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

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Vegan Xmas Chocolate Tin

Vegan Adventures in Eastbourne

I spent a couple of days in Eastbourne this week to visit family and meet my new baby cousin/soon to be Godson. 

Quite a few members of my family live in Polegate, just outside Eastbourne. They have a small High Street with a couple of cafes and recently introduced Costa. My Cousin and I stopped in at Sarah’s Coffee and Cakes and I was pleasantly surprised they had a sign stating they did dairy free cakes on Wednesday and Thursday. I of course was hoping these were also egg free making them vegan and my hopes were confirmed when I saw these.

They also had a savoury vegetable and cheese puff pastry slice which was vegan. I had a piece of cake with a soya latte and thoroughly enjoyed it. If small independents are managing to serve vegan options the big guys like Costa really need to buck their ideas up! (As my friend Olive has been saying for years!)

On Friday we popped into town to meet with some of my other Cousins and stopped in Urban Ground another independent for a drink. I had my fave matcha latte (with soya milk). I also saw they did avocado toast on their menu. Looking at their website they also do dairy free cakes but I didn’t notice these clearly marked when I was there.

We stopped at Oh My Goodness in the Enterprise centre for lunch, which I have previously reviewed here. I went for the quiche and the salad, it was all really great and very filling, although I would have liked the quiche to have been warmed up or at least room temperature rather than refrigerated cold, but i understand that can be difficult to do.

Next door was a makeup store with this sign outside, which lead me to believe it was completely vegan.

However they were only referring to the brand “concrete minerals”. When I spoke to the owner they said they were getting a lot more cruelty free brands in the next couple of weeks, so check it out if you’re in the area. I did however manage to get some E.L.F. eyeliner in Superdrug. I got the cream eyeliner in coffee which comes with a little brush to apply it with. I’m well versed in applying liquid eyeliner but I was after one of the pen type ones but they only had those in black or “very black” and as I’m quite fair I prefer to wear brown. It went on really easily and stayed in place all day. 

We stopped in at Sunny Foods a health food shop and I picked up one of my fave chocolate bars Vivani white nougat crisp and a coffee alternative made from barley and chicory. The store is quite big and if I lived nearby I would definitely had bought more!

I also bought a raw cheesecake in Oh My Goodness but I was way to full from lunch to have it then so I saved it until the evening. It was a lovely treat and I enjoyed pretending I was being saintly! 


Are you a vegan living in the Eastbourne area? Do you have any recommendations for me for my next visit? Let me know in the comments below.

Plumes x

Vegan Adventures in Eastbourne