Sunday, 26 April 2015

Snacks From Across The Pond

Last year, a couple of our friends went on holiday to America and very kindly brought us some presents back. My presents included some vegan treats - they know me so well!

I felt it was about time to write about my tasty snacks from America, seeing as we've just booked to go with them this year! Excited doesn't even begin to cover it!

The Orchard Bar snack bars are all vegan, according to their website. The flavours were what grabbed my attention, as they all sounded so tasty! My favourite flavour was the pineapple, coconut and macadamia - YUM! I don't have macadamias very often but when I do, I always wonder why I don't have them more often...

I was expecting the bars to be similar to the nakd/beond bars that I've had here but they looked very different:

They all had great flavours, but they were very very sweet - so much so that I probably wouldn't pick them again unless I had a serious sugar craving.

Dang Coconut Chips, however, are another matter.

I will take ALL the Dang Coconut Chips you have. Every time. Unless they are the yogurt or chocolate coated ones, as they contain milk... boo :(

Seriously, these are some GOOD coconut chips.

This photo isn't from this batch of Dang chips but who cares?
I have tried Dang coconut chips a few times. I believe the first ones were brought back by the same lovely friends the first time they went to America. Then, because  I had enjoyed them so much, I requested them when I was paired with an American as part of the Vegan Package Swap. Now I appear to have a slight obsession...

They have a number of flavours, including the vegan-friendly Caramel Sea Salt, Lightly Salted, and Original. The original are beautiful and the caramel sea salt are amazing. I have yet to try the lightly salted but I imagine they would be just as good!

I also love that the company is named after the creator's mother, and their motto is "Dang, that's good!". I'm tempted to bring home an entire suitcase of these wondrous snacks.

I'd love to hear all about your favourite American snacks. What should I look out for while I'm there??

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Vegan Easter - A Review

After being disappointed with vegan easter eggs in the past, and Mr Hatter's newfound appreciation for good vegan chocolate, we had decided to forego regular easter eggs this year and just place an order with Considerit Chocolate for some of their scrummy bars.

However, our plan was waylaid when The Vegan Kind announced that they were doing another collaboration box with Considerit Chocolate! Perfect! We signed up straight away and a few weeks later (just in time for Easter!), we received this lovely package:

The easter box contained a vegan creme egg (!), a chocolate bunny lollipop, a sea salt caramel chocolate bar, a tub of butterscotch sauce, and a hot cross bun truffle bar (if memory serves me correctly!). As usual, everything was amazing! I adore their salted caramel bars, so I was super happy to get one in the selection box. Everything else was fabulous too - and the festive truffle bars are so much fun as it's always a flavour you wouldn't expect! (There was also a Christmas spiced one in the Christmas selection box.) This is most definitely one of my favourite chocolate companies around at the moment.

Something else we had considered buying for Easter were the amazingly impressive-looking "NO DAIRY 'milk' " chocolate eggs from Hotel Chocolat. Unfortunately I can't seem to find any of the photos on their website now, but if you do a google image search, you'll see what I mean about them looking impressive! Our only concern with these was the price - I believe it was £15 for the slightly larger egg (which we would share) or £10 for the smaller one. To be sure it was worth it, we decided to buy one of their small NO DAIRY 'milk' bunny lollipops each to test. So cute!

The idea behind the NO DAIRY 'milk' chocolate is that it uses almond powder instead of milk powder to make the chocolate smooth and creamy. I thought this was a great idea, and even discussed it with one of the staff members who also thought it was fantastic that they were providing more dairy free chocolate.

I was really looking forward to trying this, as I love a lot of Hotel Chocolat's range which already happens to be vegan (just search their website for "vegan" and you get around 4 pages of products!). However, we were both rather disappointed. Instead of being creamy and milk-chocolate-like as we expected from the name, it was quite bitter and not particularly creamy. I do love the idea though and I hope they persevere with it, as it's such a big step forward having a high street store really thinking about non-dairy alternatives to milk chocolate. But for now I think I'll stick to my existing favourites, including the "Nutty Hazelnut & Pistachio Buche", which has been firmly at the top of my Hotel Chocolat list since I discovered it.

Sunday, 19 April 2015


Be prepared to be shocked...

I'm getting a TVK post to you in the same month as I received the box for what feels like the first time this year! Woohoo!

So, without further ado, let's see what's in this month's box from The Vegan Kind...

Ombar Coco Mylk Buttons
Faith in Nature Coconut Hand Wash
Coconom Ginger Coconut Sugar
Soffle's Chilli & Garlic MILD Pitta Chips
eat chic 73% Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups with Maldon Sea Salt

Ombar Coco Mylk Buttons

I love Ombar chocolate. It is creamy despite having no milk, and it's full of good-for-you probiotics. Healthy chocolate, what's not to love?! These buttons are a new addition to the Ombar family, and I had already hunted them down pretty soon after they were released - but I'll never say no to good chocolate! Mr Hatter also  enjoys these, which is saying something as for a long time he wouldn't even try vegan chocolate!

