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So Delicious Vanilla Bean Coconutmilk Frozen Dessert Review

Vanilla gets a bad wrap as being a ‘boring’ flavour, but, without a solid foundation, you can’t build ice creams that are more complex. Also, sometimes you just want a ‘boring’ flavour, or maybe someone doesn’t like a weird combo of flavours – whatever your reasoning, vanilla is a great basic flavour to keep stocked in the freezer.

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That said, this means the review of a plain-er flavour won’t be as long, because there’s not as much to talk about flavour-wise. But again, I don’t think that should influence someone’s decision to buy it!

Okay, that’s enough defending, let’s get down to the review.

I’m going to be honest, this ice cream didn’t actually taste like vanilla. It tasted like coconut, which is fine, since it’s a coconut-based ice cream. And it wasn’t an overpowering coconut flavour like some other things I’ve tried. It was actually a much more subtle flavour than I thought it’d be. I don’t know if they added vanilla, and that’s what muted the coconut, or if that’s just what plain coconut ice cream tastes like, but it was nice, even though it’s not the flavour that’s advertised on the label.

The ice cream was also very ‘light’ and refreshing, unlike some more complex flavours which feel ‘heavier’ when eating them. This ice cream was a perfect, light snack. It actually kind of reminded me of summer, in the same way that eating watermelon does.

It was also pretty soft. I don’t know if it’s because it was coconut based or not, but I actually loved how soft it was! I could take it right out of the freezer and eat it, unlike with (as an example) Ben and Jerry’s, where you have to leave it on the counter for 5-10 minutes just to get a spoon in it.

A downside to this, and so far all vegan ice cream, is unfortunately it still came in the small pint containers, like the Ben and Jerry’s ice creams. I don’t know why there’s no family sized vegan ice cream out there, but I wish someone would start making it! Sure, for one person, this size would last maybe a week (if you ate a little every day), but what should you do if you have a celebration, like a birthday? You could buy multiple pints, but the amount you’d need to feed everyone, coupled with the high price, makes it not worth the effort.

I’m going to try to restrain myself from launching into a whole rant about the sizing thing – if you’ve read any of my other reviews, you know how much the smaller size thing irks me.

That’s really everything I had to cover for this ice cream: nice, light, coconut-y flavour, and a small container. Not much else I can say about it, except tell you to buy it if you like mellow flavoured ice creams.


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Vegan Fast Food: Chipotle Edition

As far as fast food goes, Chipotle is a pretty healthy option. They have lots of recognizable, real food to choose from, including an awesome selection of vegetables, and they let you pick what goes in your meal!

They also have the option to filter based on diet (Vegetarian, Vegan, Soy, Gluten, etc) and, they make their ingredients very easy to find.

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Chipotle Website Dietary Filters

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Ingredients listed (with pictures) right on the website!

As if that wasn’t enough, when you click on an ingredient in the above list, it opens a little description about it, and a list that tells you which of their foods the ingredient is used in!

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Honestly, this was one of not only the easiest, but also the fastest ‘researches’ I did into a company’s ingredients.

I 100% agree with what they say on their ingredient page: why can’t every company be this straight forward?

So, we know that they make it easy to find things for your vegan preferences, but how many things actually come up in that list?

A hell of a lot!

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Starting in the upper left-hand corner, and moving clock-wise:

  • Cilantro-Lime Brown Rice
  • Cilantro-Lime White Rice
  • Black Beans
  • Pinto Beans
  • Yellow Onion
  • Red Onion
  • Tomato
  • Romaine Lettuce
  • Bell Peppers
  • Avocado
  • Tomatillo
  • Red Chili
  • Jalapeno Pepper
  • Serrano Pepper
  • Poblano Pepper
  • Chipotle Chili
  • Sweet Corn
  • Burrito
  • Burrito Bowl
  • Salad
  • Taco
  • Tortilla Chips

I wasn’t able to find pictures of the following, but the below foods are also vegan:

  • Fajita Vegetables
  • Fresh Tomato Salsa
  • Guacamole
  • Roasted Chili-Corn Salsa
  • Sofritas
  • Tomatillo Green-Chili Salsa
  • Tomatilla Red-Chili Salsa

*I would like to point out that these are ingredients listed, and vegan options available at Chipotle for Canada. If you live in a different country, I always recommend checking the ingredients for where you live, as companies often change the ingredients depending on which country they’re selling in.


