Best Vegan Advent Calendars 2017 (All Available in Supermarkets/On the High Street)

 

Worried that you’ll have to go without an advent calendar this year? Luckily there are plenty of vegan options available, and you don’t have to visit fancy health food stores or order online to find them!

Check out our list of the best UK vegan advent calendars, all available in supermarkets or on the high street.

Moo Free Advent Calendar

Sold at Sainsbury’s, Morrison’s, Waitrose, Holland & Barrett, and Asda, between £3 and £5.

Chocologic Free From Advent Calendar

Sold at Tesco, £2.50.

Holland and Barrett

Available in two different designs, £3.99 each.

Hotel Chocolat Dark Chocolate Advent Calendar

Contains dark chocolate reindeer, snowmen, and penguins, costs £12.50.

Divine Chocolate 70% Dark Chocolate Advent Calendar

Available at Oxfam, £4.99.

Montezuma’s Organic & Vegan Dark Chocolate Advent Calendar

£9.99 from Montezuma’s.

Which advent calendar will you be buying this year? Let us know in the comments!

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Soyatoo! Soy Whip Spray Cream Review

Vegan squirty cream seems to be pretty hard to find, so we were excited to stumble upon Soy Whip from Soyatoo! in a local health food shop. We’ve also found it available online at Vegetaria. But is it worth buying?! Read on to find out.

We tested the cream on a simple hot chocolate. The picture below shows the cream immediately after spraying – it deflates pretty quickly, as you can see from the later photos. The can works in exactly the same way as dairy squirty cream, with a nozzle that can be rinsed after use.

soy-whip-fluffy

We’ve heard some reports of people having problems getting the cream out of the canister, but we had no issues. The packaging states that the product doesn’t need to be refrigerated, so we assume it works best when kept at room temperature.

soy-whip-drink-and-can

The taste was good, not exactly like the dairy version, but close enough to pass. There was a slight taste of soy, but we imagine that if you like soy milk, you’ll be fine with this product. It wasn’t too sweet, and the flavour was mild overall, so it’s a perfect topping for very sweet drinks and desserts.

soy-whip-close-up

At £2 a can we felt the price was reasonable, and it’s the kind of thing we’d buy once in a while, more for novelty than anything else. Have you tried this product? Let us know what you thought.

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Where to Buy Vegan Chocolate Ice Cream in the UK

There’s a surprisingly good selection of vegan chocolate ice cream sold in UK supermarkets – check out the list below. These vary in price, flavour and ingredients so there should be one to suit you.

Swedish Glace Chocolate Non-Dairy Ice Cream

Swedish Glace Chocolate Non Dairy Ice Cream 750Ml

This soy chocolate ice cream tastes exactly like regular chocolate ice cream, and is one of the cheaper options. Currently sold in Tesco and Waitrose. Also available in strawberry and vanilla.

Sainsbury’s Deliciously Free From Chocolate Iced Dessert

Sainsbury's Deliciously Freefrom Chocolate Iced Dessert 480ml

A fairly new offering from Sainsbury’s, based on coconut milk, this is also available in strawberry. We’ve heard great reviews of both flavours.

Antonio Russo Dairy-Free Chocolato

Antonio Russo Dairy-Free Chocolato 500ml

This slightly more exotic option includes orange zest, which makes a nice change. Sold in Waitrose.

Jude’s Dairy Free Chocolate Ice Cream

Jude's dairy free chocolate ice cream 500ml

Another Waitrose option, we’ve heard mixed reviews about this one. Some say the flavour is too dark/bitter.

Booja-Booja Hunky Punky Chocolate Ice Cream

booja choc ice cream

A luxury option, this is sold in Waitrose, some branches of Holland and Barrett, and many independent health stores. Good once-in-a-while treat option.

You can also try vegan frozen yoghurt and frozen smoothie, both available in chocolate flavours. What’s your favourite vegan ice cream?

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GoMaxGo Vegan Chocolate Bar Reviews

We recently tried three vegan chocolate bars from GoMaxGo – the Buccaneer (like a Mars Bar), the Twilight (like a Milky Way), and the 2fer (like a Twix). Read on to find out what we thought!

We got hold of these chocolate bars at a local vegan fair. Events like this are worth looking out for as you can often pick up items that aren’t widely available in shops. It’s also a great way to support vegan/ethical small businesses.

We paid £2 for each of our bars, and this seems similar to the price you’d pay when buying online. Although pricey, these bars are fun as a one-off treat.

Twilight Bar

twilight bar

This vegan Mars Bar alternative lived up to expectations. The nougat was nice and soft, the caramel tasted good, and the chocolate coating was authentically milky. True to Mars Bar form, this bar was very sickly – you could definitely save half for later to make it last longer!

2fer Bar

2ferNewXL

Out of the three bars we tried, this is the only one we probably wouldn’t buy again. This bar is described as being similar to a Twix, but the cookie layer is very soft and a little bland – not like they distinctive, crunchy base of a Twix. The chocolate is nice, but the caramel layer is very thin and barely noticeable. It’s not horrible, but if you were a huge Twix fan then this bar will probably disappoint.

Buccaneer Bar

bucaneer bar

Our favourite of the three, this Milky Way style bar was delicious. The chocolate nougat is very similar to the inside of a Milky Way, both in taste and texture – just a little more chocolatey. The outer coating tastes great, and we think this bar would go down well with both vegans and non-vegans. If you only buy one, we’d recommend the Buccaneer bar.

Have you tried any of these vegan chocolate bars? Tell us what you thought.

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Where To Buy Vegan Chocolate Chip Cookies in the UK

Did you think going vegan meant no more chocolate chip cookies? Think again! Listed below are some tasty, vegan-friendly cookies available in the UK. You won’t need to go to any specialist shops to get hold of them – just pop to your local supermarket.

