrolling to get a good look at the options.

Tesco Free From Mayo-Maize

Where is it sold? Tesco

What’s it like? We really like this – it’s tasty and close to the real thing. The only issue is that it can be hard to squeeze out once the bottle isn’t full… we’ve seen a few complaints on social media about this!

Mr Organic Egg Free and Organic Mayo

Where is it sold? Waitrose, Ocado, Holland & Barrett

What’s it like? This product should appeal to anyone who wants to stick to organic products. We’ve read mixed reviews online, so you’ll have to try it to see what you think.

Sacla Free From Mayonnaise

Where is it sold? Sainsbury’s, Ocado

What’s it like? It’s great to see a big brand like this offering a vegan trademarked product. It’s got great reviews for being thick and creamy, and the jar is handy if you don’t want to deal with a squeezy bottle.

Chippa May-o

Where is it sold? Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Asda

What’s it like? This has two five star reviews on our product database, and the taste has been likened to salad cream. Yum!

Granovita Mayola

Where is it sold? Holland & Barrett, Ocado

What’s it like? This is our personal favourite, although it’s sadly no longer available at Tesco. It tastes very realistic and comes in a squeezy bottle that’s easy to use, even when you’re running out. Some people think it tastes too much like salad cream, so it’s definitely a matter or taste!

Sriracha Mayo Sauce

Where is it sold? Tesco, Asda (usually in the World Foods aisle)

What’s it like? If you love sriracha or just want an extra kick with your mayo, this is ideal! If you don’t like hot flavours, give this a miss.

As you can see, it’s not hard to find tons of delicious vegan mayo in the UK! Which brand is your favourite? Or do you prefer to make your own? Let us know in the comments.

The Happy Pear Shepherdless Pie Review

Waitrose now have a dedicated vegan fridge in many of their stores, and they’ve added some great new products to their range – including this vegan shepherd’s pie from The Happy Pear. Curious about whether or not it’s worth buying? We’ve put together a quick review to help you out.

The Shepherdless Pie is a good size for a single person, and could probably serve two if you cooked extra veg to go on the side. It looks really appealing in the box and the packaging is attractive.

Cooking

We chose to cook it in the oven, but there was also a microwave option which is nice and convenient. The cooking directions were easy to follow and didn’t need any adjustment.

Taste

The shepherdless pie tasted great – there was a nice mix of lentils, tomatoes, and vegetables for the filling, and a good amount of mashed potato on top. The seasoning looked like it might be a bit too much, but the flavour was actually perfect.

The meal is really tasty, but it’s also mild enough to be ideal for children or those who don’t like intense spice/seasoning. It’s a lovely twist on a warm, comforting classic, and would be especially nice on chilly winter evenings.

Price

The price at the time of writing was £3.60, which we think is pretty decent, and a makes it a little cheaper than the Wicked Kitchen vegan ready meals at Tesco.

Our Verdict

We give this ready meal a solid 5/5 and will definitely purchase it again. Great option when you’re in a hurry but still want something that’s tasty, healthy, and similar to a homecooked meal.

Have you tried The Happy Pear Shepherdless Pie, or any of the other new vegan products at Waitrose? Get in touch and let us know what you thought!

Where to Get Vegan Pizza in the UK

“But what about pizza?!” This is one of the most common questions you might hear after telling someone that you’re vegan. Luckily, the number of vegan pizza options available is increasing all the time, so you won’t have to go without – whether you’re cooking at home, eating out, or ordering a takeaway.

We’ve split this post into three sections: supermarket, takeaway, and high street restaurant, so keep scrolling to find exactly what you’re looking for. Bon appetit!

Supermarket Vegan Pizza in the UK

Tesco Free From Margherita Pizza

Tesco released this own-brand vegan Margherita pizza in 2018 – it’s also free from gluten.

Cheezly and Tomato Pizza

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This vegan frozen pizza is available from Ocado, Holland and Barrett, or direct from VBites website. It’s quite small, but has reasonable reviews and is a great quick and easy option. This pizza could easily be topped with vegetables for a healthier, more filling meal.

Valsoia Dairy Free Pizza with Vegetables

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This dairy-free veggie pizza from Valsoia is available through Ocado here. Check out the rest of the range for items like chocolate spread and ice cream sandwiches.

The White Rabbit Pizza Co. 

The ‘Smokin Vegan’ from The White Rabbit Pizza Co is available in select branches of Sainsbury’s.

