It is almost Halloween and that means C-A-N-D-Y! Even vegans need candy. Each year I search for vegan candy that will allow my son to participate in the fun of Halloween. This often includes a purchase from No Whey Chocolate. They sell candy online and in select retailers across the country. Their products are vegan and free of most common allergens. This year, I was excited to see the new Fear Not Candy bags. I ordered one for us, along with a few other treats. This bag did not disappoint.
Product: Fear Not- Spook Free Treats by No Whey Chocolate
Overall Grade: A
Vegan milk chocolate! There are not too many companies that make, or make well, milk chocolate that is vegan.
They have imitations of Reeses, Snickers, and Hershey’s without the cruelty. It has been a decade since I have had any of these brand names, but I think this chocolate tastes better! And I don’t feel any guilt.
They taste delicious! I felt like I was a kid again tasting these with my son.
They are vegan, gluten free, tree nut free, soy free, and peanut free. They are also Kosher.
They are small and individually wrapped like other popular candies.
This company does a good job creating candy for each season. Halloween, Easter, Christmas, etc. They are a regular stop for me before any major holiday.
I can only find these online making them less environmentally friendly.
They are $8.95 for a pack of 10, which is not bad, but when you calculate the shipping, it is much more. I also had to buy a cold pack as I was concerned that the chocolate would melt.
They are not ideal to hand out for Halloween as they only come in packs of 10. I wish there was an option for a larger pack.
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.
I have been hearing about this new pasta craze on social media and I was curious to give it a try. Since the pasta is sold at Costco, I only had the option of a large box. I held my breath and gently tossed the box in my cart, hoping that I didn’t commit to pasta we would not like. To my delight, we really enjoyed the flavor! I was also pleased with the high fiber and protein in the nutritional values. The best part for me was that it was a gluten free pasta that did not fall apart when cooked or reheated. Many rice based pastas do not last well as leftovers. They often get crunchy and/or fall apart.
This product is becoming widely available in stores across the US.
The pasta has a delicious taste. The flavor and texture seem very close to wheat pasta.
It is certified gluten free and GMO-free.
It contains only four ingredients and they are all things that I was familiar with – no funky ingredients.
A serving has a whopping 14g of protein and 8g of fiber! Wowsa!
It is over $4 a box (if you look at the smaller individual boxes). Wheat pasta can be purchased for under a dollar. It doesn’t have the same nutrition, but if we want people to switch to healthier products, we need to make them more affordable.
There are two serving sizes on the box, 2oz and 3.4oz. The 3.4oz serving is 340 calories!! I know this is equivalent to wheat pasta, but I wish it were lower calories. If you are not calorie-obsessed like I am right now, then please ignore this con.
I have a confession to make, I have a bit of an attachment to coffee. I have a hard time starting my day without it. There was a few years where I swapped a cup of coffee for a green smoothie, but sweet aroma of coffee called me back. When I see a vegan creamer, I try it out because I love knowing my options. I would prefer not to just have a vegan milk, but an actual creamer because it is thicker and creamier than a milk. When I saw that Coffee-mate was coming out with a line of non-dairy creamers, I was intrigued. I prefer my coffee without sugar or sweet creamers, but it is nice for a treat every so often. I have fond memories of drinking coffee-mate flavored creamers when visiting my sister-in-law. It was always a treat for me since we bought unsweetened creamers. Up until recently, the world of vegan creamers was mostly limited to unflavored soy. I was ok staying in that world, but so many options have been popping up that I have been venturing out.
This tastes very similar to coffee-mate dairy creamers, from what I can remember.
There are several flavor choices in non dairy: caramel, vanilla, hazelnut, sweet creme
They are easy for me to find locally at Target and Kroger.
They were comparable in price to other flavored vegan creamers.
No gluten, soy, or GMOs.
I did not taste an overwhelming almond flavor that I do in almond milk and creamers. I do not prefer an almond milk flavor in coffee, so this was a nice change.
Usually almond creamer takes quite a bit of product to lighten my coffee. This creamer lightened it with about the size of a listed serving on the bottle.
The creamers were $2.37 on sale at Target. They seemed in line with, if not a little cheaper than other vegan creamers.
