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Check out my new Facebook page!

This year I’ve committed to go big or go home with my blog, so I’ve launched a FB site to help me align it all.

I’ll be doing giveaways, reviews and more in 2016 so please pop over and give me a like.

http://www.facebook.com/veganfriendlyfinds

Plus I promise more #VFF blog posts on a regular basis. 🙂

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Vegan Friendly Finds – Vegan Christmas Treats

If this is your first xmas as a vegan, don’t panic! You can have an amazing and super filling time and feel good about yourself.

Vegans aren’t always Gwyneth Paltrow thin and thanks to the growing number of #accidentlyvegan things, sweet treats and Christmas goodies are now more accessible than ever before.

He’s a quick list of the junk food things you can stock-up on before Christmas crazy shopping fever hits, so when baby its cold outside, you can stay in and get fat watching black and white movies 🙂

  • Diet Coke
  • Dr Pepper
  • Corona Beer
  • Co-op Prosecco (labelled Vegan)
  • M&S white/ red wine (labelled vegan)
  • Mr Kipling apple and blackberry pies
  • Tesco value apple crumble (88p!)
  • Skittles
  • Ooredoo’s
  • Golden Ooredoo’s
  • Hobnobs/ dark choc chip Hobnobs
  • Lotus spread – crunchy is best
  • Betty Crocker Choc Fudge Spread (AMAZING on cakes, toast, anything!)
  • Fry’s chicken strips
  • Bisto gravy
  • Cashew nuts
  • Mrs Crimbles Dutch Apple Cake
  • Choices Vegan Fudge
  • Co-op Jelly
  • Jammie Dodgers
  • Alpro custard
  • Nakd salted caramel bites
  • Nature Valley Bars – Maple Syrup

And soooooooooo much more. This is just a tiny view into the sugar filled world available to you!

Don’t forget you can also bake your way to satisfaction – good baking vegan blog here: http://www.veganricha.com/category/dessert

If I’ve missed anything that needs to be on this list out – let me know ❤

 

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Vegan Friendly Finds – Co-Op Dark Chocolate 

Okay UK people listen-up!
Get your butt to your nearest Co-operative shop and buy yourself a dark chocolate bar. Now!

   
 It’s 50% cocoa solids, dark, delightful and dreamy. 
Perfect for baking, scoffing or melting. Plus! While you’re there pick up co-ops awesome cruelty free washing powder, conditioner and soap.

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Vegan Friendly Find – Nakd Bars

Cereal bars just got yummy for vegans!

No more searching for hidden honey (I’m looking at you Nature bars! – fool me once!)

Nakd bars are nutritious, and made from all natural ingredients such as fruits and nuts which are ‘smooshed’ together into a handy bar.

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They are wheat and dairy free, with no added sugars or hidden extras.

Nakd bars come in flavours of Rhubarb & Custard Bakewell Tart, Cashew Cookie, Cocoa Orange, Ginger Bread, Pecan Pie, Cocoa Mint, Cocoa Delight and Berry Delight. (My favourite is Pecan Pie <3)

You can pick them up from any UK supermarket – or online here:

http://www.naturalbalancefoods.co.uk/mixed-boxes/nakd-mixed-case/

The Nakd website also has a page dedicated to going vegan – big love! (http://www.naturalbalancefoods.co.uk/community/dietary-needs/thinking-of-going-vegan-top-tips-for-starting-out/)

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Vegan Friendly Find – Choices Caramel Chocolates

OMG – best vegan chocolate I have found yet.

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Choices Caramel Chocolates come in 125g packs – 12 pieces, (which isn’t enough for sweet tooth like me).

These luxurious caramel chocolates, come as individual vegan caramel chocolates, with 30% cocoa content and made in Ireland. These are Dairy Free, Vegetarian, Vegan, Wheat Free, Gluten Free, Egg Free and PKU Friendly – so all round awesome.

For me, dairy free confectionary has never tasted so good and if you fancy giving them a try, you can get them online or in Holland and Barrets (UK)
Ingredients: sugar, fondant (sugar, glucose syrup, water), cocoa butter, invert syrup, cocoa mass, rice syrup, inulin, water, coconut oil, rice flour, flavourings, emulsifier (soya lecithin).

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Today’s Vegan Friendly Find – Whittaker’s Dark Chocolate

Really short and sweet today, just like this delicious vegan friendly chocolate bar.

I’m not really a fan of dark chocolate as I find it too bitter, but this bar is not bitter at all and tastes creamy and all chocolate’y and nice!

Today’s Vegan Friendly Find – Whittaker’s Dark Chocolate

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Here’s the ingredients:

DARK CHOCOLATE [COCOA SOLIDS 50%* (COCOA MASS & COCOA BUTTER); SUGAR; EMULSIFIER (SOYA LECITHIN); VANILLA FLAVOUR] *Minimum Percentage. May contain traces of milk chocolate, peanuts and other nuts.

But if in doubt the official Whittakers website states:

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Perfect!

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Enough said really.

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Today’s Vegan Friendly Find – Hershey’s Chocolate Flavour Syrup

Today’s Vegan Friendly Find links in really nicely with the yummy recipe Im about to upload, but don’t go expecting such organisation and seamlessness from all my posts!

So let me introduce to you the Vegan Friendly Find that is…

Hershey’s Chocolate Flavour Syrup.

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HERSHEY’S Chocolate Syrup is made from – High fructose corn syrup, corn syrup, water, cocoa, sugar, Emulsifier (xanthan Gum E45) Vanillin, artificial flavour and is reported as 100% Vegan.

There have been some debates online as wether the sugar and emulsifier used was vegan, however after a bit of research, I’ve discovered the Emulsifier used definitely is, and several blogs and forums have reported Hershey’s customer service claiming the product is vegan, so thats as good as a go for me!

This syrup is perfect for a pick me up treat – its good to make hot chocolate with soy milk, put in cakes, mix it with icing sugar to make frosting, great on vegan ice cream…. And of course…. DEEEE-LICIOUS with Benji’s Vegan American Style Pancakes! (Recipe to follow this post)

On a little bit of a serious note though, whilst doing my research (as I don’t want to be responsible for ANYONE eating ANYTHING thats not vegan) I found that the PETA site – http://www.petakids.com/accvegan.asp lists products they claim are ‘Vegan’ but at the bottom of the page it holds this disclaimer –

* Items listed may contain trace amounts of animal-derived ingredients. While PETA supports a strict adherence to veganism, we put the task of vigorously reducing animal suffering ahead of personal purity. Boycotting products that are 99.9 percent vegan sends manufacturers the message that there is no market for that particular food, which ends up hurting more animals. For a more detailed explanation of PETA’s position, please visit http://www.caringconsumer.com/labels.asp.

I’m not gonna lie, I feel a bit p*ssed off about this. Its organisations like PETA that I turn to to have the power and money to get the truth for its members.

If I wanted to eat something that was 90% Vegan, I would. When I’m searching for 100% vegan products I don’t expect to be conned into supporting a product or company who aren’t actually vegan.

I get their argument I really do, but their moral standpoint comes at the price of our own.

What do you think?