We spend a lot of time on Instagram seeking out new products to share with you and we were shocked to see talk of a vegan alternative to Galaxy being mooted. Available from Tesco and Holland & Barrett Nomo has recently launched and many are saying it tastes just like my old favourite chocolate.
This range of dairy free from chocolate is made by Kinnerton in a nut free factory and comes in 4 varieties – Creamy Choc, Dark Chocolate, Fruit & Crunch and Salted Caramel. All are also soy free apart from the Dark Chocolate version.
The 38g bars are 90p while the larger 85g blocks are £2. We were happy to find them on the shelves of our local Tesco and decided to give them a try. For those craving a dairy free Galaxy alternative you will be sorely disappointed – IMO, at least – but it is smoother than other dairy free alternatives we’ve tested over the years. Compare it to the vegan chocolate normally available in the supermarket and it’s like comparing ‘advent calendar’ chocolate to Dairy Milk. That’s what I thought, anyway.
I did like the Salted Caramel bar because of how salty it is. I wouldn’t really detect much of the caramel, but the savoury hit made a nice change and gave an edge to the experience. I would definitely buy it again.
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Alternative Foods Oggs have arrived on the shelves in Waitrose and will be appearing in selected Sainsburys from June 5th. You can find out stockists here.
We were unsure which to purchase when we visited our local Waitrose to review for the website but decided that the Zest Lemon Cake (£4.95) seemed like better value for money. £4.25 for 4 mini cakes seemed steep to us, although the Fantastically Fudgey Delights sounded great. I do like a good Victoria Sponge, too. It’s always a bit of a gamble trying out a new product, especially when it’s on the expensive side. There is also a Salted Caramel variety but they weren’t on sale in this store.
The cake itself equates to around 6 small wedges. It seemed small once we removed the packaging but I felt happy there was a decent sponge to cream ratio. Thankfully there wasn’t that prevalent taste of coconut as is so frequently the case with vegan desserts.
Instead of eggs the binding/raising agent used by Oggs is chickpea water, known as aquafaba. The result is quite impressive compared to other vegan cakes we’ve had in the past. Rather than a dense sponge the aquafaba lends itself to a lighter texture.
We can only hope that products like this become cheaper once they’re available on a wider scale as this will make them more accessible beyond the vegan community. Alternative Foods egg replacement is also available to use in baking. We didn’t spy that in our Waitrose but believe that it will be on sale in selected Sainsbury’s, too.
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As well as the new Avant Gard’n by Gaz Oakley being available across the country, Wagamama also have a new vegan starter and dessert option available. We popped along to find out more.
On a recent visit to Noodle Lab in London, a restaurant where Wagamama trial all their new dishes, we sampled Avant Gard’n with its vegan ‘egg’. The seitan used was a lot lighter than the one found on the popular Vegatsu, especially as it isn’t breaded. We weren’t that keen on the egg, although we were told after the fact it’s supposed to be mixed in with the dish rather than eaten like a boiled egg. If this isn’t explained, how are we to know? The sriracha which formed the egg ‘yolk’ was hot for us and the miso-coconut ‘white’ did nothing. We think it’s a bit like Marmite as some have raved and others have echoed our sentiment.
The dish is now available across the country.
Wagamama’s Bang Bang Cauliflower has finally been given a vegan makeover and is now marked as SFV on the menu. It had a bit of a kick to it, as the name suggested, but I found it really enjoyable. The natural sweetness of the vegetable and its creaminess lent itself well to the punchy sauce.
The great thing to see are the vegan dessert options. We can’t get excited about the sorbets or dairy free ice creams that Wagamama have been serving up but to see a cake listed gave us cause to whoop.
The Mango and Matcha Layer Cake is a bit like a modern version of a Victoria Sponge.
It has a really zingy, refreshing taste on account of the yuzu and passion fruit puree used. We’re big fans and hope many other chains will follow suit on adding a decent vegan dessert option like this to the menu.
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Greggs vegan Sausage Rolls have been a huge success for the company so it’s little surprise many others are now following suit. Tesco have recently launched a warm version in stores and Aldi have a frozen one now on sale for £1.19 (per pack of 4), giving Linda McCartney a run for their money. But what do they taste like?
The rolls themselves are a decent size and don’t require brushing with plant milk before popping in the oven. The cooking time is between 18-20 which is frustrating if you’re feeling peckish! Although we love the Greggs vegan sausage roll because of how light they are compared to the meat variety, they still are a little greasy. The Aldi version lack that ‘film’ and are firm in texture.
The sausage itself has a similar taste to sage and onion stuffing which is very nice. The whole family agreed that they were really good, especially for the price. Aldi will also be adding plant-based ‘meat’ and chicken burgers to their range, although we haven’t spotted them in our local store as yet. We will keep you posted.
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Subway have joined other outlets in the UK to roll out a grab and go vegan option to their line-up. They’re now alongside the likes of Greggs and McDonald’s.
Subway are now offering a Vegan Sub and a Vegan Salad.
The Vegan Sub and Salad have a patty which forms the core of the meals. We’ve tried it and it’s pretty tasty built up with flavours of red pepper, chilli, garlic and red onion.
We know that the food doesn’t always look like the photos, and I do like a solid amount of salad but when the sub was opened it had the distinct look like it had been chucked off the top of a skyscraper and ran over by a truck before it met my mouth.
If you love having garlic sauce up to your eyeballs (I do) then the none photo version is definitely for you. As well as the patty, Subway have also a released a new Vegan Garlic Alioli which you can see in the photo doused over everything.
