JEALOUS SWEETS GRIZZLY BEARS & TANGY WORMS – ALL FLAVOUR. NO MELTED PIGS. SHARING BAGS FOR ONE

Hi, Pathetically

One thing you definitely miss as a vegan is sweets! You’re constantly amazed how humans have squeezed animal products into almost everything, but you always kind of knew jelly babies were bad. Turns out gelatine is derived from collagen, which in turn is derived from “animal body parts.” So soft chewy sweets were out. Until now.

I have had them vegan. Once I picked up some Biona Jelly Dinos and Tutti Frutti Gums from vegan paradise, Whole Foods, Piccadilly Circus. But the texture wasn’t right. Without gelatine they didn’t chew right. The flavours were limp as well. And for a while I assumed that’s how vegan gummy sweets had to be.

Jealous Sweets

Then, in what’s quickly becoming the norm, Jealous Sweets just appeared one day on the shelves of my local ASDA. Into our vegan lives. Showing us that anything’s possible. You don’t need “melted pigs” to enjoy a chewy gummy bear.

The Grizzly Bears are straight-up the best gummy bears I’ve ever had. Usually, the bags swear each colour’s a different fruity flavour. But really, they all taste exactly the same. This time. Get this. The lemon tastes like lemon, the apple tastes like apple, the orange tastes like orange and the strawberry tastes like – you guessed it – strawberry.

What a novelty. Unbelievable. I was lining them up in rows of four and taking in each fruity sensation one at a time. The Tangy Worms are great too. Exactly like the sour worms I used to buy in bulk every time I went to the movies. Like the Grizzly Bears, the texture’s perfect. The chew’s familiar. And I’m definitely on the lookout for the rest of the Jealous Sweets range.

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.