Trick or Treat! Best Vegan Sweets for Halloween 2017

Are you worried that you won’t have anything to give trick-or-treaters this year? Luckily, loads of sweets sold in normal UK supermarkets are vegan-friendly, and we’re sharing some of our favourites below.

If you’d like to filter by supermarket to see what’s available near you, just head to our Sweets page and use the links on the right-hand side.

Drumstick and Refresher Choos

New this year, these Drumstick and Refresher Choos are a fun, nostalgic option, easy to throw into a bowl and offer around. Currently available at Tesco and Asda.

Candy Kittens

These ‘gourmet’ chewy sweets have a delicious pineapple flavour and are sold at Waitrose, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, and various clothes shops! Watch out for their other flavours, as most aren’t vegan.

Jelly Tots

That’s right, Jelly Tots are vegan! These mini bags are perfect for giving out on Halloween.

Dip Dab

Another fun classic that’s vegan-friendly, dip dabs come in individual packets and make a change to the usual chewy sweets.

Starburst

Starburst are another great option to add to a big mixed bowl of treats.

Skittles

Skittles are vegan, too, and mini or individual bags are perfect for trick-or-treaters.

Oreo Snack Packs

They’re not technically sweets, but these Oreo snack packs are vegan-friendly and make a nice change.

Goody Good Stuff

Goody Good Stuff sell a range of chewy vegan sweets with natural colours and flavours – perfect if you’re looking for a slightly healthier option.

What’s your favourite vegan sweet to give out at Halloween??

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Vegan Banana Flapjack Recipe

These vegan banana flapjacks are the perfect treat to enjoy with a cup of tea, or even as part of your breakfast! This simple recipe uses fruit instead of golden syrup to bind the flapjacks, making them a bit healthier than their traditional counterpart. Read on for this super easy recipe.

Makes 9 small flapjacks (or 6 large ones)

Ingredients

150g oats

150g dates

1 tbsp vegan spread (or coconut oil)

1 large ripe banana

1 tsp cinnamon

Brown sugar for the top (optional)

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180℃. Grease and line a small baking tray.
  2. Soak the dates in water for around 30 minutes.
  3. After soaking the dates, drain the water and blend them with the banana until smooth.
  4. Melt the vegan spread and add to the blended ingredients, along with the oats. Mix until well combined.
  5. Spread the mixture evenly in the baking tray. Top with a light sprinkling of brown sugar for some extra sweetness.
  6. Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden.
  7. Once cooled, cut into rectangles and enjoy!

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Eating Out Vegan in Liverpool: Our Kitchen Review (Guest Post)

When visiting new cities as a vegan, it can be difficult to decide where to eat. There’s the worry of vegan options, affordability, cross contamination and good service, but have no fear, Liverpool is more than prepared.

For years, Liverpool has been praised for its cultural excellence and quirky independent businesses, whether that be coffee shops, clothing stores or restaurants. Bold Street is where it’s at, a street filled with small shops, and speciality restaurants seemingly popping up all of the time.

This year has been particularly exciting, with LIV Organic, an organic and vegan supermarket, opening, as well as Our Kitchen, a vegetarian and vegan only restaurant with not a piece of meat in sight.

Our Kitchen Review

Our Kitchen Liverpool

Location

Located at the top of Bold Street, Our Kitchen stands out as an elegant and luxurious lunchtime choice. Its appearance is simple yet bright, with colourful lights on the ceiling and flowers on each table. Though it’s small, it feels open and comfortable, and the atmosphere is relaxed.

Menu

The large menu is double sided; one side for veggies and one side for vegans, a rare treat compared to the one vegan options you may find in many places, and there’s even a children’s menu with veggie sausages and more. Our Kitchen boasts a large drinks menu too, with their speciality being juice shots and smoothies. I braved the charcoal smoothie, and it was amazing despite the unappealing black colour.

Food and Pricing

The vegan menu offers a variety of options from small plates such as hummus and pitta or mini bean burgers, to buddha bowls and duck style stir fry.  The price is excellent for the standard of food, with small plates being around £4, and larger meals being between £6-10.

I have tried the black bean buddha bowl, a mix of beans, rice, veggies and sauce, which was so huge I couldn’t finish it. As well as the mini bean burgers which were amazing. I was given 3 bean burgers consisting of a bread bun, cheese and burgers, which were actually a fairly decent size for £4.50.