The patty’s texture is almost like a soft burger brimming with taste.
If you’re looking for a hearty grab and go then the sub is probably what you’re after. For the quicker lighter eaters in the community you’re probably still headed to Greggs.
Asda have launched a new vegan pizza on their shelves. The Flatbread Pizza, topped with dairy free cheese, was found amongst the other Italian products in our local store, as opposed to in the Free From section. Being fans of the ‘Create Your Own Pizza’ counter in Asda and thrilled now we can get a vegan version at a bargain price (see our list of Supermarket Vegan Pizzas and Bases here) we had high hopes for this ‘off the shelf’ variety.
Unfortunately it disappointed. The toppings weren’t as generous and the base was a letdown. Compared to other varieties like Goodfellas this seemed cheap in comparison. The tomato sauce and dairy free cheese were also used sparingly, as you can see in the photos. As they retail at £2.50, my advice would be to go to the counter in store and make one up yourself with the toppings of your choice.
There are assurances that the bases at Asda counters are suitable for vegans, although they do carry a milk cross contamination warning. Also insist your server changes their gloves before assembling your pizza.
In my local store they are always really good and wash their hands, use fresh gloves, get a new sauce out for mine, etc. A 10″ version is £2.30 and 14″ is £3.50. Who needs Domino’s, right?
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It’s great to see more vegan desserts appearing in the supermarkets, although many are made with coconut and it is something you either love or hate. Iceland’s new No Moo Chocolate Puddings are not only dairy and egg free, they claim to have an oozy chocolate centre. We were excited to find them in our local store and retail at £2 for two desserts.
Cooking instructions are to bake in the oven for 13-15 minutes. We put them in for 13 minutes and found the centre had already ‘dried out’. It was still moist, but not as molten as we’d anticipated. That said, it didn’t bother me as the dessert was still enjoyable. It reminded me of the chocolate mug cakes my Mum used to make for me in the microwave as a child. They are quite rich, so we had ours with dairy free squirty cream and ice cream to cut through the sweetness.
Personally this may have just been an issue with our oven as others seem to have managed to get a gooey centre from the dessert.
The Moo Free Chocolate Puddings also join No Porkie Burgers and 2 vegan pizzas as part of Iceland’s expanding vegan range. You can find out more about the No Bull line here.
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Gü have launched three Fabulously Free From takes on their best-selling range of mouthwatering puds. We bought two from Asda to try out as we were unable to find the other flavours. In our local store they were housed with the other dairy free alternatives. Not only are the desserts free from dairy, they are also gluten free. They retail at £2 for 2 ramekins.
First up was Spanish Lemon Cheesecake.
It has layers of lemon coconut (yes, coconut again) cream and a curd-style lemon sauce on a crumbly gluten-free biscuit base.
Our Teen loved this, and he isn’t even vegan. He said he felt it was the first dessert alternative that could go toe to toe with the ‘original’, i.e he didn’t feel like the dairy free alternative was lacking in flavour because it was using coconut instead of cow secretions.
As someone who isn’t a fan of coconut I’d agree. I felt the coconut flavour was more a subtle background note and that the dessert had a creaminess I haven’t encountered before with alternatives.
We followed up it by trying the Chocolate and Vanilla Cheesecake.
No surprise that yet again, a dessert features more coconut.
This one has layers of chocolate coconut ganache and Indonesian coconut cream on a gluten-free biscuit base.
It was rich with flavour and the teen thought it was a bit overwhelming. I personally also enjoyed the Lemon flavour more but liked how rick the chocolate dessert was. I felt the coconut was more noticeable in this variety but didn’t put me off.
The other available flavour which we couldn’t find at the time of writing is Strawberry & Rhubarb variety. I for one am not a rhubarb fan at all so would leave it up to other to try.
The cheesecakes are a great addition to the range, especially as they incorporate gluten free and vegan. The ramekins are reuseable, too.
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We’ve been waiting with bated breath for Gardein arriving here on UK soil for some time now. Sainsbury’s announced they were going to be stocking the Canadian brand back which was established back in 2002 in December, with a New Year date pencilled in. We’ve been hunting high and low in our local stores here in the North East but to no avail. Thankfully today (27th Jan) I found some and decided to stock up in case there was a run on it! Selling at £3.50 per bag on an Introductory Offer, I was only able to grab two items from the range at present. I will hopefully be able to review all in due course.
Here’s a list of the range in full and our thoughts on those we’re tried:
Gardein Golden Fishless Fillets 288g
One of the best vegan fish substitutes out there. Lovely batter and taste.
Gardein Mandarin Orange Crispy Chick’n 225g
Gardein Sizzling Szechuan Beefless Strips 300g
Came with Szechuan sauce packet inside the pack. Good taste but not keen on texture. Didn’t come across as very ‘meaty’.
Gardein Seven Grain Crispy Tenders 255g
More of a fishy texture and taste than chicken, in my opinion. Good crunch on the coating.
Gardein Classic Meatless Meatballs 360g
We had these with a homemade tomato sauce. There was a distinctly aniseed taste on first bite (fennel, perhaps) but I got used to it. They are sturdy and don’t fall apart during the cooking process like some vegan meatballs do. My son wasn’t as keen as I was because of the taste.
Some come with sauces in the pack which make them better value for money, like the Beefless Strips. Made with soya, the texture is pretty good on these products. We hope the price won’t deter people from trying these plant-based alternatives.
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