I used to watch my mom drink Bailey’s with family and sneak a sip here and there. When I was old enough to drink, I indulged in the original Baileys a couple of times on its own or in coffee drinks. I only drink a couple of times a year, so it was an occasional treat with friends. Then I went vegan and Baileys was off the table. I had forgotten about it until I read stirrings on the internet of a vegan version of Baileys called Almande. To see that it was also labeled gluten free made my heart do a happy dance. As soon as it was available at my local ABC store, I bought a bottle. I am still on my first bottle, but it has been enjoyed in hot chocolate, coffee, and plain. I imagine this bottle will last a while, but I like having it around for an occasional treat by myself, with family, or friends.
It is vegan and gluten free. It says so on the bottle!
It is becoming more widely available where alcohol is sold.
The flavor is sweet and smooth like the original.
The bottle looks very different from the original, making it easy to determine if you are drinking the vegan version.
The price seemed in line with other specialty liqueurs.
Having this option allows for vegans to have more specialty drink options.
The bottle does not have a “use by” or “best by” date. I have had my bottle for a while and put it in the refrigerator, but I do not know how long I can continue to enjoy it.
It would be helpful if they put the ingredients on the bottle. Some of us like to know what we are consuming. I read every label, so this was hard for me to trust that the ingredients were fine for me to consume. The only information the bottle gives is that it contains almond and soy ingredients.
It still feels peculiar as a vegan to exclaim “I like cheese!”, but I do! When I learn of a new vegan cheese, or new to me, I jump at the chance to give it a try. On Instagram, I started to see buzzing that So Delicious created a line of vegan shreds. Being a fan of their ice cream treats, I knew I wanted to give these shreds a try. After a couple of months of waiting for them to appear in my local stores, I finally found them at an area Whole Foods and grabbed one of the last two on the shelf. I am now able to get all three flavors regularly in my area.
The shreds are gluten free, vegan, soy free and non-gmo verified.
The shreds melt well. They melted instantly in my microwave testing and quickly in the oven. I have tried them in mac n cheese, nachos, and a sandwich.
This cheese tastes good out straight of the package. Hold the presses! Yes, you read that right. I have tried the Mozzarella and Cheddar and they taste reminiscent of their dairy counterparts, as is. Watch yourself as you might eat the whole bag before it heads to food!
They are perfect for pizza! I haven’t yet tried them on pizza, but seeing how they worked on other foods convinced me that I have to buy another bag and make pizza.
This product would be a great one to share with your dairy eating friends to show them how delicious veganism alternatives can be!
They have three flavors: Mozzarella, Cheddar, and Cheddar Jack. I hope to try Cheddar Jack soon!
If you are a reader of the blog, you can probably already anticipate the first con. Price. Like all other vegan brand name cheese options, the bag was pricey. I am pretty sure it was priced the same as Daiya at over $5 a bag! Vegans aren’t made of money!
An area where I feel that vegan cheese makers are failing is in the nutritional content. Many people who eat dairy cheese do so because it has calcium and protein. Yet very few, if any, of the vegan brands have protein and calcium. This brand has zero for both. While I don’t need to get these from vegan cheeses in my diet, I know this could be a impediment to others switching to vegan cheese.
It is fattening! It is made from coconut and has 7g of fat per serving. I looked up a brand of dairy mozzarella and it was only 3g of fat per serving.
It is not available as widely as other vegan brands. I hope it will be soon!
It feels a little strange to write a post about an ice cream treat in November. It has been in the 50’s and 60’s where I live and that is not exactly ice cream weather. I think true ice cream lovers do not care about the temperature to enjoy a cold treat though. A hot beverage afterward or a blanket can help warm up. As the holidays approach your family might enjoy ice cream with dessert and I wanted to share a favorite in my household. We find cashewmilk to be both rich and decadent and double chocolate bars do not disappoint. I tend to only buy them on sale as a treat, but they are a favorite!
October usually has me obsessing over Halloween candy. Some of us have kids and want to provide a vegan alternative and some of us are still kids at heart and want to eat Halloween candy. I fall into both camps. My inner kid misses gummy bears something fierce. As a vegetarian teenager, I felt the loss of them in my life. As a vegan adult, I still feel that loss. There is a void of gummy candy in my life that I am usually looking to fill.
I was recently at Home Goods and I saw Halloween gummy bears by YumEarth. I looked over the package and they seemed vegan. Their website confirms them as being vegan. However, the website indicates that the company only makes the gummy bears vegan at Halloween. I guess they think that vegans and vegetarians only want gummy bears in October? This company doesn’t know us at all!
