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Review – Thumbs Up

The delicious peanut Thumbs Up bar from - vegan goodies and gourmet groceries

What’s the deal with the Thumbs Up bar then? It’s part of the Go Max Go range which offers vegan chocolate bar alternatives to Snickers, Milky Way, Twix, Mars, Bounty and so on.

What is it?

Part of the fun is figuring out which bar will give you the taste experience you’ve been missing. When first ordering the range for Vool the Thumbs Up nearly didn’t make the cut. I simply didn’t know what it was. A bit of digging informed me that it was an alternative to the Butterfinger. That wasn’t much help to me. My only point of reference to the Butterfinger bar came from the teen novel ‘I Stay Near You’ by M.E. Kerr. The teen narrator tells his rock star father that they are his favourite candy bar! It’s probably a different situation if you live in the US but there isn’t really anything like this in the UK.

Thumbs up is a vegan chocolate bar with a peanut butter centre from - Vool Vegan Cool

However, anything described as ‘peanut-buttery’ has got to be a good thing and the pale blue wrapper looked pretty cool next to the rest of the range. So I ordered a box and was surprised by the way they swiftly developed a bit of a following. Customers would appear at my stall to buy them and nothing else would do. They seemed to have a bit of a cult following…

So what are they like? What’s the appeal? What’s inside the wrapper?

The Thumbs Up bar from - vegan groceries and gourmet goodies

Rip (or cut with scissors so it looks better for a photo) the wrapper and the Thumbs up is a cylinder-shaped bar. I attempted to cut it half with a knife to show off the centre but it wasn’t having that!

The delicious peanut Thumbs Up bar from - vegan goodies and gourmet groceries

Beneath a layer of chocolate lurks the splintery ‘peanut-buttery’ centre. That’s not to suggest that you’ll be jabbed in the mouth by something massive fibrous. Splinter here describes the appearance of the crunchy peanut centre.

So what does it actually taste like?

Actually describing the taste and texture of a Thumbs Up is a bit challenging and it makes me wonder how I’d get on describing Jokerz, Buccaneer, Twilight, 2fer and Mahalo with being about to compare them to mainstream chocolate.

A customer once described it as ‘really crunchy peanut butter honeycomb’. I’ve heard it referred to as having a peanut brittle filling. For me, it was like a Dime bar made with peanut instead of almonds roll into a tube.

The Vool Verdict:

If you like peanut butter you owe it to yourself to give this one a go. Order a Thumbs Up now by heading over to the Vool online shop

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Bestsellers in April 2019

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Our bestsellers in April 2019 were no surprise in many ways!

Baked beans with vegan sausages - Vool Vegan Cool

Vegan sausage and beans in a can have been a popular product with our customers. Right back to when Vool first stuck some products on a table back in November 2017. Beans are always a winner. The addition of V Bites sausages means you can’t go wrong. We actually sold out of these but new supplies are on their way! In the meanwhile why don’t you try beans and vegan burgers in a can?

Vegan whitener for tea and coffee in travel sized portions from - Vool Vegan Cool

Whity in a tub has been popular for a while now. It’s handy to stick in your desk drawer or bag. Then use as a vegan take on Coffee Mate. Maybe the approach of the holiday season has pushed this companion product to the fore? The coffee whitener (but also great in tea) now comes in handy 3g packets. These are ideal if you’re travelling and have to limit the liquids you can pack.

Vegan Almond Bliss Vego White chocolate bar from - Vool Vegn Cool

And this one is the least surprising of the lot. The Almond Bliss Vego White bar has been so popular in the short period since its release. The combination of almonds and white chocolate have been a winner in the Vego White. If you’ve tried and liked the combination then why don’t you also try the Vegan Hero bar?

So there you have it; bestsellers in April 2019. What vegan goodies did you enjoy in April?

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Where to find Vool in May 2019

Locations that Vool will be attending with vegan goodies in May 2019 -

Vool has a whole load of outings in May 2019 to allow you maximum browsing opportunities. Plus the events we take part in are usually filled with other fun things to do! And remember if you can’t make it any of the events we are at then you can order your vegan goodies online.

