Editor's Picks: Best Vegan Products 2015




Our pick of the ten vegan products that most impressed us this year, from cheese to chocolate, pizza to ice cream and two great egg replacers. It's been another great year for vegan produce, and the hits just keep on coming. Read on for the Editor's picks of the best vegan products of 2015:



#10
New Recipe Sheese Slices
Old favourite, New recipe!

Sheese has been around forever, but the slices have been reformulated for the better this year. They're now great, like a British version of Violife, with a buttery cheddar flavour and a gouda texture. Give them another try if you didn't like the old Sheese.

#9
Mad├ęcasse Chocolate
Fantastic Fair Trade!

Amazing chocolate flavours, and Fair Trade with a difference. Not just fair-trade cocoa, but the company makes all of its chocolate in Madagascar, employing over 200 people. The Sea Salt & Nibs is divine.
#8
Tofurky Roast
Finally available in the UK!

Tofurky Roast finally hits UK shelves and makes an excellent centrepiece for a vegan roast dinner. The presentation is great and it looks fab on the dining table. You can even have fun with a carving knife, serving thick slices to your hungry vegan friends.

#7
Almond Dream
Ice Cream from Almond Milk!

Dairy-free ice cream, made from almond milk by the Rice Dream people, and now available in the UK. Velvety Vanilla, Mint Choc Chip, Praline Crunch and Salted Caramel round out the delicious flavours.
#6
Natural Cool Pizza
Melty Cheese Vegan Pizza!

This pizza is far superior to the VBites and Mamma Cucina offerings. The base is absolutely fantastic, being light and crispy and not at all stodgy. The pesto comes through well and tastes great. The cheese is one of the best vegan cheeses on the market. Perfect vegan pizza.
#5
Violife Prosociano
Honking vegan Parmesan!

A big wedge of pungent vegan parmesan to grate on your pasta! There have been vegan parmesans before, but Violife make superior cheese, so it's only right they should excel at the parmesan challenge.
#4
Tesco Free From Cones
Vegan Cornettos!

These crispy and creamy Strawberry & Vanilla cones are the best vegan 'cornettos' on the UK market. We should applaud Tesco for adding them to their great dairy-free range. They're even made from Lupins!

#3
Quorn Vegan Burgers
Quorn's gone Vegan!

It's been a long time coming, but Quorn's first vegan products have hit UK shelves. These spicy chicken style burgers are moist and mildly spicy, with a crispy breadcrumb coating. Best chicken burger in the UK.
#2
Follow Your Heart VeganEgg
Vegan Scrambled Eggs!

VeganEgg is a great addition to the shelves of the vegan grocery store. Perfect for eggless scramble, vegan quiches and breakfast patties. If you're a vegan who misses that eggy taste and texture, you're going to love this. (UK launch due in 2016).
#1   Top Pick 
Canned Chickpeas
Aquafaba egg replacer!

The humble can of chickpeas takes our top spot this year, thanks to the amazing qualities of canned chickpea water (or any white bean water). The year saw an explosion of aquafaba creativity from light and airy meringues to fluffy marshmallows.

If you click the product titles above, you'll get to the full product reviews. 

Round Up

It's been another exceptional year for new vegan products in the UK. Let us know if we've missed your favourite off the list, but with vegan eggs, cheese, chocolate, pizza, burgers and ice cream it seems every year it gets easier to be vegan. The fact that aquafaba's latent qualities lay undiscovered for years also bodes well for the future of vegan food - there are a great many plant-based discoveries to come!

Our vegan meringue nests, made with aquafaba (chickpea water)

You can also check out our previous annual round-ups of the best vegan products in the UK:



All the best for 2016 to our readers!






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6 comments:

  1. I can't wait to try The Vegg and the new Sheese slices! Yum!

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    1. It'll be a while until they reach the far east, so you might have to wait until you're back over here!

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  2. The Tesco vegan cornetto is definitely a huge and welcome advance! In the summer, I picked up a box practically every day after work! Waiting for everyone else to jump on the bandwagon now!

    Personally I find Almond Dream to be very hard and also considering the expense, more effort than it's worth (although I do love mint choc chip ice cream) - I prefer the silky soft Swedish Glace.

    How do you think the sheese slices compare to violife? I love violife, the only vegan cheese I've tried that gets the texture right.

    Also, where are the vegan Quorn products available?

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    1. Almond Dream can be hard, but so can most of the tub ice creams. Food Heaven is also soft like Swedish Glace.

      Vegan Quorn is available from, Waitrose, Asda, Ocado, but not Tesco or Sainsburys

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    2. The Quorn website has a list of places stocking them. Not every branch stocks at the moment :-(
      But,Ocado do as well as stocking Fry's products ;-)

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