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Just Egg Plant-Based Liquid Egg Review

After my last venture of an egg replacement that was closer to a pancake than a scramble, my hopes of finding another good vegan egg replacement were slim. Don’t get me wrong, I love the VeganEgg, it’s amazing! But with it’s usual $12.99 price tag, I was on the hunt for something that was just as good, with a lower price. (If it existed)

Enter: Just Egg. I saw post after post on Instagram of how amazing this substitute was, and knew I’d have to get my hands on it to see if it really lived up to it’s hype. Unfortunately, at that time, it was only available in the US. So like any other pessimist, I resigned myself to only getting VeganEgg for ‘special occasions’ and temporarily halted my search for another egg scramble replacement, and focused my energy/time on the more urgent upcoming projects.

Then, in early 2021, the news dropped: Just Egg was coming to Canada!

I was re-bombarded with glowing Instagram posts, and decided to add it to my shopping list – for the end of the year.

See, when it gets down to around November, I’ve (usually) got all my other projects for the year (books, website posts, etc.) done, so I have the free time I need to come up with the next year’s posts, project ideas, etc. including, trying products for the upcoming product reviews.

While other people are busy buying Christmas gifts, I swoop in to snag the otherwise-sold-out new foods. It’s a win-win!

That makes me a little later to the game than others, but I don’t mind. If it’s still a good product, everyone will still be talking about it months after it’s launch, right?

Right!

And that was just the case with Just Egg.

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I tried Just Egg for the first time in the last week of November/early December, 2021. (21.11.29 was the first day I tried it, if you want to be more specific)

Very first impression? This bottle seems kinda small.

I don’t know why, but for some reason, the pictures I saw on social media and in online store selections, I thought the bottle would be bigger – closer to a skinny juice carton. It’s actually about as tall as my hand (roughly 6in from the tip of my middle finger to the base of my wrist), and not very wide. It says it’s 340g, but I wasn’t about to scale it.

After getting over the (mild) shock of how small the bottle was, I checked the bottle (as us vegans do), to scope out the ingredients and the instructions. The instructions were hard to find, as they weren’t clearly marked, and were on the bottom of the label, disguising themselves as being part of the copyright information.

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The ingredients also didn’t list black salt, which made me curious to see if it would taste ‘egg-y’ if I didn’t add any myself.

After that, I broke out my frying pan and got cooking up the very first test batch. I did as directed and shook, then poured out ‘my desired amount’ into an oiled pan and waited.

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It didn’t take very long for the mixture to start solidifying. Using a spatula, I did the usual gentle mix and break to get those classic scrambled egg chunks. I also separated the mixture – part I was going to leave plain, to see what it’s flavour was on it’s own, and the other part I was going to add black salt, ground pepper and regular table salt to.

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The plain scramble tasted pretty good, though it didn’t taste like an egg. It mostly just tasted like oil, since I didn’t add any other flavour. Think plain fried tofu. The spiced mixture tasted a lot more like eggs.

Both mixtures had a nice soft-ish texture that I vaguely remember ‘normal’ scrambled eggs having (it’s been 6 years, give me a break), and held their shape pretty well. The chunks were soft enough I could cut the bigger pieces with my fork, but were also firm enough they didn’t fall apart when you tried to stab them.

The only thing I didn’t like about this product, was that it was surprisingly hard to find. I don’t know if it was just sold out of a bunch of places, or if it’s only available in certain stores, but I checked the usual ‘normal’ grocery stores to find vegan goods (Loblaws, Real Canadian Superstore, Metro) and none of them had it. I ended up getting it from Wal-Mart.

It was also only $5.59, which was much cheaper than I was expecting!

Overall, I think this is a great vegan scrambled egg substitute, and if I manage to find it at one of my usual grocery stores – especially for that price – I’m definitely looking forward to adding it to my semi-regular grocery list.


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Gardein Maple Breakfast Saus’ge Patties Review

These cute little sausage rounds are perfect for breakfast sandwiches!

