Just what is schakalotta? It’s one of the
Vegan marshmallows have come a long way. All the way to Mallow Puffs! It wasn’t so long ago that consumption was limited to the homemade
Wow, June was a busy month with plenty of fairs and our regular Colchester market stall on a Friday. Vool took part in Chelmsford Vegan Fair, Coggeshall’s monthly Feel Good Fair, popped up at Waffle On in Clacton and did a tofu making demonstration at Planet Essex at Cressing Temple Barns. If you missed the demo but you would like to know more have a look at the video version in our YouTube channel.
July is all about Colchester Market before we pop off on our holidays at the end of the month. Sadly we’ll be missing the Vegan Fair in Colchester on 27 July but that doesn’t mean you can’t go. To find out more visit the event page on Facebook.
Of course, the online shop will still be open for your browsing and purchasing a pleasure. Don’t forget we can post your goodies out to you from just £3.50. Meanwhile shelves virtual and actual will be well stocked in preparation for Southend Vegan Fair at the start of August.
Enjoy your Vood in July!
What were the bestsellers for Vool in May 2019? Which vegan goodies were you most enthused by last month?
Dandies Marshmallows had been much requested. They were barely in stock before they were out of stock again. Mini Dandies have now been added to the shop and regular sized marshmallows are now (just!) available once again. Get your hands on these marshmallows before they go!
I debated over which flavours of Walnut Whirls to stock. They come in orange, peppermint, coffee and chocolate. They are particularly delicious with thick chocolate that you have to sink your teeth into in order to get at the delicious truffle filling. Coffee has slightly outsold chocolate – but only just. Excitingly these come in completely compostable packing which is a welcome step. There are a couple of chocolate truffle whirls still in stock with new supplies arriving soon.
It’s like strawberry Revells in bar form – hello shakaberry. The individually wrapped fingers theoretically make it really easy not to succumb to the whole thing at once. The last bars sold over the weekend but they’ll be back soon.
or check out our next event to enjoy these vegan treats.
Where can you find Vool in June 2019? Well, it’s an action-packed month for us with lots of opportunities for you to catch up with your favourite purveyors of vegan goodies.
On the market
After a couple of trial sessions on Colchester Market, we will now be trading there on Fridays – although do check the Where to Find Vool page as there might be the odd day off! You can find the Vool stall outside Barclays Bank from 8.30 – 4.
June has both the Feel Good Fair and Planet Essex. The Feel Good Fair is a family fun day at Honywood School in Coggeshall from 11 am on 9 June. Planet Essex takes place at Cressing Temple Barns and looks to be an inspiring day with loads of stalls, demonstrations and talks.
Chelmsford Vegan Fair is on 8 June and is at the Cricket Ground. The following week our monthly drinks meet up takes place at the Queen Street Brewhouse – and the shop-in-a-Suitcase will be there. It’ll also be an Organic Alex food night!
And, of course, we’re squeezing in another pop-up at Waffle On on 29 June. I’m already thinking about what to enjoy for lunch.
. If you can’t make it to an event in June 2019 then we can post out to you. If you can then order your goodies in advance to ensure we don’t run out and collect on the day.
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.
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?
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!
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. now by heading over to the Vool online shop
Our bestsellers in April 2019 were no surprise in many ways!
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?
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.
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?
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.
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.
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
- Gather your ingredients
You will require celeriac, apples, walnuts and vegan mayonnaise.
- 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.
- 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.
- Mix it up
Gently mix the ingredients ensuring that the mayonnaise is spread throughout. Then either eat immediately or chill.