Service

Service is fast, I’ve been at quiet and busy times and never waited more than five minutes for my order to be taken, and no more than fifteen minutes for food to arrive.

Shop

At the back of the restaurant is a mini shop, with vegan wines, snacks and bottles of their smoothies and juice shots. I love this idea because it means you have the chance to pick up some treats after your meal or just pop in for a take-out smoothie.

I’d highly recommend Our Kitchen as a place to put on your ‘must go to’ list when visiting Liverpool, and definitely try the charcoal smoothie if you’re brave enough.

Author Bio

Guest post by Emma Dukes – visit Emma’s blog here.

How to Make Delicious Vegan Pizza in 15 Minutes

Want to make delicious vegan pizza with almost no effort? Watch our new video to find out how.

We used Napolina premade bases, Tesco pizza sauce, spinach, chopped veggies, Tesco vegan mozzarella, garlic oil and Italian herbs.

5 minutes prep + 10 minutes cooking = delicious vegan pizza.

Search ‘pizza’ on our vegan product database for more vegan base/sauce ideas.

What’s your favourite pizza topping??

Tesco Vegan Ice Lolly Range Review

Wondering whether or not to try out the range of vegan lollies and ice creams available at Tesco? We’ve reviewed each variety to help you decide.

Tesco Free From Choc Sticks Review

These Choc Sticks are really tasty, with a thick layer of dark chocolate and rich, creamy vanilla ice cream inside. Swedish Glace sell a similar product, but Tesco’s are slightly larger and have more chocolate – definitely our preferred option. These go down well with non-vegans.

Tesco Free From Toffee & Vanilla Cones Review

These cones are a fun alternative to Cornettos. The ice cream tasted completely authentic, and the toffee flavor is sweet without being too sickly. The cone tastes a little ‘off’ and is crunchier than usual, possibly because it’s gluten free. The bottom of the cone contains a generous amount of chocolate.

Tesco Free From Strawberry and Vanilla Cones Review

Tasty ice cream with a strong strawberry flavour, these are perfect for summer. The cone has the same issues as mentioned above, but that doesn’t stop these from being delicious.

Tesco Free From Fruit Splits Review

These vegan fruit splits aren’t currently offered anywhere but Tesco and they taste pretty much identical to the dairy versions. Perfect if you’ve been missing these. The outer layer is nice and fruity, and the ice cream inside is sweet and creamy.

Tesco Free From Ice Lollies Review

These free from ice lollies are similar to Wall’s Mini Milks, with four chocolate and four strawberry in each pack. The taste and texture are authentic and they’re nice and creamy. Would be nice if a vanilla flavor was included too, but that’s our only complaint with these. Small size makes them perfect for kids.

If you’re looking for authentic vegan ice creams and lollies at a pretty reasonable price, we’d definitely recommend the Tesco range.

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How to Run a Successful Vegan Tasting Event at Work (+ free sample menu)

Want to promote veganism from your office?

You can!

Organising a vegan tasting event is a fun way to teach your coworkers more about veganism, raise awareness, and reduce misconceptions like ‘vegan food tastes weird,” or, “vegans only eat vegetables.”

Organising a vegan tasting event is really easy, even if you’ve never done anything similar before. We’ve listed exactly what you’ll need to do in simple steps, with plenty of examples along the way.

Ready to put on your first ever event and show everyone how easy it is to be vegan?

Let’s do this.

Choose the right time and location

Choosing the right time and place will make or break how well-attended your event is. If your workplace runs specific ‘wellness’ weeks, this is a great time to schedule your taster session – you’ll be able to advertise it as part of the whole event.

When choosing a location, look for somewhere that:

  • Is easy to get to
  • Has room for plenty of people
  • Isn’t hidden away
  • Has any equipment you need (running water, microwave, fridge, tables, etc)

A kitchen in a busy office, a meeting room that lots of people walk past, or a table in your office can all be good options – just make sure people will know you’re there.

Tell people about your vegan tasting event

Most people will be up for free food, so low turnout is often down to people not knowing about your tasting session.

Here’s how to make sure everyone knows what’s going on:

  • Send out an email a few days before, plus a reminder on the day
  • Put flyers/posters around the office
  • Ask for your tasting session to be included in the staff newsletter
  • Talk to people about your event
  • Add your tasting session to group event calendars

If you can, try and get a rough idea of how many people are going to come – this will help you to buy the right amount of food.