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Gardein makes 2 kinds of these breakfast sausage patties: original, or maple. And, with me being in Canada and all, I figured I should probably test out the maple ones first. I’ve seen tried both and love both flavours, but the maple beats out the original when talking strictly about breakfast.

There’s just something very pleasing about sliding one of these maple-y goodness rounds onto a freshly toasted English muffin, and topping with cheese. The flavour combo is amazing, and if you haven’t tried them, I definitely recommend doing so!

… Sorry, I just really love maple sausages.

Getting back on track: 5 patties come in one bag, and considering how small they are – and how big the bags Gardein uses – they could easily fit more than 5 in these bags. In fact, to save freezer space, I’ve actually done this. 8 patties comfortably fit, and if you really try, you can fit 10 in one bag. That said, considering they’re usually about $6.99 (Loblaws) and they’re often on sale, it makes them a pretty good deal, in terms of vegan food.

One down side of these patties is that since they’re loose in a bag, they freeze together, which usually wouldn’t be that much of a problem. Except, that because these are covered in maple syrup, it makes it harder to pull them apart when you want to use them. Also, because of the maple syrup coating, it will leave a sticky residue in your frying pan when cooking. This isn’t that much of a big deal, but if you’ve never cooked anything with maple syrup on it before, be warned: you’ll want to immediately soak the pan with some water. Dried maple syrup is very hard to get off of things.

Don’t let that discourage you, though! The maple flavour is more than worth the little bit of extra effort!

Now, it’s been a long time since I last had ‘real’ maple breakfast sausages, but from my (6 year) memory of them, these patties taste the same. The only difference being, they’re in a patty form, instead of cylinders. The texture is nice and not overly chewy, and if you wait long enough not to burn your tongue, the maple syrup adds a nice sweet flavour to whatever breakfast sandwich you’re eating.

Your house will also smell amazingly maple-y after cooking them, so you get breakfast, and a bonus! Who needs candles?

There’s not really much else I can say about these, other than that you definitely need to try them, and the Original flavour, too. (Though those ones will be getting their own review in the future)

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Main Vegan Deli Smoked Applewood Cheese Wedge Review

Usually, I like sticking to cheese that has a pretty mild/tame flavour. I’ve seen some cheeses that have blueberries, and other odd things in them. While I’m not quite at that stage of trying new things, I did want to try branching out from my usual Daiya (and now Violife) cheese and see if I could be satisfied with a wilder flavour.

Enter: Main Vegan Deli’s Smoked Applewood Cheese Wedge.

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I decided to go with Main Vegan Deli because I remembered liking their cheese sample at one of the Vegandale festivals I went to, so I thought they would be a safer choice. (Instead of picking a completely new company) Also, their cheese is made out of cashews, and I haven’t tried very many cashew based cheeses, so I figured two birds.

Now, this cheese definitely has a… let’s say ‘bold’ flavour. Upon first taste test (done cold, right out of the fridge), it had the texture of soft tofu, and didn’t really have much of a taste, until you got to the red dust that was along one side. Once you got there, that’s when the flavour became apparent. It’s kind of hard to describe the flavour, but one thing I can say for sure, is that it made the back of my throat tingle after swallowing it.

I found out later, that it apparently has whisky in it, so I’m not sure if that would’ve been that flavour (I’m pretty sensitive to alcohol’s), or if it was something else, but it definitely didn’t make it fun to swallow.

That said, I had my (non-vegan) friend try it as well, and they absolutely loved it! They said, and I quote, “It’s as close as you can get without dairy. It melted the same and tasted great on burgers and sandwiches.

I also tried it in a cold sandwich, and it was definitely better when not eating alone, although I couldn’t tell if that was because it was disguised with other flavours or not. And, it still tingled my throat. I didn’t get a chance to try it melted, although I did smell it melted, and similar to a few other things, the flavour just seemed to intensify when it was heated.

I figured since I didn’t really like the flavour, I probably wasn’t gonna like it with an intensified flavour.

While this cheese wasn’t my cup of tea, I would still say it was good, and if you’re someone who looks for bold flavoured cheeses, I’d definitely recommend you try it out!