Faith in Nature Coconut Hand Wash

I think I am yet to discover a Faith in Nature product that I don't like. Everything they make smells good enough to eat, and this is no exception. It keeps my hands smelling like coconut for ages after I've used it!

Coconom Ginger Coconut Sugar

I first had the pleasure of trying Coconom a year ago when it popped up in box number 6 from The Vegan Kind, and it was love at first taste. Their regular coconut sugar has a wonderfully smooth caramel-like flavour that is just brilliant. I can't wait to get stuck into this ginger version! (I will of course, find a recipe to use it in to share with all you lovely people.)

Soffle's Chilli & Garlic MILD Pitta Chips

These are "oven roasted pitta chips with olive oil, fresh scotch bonnets and garlic". They are handmade in London and are a great alternative to potato chips. We had these for lunch today along with our epic Field Roast sausage sammiches (I will discuss Field Roast sausages in a later post). The pitta chips provide a great crunch, and had a tasty flavour.

On a side note, I'd just like to point out the epicness of the above photo. Field Roast Italian Sausage sammich with Violife Creamy - a match made in heaven!

eat chic 73% Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups with Maldon Sea Salt

Another London-based company, eat chic is a brand I hadn't heard from before but will be buying from again! Their artisan take on a peanut butter cup was inspiring - I loved the addition of salt flakes on top. They do different varieties with other nut butters - the hazelnut one sounds particularly lush!

This month's featured charity is C-A-L-F Animal Sanctuary, who run a vegan cafe in Scarborough, alongside an animal sanctuary. 10p from every box sold will be donated to them.

This month's recipe is another from The Vegan Cookie Fairy - "Banana Ginger Butterscotch Muffins with Crunchy Topping". Try saying that three times fast! It does look tasty though, I love a good streusel topping.

If you like what you've seen, you can subscribe to your own monthly box here for a cost of £10 per month plus shipping.

Sunday, 12 April 2015


Hi there, long time no speak!

Sorry I've been so quiet on the blog lately, things at my day job are currently super busy and I've had a couple of big orders to work on in my spare time.

However, I felt the time was right to sit down and make an effort to blog about last month's box from The Vegan Kind seeing as I received the new box yesterday!

TVK17 was filled with tasty treats:

Ananda Round Up
Emily Fruit Crisps Crunchy Banana
Rebel Kitchen Chai Mylk
Angelic Gluten Free Sea Salt Biscuits
The Vegan Kind Tote Bag

Ananda Round Up

Coming from Derbyshire, this is a dairy and gelatine free wagon wheel style biscuit. I'll be honest and admit that I really can't remember what actual Wagon Wheels taste like, but Mr Hatter assures me these were a little different. I'd seen people rave about this biscuit online so was eager to try it but I must admit that after all the hype I was a little disappointed. Don't get me wrong, it's a lovely biscuit but it's not something I would go out of my way to hunt down. It's definitely worth a go though if you're a fan of chocolate biscuits and marshmallows!

Emily Fruit Crisps Crunchy Banana

Emily's Fruit Crisps are free from preservatives, additives, added sugars, e numbers, and gluten. Unfortunately I really don't like banana chips so didn't try these, however Mr Hatter took them to work and apparently enjoyed them very much!

Rebel Kitchen Chai Mylk

I'm already a fan of Rebel Kitchen's mylks, and as I've just discovered the wonders of soy chai lattes (why did it take me this long??), I am very excited to try this. The poor little carton is still sitting unopened in my fridge though, as I have a recipe idea I want to use it in but I haven't yet had the time! Hopefully soon...

Angelic Gluten Free Sea Salt Biscuits

I really enjoyed these little salty biscuits, and didn't think you could tell that they were gluten free at all. I ate them on their own but they would be perfect for dipping/spreading as well. One of the suggestions from TVK is chocolate spread which I think would be amazing with these!

The Vegan Kind Tote Bag

Mr Hatter will agree that I love a good tote bag. While I don't go out of my way to find them, they seem to come to me and accumulate. In fact, of the 7 or 8 that I own, I think I only bought the first one and the rest have been free or given to me (or in my TVK box)!

This month's recipe card is from Vegan Lass for an amazing looking Tofu Pad Thai. I do love a good pad thai.

10p from each box sold this month is going to The Trusty Paws Clinic which is a campaign run by Glasgow vet students who give vaccinations to dogs belonging to the homeless.

If you like what you've seen, you can subscribe to your own monthly box here for a cost of £10 per month plus shipping.