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VEGAN TREATS Easter Basket Review
I ordered “The Ultimate Lucky Bunny” basket from http://vegantreats.com/shop/.
*I was not paid or given free product for my review.
WOW! These were some of the tastiest Easter Chocolates that I have ever encountered… and believe me when I say that I scour the internet and health food stores for delicious Vegan Chocolate.
I received the box only days after ordering, and for the sake of being able to review them before Easter I HAD to dig right in. Not only were these chocolates some of the tastiest that I’ve had, they were also BEAUTIFUL! Each piece looked like a masterpiece filled with deliciousness!
As stated on the Vegan Treats description the basket includes:
- 1 bunny buddy box containing two betterfinger bars – I never thought I would get to taste these again – they were spot on!
- 1 pack of twin caramel cookie bars – these “twix” imitations were delicious, but I would have loved the caramel to be a bit creamer
- 1 pack of twin peanut butter cookie bars – Yum.
- 1 foil-wrapped chocolate egg filled with handmade coconut cream encased in our Swiss dark chocolate – One of my FAVORITES. These were so good, I could have eaten 50 of them!!! Seriously – how do I get more???
- 1 foil-wrapped chocolate egg filled with peanut butter cream encased in our Swiss dark chocolate – Yum
- 1 white chocolate bunny pop – this is the first vegan white chocolate that was really tasty – most of the “white chocolate” I’ve tried previously have had more of a waxy feel. These were amazing and reminded me of the White chocolate I had as a child.
- 1 swiss chocolate bunny pop – Yum.
- 1 carrot bag filled with eight handmade milk chocolate eggs – Yum.
- 1 pink box containing two chocolate speculoos bunnies – Oh My Gosh – I was not expecting the burst of delicious flavor and addictive taste of these. I’ve never tasted speculoos before – and apparently I’ve been missing out. One of my FAVORITES!
- 1 bag of five swiss chocolate and five white chocolate bunnies – Yum.
- 1 bag of six passion fruit swiss chocolates – These were so beautifully decorated that I was hesitant to eat them. These were very good, even though I’m not really a fan of fruit flavors with chocolate.
- 1 bag of four veganbury eggs – One of my FAVORITES… these lived up to all my hopes and dreams of a vegan cream egg. Well done!!! (see comparison below)
I also had to compare the two different types of vegan cream eggs…
The left one is from Premium Chocolatiers and is good. They use a sweeter chocolate that is more like milk chocolate, but as you can see the cream is my smaller and harder. The Vegan Treats version oozed out and reminded me exactly of the Cadbury version I had as a kid. The chocolate is darker and more of a shell. It. Was. Amazing.!!!!!
Now for the cons. The web site does not offer individual items for sale. I would LOVE to pick and choose which chocolates and how many I want. I assure you that I would have doubled (or tripled) up on some of these if given the chance. So PLEASE Vegan Treats… for those of us that don’t live within driving distance… offer more of your goodies online!!!! I promise you will have a loyal following
Not sure how I’ve missed this one… but I will be ordering to review ASAP!!!!
How awesome does this sound:
Included in every box:
- 1 bunny buddy box containing two betterfinger bars
- 1 pack of twin caramel cookie bars
- 1 pack of twin peanut butter cookie bars
- 1 foil-wrapped chocolate egg filled with handmade coconut cream encased in our Swiss dark chocolate
- 1 foil-wrapped chocolate egg filled with peanut butter cream encased in our Swiss dark chocolate
- 1 white chocolate bunny pop
- 1 swiss chocolate bunny pop
- 1 carrot bag filled with eight handmade milk chocolate eggs
- 1 pink box containing two chocolate speculoos bunnies
- 1 bag of five swiss chocolate and five white chocolate bunnies
- 1 bag of six passion fruit swiss chocolates
- 1 bag of four veganbury eggs
Having been a vegan for the past 22 years, I have to admit that I can’t even remember what an actual “egg” tastes like. That said, I was very excited to try recipes that I haven’t had for years.
When I first blended the Vegg powder with water, I was struck by how close it resembled an actual egg. After being turned off by “eggs” for so many years, I had to actually overcome the smell and look to begin cooking with it. After consulting with my non-vegan husband, he confirmed that the look and consistency was as close as possible to a “real” egg yolk. It is easy to prepare (simply blend powder with 1L water in the blender). The down side is that it is a large quantity that you then need to refrigerate or freeze (there is no easy way to blend a smaller portion).
I used the Vegg in two different recipes to get an idea of how it tastes and how easy it is to work with.
1) Almond French toast: DELICIOUS!!!!!!
– 5 tsp Vegg
– 1 C vanilla soy or almond milk
– 3 Tbs flour
– ¼ tsp salt
– ½ tsp baking powder
– ½ tsp almond extract
- Thickly sliced French bread
- Vegetable oil & vegan margarine for cooking
- Wisk together Vegg, milk, flour, salt baking powder and almond extract.
- Dip and soak bread in mixture
- Place slices in a shallow dish and refergirate (if time)
- Heat oil & margarine over medium heat and fry bread on both sides until browned
- I topped with fresh berries and drizzled with maple syrup
2) Home-made egg rolls: The homemade egg roll wrappers were a bit of a challenge to make. It’s a delicate process that will probably take a few more times to master! They turned out tasty – but the wrappers were a little too thick which I think I will remedy with practice.
– 1 Tb Vegg
– ¾ C cold water
– ¼ tsp salt
– 7/8 C flour
– Peanut oil for cooking
- Wisk together everything but oil.
- Heat nonstick pan to high heat, then lower to low once hot.
- Add oil to pan
- Scoop in ¼ C of four mixture – immeadietly spread out mixture to a thin layer – in under a minute the edges will begin to curl and the wapper is done
- Place on paper towel to cool
- Once cool – fill with filling and wrap. (I used cabbage, carrots, scallions, bean sprouts and fresh ginger lightly sautéed with a dash of braggs/soy sauce)
- You can then fry or bake eggrolls – I sprayed mine with oil and baked on 400 until browned
Overall, the Vegg is a fantastic addition to the Vegan kitchen.
The folks at Vegg were nice enough to send a free sample of their product for me to review.
REVIEW: Vegan Samoas
Recipe found on VegNews:
Well, after 5 hours of mixing, baking, waiting, heating, stirring, coating, waiting…. I’d say these cookies are good. Not great, not bad, but good. Would I happily eat and enjoy them – yes! Would I spend the time and effort to make them a second time – definitely not!
Recipe From: http://www.vegetariantimes.com/recipes/11831
I added a bit more olive oil to lightly coat the bottom of the baking dish and also needed to cook it an additional 15 minutes from what was recommended. Also, I served it with a garlic/wild rice/chickpea side – which we good, but will probably pair the eggplant cutlets with couscous or a pasta next time! ENJOY!
In honor of Valentine’s Day I thought I’d make a chocolate recommendation for all your Vegan friends & significant others. Believe me when I say.. that I’ve tested a LOT of vegan chocolates… and these are the best I’ve found so far. All of their Vegan chocolates are good… but my favorites are the Hazelnut Selection… A-Mazing!