They come in individual packets to be handed out for Halloween or to consume in small amounts.
They are delicious! My son had never had a gummy bear and he loved them.
They are free of the top allergens.
They are organic.
They are flavored and colored with fruit juice, instead of chemicals like traditional gummy bears.
These are gelatin free and therefore, there is no harm to animals. (See the cons, for more information).
The company makes other delicious candy that is allergen free, such as lollipops and licorice.
The price was very reasonable at $2.99 for the package of 10.
They are only available for a few special occasions during the year. The gelatin gummy bears are always available. I do not understand this line of thinking. I think the company is a bit confused about vegans, we don’t just eat candy at Halloween.
They are hard to find. I have seen other vegan gummy products by them at stores in the area, but I have only seen the gummy bears at Home Goods on ONE occasion. I went back the following week and could not find them.
There are 10 small packs in a package. There really should be an option for more, especially to hand out to trick-or-treaters.
We were recently contacted by Greenbeat and asked to review a three-in-one veggie burger press and the corresponding eBook.* We can only review and endorse the veggie burger press as the recipe eBook is not vegan.** The product comes with two different size presses, large and small, and wax paper sheets. There is also an attachment that pops off to for an option to make a large stuffed veggie burger.
The veggie burger press arrived quickly and I decided a plan of attack by finding, and changing, a veggie burger recipe that I wanted to make. I also bought Beyond Meat’s Beyond Burger because I was excited to have stuffed veggie burgers with vegan cheese. The Beyond Meat burgers are too greasy to use in the press for small or stuffed burgers. Even with the wax paper, they did not work very well and ended up falling apart. The homemade veggie burger worked well with or without the wax paper. I tried the homemade burger as a large and small patty.
The cost is a little under $16 and should make homemade veggie burgers cheaper than buying packaged ones in the store on a regular basis.
Helps reduce the consumption of processed veggie burgers. Especially if you use fresh and non-processed ingredients.
It is a great way to be accountable to yourself by knowing what is in the food you consume.
Even though we are not reviewing the eBook, we found it to be a con since most of the recipes contain dairy and egg. They can be substituted with vegan items, but the dairy and egg industries are full of torture, pain, and death and we cannot promote that. We hope that the company will consider making more, if not all of its eBook cruelty-free.
The attachment to make the stuffed veggie burger was very difficult to remove. I had to wash and dry off the press, and make sure my hands were dry, and I still struggled to open it. I only made two stuffed burgers, but making large amounts would have been frustrating.
* We will gladly accept vegan products for an honest review.
** If you purchase the veggie burger press, please note that the recipe eBook that you will get a link for is not vegan. Many of the recipes include dairy and egg and therefore, we do not endorse the eBook. We recommend using your own recipes.
I have been vegan for quite some time, but still enjoy bagels and cream cheese for breakfast. I try not to eat it every day, but I will admit that it makes a regular appearance on the breakfast table. Some mornings I switch it up for oatmeal (or a half of an English Muffin), to be a little healthy. Kite Hill has always been a delicious brand, but it is a bit too expensive to have every week. However, the jalapeño flavor makes me want to buy it weekly. Product:Jalapeño Cream Cheese By Kite Hill
Overall Grade: A
It is vegan cream cheese!!
It has a delicious creamy flavor with a hint of spice.
It is mildly spicy. I would prefer it a bit spicier, but it is good for most taste buds.
The package lists less than 10 ingredients!
It is almond based, unlike other popular cream cheese alternatives made of soy.
It is a cultured cheese product and therefore has a more in-depth flavor. Kite Hill cream cheeses are the closest flavor to dairy cream cheese that I have tried.
It is gluten free and soy free.
The cream cheese is quite pricey. I have seen it for about $7 a tub. At this price, it will only make an appearance on my table for special occasions.
I can only find it in health food stores. I hope to see it in more mainstream grocery stores.
A local store, Compassionates Product & Apparel, opened recently with a mission to “live with compassion while raising awareness of a vegan lifestyle”. The grand opening was at a local VegFest and I had the pleasure of stopping by the booth. The booth had shirts, bags, stickers, koozies, and mugs available for purchase with words of compassion. After carefully looking through the options, I came away with a mug for my kitchen. Check it their online shop to see the products offered, more will be added soon. Maybe they will be at your local VegFest.
