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 Post subject: It's that Noddy Holder time of year again...
PostPosted: Sun Oct 09, 2011 10:35 am 
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It must be Christmas. Lidl have their almond speculoos-style biscuits back in stock today, along with some accidentally vegan rum barrel liqueur chocolates. Can we use this thread to share the magnificence of the seasonal food delights in the UK and Ireland as they roll in?

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 09, 2011 11:42 am 
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Ruby Rose wrote:
Lidl have their almond speculoos-style biscuits back in stock today, along with some accidentally vegan rum barrel liqueur chocolates.

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i've seen mince pies filtering their way into supermarkets over the last few weeks. sadly, the vast majority of them contain butter or other dairy products now - i recall seeing vegan ones in greater abundance 3 or 4 years ago. this year i've only found one: the Waitrose mini mince pies with star-shaped pastry topping (or something like that).

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I love Lidl! I'm going to be scouring their shelves for vegan stollen and hoping that their apricot filled liebkuchen doesn't have butterfat in it anymore.


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 Post subject: Re: It's that Noddy Holder time of year again...
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Where are we gonna find decent advent calendars this year? I don't like the fair trade one, ashamedly.


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Where are we gonna find decent advent calendars this year? I don't like the fair trade one, ashamedly.


Moo Free did a good advent calendar last year...


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I bought a packet of those Lidl biscuits t'other day and have been eating them every day. I had 8 the first day! This has to stop!


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Halos wrote:
Where are we gonna find decent advent calendars this year? I don't like the fair trade one, ashamedly.


I assume you mean with chocolate in? I just have a plain one every year - throwback from childhood when advent "wasn't about chocolate"!

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Efcliz wrote:
Halos wrote:
Where are we gonna find decent advent calendars this year? I don't like the fair trade one, ashamedly.


I assume you mean with chocolate in? I just have a plain one every year - throwback from childhood when advent "wasn't about chocolate"!


Me too, I don't like chocolate advent calendars but Nick does & he loved the Moo Free one last year.

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I almost forgot! Tesco have those Mr Kipling Winter Warmers - the mini pies that come in a pack of 6 with 3 different flavours. Still vegan as far as I can tell, and they're on sale 2/£2. I didn't buy any because I'd never had them before and didn't want to end up with 2 packs of something I couldn't stand.

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The almond speculoos biscuits are at Morrisons, as well.


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 Post subject: Re: It's that Noddy Holder time of year again...
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Almond speculoos sound amazing, I'm gonna have to go to morrisons tomorrow.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 20, 2011 5:17 pm 
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Christmas related question: is there anywhere that does vegan chocolate coins? The kind in shiny foil. I always used to get them in my stocking.
Last year I asked a local shop that does dairy free chocolates and various vegan-friendly items (and Fairtrade milk choc coins), but she hadn't heard of any. And I asked in Holland and Barret; no luck there. The internet says Thorntons used to sell dark choc coins but hasn't in a few years.


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I don't think so Green Duck, I've been looking for years. I asked Moo Free about it & they said the mould / machine they'd need to do them would be too expensive, they have brought out a chocolate Santa for this year though.

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Aw, that's a shame.

Now I come to think about it, my little cousin had a bag of special chocolate coins last Christmas and he is very allergic to dairy. I should ask my aunt where she found that. But I bet it will turn out to be from some prohibitively expensive website or something.


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 Post subject: Re: It's that Noddy Holder time of year again...
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I could've sworn I saw some of those last year at my local health food shop. I'm not sure when they'll put out the Xmas stuff, but I'll post back if I see them. They ship free to UK mainland, so you might be able to get them!

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 Post subject: Re: It's that Noddy Holder time of year again...
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The Lotus caramelised biscuits are available in Tesco too I've noticed recently. So good.


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 Post subject: Re: It's that Noddy Holder time of year again...
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Accidentally vegan Tesco's own brand version of After Eights (mint and orange flavours) back in stock at a quid a box.

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 Post subject: Re: It's that Noddy Holder time of year again...
PostPosted: Fri Oct 28, 2011 11:01 am 
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Budgens Deep Filled Mince Pies are vegan and taste pretty good too.


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 Post subject: Re: It's that Noddy Holder time of year again...
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i don't believe i've ever seen a Budgens. do they not exist in the south west?

edit: yes, they do. just not near anywhere i've ever lived.

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I saw the Moo Free calendar at Roots and Fruits yesterday.

I don't know if that added anything to the conversation except that it's out there?


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I think there's an accidentally vegan stollen in Aldi. They have little stollen bites which aren't, but the big weighty brick version seems OK at first glance

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I think there's an accidentally vegan stollen in Aldi. They have little stollen bites which aren't, but the big weighty brick version seems OK at first glance

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The Sainsburys 'Free From' mince pies (plain and iced) appear to be vegan as far as I can tell. So far, most of the Christmas stuff I've seen in the free from sections in supermarkets contain egg. I'll probably hit the health food shops nearer to the festive period to see what's about. As it's my first vegan Christmas I'm quite excited to see what interesting things I can find to replace the usual meat cuts at dinner and the beloved trifle.


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I made a really lazy trifle last year, it was super easy. I bought vegan jelly crystals in holland and barrett, a box of alpro custard and the box of vegan whipped cream you can get in free-from sections (I forget the name). Then just made a plain vanilla sponge and put it all together. The only change I would make is I should have bought 2 boxes of cream, 1 didn't quite cover it as much as I'd have liked.

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baps wrote:
the box of vegan whipped cream you can get in free-from sections (I forget the name)


The CremoVita? My problem is that I really don't like the taste of the soya cream alternatives. I find they taste too... nutty or beany, can't quite put my finger on it but I just don't enjoy it. I've tried making the coconut milk whipped cream recipe, the one where you mix it with icing sugar but I can't find a decent coconut milk that separates enough to make a thick cream. It's a shame because the coconut milk and icing sugar is the closest I've been to mimicking the taste of dairy cream.

I was thinking about trying the Soyatoo Rice Whip next.


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