The hardest thing about being vegan for me, is satisfying my sweet tooth. I’m always on the search for vegan treats that taste wonderful, but sadly, most things labeled vegan are really quite nasty tasting. It’s always quite disappointing.
The trick is to find treats that are vegan, but just by chance, not because they meant to be vegan, or treats that don’t necessarily say vegan on them. Stores tell me a lot of times companies know their treats are vegan, but don’t write it on the box because so many vegan treats taste terrible, and they don’t want to put off people who would otherwise enjoy them. So it becomes a real search in the supermarket to find something healthy as well as vegan that would be enjoyable as a treat.
I’m delighted to say that I’ve recently been scouring the shelves at Trader Joe’s and have found some non-labeled vegan friendly treats that I want to share with you:
Trader Joe’s Candy-cane cookies…..look and taste like Mint Oreo cookies, but better. And they’re vegan…..and don’t contain any harmful chemicals or other ingredients. (btw. Oreo cookies are technically vegan too….though the list of ingredients isn’t ideal).
Trader Joe’s makes the same cookies in several flavors, including vanilla cream, which taste like the traditional British Custard Cream cookie. One of my favorites!
Also, Trader Joe’s own brand of chocolate covered fruit sticks in raspberry or orange are delicious. Vegan friendly, though probably not dentist friendly!
One thing Trader Joe’s has that I have to warn against, is the S’more chocolate pieces. These are vegan, but the chocolate is far too bitter to taste good as a S’more. These were disappointing. But if you like bitter chocolate, you might like them. I love dark chocolate, but not if it leaves me with a weird bitter after taste.
And one last unrelated vegan food revelation.
If you go to Disneyland, don’t worry about having to break your vegan ways…..there’s options!!! In the burger place at California Adventure, the one that looks like an Airplane hanger, to the right of the main entrance, they serve veggie burgers….and they’re delicious. Rick and I went there over the New Year, and I had thought all I would be able to eat would be some fries and greasy onion rings……but the burger was a wonderful surprise, and really good! They also serve herbal tea in the coffee shop next door. So all dietary needs are now met at this location…..for me at least.
If you read this and want to share your vegan recommendations, I’d love to hear from you.