Vegan Town Treat Box Review
For Christmas my wonderfully thoughtful boyfriend presented me with a wrapped box. When I unwrapped it there was a sticker on the plain brown postage box Vegan Town. I had never heard of this product before. I opened the postage box & inside was a world of goodies. It was a delightful gift. Let me tell you what I have found out about Vegan Town http://vegantown.co.uk/ it’s an independent family run vegan business. Everything they sell is Cruelty Free & they’re based in England – Derbyshire to be precise. The founder of the business ‘created the store as a haven for vegans seeking a little bit of yummy indulgence’ – isn’t that wonderful! They have over 200 products & 10 pence from every order goes to animal welfare charities. Basically I’m sold… Or in love. I’m not sure but it’s amazing! If anything I’m a little annoyed at myself for not discovering this myself or sooner!
As you can see from the pictures below there is plenty in this box – I have worked out my boyfriend purchased the Vegan Treat Box – A Single Box of Surprise Goodies for £20. Which I think I great value for money! & in line with what you would pay for a standard box of luxury chocolates. As I am Gluten-Free he told me he contacted the seller & explained my extra dietary needs. As well he asked them to make sure there was a Vego Bar in there too – because those are my favourite. As a result of his quick thinking it means I also got a Round Up – which I love. Extra Brownie points to him!
The website is great, really cute & easy to use. You can pick from gifts, picking your own chocolatey treats – as well as a miscellaneous section filled with whipped cream, biscuits & spreads. There are so many products I haven’t heard of that I would love to try – a few I get to as they are in my box.
My boyfriend rated the service, website; ease of use a brilliant 10 out of 10. I’ll be rating the products themselves because I’m not sharing. Tehe!
Vego Whole Hazelnut Chocolate Bar – 10/10
This bar is amazing! I love them. I got the 150g – which means I’ll be having it in two servings. It’s kind of like a solid bar of Nutella. The hazelnuts are not only whole but they’re massive! The milk chocolate is creamy & melts in your mouth. Even though I am a massive fan of dark chocolate this is the perfect treat for when I want something sweeter. The packaging is great it’s simple, fresh & the picture says exactly what it is. Also there are no lies. It’s a wrapper you don’t open it & find that whatever you have purchased is half the size – it really is a huge thick bar of nothing but delicious chocolate & hazelnuts. It’s great. If you’re Vegan & you haven’t tried this yet… What on earth are you doing! Try it!
Ingredients: sugar, whole hazelnuts (20%), cocoa mass, hazelnut paste, cocoa butter, emulsifier: soy lecithin, vanilla extract
Organica Golden Coconut Delight – 7/10
So I saw this & thought – Bounty Bar. I love Coconut – I’m a massive fan. I use it in everything & I even work for a Coconut company. Obsessed? I can’t get enough. Now this wasn’t a Bounty Bar – if you’re looking for something a little more along those lines I would suggest going for Go Max Go (Still great it’s just whatever you prefer). This bar is a proper Grown Up Bar. The Dark Chocolate is rich but not overpowering & the Coconut inside isn’t sugary – it’s fine with a natural Coconut taste. I think you can see this clearly from the below picture. The coconut isn’t bleached white. It’s a gorgeous sun kissed colour. It’s amazing. I really liked it. It’s not something I would just have for a Chocolate fix. It’s a bar I would cosy up with on a Sunday night – after a yummy healthy meal. In front of a good film, cup of tea & some comfy clothes.
Ingredients: Corn syrup, coconut (27%), dark chocolate (17%), raw cane sugar, cocoa butter, cocoa mass, vanilla, corn powder, soya powder, palm fat.
Chocolate at least 54% cocoa
Sesame Snaps Sweet Peanut Bar – 8/10
I’ve had this Peanut Bar a couple of times. I really enjoy it. I wouldn’t say it’s the same enjoyment as having a chocolate bar. I would put it in the same category as having a Nakd Bar. The Super Tasty but not a Chocolate Bar because they are a teeny bit healthy Category. You know the category I’m on about, right?
I like all the Sesame Snap Products – this one is my favourite – yes it even beats the Coconut one. I like it because in my opinion it’s a better version of Peanut Brittle Bars. I’m not sure if it’s supposed to be a Peanut Brittle Bar – but lets face it. That’s essentially what it is. It shouldn’t be ashamed though. The bar should revel in it’s tastiness. Unlike peanut brittle bars, they have a much higher peanut content & only just enough glucose & sugar to hold them together. Making it super crunchy as well as extra Peanutty. I won’t lie to you – if you’re not a Peanut fan you won’t like it. Also if you’re thinking ‘Oh my poor teeth won’t be able to handle the crunch’. Do what I do. Take it to work with you. After lunch – when it’s the cup of tea time of the afternoon. Make a good cup of tea & dip your Sesame Snap Sweet Peanut Bar in there. The glucose syrup & sugar softens up enough to make it perfectly chewy & unlike biscuits it will not break!