Wicked Kitchen

In 2018, Tesco released two sourdough pizzas as part of their plant-based Wicked Kitchen range – Caponata, and BBQ Mushroom. We’ve heard great reviews of both!

Goodfella’s Vegan Stonebaked Falafel Pizza

This frozen vegan pizza from Goodfella’s was released in March 2018. It’s frozen and costs £2.50, making it a cheaper option than many other vegan pizzas.

No Dough Pizza Co.

This vegan pizza has a cauliflower base and is available at Sainsbury’s – find it in the chilled aisle.

Takeaway Vegan Pizza in the UK

Papa John’s

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All of Papa John’s bases are vegan – just ask them to remove the cheese. We recommend the Garden Party with no cheese and extra mushrooms. Their garlic dipping sauce is also vegan, as are the potato wedges and corn on the cob.

Pizza Hut Delivery

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The pan base is vegan friendly – just add all the veggies you like. The garlic bread and potato wedges are also vegan – yay! You can check the full allergen and nutrition info here.

Independent

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There are lots of independent takeaways offering excellent vegan options. This helpful article from PetaUK lists them according to location. Pictured is a pizza from Basilico in London.

Vegan Pizza at UK Restaurants

Pizza Express

 

Vegan Giardiniera from Pizza Express

 

In March 2017, Pizza Express released the delicious vegan Giardiniera. You can ask for their vegan mozzarella to be added to any other pizza, and they now have a dedicated ‘vegan choices‘ page on their website.

 Zizzi

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The first high street restaurant to offer a vegan cheese on their pizzas, Zizzi is a great choice for vegans. The vMargheritaerita is topped with tomato, Mozzarisella cheese (made from rice milk), and basil. You can add extra veggie toppings and there are quite a few vegan starters and sides (the bruschetta looks delicious), plus gelato for dessert.

Ask Italian

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The bases here are vegan, so just ask for the cheese to be removed and add a few extra toppings. You can also enjoy Rosemary and Sea Salt bread as a starter, and sorbet for dessert.

***Update: As of March 2017, Ask Italian now offer a full vegan menu, including vegan mozzarella, vegan dough balls and a vegan chocolate torte. Check it out here.

Vegan pizza with cheese from Ask Italian!

Pizza Hut

In January 2018, Pizza Hut began offering Violife cheese as a topping for their pizzas – yay. You can see all the details on what’s vegan on this page. 

Vegan Pizza in the UK

As you can see, there are tons of places to get vegan pizza in the UK, with more options popping up all the time. If you know about a vegan pizza we haven’t listed, let us know and we’ll update this post!

To stay updated on the vegan pizza available in supermarkets, head over to the pizza category of our UK vegan product database.

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Where to Buy Vegan Birthday Cakes and Treats in the UK

Vegan birthday cake. It’s still one of the hardest things to shop for without going to a specialist store, and while items like vegan cheese and pizza are becoming more widespread, none of the supermarkets have released a dedicated vegan cake yet.

However, that doesn’t mean you don’t have options. There are lots of vegan treats which can easily be used in place of a cake, and we’re sharing some of our favourites below. We’ll be keeping this article updated, so be sure to let us know if you spot any new releases.

Morrison’s Sticky Ginger Buns

These Sticky Ginger Buns are about as close to vegan cake as you can get in a supermarket right now – and they’re pretty delicious.

Morrison’s Lazy Day Free From Tiffin Selection

This Tiffin Selection has some nice variety and is a great one to take into the office for sharing.

Tesco Free From Rocky Road Mini Bites

These Rocky Road Mini Bites are small but tasty.

Asda Food Heaven Dairy Free Lemon Cheesecake

It’s not exactly a birthday cake, but this Lemon Cheesecake is still a delicious option for your special day.

ASDA Free From Caramel Rice Squares

Who doesn’t love rice crispy squares? These are a fun option for kids’ parties.

Co-op Rocky Road Stackers and Millionaire’s Crispy Stackers

The ‘stackers’ format seems to be popular for vegan treats, and The Co-op does it well!

Sainsbury’s Daiya Chocolate Cheezecake

We’ve not tried this newly-released Chocolate Cheezecake from Daiya yet, but it’s generating tons of buzz on social media.

Nothing that you fancy? For more inspiration, head to our list of vegan baked treats, or check out our list of vegan baking kits to cheat while making your own cake.

What’s your favourite vegan birthday treat to buy when you don’t feel like baking a cake? Let us know in the comments or on social media!