Another good thing about this wedge, is that it was a lot bigger than I thought it’d be! It’s actually the size I thought the Violife Parm Wedge was going to be. Since I tried the Violife wedge first, I had lowered my expectations on size when I bought this one, but I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised! Especially because it was listed at $15.

If I had ended up liking the flavour, I would’ve been over the moon at how big of a wedge it came with. I ended up giving it to my friend, who was really happy with it’s size. Though they did agree with me that $15 still seemed a bit too steep. We both thought if it was closer to $10-12 it would’ve been better.

Now, I don’t want you to get the wrong idea here, when I say ‘big’, I don’t mean it was ‘big’, I mean it was bigger than the Violife wedge, but was still relatively small. The whole wedge was roughly the size of my hand.

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The wedge went from the tip of my middle finger, to my wrist, making it about 6 inches long. It was also about 2 inches wide (pointer to ring finger).

Definitely not big enough to be $15 in my eyes. But! I want to say thank-you to Main Vegan Deli for not making it ridiculously small.

If their other cheeses are the same size, I definitely can’t wait to try one of their tamer flavours!

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I Love Lots of Bubbles Festive Collection Review

Reminder: This is the last post of the year! I will be taking the last half of December, and first half of January off from posting.

I will be back Jan. 14th with the 1st short story of the new year!


If you saw the Instagram post I made about finally getting my hands on this collection, you’ll know what a wild ride it was. But, luckily, I was finally able to try it (last year), and that means I can now review it!

I’m actually a little sad to report that I didn’t like this body wash collection as much as I thought I would. I don’t know if it’s because I was chasing after it for literal years, so maybe I built it up in my head to be better, or what, but I was actually a little disappointed with this collection. Which sucks, because I wanted to love it a lot, so that I could get it every year.

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This is the I Love Cosmetics holiday body wash collection. It came with 6, 100ml bottles of body wash, each one a different scent: Luxury Hot Chocolate, Crushed Candy Cane, Gingerbread Cookie, Coconut and Cream, Strawberry and Cream and Raspberry and Blackberry.

For those of you who don’t know, this company is based in the UK, and most of their products are vegan. I actually use this company exclusively for body wash (and shampoo) purposes, because I love their scents.

I first tried them back in 2014, when I was gifted their non-festive Lots of Bubbles collection.

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This collection also came with 6, 100ml bottles. After I tried this collection, I was hooked. I started doing my research, and found Shopper’s Drug Mart sells their 5 ‘main’ scents: Raspberry and Blackberry, Strawberry and Cream, Vanilla and Ice Cream, Coconut and Cream and Mango and Papaya. They also sell some of their Signature Scent collection, but I haven’t tried any of those, and honestly? I don’t really want to. At least, not until I’ve tried their other body wash scents.

Unfortunately, because they’re based in the UK, their products aren’t very wide-spread here in Canada. After doing some digging/research, I discovered that Shopper’s is the only store in all of Canada that is allowed to sell their products. They do have an online store, so you’d think this isn’t that big a deal, right?

Wrong! They can’t ship to Canada, so Shopper’s is the only hope you have of trying them. And, if you want to try this Festive Collection? Good luck. I had been trying to purchase this collection for three years without luck. I had sent countless e-mails to both Shopper’s and I Love Cosmetics.

Finally, I received an e-mail from a Shopper’s employee with a link to the page, telling me exactly when the collection was going up for sale. I was super excited, and while I’m pretty sure they did it just so that I would stop asking about it, I’m very grateful I got the direct link!

I bought the collection within about 20 minutes of it being available, and by the time I finished my purchase, it was sold out. Yes, this collection sold out that fast! I was both happy and sad to see that happen. On the one hand, I loved that there was such a big demand for the collection, because that means it’ll stay available, but on the other hand, I was sad, because I thought I’d have time to try it out, and then possibly buy another one before the season was over.

However, it kind of worked out, because I didn’t end up liking this collection as much as I hoped I would.

I’m only going to review the three holiday scents that came with this collection, since I’m planning on doing separate reviews for the regular scents (Coconut and Cream, Strawberry and Cream and Raspberry and Blackberry) later on.