Ingredients: Peanuts (68%), Glucose syrup, sugar, salt, flavouring
iChoc Choco Cookie – 8/10
It’s the turn of the Choco Cookie. First impressions. The packaging looks really smart. Do you know what I mean? It doesn’t have this trendy look to it that a lot of the new Vegan products have. Nor does it look flash or too posh. It looks neat, straight edge, to the point. Like I said smart. I like it.
They are produced by a German company called Bioschokoade (https://www.bioschokolade.de/) the chocolate bar itself is Rice Milk Chocolate – which I am a big fan of. It usually really smooth & sweet without being sickly. However that isn’t all. Within the Chocolate there are Crunchy Dark Cocoa Biscuits. I didn’t really know what to expect with this bar. A friend told me it was a little like the Cadburys Oreo Bar. When I tried it – I could kind of see what they were on about but I didn’t really get that feeling. The Chocolate was just as sweet, yummy, tasty & smooth as I hoped – the Dark Cocoa Biscuity bits were equally as yummy – just rich enough to make a nice contrast with the Milk Chocolate.
This bar is great for a Friday night in – feet up in front of the telly kind of treat. After your hard week at work, at the gym, looking after loved ones of course. I would highly recommend it. However a word of warning. You might have to break the 80g bar in half & get someone to hide it – otherwise you’ll end up eating it all in one go.
Ingredients: raw cane sugar*, cocoa butter*, cocoa paste*, rice milk powder* 13%, cocoa biscuits* 12% (raw cane sugar*, palm butter* (RSPO-certified.), cocoa powder*, sugar beet syrup*, sea salt), hazelnut paste*, bourbon vanilla extract*. cocoa: at least 40% chocolate content
*organic. Manufactured in an environment in which milk, other nuts, and gluten are also processed.
Wheat & Gluten Free Round Up – 9/10
Remember Wagon Wheels? Do they still even make them. If they don’t kids don’t know what they’re missing out on. I have a lot of question about Wagon Wheels now I’m older… Like why are they even called Wagon Wheels. Is it simply because they look a little like one? Anyway I digress… Somewhere is Derbyshire there is a magical team of people creating not only a Vegan Wagon Wheel but a Gluten Free Vegan Wagon Wheel – going my the name of Round Ups. I think they must be Wizards or Magicians – something magical at least!
Firstly – they look amazing! From the quirky wrapper & design to the Alice in Wonderland ‘Eat Me’ on the disk itself. Dark Chocolatey colour with a zigzag of drizzled chocolate too.
This wheat & gelatine free goodie really hit it off with me. Well done Ananda! I would say high flying 9 out of 10! They are super chocolatey – not too rich or over powering at all. In fact all the flavours really compliment each other. The Biscuit is soft but still has the chewy bite. The Marshmallow isn’t sickly but there’s just enough of it to leave you wanting more. Finally the dollop of Jam in the middle is great because it doesn’t taste cheap or artificial. In fact the thing I like most of all about this product is it tastes Homemade… Even though there is no way I could make this myself. It gives you that feeling of the cakes your Grandma used to make. It really has knocked the nostalgia feeling right on the head. If you haven’t tried this bar already I would highly recommend it. It’s nothing but loveliness.
Ingredients: Chocolate: Cocoa mass, sugar, cocoa butter, emulsifier (soya lecithin), vanilla.
Fondant centre: sugar glucose syrup (contains sulphites), water, vegetable oil, glycerine, emulsifier (mono- and di-glycerides of fatty acids), acidity regulators (sodium acetate, acetic acid), stabiliser (tragacanth), natural flavouring.
Sesame Seed Snap with Chocolate Bar – 9/10
The Brother to the Sweet Peanut Snap bar above & of course I have had the Sesame Snap Original & Coconut bars before… Well not only before. In fact many times. They are my favourites – especially at work – just after lunch when I’m struggling through the last few hours until home time. From what I have been told from the older generation they have been around a while. ‘I remember eating those when I was a nipper’. They were around in the 70s & apparently they taste exactly the same too. The packaging looks like it came straight out of the time warp too – but they have been around for so long. If it works for them to look a little old fashioned then fair play. It’s a great nostalgia feeling for those who were around the first time.