Tesco Free From Chocolate Chip Cookies

Tesco Free From Chocolate Chip Cookie Dairy Free 145G

Perfect if you’re looking for a gluten-free and vegan chocolate chip cookie, this own brand Tesco product is nice and crunchy, with a good flavour and plenty of chocolate chips. It’s definitely not the most decadent option though, so read on if that’s what you’re looking for.

Fox’s Chunkie Cookies with Dark Chocolate Chunks

fox dark choc chip

These Fox’s Chunkie Cookies are the definite winner for us as far as taste goes. Nice and crunchy/crumbly, not too sweet, with extra large chocolate chips. These are a great treat, and are quite often on offer for £1 in various supermarkets. It’s also worth checking bargain shops, as these can sometimes be found there too. Be sure to pick up the dark chocolate version – there is also a milk chocolate version which is not vegan friendly.

Choc Chip Hobnobs

Mcvitie's Hobnob Chocolate Chip 300G

The classic Hobnob biscuit, filled with chocolate chips – what’s not to love? These always go down well with both vegans and non-vegans, and are perfect for dipping into a cup of tea. They’re definitely the most sickly option in this list, but that means the pack usually lasts longer! These are currently available in Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury’s and Waitrose.

If you’d like to bake your own vegan chocolate chip cookies, check out our quick and easy recipe video.

You can browse our full list of vegan biscuits sold in UK supermarkets here – don’t forger you can filter by shop on the right hand side of the page, or at the bottom on mobile.

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1 Minute Vegan Chocolate Mug Cake

Sometimes you just need cake. If you don’t fancy baking or searching the shops, then this 1 minute vegan mug cake is perfect. We’ve tried several different recipes over the years, and this one is the result of some trial and error.

cake close up 2

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoons soy milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • Vegan mini marshmallows (optional)
  • Ice cream (optional)

Method

  1. Mix dry ingredients together thoroughly in a mug using a fork.

dry ingredients

2. Add wet ingredients and mix until smooth. Add a splash of hot water if needed.

mixed

4. Microwave for one minute on full power. If using marshmallows, throw these on top for the last 15 seconds.

cooked

5. Top with ice cream and enjoy.

cooked with ice cream

The finished cake should have a soft, warm consistency. If you’d prefer it slightly gooier, like brownie, just cook for a little less time. The slightly melted marshmallows are a fun topping, and the ice cream stops the cake tasting too dry.

cake close up

We used Sweet Freedom vegetarian mini marshmallow, available in Holland and Barrett, and Swedish Glace Chocolate Ice Cream, but any brands should work fine. For an extra treat, try adding a dollop of peanut butter or biscuit spread to melt into the middle of the cake.

Let us know your favourite quick and easy dessert recipes in the comments!

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Probios Vegan Chocolate Croissant Review

We recently tried out the new Vegan Wheat Croissant with Chocolate Cream, made by Probios. Probios is an Italian company, and you can check out their website here. We purchased our croissants from Natural Healthy Foods in Birmingham, and have seen them stocked in at least one other shop.

We purchased a bag of five croissants, each individually wrapped. The packaging means that they are perfect for taking out or popping in a lunch box. The size was good, and each croissant contained a generous amount of tasty chocolate cream (this picture doesn’t really do it justice!)

probios choc inside

Made with a sourdough starter, these taste a little different from the chocolate croissants you might buy from the supermarket. The pastry is slightly acidic – it isn’t unpleasant, but takes a few bites to get used to. They’re also sweetened with agave syrup. Check out the full ingredients below:

INGREDIENTS

*wheat flour, vegetable margarine (*palm oil, *palm stearin, *sunflower oil, water, emulsifier: sunflower lecithin, acidity corrector: citric acid, natural flavourings), chocolate cream [*glucose-fructose corn syrup, *cane sugar, dark chocolate (*cocoa paste, *cane sugar, *cocoa butter, emulsifier: soy lecithin, *vanilla extract), water, *ethyl alcohol, corn starch, gelling agent: pectin, acidity corrector: citric acid, natural cocoa extract, salt], *agave syrup, sourdough starter (* wheat flour, water), *soy flour, *barley malt, emulsifier: sunflower lecithin, sea salt, natural vanilla flavouring, natural citrus flavouring.
*organic.

Compared to Jus Rol ‘Bake-It-Fresh’ Pain au Chocolat, which we would normally purchase, the Probios chocolate croissant definitely wins on convenience. It’s ready to eat and individually wrapped, unlike the Jus Rol pastry, which needs to be assembled and baked in the oven.

Jus-Rol Bake It Fresh Pain Au Chocolate 275G

As far as taste goes, we think they’re both good, with this one taking a little longer to get used, due to the slightly acidic taste – maybe not being ideal for picky eaters.

Overall, we’d definitely recommend trying this product if you get the chance. It’s a convenient snack on the go and makes a nice change from breakfast bars. If you’ve tried one, let us know what you think below.

probios croissant and pack

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New Vegan Chocolate Bars at Sainsbury’s

Two new vegan chocolate bars from Cocoa Libre are now available at 140 Sainsbury’s stores! The rice milk chocolate bars are available in milk chocolate and chocolate orange flavours. Located in the FreeFrom section, the bars are 50g and cost £2 each – a little pricier than other vegan chocolate offerings.

Cocoa Libre x 2

Cocoa Libre sell a wider variety of products on their website, including some cute shaped chocolates – owls, frogs, bears and more. You can browse their online shop here, and find your nearest stockist here.

Have your tried these new Cocoa Libre bars yet? Let us know what you thought in the comments below or on social media. The verdict online seems positive so far, and we’ll be posting our own review soon – particularly looking forward to trying the orange variety pictured below.

cocoa libre orange

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