Vegan Xmas Chocolate Tin

As vegans we don’t like to miss out and at Christmas especially! Although it’s only the beginning of November you might want to get started on your Christmas tin and space out your chocolate purchases. I first saw the idea of a chocolate tin on Floral Frosting’s Instagram account a couple of years ago and thought I’d give it a go.

The aim is to get a mix of vegan chocolates so you can have a tin full of a variety of treats like those non-vegan Quality Street or Roses tin.

So first off you need a tin. Most people have an old tin about which formerly had sweets or biscuits in. If your tin isn’t that inspiring feel free to decorate in any way you see fit. I had this lovely London bus shortbread tin which was given to me in my pre-vegan days and it has been hanging around on top of my kitchen cupboards ever since. I covered the “all butter shortbread” labels with some stickers I got from vegan zine – Brightzine recently.

Now for the treats! I like to get things that are all individually wrapped but that’s up to you. Also by giving yourself a little bit of time you can hold out for special offers.

First up we have Benedick’s mints, these are individually foiled wrapped discs with flecks of crunchy minty bits. I got these on special offer for £2.50 in Tesco.



Another from Tesco is their fondant truffles (these are made by Choices so you might see them under that brand in other supermarkets). These are gold foil enrobed (that’s a good word isn’t it?!) caramel cups and remind me of the ones you can get in Quality Street. These were £2.



Now a pound shop favourite – Jameson’s Ruffles, the raspberry ones are a firm favourite but this is the first year I’ve seen the peppermint ones. These are coconut based and covered in dark chocolate and at £1 a bag you’re onto a winner!





I saw this ice cream flavoured glaciers in the pound shop too so although they were a little outside the remit of being chocolate based I thought I’d give them a go, my tin – my rules!



It was another trip to Tesco that saw me pick up these strawberry and orange cremes. I had seen them online but not in store on my previous visit so I tweeted Tesco to make sure they were in stock in my local store and what aisle they were in. I think their packaging has changed since I saw thetlm online which confused me. A box of these will set you back a pound so you can’t go wrong really.

So that’s where I’m up to, I think that’s a pretty good mix but if I see something that just must go in I’ll add it.

What are your faves that you wouldn’t have your tin without? Let me know in the comments below.

Plumes x

Vegan Xmas Chocolate Tin

Lots of Vegan Chocolate!

I bought my Mum a couple of presents from the Viva! Campaign Shop for her birthday. If you haven’t heard of Viva! they are a vegan campaign group who expose animal cruelty by secretly filming inside organisations and campaigning against animal exploitation. As I had paid for postage and packaging on my Mum’s gifts I thought I would make the most of it and buy some chocolate I’d been hearing about and hadn’t come across in my local haunts.

I bought the Vivani crispy cornflakes and strawberry wafer crunch bars, the IChoc (who are owned by the same company as Vivani) white nougat crisp bar and the Coco Caravan chai caramel bar.

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I also picked up another two IChoc bars, the milkless and choco cookie and a packet of Vegolino from the same people who brought you the Vego Bar when I visited the Black Cat Cafe which you can read all about here.

Starting with corn flake bar – I found this really crunchy and it reminded me of the corn flake cakes we used to make when I was little. I think the corn flake pieces could have been a little bigger though. The chocolate didn’t have a rich cocoa taste at first but this developed more as I worked my way through the bar!

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I misread the German on the strawberry bar and thought “waffel” was waffle rather than wafer. The wafer pieces again give a nice crunch but I think they could have been a little bigger. This bar is very sweet and has a strong strawberry flavour. I think this bar is quite original and I can’t think of any non-vegan offering that is similar.

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I have tried the Vivani small bar of the white nougat crisp and the larger bar doesn’t disappoint. I’m not sure why they use the different branding as I prefer the Vivani packaging and designs. This chocolate is really soft and has a lovely hazelnutty flavour, this is definitely one of my favourites and again I don’t think there is an equivalent in the non-vegan market.

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The chai caramel bar is raw dark chocolate flavoured with spices filled with a raw caramel. When I saw this bar online I assumed it was the caramel that was chai flavoured rather than the chocolate. The chocolate is dark and rich and I think the intense cocoa flavour distracts from the spices, I think this would have worked better with a milder chocolate, equally I think the caramel flavour gets a bit lost in this one. Although as the chocolate is so rich I have only been eating one square at a time of this so still have some left!

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The milkless and the choco cookie have a similar appearance the corn flake bar so I haven’t taken extra pictures. The milkless is a mild, creamy chocolate that doesn’t have the aftertaste of some other dairy-free alternatives. I prefer richer chocolate or something a bit different so I think I’d choose one of the other Vivani/IChoc bars over this one. The choco cookie has cookie pieces, similar to the biscuits/cookies of an oreo contained inside and they give this bar an added depth of flavour. I know there are cookie chocolate bars in the non-vegan market but I think most of these have come on the scene since I went vegan so it’s nice to have an animal friendly alternative!

Finally we have the Vegolino mini bars. These are from the same makers the Vego Bar which many hail as the best vegan chocolate on the planet! If you are unaware the Vego Bar is a big chunky dairy-free milk chocolate and hazelnut bar. These Vegolino’s are the Vego Bar’s more elegant cousins. They are small individually wrapped bars of praline gianduja and are best eaten straight from the fridge, especially in the weather we’ve had over the last week! I would describe these as tasting like the praline filling from a Guylian Seashell chocolate, they are beautiful and moreish and my only criticism would be I think they would benefit from a crisp layer of chocolate over the top. Anyone craving a Ferrero Rocher fix wouldn’t go wrong grabbing a bag of these!

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Have you tried any of these chocolates? What did you think? What is your favourite dairy-free chocolate? Let me know!

Plumes x

 

Lots of Vegan Chocolate!