They aren’t really a healthy snack but there is defiantly a lot worse to be snacking on. I can truly say I have never had the chocolate ones before. I have only seen them a handful of times. I didn’t think they were Vegan & honestly I was more than happy with the Original flavour. How wrong was I. So all their bars kind of remind me of Brittle Bars – now imagine that already lovely Brittle Bar dipped in Chocolate. Amazing right – mouth-watering to say the least. For some reason I found these Chocolate ones softer & chewier than the originals & of course with the drizzle of chocolate makes them even sweeter. What I really enjoyed & I think they have got just right. They didn’t over power the chocolate to lose the Sesame Seed flavour nor did they skimp of the chocolatey goodness either. I had this one just after lunch today & it really perfected my rubbishy Tuesday. I wouldn’t say this was a healthy treat at 154.5 for the 3 bars – but still much more suited to an afternoon snack rather than a chocolate bar. I’ll certainly be purchasing these again!
Sesame Seeds (35%), Chocolate coating (30%) (Sugar, cocoa mass, cocoa butter, emulsifiers – soya lecithin, polygly -cerol polyricinoleate, flavour-vanilin), glucose syrup, sugar.
Nutritional Information per 100g: Energy 2254kj/515kcal, Protein 10.1g, Carbohydrate 51.2g, Fat 30.0g
Kingdom Chocolate Double Mousse – 10/10
This bar refers to itself as a rich dark chocolate bar with a dark chocolate ganache centre. I describe it as deliciously yummy amazing nominess. Yes, nominess is a word… When I first checked out my Vegan Town Box I looked at this bar, made a passing comment that I had never seen or heard of it before. Read Double Mousse & thought ‘Hmmm standard’ – read Modern British Chocolate & thought ‘Ooo that’s interesting’. Then I put the bar back in the box & tucked into something else… I like to be honest & that is truly what I did. What I did was stupid. I should have opened that bar right there & then & scoffed it down my mouth whole. Instead it’s been sitting in my box for three weeks waiting patiently for its turn – thinking to itself ‘what a stupid girl – doesn’t she know I’m the tastiest thing in this box!’ I admit my stupidity… I tried this bar 2 nights ago & oh my word. I fell in love. As you can tell I have marked this highly – yes it is up there with my favourite bar Vego who also scored a 10. To say that it’s dark chocolate it really doesn’t have that bitter dark chocolate taste to it. It’s sweet but still rich & not over powering – it still leaves you wanting more. The mousse inside is extremely delicious – it’s not that overly fluffy airy mousse that kind of feels like your just eating sweet air. No this is proper mousse – thick, soft, creamy ganache. Which again doesn’t taste bitter, its pleasant sweetness really compliments its outer shell. The packaging is simple, neat & a little quirkily – you can tell it’s a high quality chocolate bar from the thick well designed foil.
Kingdom’s have a range of Chocolate bars – unfortunately this is the only one that is Vegan. This sucks! They have a Milk Chocolate & Cappuccino Coffee Centre bar & a Milk Chocolate & Peanut Butter Centre bar. If they made these in a dark chocolate or Vegan range I don’t think I would be able to control my excitement. For now I’ll be happy to wait until payday & put in an order for a case of Double Choc Dark Chocolate Mouse & be a totally fatty.
Ingredients: Dark Chocolate (Coco Solids 61%, Sugar 38%, Natural Vanilla Extract & Emulsiffer: Soya Lecithin) (93%), Coconut Oil (5%) & Glucose Syrup (2%)
iChoc Choco Cookie – 7.5/10
This is the second bar of iChoc in my Vegan Town Treat Box. I think – after a little bit of research – I love this company. Why? Because everything they do is Vegan. It’s not an accidental Vegan company. It’s a company filled with cruelty free love. On their Tr(eat) Vegan page on their website. They celebrate Vegans not missing out – there products (like many others) mean that being Vegan means you can still treat yourself to a massive range of foods. Now on to the important stuff. The Chocolate stuffs. The Almond Orange Bar is filled with roasted almonds & fruity orange pieces with a smooth rice milk chocolate. Now for those of you that read my blog on a regular basis. You’ll know that the one type of chocolate I don’t like it Orange Chocolate… I know a lot of people are a big fan – but I’m really not. It’s always the one leftover in my selection box – along with the Raspberry & Strawberry truffles. With that in mind I’m going to be grown up about this & not moan that I don’t like orange.