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Luxury Hot Chocolate

This was the first of the scents from the collection I tried. It was also the one I was the most excited to try, and, surprisingly, my least favourite one!

I wanted to like this scent so badly, but it just didn’t work out. It was very strong – all the scents in this collection were very strong – and it gave me a headache when I smelled it. I thought at first, I was just too excited and inhaled too much of it (I smelled all of the scents as soon as I ripped them out of the box), so I did a shower test.

That didn’t go as good as I thought. It was still very strong, too strong in my opinion, and, though the scent was super strong, when I actually washed myself with it and got out of the shower, the scent was practically completely gone!

Their other scents that I get all the time (Raspberry and Blackberry is my favourite) they tend to stay/linger on your skin for a bit after you use them, so that you can tell you actually, y’know washed yourself and are clean.

This one… didn’t.

I thought maybe it was a fluke or something, so I tried it again and got a friend to sniff me after I came out of the shower, and they said I “had no scent. Sure as hell not like hot chocolate.” As far as they could tell, I hadn’t showered. Not that I was sweaty or anything, but usually when someone just gets out of the shower, their shampoo/soap lingers on them at least for a few minutes.

I ended up using the rest of this up as hand soap, so that I wouldn’t keep giving myself a headache by using it in the shower.

As said above, this was the one I was most excited to try, and my least favourite. And, after being disappointed by this one, it got me thinking: they have a Chocolate Fudge Cake scent that I’ve wanted to try for a long time, too. But, if I was disappointed by this Hot Chocolate one, now I’m mildly concerned because what if I don’t like the Fudge one, either?

I don’t know if it was a certain ingredient they used, or if it was just too strong, but so far I don’t like their chocolate scents, even though I really wanted to!

 

Crushed Candy Cane:

This was the 2nd scent out of the collection I tried. For some reason, I read ‘candy cane’ and my brain didn’t immediately jump to ‘peppermint’, so when I smelled this one, and it was mint-y, I was surprised.

That said, this turned out to be favourite of the holiday scents! When I used this one in the shower, it actually stayed on me when I got out.

It was also very pleasant, even though it was just as strong as the hot chocolate one. This one didn’t give me a headache at all, and actually slightly relaxed my body. I actually have about half the bottle left (at the time of writing this article, 21.06.08), I wanted to save it so that I could use it after I finished using the other ones.

This is the only one out of the festive scents I’d actually buy again. If they ever decide to sell it by itself (and it becomes available here) I’d definitely buy it again!

 

Gingerbread Cookie:

This scent was the one I was actually the least excited to try. I thought I would hate it, honestly. I don’t like eating gingerbread (and can’t), so I figured why would I like their smell?

Well, I was wrong, because apparently, I enjoy the smell! Or, at least, this smell. This one was actually surprisingly ‘light’ and dare I say… fruity? It actually smelled like ginger, not ‘gingerbread’, which I turned out to like. I don’t know if it was because of the lack of cinnamon, (I’m allergic, and everyone I know who makes gingerbread uses cinnamon) or what, but this one surprised me the most. It went from the one I was least excited about, to pretty decent.

When I used it in the shower, my skin got a little tingly, and I panicked, because I did not want to go through that again (this story will be revealed in an upcoming shampoo post, but long story short, I ended up discovering I’m allergic to SLS [Sodium Lauryl Sulfate] because I gave myself chemical burns), but luckily, I didn’t get a rash or anything, and the tingling went away when I washed it off.

This scent didn’t give me a headache, either. So I don’t know what they put in the hot chocolate one, but my body did not like it!

This scent I would probably get again, though it wouldn’t be my first choice.

All in all, the festive scents weren’t as big of a win as I had hoped, but my surprising love of the Crushed Candy Cane scent and liking of the Gingerbread Cookie, it definitely made it worth the purchase. Though, I would’ve loved if it was a collection of 6 totally ‘festive’ scents, instead of three festive and three regular.

 

It also wasn’t that expensive, it was listed at Shopper’s for $19.99.

I was also happy to get the collection, because I had been reusing the non-festive Lots of Bubbles containers, and the last two I had were finally dying. Seriously, the one of them I kept taping up over the cracks, because I wasn’t able to find 100ml bottles that were a similar shape.

