Both myself and the Teen are cake fiends and love finding sweet treats to indulge our sweet tooth. While he can merrily pop into anywhere on the high street to buy a cake it is a lot more difficult for me as a vegan. Not all establishments – yes Costa, I’m talking to you! – have something to offer if you’re dairy and/or egg free. You can imagine the delight within the vegan community when Greggs, the national bakery chain, announced that its Belgian Buns were SFV everywhere.
Some branches had stocked a version that couldn’t be eaten by vegans and the advice was to check the allergen file in store. The issue was to do with the use of gelatine, but around this time last year Greggs confirmed they were SFV throughout the country.
Months of chomping on these treats ensued until an announcement was made by the company that North East vegans would no longer be able to eat them as a trial was being undertaken. For some reason – to do with making sure they were better nutritionally, apparently – they started to add milk and eggs to the batches baked in their Gosforth bakery. GRRRR! We were disappointed by this as we used to really enjoy these fattening treats. The first thing I think about when considering Greggs is not how nutritious the food is. It seems they decided to listen to us and, after months of complaining, they have relented.
While I wish the company would add more items to their vegan roster, at least the return of the Belgian Bun is something from the chain.
The icing is plentiful and the pastry is moist thanks to apricot jam. For the naysayers pictured above is the confirmation from Greggs themselves they are SFV. Packed with juicy sultanas, it is the perfect afternoon treat with a cuppa.
It’s no secret that the bakery doughnuts national food retailer Co-op sell in-store are vegan. The issue for me was finding one local to me that had them in stock to try. A DM on Twitter and, lo and behold, I was told the Newcastle city centre branch sold them.
It is a bit concerning that there is no ingredient info on the back of the packet as even items that have been SFV historically can have their recipe adapted over time. The ones to look out for in the shop are the Jam and Custard varieties.
There’s 5 in a pack and the generous filling has been injected into the centre. I personally find them quite ‘bready’ and they can be dry depending on how much filling they have. I’ve heard surprise from some who love these and couldn’t believe they were vegan. I really don’t know what people think we eat all day. Grass? Some vegans like junk food too, you know!
With so many accidentally vegan products like Bourbons, Hob Nobs and Sainsbury’s Bacon Crispies – yep, they’ve never been near a pig during manufacture – it’s becoming easier to avoid animal products and still indulge.
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