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Review – Go Max Go Mahalo bar

Mahalo bar from vool.co.uk - Vool Vegan Cool

Mahalo with coconut filling is the vegan bar of choice for those who miss bounty bars. It’s apart of the range from Go Max Go which are similar to certain popular non-vegan chocolate bars. For example, the Jokerz bar as an alternative to Snickers.

Mahalo bar from vool.co.uk - Vool Vegan Cool

The packaging

The turquoise wrapper with pink flowers references the tropical nature of the bar. It doesn’t appear to be recyclable; so another one for the eco bottle.

The bar

Mahalo is chocolate coated and has a somewhat bumpy appearance. It smells of coconut and very much the way I remember a bounty bar to be.

The chocolate has a creamy taste but it’s the texture that makes this work. The filling looks closer packed than a bounty but it isn’t really noticeable once you’re chomping away. And there’s something else that’s not very noticeable…

Mahalo bar from vool.co.uk - Vool Vegan Cool

An interesting addition is the almonds that run along the length. While in the UK we think of this as a Bounty it’s actually based on the American Almond Joy. I’ve never eaten an Almond Joy so I can’t make a direct comparison. Maybe it enhances the flavour in some way? However, you could quite easily – and I have – eat this bar without even noticing the almonds.

Good to know

The bar is gluten-free.

Mahalo bars can be found in the Vool online shop priced at £3.50.

Vool Verdict

An excellent alternative to a Bounty with a great texture – and see if you can taste those almonds!

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The best places to get veggie and vegan food in north Essex

The Colchester Gazette asked it’s readers for the best places for vegan food in the north Essex. Vool were delighted to be mentioned for our range of vegan snacks. And thrilled to be listed among so many other businesses we enjoy visiting (yum!).

Also flagged by readers were:

You can read the full article on the Gazette website.

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Review – Strawberry Super Fudgio

Vegan strawberry super fudgios from vool.co.uk - Vool Vegan Cool

Super Fudgio is made in Poland by Me Gusto – what a great name! Their fudge is available in a variety of flavours including strawberry, toffee and banana. All 3 flavours have been popular with Vool customers but let’s see take a closer look at strawberry Super Fudgio.

Vegan strawberry super fudgios from vool.co.uk - Vool Vegan Cool

The packaging

Firs,t let’s acknowledge the cute sloth characters that appear on all the packaging. Do sloths like vegan fudge? Who knows? Anyway, each packet contains 150g of individually wrapped sweets. None of it appears to be recyclable and the wrappers are mixed materials.

Strawberry super fudgio sliced from vool.co.uk - vool vegan cool

The fudge

It’s dark in colour and smells sweet. A bit like demerara sugar. Which is interesting as it doesn’t contain any. The individual pieces feel quite solid when squeezed; a bit more like toffee than fudge. However, it’s suitably soft to bite into with a hint of crumble in the texture. On the subject of texture, it sits somewhere very pleasant between fudge and soft toffee.

The strawberry flavour isn’t overwhelming. There’s a hint of coconut but not too much. It’s very much like strawberry toffos -for anyone who is young enough to remember those. A definite dark sugar taste along with the strawberry.

Good to know

The product doesn’t contain cane sugar. It’s sweetened with coconut sugar and rice syrup.

A 150g bag of strawberry super fudgios sells for £3.50 in the Vool online shop.

Strawberry super fudgio unwrapped from vool.co.uk - vool Vegan cool

The Vool Verdict

These definitely lend themselves to nibbling small bites to appreciate the flavour and texture. A must for anyone who enjoyed strawberry toffos.

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Review – Vegan Hero with Hazelnut

So what’s the story with the Vegan Hero bar? What about the Vegan Hero with Hazelnut? Is it a true rival to Vego?

Vegan Hero comes in 3 flavours. The 2 original bars are white chocolate with almond and brown chocolate with hazelnut. A coconut crisp variety has recently joined in the fun. Today we turn our attentions to the Hazelnut hero.

Vegan Hero chocolate bar with hazelnuts from vool.co.uk - Vool Vegan Cool

Packing

The pow design (as if the chocolate was hoping for a role in a superhero movie) is fun. Sadly the packaging is plastic and doesn’t look to be recyclable. So it’ll this one will be taking its place in the eco brick.

At 40g it weighs in at less than a Vego Mini bar but that might be a blessing for your waistline!

The chocolate

The Vegan Hero with hazelnuts looks good. It’s an appetising colour and has a good chunky appearance. It’s divided into 4 nicely sized squares. Of course, it looks even better when you turn it over and can see the hazelnuts!