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(Can you tell which one is the new one?)

The ones in this collection are slightly smaller and rounder than the ones I had, but they say they hold the same amount, and they’re close enough in shape it doesn’t matter. So, now I’ve also got 6 brand new containers I can reuse for various toiletries (I don’t recommend reusing the containers for food), that should last me another 7 years.

I also liked the snow and festive decorations of the box, though I wish they would use a reusable/recyclable material for the box, instead of plastic.

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Store Crawl: Loblaws (Online Edition)

This article was written 21.06.07, when COVID pre-cautions were still in place. Please excuse any reference that is no longer applicable


Similar to Metro’s store crawl, this crawl was also done online. While the restrictions are lifting a bit where I am, I still think it’s safest to not go to highly populated areas at the moment. Especially if I don’t absolutely have to go.

And running around a store writing down all the vegan food they offer isn’t on that list, so you’re getting another online edition. Actually, I was thinking of maybe making most of these online crawls instead. Lots of people would rather get groceries delivered, and, sometimes the online selection of products is better/has more variety than if you were to go in person.

Also, since we’re starting to get back into the cold weather, not having to brave the oncoming winter temperature’s seems like a good idea.

And with that little preamble out of the way, let’s see what vegan offerings** Loblaws has:

Yves:

  • Original Ground Round
  • Ham
  • Turkey Slices
  • Hot Dogs
  • Mexican Ground Round
  • Bologna
  • Pepperoni
  • Chick’N Burgers
  • Italian Ground Round

Lightlife:

  • Smart Dogs
  • Smart Tenders Plant-Based Chicken
  • Smart Bacon
  • Organic Smoky Tempeh Strips
  • Organic Original Tempeh
  • Plant Based Burgers*
  • Plant Based Ground*

*All other products said Certified Vegan on packaging, these products did not, however their ingredients appeared vegan when I read them

Gardein:

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  • 7 Grain Crispy Tenders
  • Mandarin Orange Crispy Chick’n
  • Beefless Ground
  • Crispy Fingers Chipotle Lime
  • Turk’y Cutlets
  • Golden Fishless Filets
  • Beefless Tips
  • Breakfast Spicy Sausages
  • Chick’n Sliders
  • BBQ Wings
  • Breakfast Maple Sausages

 

Earth Balance:

  • Soy Free Buttery Spread
  • Original Buttery Spread
  • Whipped Spread
  • Creamy Coconut Peanut Butter
  • Peanut Butter and Flax
  • Crunchy Coconut and Peanut Spread
  • Crunchy Peanut Butter with Flax

 

Silk:

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  • Soy Original
  • Soy Original Unsweetened
  • Soy Vanilla
  • Soy Chocolate
  • Unsweetened Almond
  • Vanilla Almond
  • Dark Chocolate Almond
  • Almond Protein
  • Almond and Coconut
  • Coconut Unsweetened
  • Cashew Unsweetened
  • Oat Yeah Original
  • Oat Yeah Unsweetened
  • Oat Yeah Vanilla
  • Barista Soy
  • Barista Almond
  • Soy For Coffee
  • Vanilla Coffee Creamer
  • Hazelnut Coffee Creamer
  • Oat Yeah Coffee Creamer
  • Plain Coconut Yogurt
  • Vanilla Coconut Yogurt
  • Raspberry Yogurt
  • Blueberry Yogurt
  • Almond Strawberry Yogurt
  • Almond Peach Yogurt
  • Strawberry Banana Yogurt

 

Presidents Choice (PC):

  • Swiss Style Slices
  • Cheddar Style Slices
  • Mozzarella Style Slices
  • Cheddar Style Shreds
  • Mozzarella Shreds
  • Coconut Cream Cheese
  • Vegan Cheddar Puffs
  • Chickenless Strips
  • Onion and Chive Tofu Dip
  • Beefless Undeniable Burgers

 

Amy’s Kitchen

  • Alphabet Soup
  • Vegetable Barley Soup
  • Fire Roasted Southwestern Vegetable Soup
  • Light In Sodium Minestrone Soup
  • Lentil Vegetable Soup
  • Lentil Soup

 

Daiya:

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  • Cheddar Block
  • Mozz Shreds
  • Cheddar Shreds
  • Cheddar Sauce
  • Alfredo Sauce
  • Cheddar Mac
  • Alfredo Mac
  • Cheeze Lovers Pizza
  • Margherita Pizza
  • Fire Roasted Veggie Pizza
  • Supreme Pizza
  • Vegetable Crust Meatless Pepperoni Pizza
  • Vegetable Crust Mediterranean Pizza
  • NY Style Cheesecake
  • Key Lime Cheesecake
  • Strawberry Cheesecake
  • Vanilla Ice Cream
  • Triple Fudge Ice Cream
  • Chocolate Crunch Ice Cream Bar
  • Salted Caramel Swirl Ice Cream Bar
  • Original Cream Cheese

 

Enjoy Life:

  • Mini Choc Chips
  • Mega Chunks
  • Plentil Dill and Sour Cream
  • Plentil Thai Chili Lime
  • Plentil Sea Salt
  • Cocoa Loco Baked Chewy Bars
  • Chocolate Chip Mini Crunchy Cookies
  • Soft Baked Mini Double Choc Brownie Cookies
  • Soft Baked Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Soft Baked Snickerdoodle Cookies
  • Soft Baked Mini Snickerdoodle Cookies
  • Soft Baked Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies
  • Oat and Fruit Breakfast Ovals Choc Chip and Banana
  • Oat and Fruit Breakfast Ovals Fig and Maple
  • Oat and Fruit Breakfast Ovals Berry Medley
  • Gluten Free Crunchy Double Choc Cookies
  • Boom Choco Boom Candy Bar

 

 Misc:

  • Mr. Noodle’s Vegetable
  • Habitant Garden Style Vegetable Soup
  • Lipton Cup-A-Soup Spring Vegetable Dry Mix
  • Knorr Vegetable Bouillon Cubes
  • Bob’s Red Mill Nutritional Yeast (Large Flake)
  • Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Pizza Crust Mix
  • Oreo’s Original
  • Fudgee-O’s Original
  • Triscuits Original
  • Ritz Crackers Original
  • Kisko’s Mr. Freeze Jumbo Freezies
  • Ben and Jerry’s Non-Dairy Netflix and Chill’d
  • Ben and Jerry’s Non-Dairy Peanut Butter Half Baked
  • Ben and Jerry’s Non-Dairy Cherry Garcia
  • Ben and Jerry’s Non-Dairy P.B. and Cookies
  • Ben and Jerry’s Non-Dairy Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough
  • Dandies Vanilla Marshmallows

**This is not counting of course fresh/frozen/canned fruit and vegetables, and staple dry ingredients like pastas and rices, this is also not including ‘obvious’ snack products (Lay’s Original chips, etc.)


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Annie’s Deluxe Rich & Creamy Shells and Vegan Cheddar with Broccoli Mac N Cheese Review

I’m gonna be honest, this mac n cheese is not that good compared to Daiya’s. That’s not to say that this one is bad per se, it’s just… not the one I’d recommend.

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So, this box of mac was shells, with pieces of broccoli in it. I liked that they were shells, I don’t know why the go-to shape is macaroni, but shells worked just as well. The box is the same size and portion as Daiya’s (both boxes only make one bowl), which was great! I was actually a little considered because the box looked smaller for some reason, but when I put them side by side, they were the same.

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The noodles were packed loose in the box, which I don’t really mind because that means less packaging, which means less harm to the Earth (which is always a win!), but the sauce packet was surprisingly smaller.

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Not only was the sauce packet small, but it was also a lighter colour. I didn’t really mind the lighter colour, but was surprised that it tasted watered down.  And I even added vegan margarine and almond milk to it! It was a much mellower taste than Daiya’s. Like, if someone was trying to make mac n cheese from a memory of how it tasted. It was there, just very subtle-y. You could actually probably use this mac n cheese and turn it into another pasta dish without knowing it was originally mac n cheese.

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The dried broccoli tasted pretty much how you’d expect dried broccoli to taste, and the pieces were very small. I mean, I like eating raw broccoli by itself, so maybe I’m just a freak, but if you’re gonna write on the front of your box/advertise that the mac n cheese has broccoli in it, you’d think there would be more broccoli in it, y’know?

