Savoury snacks – by Kate Fowler

If you’re a regular reader of this blog, you’ll have seen the huge number of vegan sweet treats available, but what is there for those of us who don’t have a sweet tooth or prefer to avoid large amounts of sugar? The answer is: a lot!

Let’s start with our old favourite: the humble potato crisp. Walker’s crisps are found everywhere, so choose from Ready Salted, Salt & Vinegar, Worcester Sauce and Prawn Cocktail. If you’re ‘Old Skool’, try Skips, Crispy Bacon Wheat Crunchies and Walkers Salt & Vinegar Squares. Many of the supermarkets’ own-brand bacon-flavour ‘frazzles’ are vegan, too, but strangely real Smiths/Walkers Frazzles aren’t vegan as they contain milk products.

As for Doritos, try Lightly Salted or Chilli Heatwave with either their Hot or Mild Salsa Dip. And if you like a snack that scoops, Pringles labels on the packet which of its flavours are suitable for vegans. Currently, they are Original, Texas BBQ, Paprika, Tortilla BBQ and Smokey Bacon (warning: these are addictive). Need your crisps in a cute shape? Pom-Bears are the snack for you.

Moving on to posh crisps. Try Kettle Chips (Lightly Salted, Sea Salt & Black Pepper, Sea Salt & Balsamic Vinegar) and Tyrrells (Naked, Lightly Sea Salted, Sea Salt & Cider Vinegar, Sweet Chilli & Red Pepper, Sea Salt & Cracked Black Pepper, English Barbecue, Red White & Blue, and their Mixed Root Vegetable Crisps).

And what about crisps that are not quite crisps? Have you seen Hummus Chips made by Eat Real? Their range of flavours are all vegan and it says so on the front of the pack. Try Chilli & Lemon, Creamy Dill, Sea Salt or Tomato & Basil. Pop Chips are good, too, and less fatty than some other crisps. Vegan flavours are Sea Salt, Sea Salt & Vinegar and Ridged Smoky Bacon.

For something a bit different, try Crosta & Mollica’s Crostini with Oregano or Chilli, or their fennel seed-flavoured Tarallini (oooh, fancy). Or mini poppadoms which can be dunked in mango chutney (also vegan). We like Walkers Lime & Coriander Chutney Poppadoms.

Going to the movies? Butterkist Cinema Sweet Popcorn and Sweet & Salted Popcorn are vegan. Try Tyrrell’s Poshcorn (Lightly Sea Salted, Sweet, Sweet & Salty) or Propercorn (Sweet & Salty, Lightly Sea, Smooth Peanut & Almond or Fiery Worcester Sauce & Sundried Tomato).

You would expect salted nuts to be vegan, and you would be right. But, obviously honey-roasted nuts are not vegan, and watch out for milk products in some dry-roasted brands. Try Walkers Sensations Thai Sweet Chilli Coated Peanuts, KP Jumbo Salt & Vinegar Peanuts or, if you are feeling brave, Tesco Vindaloo Jumbo Peanuts and Cashews.

And don’t forget the humble breadstick. Lots of the plain and sesame seed ones are vegan, and both Morrisons and Asda stock a Black Olive variety, and Tesco’s a Rosemary one. Perfect for houmous-dunking.

By now, you’ll have read about the availability of dairy-free cheese (if not, then this is the blog post for you) and you’ll be wanting a cracker to go with it. Thankfully, there are a LOT of vegan crackers, and I’ve listed just a handful of them.

Counterintuitively, cream crackers are vegan, and so are most Ryvita Crispbreads (watch out for honey in the Fruit and Seed Crunch), melba toasts and water biscuits. Ritz Crackers are good, too, and supermarkets tend to stock their own brand of Poppy & Sesame Seed Thins. Try Hovis Extra Wheatgerm Crackers, Jacob’s Flatbreads (Salt & Cracked Black Pepper, Mixed Seed) and their Salt & Cracked Black Pepper Savours. Lots of oatcakes are vegan and you’ll be pleased to know that sweet pickle and piccalilli are vegan, too.

If you’re the kind of person who likes to create a canapé from a cracker, then pile olives, sundried tomatoes or artichokes on top of vegan cream cheese. The lactic acid they are preserved in comes from a vegetable source. Just watch out for olives filled with anchovies … what kind of madness is that?