We kick off the month at Sudbury Vegan Fair on Saturday 4 May. This was a terrific fair last year with lots of interesting stalls. We see no reason why this year shouldn’t be even better!

Three is apparently the magic number. Amazingly you’ll find Vool popping up in Colchester exactly that number of times in May. As usual, the Shop-in-a-Suitcase will appear at Colchester Vegan Drinks. Additionally, we’re also on the High Street on 11 May and on Trinity Street on 19 May.

Then it’s on to places beginning with C! Waffle On in Clacton are hosting us on 18 May and we’re back at the Feel Good Fair in Coggeshall too!

To find out more about any event in May 2019 visit our ‘Where to find Vool‘ page or keep an eye on our social media accounts.

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Vegan Waldorf salad

Waldorf salad is made from apples, celery, grapes and walnuts with a mayonnaise style dressing. Here’s a yummy vegan alternative which makes use of celeriac.

While classic Waldorf Salad uses celery this recipe uses celeriac. Celeriac is popular addition to vegetable boxes and this winter salad is great by itself or as a side dish. Step by step instructions are below as well as a video summary. Now what shall we have for dessert?

Vooldorf salad – an vegan Waldorf salad alternative

  1. Gather your ingredients

    You will require celeriac, apples, walnuts and vegan mayonnaise.ingredients for vegan Vooldorf Salad - celeriac, apples, walnuts and mayonnaise from

  2. Prep the vegetables

    Peel the celeriac. It can be hard to get the knobbly skin off . Cutting the bulb into quarters first can help. Then dice the creamy flesh.

    Quarter and core the apples before dicing. No need to peel.chopped apple and celeriac for vegan vooldorf salad from

  3. Start to put it all together

    In a good sized bowl place the prepared vegetables. Add the walnuts. They can be toasted in a hot dry pan but still taste good if you add them as they are. Add a good dollop of vegan mayonnaise to the bowl.Vegan Vooldorf salad from

  4. Mix it up

    Gently mix the ingredients ensuring that the mayonnaise is spread throughout. Then either eat immediately or chill.Vegan vooldorf salad from

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Review : Drumstick Choos

Drumstick Choos are Drumstick lollies but without the stick. It also turns out they are suitable for vegans. So do they bring childhood memories flooding back? Or do they just taste good? We had to open a packet…

Vegan Drumstick chews from - Vool Vegan Cool

It’s been years since a Drumstick passed my lips. The wrapping that the lollies came in wasn’t exactly designed for a thorough examination of the ingredients. In fact these nearly didn’t make it onto our stock list. despite hearing rumours that they vegan the box was a bit uninformative.

Vegetarian label on Drumstick Choos

Suitable for vegans?

Even on the individual bags it states ‘suitable for vegetarians’ on the front, but ‘suitable for vegetarians and vegans on the back’. But let’s not dwell too long on this and rejoice that they are suitable for vegans – and the packet says this at least once!

Flavours of vegan Drumstick Choos from the packet

Now in 5 flavours

It turns out that Drumstick Choos come in 5 double flavours; original raspberry and milk, strawberry and cream, apple and cherry, peaches and cream, and strawberry and banana. That the original flavour was a creamy raspberry was a bit of a revelation. I’d never given much though to the flavour and doubt I would have been able to pin it down to raspberry.

What Vegan Drumstick Choo flavours look like -

The wrappers are colour coded to help you select the flavour you want. But the packet doesn’t show you what colour the wrappers are. It just tells your the flavours and shows the unwrapped sweets. This meant that my attempt to use the colour coding was more challenging that I anticipated. I assumed that the red and yellow wrapper would be strawberry and banana. However it turns out that these were the colours of the original drumstick wrapper so they represent raspberry and milk. Strawberry and banana are wrapped in a slightly paler yellow and pink.

The colours can look quite similar. So if you’re picky about getting peaches and cream rather than strawberries and cream select your chew in bright light.

Quite frankly after extensive testing I would be happy to eat any of them. You can taste the different flavours well enough but they still all have a tang of the original flavour. Should you need further help I have lined up the wrappers with the flavours below. You’re welcome.