The longer I am vegan, the more I see items popping up to mimic my old nonvegan favorites. It is a great time to be vegan! I am a fan of Hilary’s products and was excited to try this product. It was so thick, that it would not come out of the bottle. I had to take a knife to it to get it out of the bottle. With a skinny neck, it was hard to get to the contents that were down below where my knife could reach. I had to thin the product out with plant based milk. I was conflicted in rating this product. My husband and I did not like it, but my son did. It did not taste like ranch to us, it was very vinegary and the chia taste was detectable. Since 1/3 of my family liked this product, I am giving it the seal of approval with caution.
Those who know me well, know that I am a no presents type of gal for holidays. Every holiday, I remind my husband that I do not want anything. He loves to get me gifts, but I generally return them to the store. He usually bugs me for something that he can get me and I usually have the same answer- nothing. Before Mother’s Day, I knew he was itching to get me something so I sent him an email with information about a sale from No Whey. Sure enough, on Mother’s Day I received a big box of truffles. I rationed them to one per day and had a nice sweet treat for several weeks, until the box was gone. I even offered to share with him, but he said they were mine. I gave him one and enjoyed the rest. If he is reading this, I hope he gets from it that I would accept truffles, or any sweet treat, from No Whey for any holiday!
They are made using a vegan milk chocolate and are the closest to dairy milk chocolate that I have had.
The truffle flavors were fun. My box came with the following: “milk” fudge, coffee, grand marnier, raspberry, and salted caramel truffles.
The truffles were delicious! I enjoyed getting a box with a variety of flavors. I am not usually a fan of white chocolate, but I liked the grand marnier one that was covered in white chocolate.
The company is vegan!
All of the products are 100% Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Gluten Free, Egg Free, Soy Free! Free of the common eight allergens.
No Artificial Colors and Flavors Free of the common eight allergens!
The company is Kosher.
If you sign up for the email list, you are notified of sales and holiday candy.
They have a great selection of candy for each holiday. This is helpful when trying to find candy for Easter and Halloween.
The pricing for the truffles seems in line with other high-quality truffles.
The truffles have to be ordered online. I am able to find one product in a local store (No No’s), but all others need to be ordered online. I have a vegan son and I would like to be able to go out and buy this candy locally for holidays or for an occasional treat.
While the truffle price seems to be reasonable, some of the other candies are a bit pricy- especially with shipping. I don’t mind this for special occasions, but I really wish vegan candy was not so expensive. I would like to buy this for my family for all holidays.
We enjoy reviewing products from companies that are all vegan, but have mostly focused on companies that sell food. We are excited to post a blog today featuring a company that focuses on apparel that is vegan themed. We were approached by the founder of Everything Vegan to do a product review of apparel on the site*. When we checked out the website, we were so thrilled by the merchandise that we all wanted to buy a shirt and take part in the review. Therefore, we decided to break our review into to two blog posts. The post today is coming to you from regular bloggers, Julie and Amanda and will feature woman’s racerback tank tops. The second post will come from the Vegan Swashbuckler and guest blogger, John and will review unisex tees. Stay tuned for the next review, but in the meantime check out this site! We guarantee you will find a shirt style and design you like!
They have vegan shirt designs for every type of vegan. The variety includes animal rights themed designs, punny veggie designs, environmentally focused designs, and health related designs. There really is something for everyone.
They are reasonably priced.
Since we have known about the site, they have had sales to reduce prices even further. We were able to buy two and get one free! (we ended up buying 4 shirts total)
Shipping was very fast.
It’s fun and easy to choose your design, then select the type of shirt and color.
The shirts are soft and comfortable to wear.
The material is light and breathable. We tested our shirts in heat indexes over 100 F.
They have a variety of types of shirts: Women’s Jr Fit Tees, Women’s Classic Fit Tees, Unisex Tees, Unisex Sweatshirts, Women’s Racerback Tank Tops, and Unisex Tank Tops
In addition to shirts, they have hats and stickers.
We were sent a free sticker with our order.
The sizing for the women’s racerback tank was a little confusing. The sizing is listed in 2 different places on the site (one on the Size Chart page and again on the FAQ page). There is a 1 inch discrepancy between the 2 size charts, so we just ordered based on our best guess. It worked out in the end, but was a little confusing.
The shirts run small. The large is the same size as most medium tank tops of other clothing brands. Make sure to measure and don’t guess on sizing.
*We will happily accept vegan products in exchange for an honest review from a member from our review team. Please contact us if interested.