All in all, this mac n cheese is pretty underwhelming. Maybe years of eating Daiya has desensitized my taste buds, but it was a pretty subtle flavour. If you don’t like how strong Daiya products taste, then I’d definitely recommend you try this one! Maybe you’ll love how subtle a flavour it has. But for me, this was a miss.

Except for the shells. Whoever was in charge of choosing the shape was on their game.


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Skinny Pop! White Cheddar Popcorn Review

I’m gonna be honest, I love popcorn in basically any form. (The exception being that sweet/sticky stuff people put on it at Christmas… I think it’s called ‘kettle corn’?) And I especially love it when it comes with faux-cheese flavour. Before we discovered I was allergic to dairy products, I used to eat Smartfood White Cheddar Popcorn when we had end-of-year class parties in elementary school, and let me tell you, I was so into that stuff!

Maybe it’s because it was tied to the end of school/beginning of summer, or maybe it’s because I was just so young I still thought everything was amazing, but I was crushed when we discovered my allergy, and I learned that I couldn’t eat one of my favourite treats anymore.

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Now, as I’m sure you’ve guessed, it’s been quite a while since I’ve had the ‘real’ thing (I think it’s been about 20 years now [… how old are people in gr. 2?]), and I don’t know if Skinny Pop! was even trying to emulate it, but this tastes very similar to what I remember the Smartfood popcorn being.

Needless to say, I love this one, too!

Not only do these bags of popcorn bring back fond childhood memories with their flavour, perhaps the best part of them? They (sometimes) come in giant bags!

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Seriously, this thing is roughly the same size as my torso! And yes, it still had a lot of air in it, but that’s still a big bag!

One thing I don’t like about this popcorn, is that the seasoning sometime falls all to the bottom of the bag. This has a simple fix, though. Just shake the bag/turn it upside down for a little bit before you open it to redistribute the flavour.

Speaking of the flavouring, it’s powdery, white and sticks to your fingers. Similar to ketchup dust from chips. But it’s so good, I’m sure you won’t mind licking it off yourself when you finish.

Other than that, there’s not really too much to say about this product. It’s vegan and awesome, and I recommend everyone try it. They also have other flavours, though I’m not sure if all the flavours are vegan. I’ve also tried their plain popcorn one (Green bag), that one was good too.

If you like popcorn, you definitely have to try this one!


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Daiya’s Meatless Pepperoni Style Pizza Review

Pepperoni pizzas are considered to be pretty basic, but just because a product isn’t overly complicated or a mash of six different flavours doesn’t mean it shouldn’t get just as much attention as the more exotic products out there!

Sometimes, you just need a simple meal to fill you, and that’s what this pizza does best.

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I’ve only tried this pizza once – for some reason it’s really hard to find in Canada – and I ended up burning it a bit, so it was a bit more crunchy then I like, but even with that, it was pretty good!

The crust and cheese tasted the same as their other frozen pizzas. The pepperoni was more interesting. Now, the only other vegan pepperoni I’ve tried is Yves and the one that PizzaPizza uses (though they might use Yves, I can’t remember right now), and I don’t really remember what meat pepperoni tastes like, but I liked this one. It was actually pretty spicy, which I wasn’t expecting. It was about the same amount of spicy as the Beyond Meat Spicy Sausages. Which might not be that much for some of you, but for me it’s a lot.

Because they were spicy, they reminded me of what Hot Rods used to taste like. I don’t know how popular those are outside of Canada, but that’s pretty much what they tasted like. They were also pretty big in size, bigger than the pepperoni PizzaPizza uses, (I bought a pizza specifically to compare their sizes). Aside from the spicy aspect, they also had quite a strong smokey flavour.

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I obviously would’ve liked them better if they weren’t spicy, and just smokey, but the smoke flavour did a good job of sort of ‘washing’ your mouth out when you swallowed so it didn’t feel like your throat was on fire.

This pizza is also the same price as the others (usually $10.99), which you could maybe argue for it being less because there’s only one thing on it. Other than that, there’s not really much to tell. It’s pretty basic, but it’s good.


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