I love rice milk chocolate & I love nutty chocolate & in all honesty it kind of saved this bar for me. The Rice Chocolate (much like the Choco Cookie bar above) is so tasty, smooth & creamy, which really compliments the roasted almond pieces & (even in my opinion) the tarty orange taste. I personally gave this bar 6/10. Then after a little thought… I decided that was unfair. It’s not the bars fault I don’t like Orange Chocolate. However I know someone who does. My boyfriend Matty – before he choose to take a Dairy Free lifestyle loved all Orange Chocolate – his favourite? Terry’s Chocolate Orange. So I decided to give him half of the bar. That boy inhaled it. Chocolatey smudge marks around his mouth (it’s a good job he’s pretty…) I asked ‘Does it taste anything like any other Orange Chocolate? Is it similar to Terry’s?’ ‘It’s really good, better than Terry’s!’ he said as chocolate spit landed on my glasses… Once he was all cleaned up (boys are gross!) he explained. It was really tasty – sweet & moreish. The orange didn’t taste artificial like some orange chocolate does & what sold it for him? He’s a nutty fan also. ‘It’s like having a sweeter, tastier, but not sickly Terry’s Chocolate Orange with nuts!’ he said. So I came to a conclusion. He scored it a high 9/10. Averaging it with my score that gives it 7.5/10. This just all proves it all depends on your taste buds. What you do & don’t like is all that matters. I still love iChoc & I’ll be buying the remaining flavours soon, as well as the gorgeous Choco Cookie & Matty will most likely being getting Orange Almond for Birthdays & Christmas’ for the rest of his life.
Ingredients: Raw cane sugar, cocoa butter, cocoa mass, rice drink powder, almonds, granulated orange, hazelnut paste, orange essential oil, bourbon vanilla extract 80g. Allergens: Contains nuts. Not used as ingredients but traces may be present: gluten, shell fruits and milk.
Vivani – Dark Nougat Croccante 10/10
I’m getting close to the end of my Vegan Town Box. It has really lasted me. I’ve been patient & instead of cramming them down my neck one by one. I’ve taken time to enjoy each treat. My latest treat is the Dark Nougat Croccante. This had the same effect on me as the Kingdom bar. It was amazing. Another bar I’m amazed by & I will be having again & again.
Let’s start at face value. The bar looks fancy cool… I think fancy cool is a thing? It’s simple, classy with a vintage style. I like it. The taste is great. Better than great. It’s ridiculously moreish & delicious. The rich dark chocolate is sweet but not sickly. The roasted Hazelnut pieces are perfect & crispy. The balance they have is just perfect. In fact that is the best way I can describe it – Perfection in a Bar. It’s a little like having a fancy Nutella Bar – but about a million times better. The company – Vivani has a wide range of Vegan Chocolates. Many of which my chums bought me for Christmas. Now I can’t wait to feast upon more of their goodies. I’ll make sure to share my views. I’m sure they’ll be great.
Ingredients: raw cane sugar*, hazelnut paste* 22 %, cocoa mass*, cocoa butter*, hazelnut brittle* 8% (raw cane sugar*, hazelnuts*, corn glucose syrup*, caramelsyrup*) bourbon vanilla extract*.cocoa solids: 36 % min.
Fabulous Freefrom Factory Chocovered Crunchee Bites – 7/10
I think I may be stupid. Or I just don’t pay attention. Last night. Sitting in front of the TV watching Sugar Free Farm & getting really cross at The Beast & his cave man ways. I reached into my Vegan Town Box & Pulled out this packet. ‘Yes’ I thought ‘it’s time for my Fabulous Freefrom Factory Chocolate Covered Raisins.’ I grabbed a handful & popped them straight into my month. CRUNCH CRUNCH CRUNCH… Raisins aren’t crunchy… & yes I am stupid & I don’t pay attention. I reread the packet. Crunchee Bites! What an unexpected delight. I have heard of Fabulous Freefrom Factory before, but I only new they did raisins & this packet… I thought was them. I have never tried them before & I was looking forward to them. Nonetheless the Crunchee Bites were not a disappointment. However I do wish I would have read the package before hand. A few years ago I had my front teeth knocked out & since then I have had to be a little careful with crunchy foods. These are very crunchy. Can you remember Cadburys Crunchy Bar. Well imagine that, but in tiny pieces & extra crunchy & chewy. Mouth watering right? These are good. Honeycomb which is Vegan blew my mind. It’s pretty much cinder toffee & I guess that’s why after the chocolate is gone you still have the chewy goodness left. I really enjoyed leaving it to melt in my mouth & go all gooey.