I tried the caramel one and it is very sweet. This could only make an appearance in my coffee on occasion. This could be a pro if you like your coffee extra sweet.
I didn’t see a plain or unsweetened flavor in stores or on the website. I really wish they come out with that option as I would be more likely to buy it.
*I struggled with grading this creamer. If you are looking for it to taste like a sweet creamer, then this gets an A. The sweetness in this creamer was a bit much for me, but I enjoyed the flavor. My grade leans more toward a B for this reason.
I feel like I have been living in a vegan, gluten free bread desert. The available options on the market have been less than desirable, unless you enjoy munching on cardboard. Some of the major gluten free bread makers refuse to make a bread that is also vegan. Besides a few specialty products, I’ve been skipping sliced bread. Then one day I was introduced to a loaf of bread that gave me hope. This bread was soft, fluffy, and tasted great even without toasting. Let me repeat EVEN WITHOUT TOASTING. Straight out of the bag. If you are doing a little happy dance, I’m right there with you. I was finally able to have a delicious slice of cinnamon toast, grilled cheeze, tempeh ruebans, the possibilities where endless. My desert was turning into a tropical oasis. Only one problem, I had a hard time finding the bread. Then slowly, it started creeping into a few markets somewhat nearby. It still needs to get into more shelves, but in the meantime I’ll keep driving to the locations so I can have bread. If you see this bread, do your little happy dance and then buy as many as you can carry!
I was very excited when I found coconut jerky on a vegan website. I am a huge vegan jerky fan and had to give it a try. I miss jerky as a vegan, but especially as a gluten freer. There is a brand on the market that I can find in local grocery stores, and I like them, but I am always looking for something new to try.
On the eve of Thanksgiving here in the US, most of us are thinking of rich, comfort foods and cool creamy desserts. But, after a day or two of that, I want something with some kick. Having this in the fridge could come in mighty handy. Of course, if you’re heat averse, you’ll need to forego this. But if you’re not, you need to go for it.
I’m a big fan of pizza. With the exception of tacos, it’s probably my favorite because it can be made so many different ways and changed to fit the season (hello caramelized onion and sweet potatoes.) But making homemade vegan gluten free crust is a lot of work. Buying it at a pizza place is expensive. For so long there was nothing in between. Enter Trader Joe’s Gluten Free Pizza crusts. It’s not the best crust I’ve ever had, but it makes up for that in price and convenience.
I don’t have to make homemade crust or leave home for a pizza
It’s relatively sturdy while still being soft.
Gluten free, no soy ingredients
If I were reviewing strictly for gluten free folks, I might grade it a little higher. While it’s really good for gluten free crust, I think you can tell that it’s gluten free. I like things to be gluten free without knowing it.
It’s got a coating of flour on it and has a little chalkiness on the outside.
Sometimes it’s cracked. But, that didn’t really cause a problem, I just cut it a little less than evenly
Here’s my latest pizza with a little too much Daiya. I also got a yummy jarred pizza sauce at TJ’s while picking up the crust.
I finally got around to making zucchini noodles last week and I wanted just the right thing to go with them. I’ve been eagerly awaiting the Beyond Meat “meatballs”, but I haven’t seen them in stores yet. I did come across these while I was checking for them.
Product: Carla Lee’s Nut Balls
Overall Grade: B+ I really enjoyed them. If I were the only consideration, I probably would give them an A. I knocked it down just a little bit in consideration of our readers who aren’t gluten/soy free like I am.
Flavor is savory, but not overpowering to other items on the plate
I can pronounce all the ingredients and regularly have them in my kitchen.
Gets a nice little crisp on the outside
Fewer than 10 minutes from freezer to plate
They don’t really require quite as much oil as the directions say. But do be sure to continue to turn them and not just let them sit on one side for too long. They’re more likely to stick.
A little spendy. But then I realize that I’m getting 3 servings and they’re natural ingredients and that helps balance this out. (plus, Carla Lee’s website says they give 50% of the net proceeds to feed humanity)
The name is a bit misleading. They’re called nut balls, but the first listed ingredient is brown rice.
Even though they get a nice crisp on the outside, they’re a little soft. I foresee this being more of a problem for those of you who eat gluten / soy products.