Pick the right products

You’re trying to promote veganism, so make sure you pick the tastiest products available. Try to choose products you’re fairly sure will go down well, based on what you know about your coworkers.

In a workplace where most people don’t know much about veganism, try to pick foods that taste very similar to the non-vegan versions. If your coworkers are more interested/knowledgable about veganism, you can afford to be more adventurous.

Sweet treats and cakes are usually a safe option, while vegan cheese, milk and meat alternatives can be a little more hit and miss.

Having a good range is key to any successful vegan tasting event.

Check out our sample tasting menu below to get some ideas on what to offer, and how to serve it.

Sample vegan tasting event menu

Get inspired with our sample vegan tasting event menu – and don’t be afraid to add your own favourite foods.

Cafe Soy Iced Latte in plastic shot glasses.

cafe soy iced latte

Vegan cereal with different types plant milk in paper cups

chocolate shreddies

Tesco Mini Vegetarian Sausage Rolls

tesco mini vegetarian sausage rolls

Cubes of vegan cheese on cocktail sticks

tesco free from wensleydale with cranberries

Sainsbury’s Free From Garlic and Herb Spread on broken crackers

sainsbury's free from garlic and herb spread

Chilli with vegan mince in paper cups

granose soya mince

Mini vegan chocolate cake squares (using Betty Crocker Mix and egg replacer)

betty crocker devil's food cake mix

 

 

 

 

Vegan chewy sweets in bowls

refreshers choos

Be sure to hold onto the packaging for everything you offer so that attendees can check the ingredients and avoid allergens.

Give out information

So, someone’s tried your tasters, is interested, and wants to learn more.

What do you do?

You give them loads of helpful information, of course.

Lots of vegan organisations provide free leaflets and information packs.

Here are links to a few of the most popular:

We’d recommend picking positive leaflets with helpful information and recipes, and avoiding anything that’s too graphic or upsetting – this might put people off attending your session.

Organise activities

Want to provoke discussion with fun activities?

Try making up an ‘Is It Vegan?” quiz to encourage interaction.

Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Marmite (vegan)
  • Honey (non-vegan)
  • Oreos (vegan)
  • Naan bread (usually not vegan)
  • Bourbon biscuits (vegan)

Browse our big UK vegan product database for more ideas.

Try keeping a scoreboard or offering prizes to encourage as many people as possible to get involved.

Have you ever organised a vegan tasting event at work?

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Tesco Vegan Mozzarella Review

Tesco recently released a whole range of vegan cheese, including some varieties which haven’t been widely available until now. Today we’re reviewing their Free From Grated Mozzarella Alternative. Read on to find out how it tastes, how it melts, and whether or not we’d recommend buying it.

Taste

Tesco vegan Mozzarella packet

The cheese has a pleasant, mild flavour, with a hint of saltiness. It’s also quite creamy. The flavour is fairly similar to real Mozzarella, but you’d probably tell the difference in a taste test. The flavour is nice in its own right though, so it’s worth trying even if you don’t especially miss Mozzarella. If you’re not a fan of strong, cheddar-style vegan cheeses then this is definitely a good option.

Texture

The texture of the cheese is good, no complaints here. It’s not quite the same as cheese you’d grated yourself and the pieces are very uniform in shape, but that’s no big issue. The fact that it’s pre-grated makes it really convenient for topping pizzas. Could be a good option to take to Pizza Express, who allow you to bring your own vegan cheese to be added to your pizza.

Melting

We were pleasantly surprised by how well this cheese melted. It worked perfectly under the grill on a medium heat, bubbling up and turning slightly brown on top in the way that regular cheese would. We found that texture was a little sticky if too much cheese was melted onto bread, but a moderate amount was fine.

Tesco vegan Mozzarella

It melts!

We’d say that this Mozzarella is ideal for topping pizzas, pasta bakes and jacket potatoes. It also makes a tasty cheese on toast!

Our score: 8/10. We’d recommend giving this vegan Mozzarella a go if you’re a fan of mild cheese. 

Have you tried any of the new Tesco vegan cheese yet? Which is your favourite? How do you think they compare to Sainsbury’s? Let us know below or on social media.

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