Friday, 23 March 2018

Hotel Chocolat & Vegan Easter Eggs Guide

hotel chocolat vegan easter range

There's an increasing range of dairy free/vegan chocolates in supermarkets these days, and Hotel Chocolat are really championing quality vegan eggs with their range this Easter. Today’s post will focus on vegan eggs available from there as well as a few other companies.

Hotel Chocolat 100% Dark Egg:
Hotel Chocolat 100% Dark Easter Egg

This is one I reviewed last year - check it out here. It includes 100% cocoa solids dark chocolate, Californian almonds and Turkish raisins in the shell, plus panned 100% dark chocolate Piedemont hazelnuts separately. It's definitely one for the serious dark chocolate lovers!

Hotel Chocolat Dark Egg Sandwich:
Hotel Chocolat Dark Egg Sandwich

The unique "egg sandwich" treat from Hotel Chocolat, suitable for vegans and dairy free!

Hotel Chocolat Dark Big City Bunny:
Hotel Chocolat Dark Big City Bunny

A cute hollow dark chocolate bunny without the dairy.

Hotel Chocolat Dark City Bunnies:
Hotel Chocolat Dark City Bunnies

Plus, mini city bunnies that are perfect for sharing!

Hotel Chocolat Dark Kids Easter Egg:
hotel chocolat dark kids easter egg

One for the kiddies is this smaller 70% cocoa Dark egg. Also contains dark orange bunnies - yum!

Hotel Chocolat Ginger Dark Chocolate Egg:
hotel chocolat ginger dark chocolate egg

This is one that tickles my fancy this year...a ginger flavour dark chocolate egg studded with Piedmont hazelnuts, plus Dark Chocolate Crunchy squares with hazelnuts and ginger pieces. Yum!

Hotel Chocolat Dark Chocolate Rabbert:
hotel chocolat rabbert dark chocolate

A bouncing 70% dark chocolate rabbit hops over dinky drops of dark chocolate. Cute!

Thorntons Dark Chocolate Easter Egg:
thorntons dark chocolate easter egg

Good old Thorntons are also doing a dairy free dark chocolate egg.

Lindt Dark Chocolate Noir Gold Bunny:
lindt dark chocolate gold bunny

Plus the classic Lindt Gold Bunny comes in a Dark version that is dairy free.

Lindt Excellence 70% Cocoa Dark Eggs:
lindt excellence 70% dark chocolate eggs

There's also these Lindt 70% Cocoa Eggs available from most supermaarkets.

Lindt Excellence Dark Extra Fine 70% Easter Egg:
lindt excellence dark chocolate easter egg
Plus a larger Lindt Excellence Dark Easter Egg complete with mini dark chocolate eggs. 

Montezuma's Absolute Black 100% Cocoa Egg with Chocolate Buttons:
montezumas absolute black 100% cocoa easter egg

Montezuma's have promised me one of these to review, which I am rather excited to try. Features their Absolute Black sugar free dark chocolate studded with cocoa nibs, as well as Absolute Black dark chocolate buttons.

Montezuma's Dark Chocolate Egg with Mini Dark Peanut Butter Eggs:
montezumas dark chocolate egg with peanut butter eggs

For those who like a bit of sugar in their chocolate, Montezuma's are also doing this vegan friendly egg complete with mini dark chocolate peanut butter eggs, hurrah! Who said being dairy free must be boring?

Montezuma's Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Mini Eggs:
montezumas dark chocolate peanut butter mini eggs

As well as the Easter egg, the Dark Peanut Butter Mini Eggs also come in their very own pack! Available from

Montezuma's Organic Dark Chocolate Eco Egg with Cocoa Nibs:
montezumas organic dark chocolate eco egg

One for the eco-conscious with eco-friendly degradable packaging, this egg has cocoa nibs in the shell.

Booja Booja Artists Egg:
booja booja easter egg hazelnut crunch

No post on Vegan Easter eggs would be complete without Booja Booja, who make some beautifully decorated gourmet eggs filled with their classic truffles in a variety of flavours, from Champagne to Almond Sea Salt to Hazelnut. Available online and from selected stores.

Moo Free Easter Eggs:

Available from Waitrose, Holland & Barrett and supermarkets like Morrisons, the Moo Free brand make an excellent variety of dairy free creamier eggs, in flavours such as Honeycomb (or "Bunnycomb"), Cheeky Orange and Original with Dairy Free Drops.

