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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!

Mahalo bar from vool.co.uk - Vool Vegan Cool
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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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Bestsellers in May 2019

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.

Order online or check out our next event to enjoy these vegan treats.

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Review – Thumbs Up

The delicious peanut Thumbs Up bar from vool.co.uk - 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.co.uk - 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 vool.co.uk - 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 vool.co.uk - 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

Bestsellers from vool.co.uk - Vegan goodies and groceries

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.co.uk - 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.co.uk - 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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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.