Match the Drumstick Choos to the flavours

The Vool verdict:

A delicious taste of days gone by at a bargain price. Buy your bag (and other goodies) in our online shop now.

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Where to find Vool in April 2019

Where to find Vool Vegan Cool in April -

Just where will Vool be in April?

Feel Good Fair

On Sunday 7 April we return to the Feel Good Fair in Coggeshall with our usual selection of goodies. Held at Honywood School, the theme this month is tread lightly travel – just the thing to get you in the mood for holiday preparations. Entry is free and the event runs from 11 -3. More information on the Feel Good Fair can be found on Facebook.

Harlow Vegan Fair

It’s Harlow’s first ever vegan fair on 14 April and we are so excited to be taking part. Book your tickets in advance so you don’t miss out. Entry is £3 and it all kicks off at 10am. Find out more about Harlow Vegan Fair on Facebook.

Waffle On Clacton

Following our successful pop up at Waffle On in March we’re considering dates for April. So far Saturday 20 April is looking good – not least because we can’t think of a better way to spend an Easter Saturday! Keep an eye on our Where to find Vool page for confirmation of the date.

Order in advance

Ever turned up at an event to find that your favourite goodies have already been sold? Maybe it turned out great and tried something new and delicious. Or maybe you felt sad that you missed out (while enjoying a few more delicious hours of slumber). Fear not – order in advance and collect at the event. Just select the ‘local collection’ option at check out.

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Our short and sweet monthly email will tell you about new additions to stock, must haves that are back in stock and goodies that we ordered a few too many of and need to put on sale. You’ll also find out where Vool will be popping up in the month ahead.

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Introducing Almond Bliss Vego White

It’s not quite the return of the Milky Bar Kid but the new white chocolate bar from Vego has landed. If you like the Vegan Hero bar then you’ll definitely welcome this addition to the vegan white chocolate market.

Obviously taste testing had to be done as soon as they arrived at Vool Tower (but not until after dinner!). Our verdict – once we managed to get the wrapper open was a definite thumbs up!

Order yours now from our online shop and enjoy the creamy goodness of Almond Bliss Vego White.

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What’s new? March 2019

New things

Lovely yummy new things get added to our stock list all the time. We just can’t resist ordering the latest new products for you. To make it easier to see what’s new there’s now a new stock category called ‘New’!I think we used up our lifetime allocation of ‘new’ in this paragraph!

Vegan Easter goodies from - Vool Vegan Cool

Easter goodies

In addition to all the lovely vegan chocolate we sell year round just for you we’ve added a few Easter specials. Check out our Easter section for bunny shaped jellies, chocolate eggs with a yummy almond filling and honeycomb round Ups.

Vegan pasta

Currently there are 6 different types of vegan pasta in stock. filling include kale, porcini muchrooms, smoked tofu and ravioli with a melty cheesy filling. the last of lot of filled pasta sold out pretty much as soon as we photographed it for the our website so don’t delay.

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Colchester Beer Festival

CAMRA run a beer festival in Colchester a couple of times a year which usually includes a few vegan beers.

However at the recent 2019 Colchester Winter Beer Festival there were some definite upgrades!

  • There were 14 vegan beers from All Day Brewing, Ampersand, Calverley’s, Crafty Beers, Dominion, Leigh on Sea, and Other Monkey. That’s 7 breweries with at least one vegan beer on offer.
  • Vegan beers were really well labelled. As in previous years the festival programme has a (v) next the name of the beer to indicate it was vegan. So you read the programme and then played ‘spot the beer’ among those on offer at that session. So green labels clearly indicating that a beer was vegan that stood out across a crowded hall were most welcome.
Vegan labelled beer at Colchester Winter Beer Festival 2019 - photo by
Vegan food - Jackfruit stew by Organic Alex - on sale at Colchester Winter Beer Festival 2019 - photo by
  • Not only was there hearty jackfruit stew with pakoras on offer at the session I attended but there was also vegan dessert on the form of pecan pie and brownies.

If you attended then don’t forget to take 2 minutes to fill in the feedback form to let CAMRA know that the vegan ‘upgrades’ were well received. If you didn’t make it to this one then you’re in luck as the next Festival is at the end of May.