FOLLOW YOUR HEART ORGANIC GARLIC AIOLI VEGENAISE – HELP, I’VE GOT A NEW ADDICTION

Hi, Pathetically

California-based company Follow Your Heart is one of my favourite recent discoveries. I’d always heard of “Vegenaise,” even before I went vegan. But with Hellmann’s Vegan Mayo on the shelves (albeit infrequently), I never really gave it the time of day. Until I saw a jar of Garlic Aioli Vegenaise in Whole Foods, Piccadilly Circus.

Thanks to Subway’s new Vegan Sub (and the vegan “chicken” shawarma wraps at my local kebab shop), garlic aioli is my new jam. I love the stuff. Can’t get enough of it. Of course, I was a little crushed when I discovered it’s just mayo, garlic and olive oil, with a fancy name. But still. It’s great on everything. Right?

The consistency of Vegenaise is a bit different, though. Whereas Hellmann’s vegan mayo is more or less exactly the same as the real thing, Vegenaise is thicker, more goopy and a bit more spread-like. So naturally, I ended up spreading it on my morning toast. And needless to say, it didn’t last long.

Garlic Aioli Vegenaise aside, Follow Your Heart seems like an interesting company in general. All their products say “made with solar power” on them, and there’s a wide range of creative, sustainability focused vegan options – everything from VeganEgg and yoghurt to ranch sauce and Pepper Jack cheese.

VEGO WHOLE HAZELNUT CHOCOLATE BAR – THE BEST VEGAN CHOCOLATE IN THE WORLD (SO FAR)

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As a vegan, it’s definitely harder to grab a bag-and-block combo of chocolate whenever I feel the craving. Or rather, it’s easier not to give in when said craving hits. Because really, the only easy supermarket option is Cadbury’s Bournville. And even though they’ve recently repackaged it in button form, it’s still just Cadbury’s Bournville.

Luckily, there’s a whole underworld of specialised vegan chocolate possibilities out there. You just have to know where to find them. Which in turn makes chocolate more of a rewarding special event than a meaningless everyday inevitability.

One veritable goldmine, though, for vegans with a sweet tooth, is Holland & Barrett. Where you can find the best vegan chocolate I’ve tried so far. The dreamy Vego Whole Hazelnut Chocolate Bar.

It’s incredible. Just like the classic wholenut chocolates I remember. Only silkier. More luxuriant. Creamier, almost. So it literally melts in your mouth. And way sooner than you’d like as well. According to Vego, the secret to their delicious organic treat is in the ingredients, which include only the “finest Italian hazelnut paste, cocoa cream and whole hazelnuts…”

Currently, as well as Holland & Barratt, the bars are available from Ocado, Amazon and various online vegan, health and ethical food supermarkets. The German company has also just launched a new Dark Chocolate Nuts & Berries version, and there’s a Fine Hazelnut Crunchy Chocolate Spread out there as well. So happy hunting.