The packaging is simple & cool. Does exactly what it says on the tin… As long as you read it – unlike me. When I picked up the packet it makes exactly the same noise as when I pick up my bunnies treat bag. They ran straight up to me demanding treats. So I thought. One each won’t hurt. They loved them just as much as I did. If it’s a thumbs up from the buns it has to be good!
I was never really a fan of Cadburys Crunchy Bar. A bit too much for me. However half of this packet – I shared with my boyfriend. Is just perfect. Really sweet, very moreish, could be sickly if you smashed the whole packet. Next time I get these & there will be a next time – I think they’d be perfect to take to the cinema… I might even buy the Chocolate Covered Raisins too!
Ingredients: Vegan honeycomb (made with sugar, glucose, sodium bicarbonate (E500ii) (50%), Raw Sugar (17.5%), Cocoa Butter, SOYA flour (11%), Cocoa Mass, Polishing Agent (Gum Arabic, Vegetable Protein), Emulsifier: Sunflower Lecithin. Allergens: Contains soya. Made in a dairy-free factory. Gluten-free.
Jamesons Raspberry Ruffles 6/10
So I’m pretty such these little treats are an Accidental Vegan Find. Which is great. I do love it when that happens. From what I have researched they are an old school chocolate treat. My Dad remembers these from his Childhood. So that just shows their age. They are similar to the chocolates you would get in a Selection box, like Hero’s or Celebrations. Individually wrapped. The pink wrapper is cute, old fashioned & it’s as simple as that. There were 5 of these little treats in my Vegan Treat Box. I won’t lie to you I had one on Christmas Morning as soon as I opened the box.
The chocolate itself is a Traditionally British Fruit Truffle. In fact I think that may be the best way to describe this treat. Traditional! The centre is Raspberry flavoured with a little but delicious tasty Coconut hint to it, with a desiccated Coconut texture. I love Coconut, so I was a huge fan. Then the crisp outside is a thin layer of Dark Chocolate. Basically these little mouthfuls are very similar to a Bounty Bar. If you imagine a Bounty, mixed with a sort of Raspberry Ripple flavour then Dark Chocolate instead of milk you get a Jamesons Raspberry Ruffles.
They are really sweet, I had three & my boyfriend had the forth. Three is honestly enough as they would start to get sickly. Even for me a sweet tooth fanatic. I think if the Dark Chocolate was a little Darker or maybe thicker it would make this treat just perfect. However who am I to knock something that’s been around since my Pappy was a nipper. They are obviously doing something right & if I was offered one I certainly wouldn’t say no.
Ingredients: Sugar, Dark Chocolate (Sugar, Cocoa Mass, Cocoa Butter, Emulsifier (Soya Lecithin), Flavouring), Desiccated Coconut (19%), Glucose Syrup, Flavourings, Citric Acid, Colour (E122), Invertase, Plain Chocolate Contains: Cocoa Solids 40% minimum. Allergens: Contains soya. Not used as ingredients but traces may be present: sulphites and milk.
Camille Bloch Mini Torino Truffle Bars 10/10
So we come to the end of my Vegan Town Treat Box Journey. It’s been good. NO! It’s been sweet, tasty, nutty, fruity, yummy. TRUELY DELISIOUS! & I thought I would finish on what I hoped would be a high. The Camille Bloch Mini Torino Truffle Bars. I had heard that this bar was really good. I was asked a lot by people if I had ever tried it before & to be honest with you when I saw the bar… I was kind of like ‘this? this is what people have been on about, this odd little foil wrapped truffle bar… Right?’
I don’t know why but I kept it until last. I think because I had heard such good things then when it came I was slightly concerned that my dreams of this tasty bar may be dashed. Well I was stupid. Never judge a book by it’s cover Hana! Have you not learnt his yet? It’s a great bittersweet chocolate shell & inside a tasty praline dark truffle. It was so tasty! The filling is milky, smooth & melts in your mouth & that chocolaty goodness taste stays on your tongue for ages. The praline taste isn’t strong – it is just right which you may think is odd coming from me because I love nutty chocolate. However if it was over poweringly strong it would ruin such a beautiful truffle bar. My only criticism is I want more. They leave you wanting more. I want it in a huge bar size. I have heard they do other Vegan tasty treats & I am more than looking forward to trying the rest of them as soon as I get my hands on them. I highly recommend this bar scoring it 10 out of 10 & I will certainly be buying it again.
Ingredients: Sugar, cocoa mass, cocoa butter, almonds, hazelnuts, vanilla. Allergens: Contains nuts. The following are not used as ingredients but traces may be present: Milk and soya.