Of course, the real test is the taste. And the taste is great. It has the same melt in the mouth quality that Vego has (and might even taste better). The hazelnuts work well against the sweetness of the chocolate. The chunkiness is pleasing to sink your teeth into.

Vegan Hero bar with hazelnuts from vool.co.uk - Vool Vegan Cool

Good to know

The Vegan Hero with Hazelnuts is gluten free as is the whole range.

The bar sells for £2.

Vool Verdict

Great texture and flavour. Vego bar fans need to try this!

Buy the Vegan Hero with Hazelnut now

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Review – Schakalotta

Just what is schakalotta? It’s one of the varieties of the schaka chocolate bar. The others are schakaberry and schakaloha. Each product consists of 8 individually wrapped fingers of chocolate.

Three flavours of Vegan schaka chocolate from vool.co.uk - Vool Vegan Cooll

Packaging

Schakalotta comes in a blue cardboard packet. There’s a graphic of a cocoa bean and a milk churn. Initially, it looks a bit alarming; somewhat akin to the cow that appears on Kohbonbon caramels. However, a closer inspection reveals that the cocoa bean – with fetching pigtails – appears to be kicking the milk churn!

Vegan Schakalotta chocolate bar from vool.co.uk - Vool Vegan Cool

The fingers of chocolate inside in individually wrapped in paper. So good work on recyclable packing here. Additionally, the 8 fingers seem pretty handy if you are consuming with pleasurable caution and limiting yourself to one a day.

The chocolate

There’s a slight smell of creamy chocolate when the packet is opened. However, there’s nothing overwhelming to start the taste buds salivating. Each finger is scored into 3 pieces (breakfast, lunch and dinner?).

Tastewise I initially struggled to find a way to describe the taste that wasn’t simply ‘creamy’. The flavour was tricky to pin down. It wasn’t vanilla or caramel but it was lingeringly familiar. Then, after considerable consumption, a pre-vegan memory surfaced. Yes, it tasted somewhat similar to Kinder chocolate.

The texture is similar to Kinder as well. It’s firm but not hard. Placing in the fridge for an hour or so further enhances a very pleasing texture experience.

Vegan Schakalotta chocolate bar from vool.co.uk - Vool Vegan Cool

Worth knowing

The product is gluten-free and palm oil-free.

It’s priced at £3 a bar.

The Vool Verdict

The texture is a winner as is the paper packing. Schakalotta is perfect for vegan missing their Kinder chocolate fix.

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Review – Mallow Puffs

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 variety purchased for an eye-wateringly high price at a vegan fair. The prices haven’t changed much but what’s available has.

When Sainsburys stocks mini vegan marshmallows – and there are rumours that Poundstretcher has them- you know that it’s time to go the next level.

The next level, in this case, being Belgium chocolate coated.

The Vool squad gave Mallow Puffs a try in both vanilla bean and salted caramel flavour.

Vegan mallows puffs - chocolate coated marshmallows - vool.co.uk

Opening the packet

The bag are re-sealable (consume responsibly people) but sadly not recyclable. However, you might be distracted by the fantastic smell of chocolate as the pack is cut open.

The first bite

The sensation of chocolate breaking to give way to soft mallow is pretty cool. The chocolate is rich and creamy living up to its high-class Belgium claims. The manufacturers, Baru, are from Belgium so maybe it’s no surprise.

The marshmallows are soft and not too gooey. Apparently, the texture is something that Baru has worked feeling that none of the currently available products was quite right.

The contrast in textures between mallow and chocolate works well. So well it’s tempting to just keep popping them in one’s mouth…

Flavours

If you try both flavours go for the vanilla bean first. If you taste them the other way round the vanilla is underwhelming. This doesn’t mean the vanilla is bad just that the salted caramel is very good. The taste and texture are akin to bite-sized pieces of Milky Way. Those with a more delicate palate might favour the vanilla.

Price

Selling at £3.50 for a 100g bag these aren’t cheap. However, stuffing an entire bag of sweets down your throat in one sitting isn’t really very good for you. It’s all about consuming with pleasurable caution. We thought a couple of these made a nice after-dinner treat (akin to a finger of fudge being just enough).

Vool verdict

These are definitely nice enough to take your time over. Salted caramel got our vote but don’t let that put you off the less strongly flavoured vanilla bean.

Buy now

Mallow Puffs salted caramel flavour

Mallow Puffs vanilla bean flavour

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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.co.uk - 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 - vool.co.uk

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 - vool.co.uk

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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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.