Cruelty-free sweet treats – by Kate Fowler and Ben Martin

We should eat healthily, and meals made with fresh veggies and beans are fine, but we all need a little treat every now and then. Fortunately, going vegan doesn’t mean missing out on life’s little luxuries – far from it, there’s a whole world of plant-based goodies to be had – so here’s a rundown of just some of them…

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Once upon a time, the only vegan chocolate you could get was plain, ultra-dark and likely to keep you awake all night if you ate it after lunchtime. But these days you can get milk-style vegan chocolate, truffles, soft centres, and even white chocolate and vegan Mars bars.

A good place to start is the ‘free from’ aisle of your local supermarket. Here, you’re likely to find goodies from Moo Free, Choices, Booja Booja, Fabulous Freefrom Factory and perhaps some own-brand dairy-free chocolate too. Head to the health food shop and you may find a better range of vegan chocolate, including Beech’s creams, a range of Vivani and iChoc bars, Seed & Bean, Organica and others too.

Online you will find specialist vegan chocolate outlets who stock things like the amazing Vego bars (probably the best chocolate in the world), as well as Go Max Go, who make vegan versions of Mars, Snickers, Bounty, Milky Way and Twix. You can find many of these, plus much more besides, on the Animal Aid online shop.

But if all these are a bit expensive for you, you can often find vegan treats in Poundland and other discount stores, such as Ruffles raspberry chocolate bars.

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If ice cream is more your thing, Swedish Glace and Alpro’s ranges are available in many supermarkets, offering vanilla, chocolate, raspberry, chocolate & hazelnut and coconut flavours. If you need something more exotic, check out Almond Dream’s Salted Caramel or Mint Choc Chip flavours, available in Waitrose and Asda, and online at Ocado.

Desperate for a Magnum? Try the Tesco own-brand version or the strawberry Swedish Glace one, which you can find in Sainsbury’s. And for those who love an ice-cream cornet, Tesco stocks strawberry and toffee flavours, while Morrisons has a Free From Chocolate and vanilla cone, as well as a strawberry one. And yes, they do have chocolate in the bottom of the cone, just as they should.

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Cake is a little more tricky to find in shops, but not impossible. Sainsbury’s stocks Free From flapjack and granola slices as well as Mrs Crimbles Stem Ginger cake, which is lovely served warm with some dairy-free ice cream. But for those who love a rich, sweet satisfying treat with their cuppa, the Lazy Days range – Belgian Dark Tiffin, Ginger Tiffin, Millionaire’s Shortbread, and Rocky Road Slice – is hard to beat. Find them in Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and Waitrose. The Co-op’s jam and custard doughnuts are vegan, too. You might need some help from your friends to stop you from eating all five!

Desserts

Pudology makes a range of rich, delicious desserts – Banoffee Pud, Millionaires’ Pud, Chocolate Orange Pud – and these can be found in Waitrose, Holland & Barrett and on Ocado. And look out for Food Heaven’s lemon cheesecake, available in Asda and Waitrose.

Need Custard on that? Try Alpro’s or Oatly’s ready-made, or use Bird’s powder with your choice of plant milk – all widely available. Or cream? Again, most supermarkets stock soya or oat cream, or both. Alpro also makes a range of soya desserts – chocolate, caramel, vanilla – and these can be found in most supermarkets.

The truth is, this scarcely scrapes the surface of the amazing vegan treats available out there – so go forth and see what you can find!