A few weeks ago, I had the chance to shop in a German organic health food store which just so happened to specialise in vegetarian and vegan food. I got a bit excited at all the options which aren’t available to us in the UK, and we ended up leaving with quite a large stash of things.
Unfortunately, not all of these products are readily available in the UK. I’ve tried to provide links to those that are, but if you’re really desperate to try something that isn’t available on the Isles, I suggest you have a look at the German online shop Vegan Wonderland, which has a UK shipping option. I’ll provide a small review of some of the products in this post, but others will be getting their own post in the weeks ahead, so keep a watchful eye if you’re interested in vegan chocolate or whipped cream substitutes!
Vegan Dairy Substitutes
Of all the German vegan products we chose to purchase, this was the most hit-and-miss category. While Soyatoo Cocos Whip will be getting its own review, the other two products fit into this post nicely.
Firstly, we have Natumi Dinkel Cuisine. This was one of the products I could not find on any of the UK webshops, but is basically a single cream substitute made of spelt. It’s slightly more watery than the average soya cream, but a nice alternative to those trying to avoid or limit their intake of soya. It’s certainly not a revolutionary food item, but a great staple to have in your cupboard.
Soyana Soyananda also seems to be currently exclusive to Germany. If you can get your hands on it, I cannot recommend this enough. It’s like a quark-sour cream-cream cheese hybrid and tastes brilliant. The soya hardly breaks through, which I believe would be because the product is fermented, and it’s such a pleasant surprise when you’re used to barely edible vegan cream cheese alternatives, which I shall not name here. I think you all know what I mean.
I really hate this picture because it looks like meat. Although I’m perfectly aware that it’s silly, I tend to shrink back from meat substitutes that look a little too realistic. However, these are probably brilliant products for new vegans or those who miss having a good steak, and the fact that such meaty items can be produced without a single animal coming to harm shows us that the demand for vegan products must be growing. You can purchase Wheaty products at Vegan Cross, either online or directly in their store in London. Unfortunately, their webshop was down at the time of writing this so I’m not able to provide direct links, but their site is definitely worth browsing. The products pictured here are Wheaty Virginia Steak, a well-spiced BBQ item, Wheaty Veganslices Chorizo, which are very similar to the widely known Spacebar and taste amazing, and Wheaty Grillschnecke, which is a rolled-up sausage on a stick and my least favourite product of the three. It was just too dry and bland.
These are the Topas Tofu-Paté Paprika and Allos Gourmet Pastete Shiitake, which also doesn’t seem to be availbale in the UK. These are pretty standard patés, similar to Tartex, one of my favourite spreads. There really isn’t much else to say about them.
This is another of those products that hasn’t managed to swim the channel yet, and I’m particularly upset about this one. I think this is my favourite vegan mayonnaise to date, particularly because it steps away from the heavy, oily creams we’ve become so used to and provides us with a lighter product. It really benefits from the mustard in its ingredients, which gives it a bit of a sharper, more flavourful taste. Yum.
I’ve saved the best German vegan product for last. There are simply no words to describe this. This is by far the best vegan chocolate spread I’ve ever tried, not too sweet, not too sickly, but still retaining the indulgent feeling that duo chocolate spreads seem to radiate. Yum yum yum. You can buy Chocoreale Duo via the linked amazon shop. I hope it becomes more readily available here, as I think there would be a huge market for it.
Have you ever found amazing vegan products abroad? What did you find? Were you able to get it once you were back at home?