There’s a growing range of vegan chocolates on sale in UK supermarkets these days, which is great for a busy mum like myself. Last year I really struggled to find Easter Eggs and other treats for the holidays without resorting to specialist stores so discovering Asda had expanded its Free From range to include lots of Easter-themed goodies was music to my ears.
One of the problems for many vegans or those with allergies is having to visit a number of stores to do the weekly shop. Being able to buy specialist items along with the groceries really does help save time as well as money. Like many with dietary requirements I sometime think we pay a ‘premium’ for our lifestyle choice, but noticing Asda’s Free From White Chocolate Egg with Buttons was just £3 gave me confidence that times are changing.
The cartoon bunny branding and white chocolate mean this egg will appeal to little ones. I think that many companies forget about children with allergies and how they can feel left out of or overlooked when it comes to treats. Dinky loved the white chocolate buttons, while I ‘helped’ her with the egg. Even the non-vegan Teen said he liked this dairy free option.
We were unable to locate their hollow Free From Chocolate Bunny, which is in a milk style dairy free substitute. Characters are always popular, especially with kids, and I hope to see this line extended at Christmas for stocking fillers. Children like Dinky no longer have to feel left out compared to their friends with these products becoming more widely available.
For us grown-ups there is also an Extra Special egg on sale. I was able to find a Belgian Dark Chocolate version for Gavin, which comes with vanilla truffles. At a fiver it is definitely good value for money, and is something he happily ate alongside his glass of wine as a post-gym reward.
For those who don’t have such a sweet tooth Asda also have Hot Cross Buns to try out during the Easter holiday. The buns are also gluten free, which is great for those who are also coeliac. Perfect for family get togethers, they could also be used to make a decadent Bread & Butter Pudding using dairy free replacements as an extra special dessert. And for breakfast there are also bunny shaped Crumpets which are accidentally vegan. My little one loves them covered in jam!
It would be good to see a vegan cake on offer at the supermarket, as many Free From still contain either egg or milk. Hopefully next year I will be able to report positively on this, especially as the demand for vegan products is growing at such a phenomenal rate. These products are available from selected Asda stores and online.
Thanks for reading,