Plamil Organic Easter Eggs:

Also available from Holland and Barrett, online or at selected stores are these Organic Milk Chocolate Alternative eggs from Plamil, which are Fairtrade and made with rice milk.

Plamil Organic Milk Chocolate Alternative Half Eggs:
Plamil Organic Milk Chocolate Alternative Half Eggs

Also available from Plamil are these "half eggs", a dairy free alternative to mini eggs. Available from or selected stores.

Plamil No Added Sugar Dairy Free Half Eggs:
Plamil No Added Sugar Dairy Free Half Eggs

For those who want to go a step further, Plamil also make these Dairy Free Milk Chocolate halves without sugar, using the sweetener xylitol instead. Available from and selected stores.

Coco Caravan Vegan Caramel Easter Eggs:
coco caravan raw vegan caramel easter eggs

Made with raw chcoolate, these caramel filled eggs from Coco Caravan are vegan and dairy free, with caramel made from coconut sugar, coconut cream and cashew paste. I have some of these to review so stay tuned for that soon! Available from the Coco Caravan Webstore.

Asda Extra Special Belgian Dark Chocolate Cherry Egg:
asda extra special cherry dark chocolate easter egg

Asda are also doing some rather special dark chocolate eggs this year, including this Extra Special Cherry Egg!

Asda Free From Chocolate Bunny:
asda dairy free chocolate bunny

And for fans of sweeter chocolate, there's this Free From Bunny!

Tesco Finest Free From Salted Caramel Flavour Egg:
tesco finest dairy free salted caramel egg

Tesco also increased their Free From range this Easter, with this Salted Caramel Flavour Egg complete with Fondant truffles.

Tesco Finest Free From Belgian Dark Chocolate Egg with Orange Truffles:
tesco finest dairy free egg with orange truffles

Plus a Blegian dark chocolate egg with dark orange truffles.

Lidl Deluxe Ecuadorian Single Origin Dark Chocolate Egg:
lidl deluxe ecuadorian single origin dark chocolate egg

Even Lidl are doing dairy free dark chocolate eggs this year, with this Deluxe Ecuadorian Single Origin 73% Cocoa egg...

Lidl Deluxe Madagascan Single Origin Dark Chocolate Egg:
lidl deluxe madagascan single origin egg

Plus a 66% cocoa Deluxe Madagascan Single Origin egg. Fancy!

Marks & Spencer Made Without Dairy Dark Chocolate Egg:
marks and spencer made without dairy dark chocolate egg

As always, M&S are not doing just any Dairy Free egg, but a Made Without Dairy Dark Chocolate Egg complete with fancy wrapping in both blue and pink.

Green & Blacks Organic Dark 70% Easter Eggs:
Green & Blacks Organic Dark 70% Easter Egg

It would be wrong for Green & Blacks not to do a dark chocolate egg at Easter! I have only seen these in 70% versions - no 85% unfortunately.

Waitrose Salted Hazelnut & Raisin Dark Chocolate Egg:
Waitrose Salted Hazelnut and Raisin dark chocolate egg

Waitrose also do a few dark chocolate eggs in their own label range, including this Salted Hazelnut & Raisin Egg. Sounds a bit different!

North Chocolates Hot Cross Fun Bar:
North Chocolates Hot Cross Fun Bar

Last but not least, these Easter bars from North Chocolates are available from Fenwicks and consists of dark chocolate with spices, orange and sultanas.

Well, that's all for this post - there's a few other companies making vegan Easter treats so this is by no means an exhaustive list. Hopefully though it will help anyone needing dairy free chocolates find something suitable!

Thursday, 22 March 2018

Mr Kipling Unicorn Slices, Baileys Almande Dairy Free & More!

mr kipling unicorn slices

Not so much a Spotted In Shops today but a New In Shops...because I haven't yet spotted any of the products featured. I'm on the hunt for several of them however!

First up - Mr Kipling Unicorn Slices! Unicorns are infiltrating everything these days, from cakes to chocolates to...shampoo (yes really!), so it's only fitting that Mr Kipling have gotten in on the trend. These multicoloured cake slices are apparently available from Tesco although I haven't seen them in mine yet.

Baileys Dairy Free Almande Almond Drink:
baileys almande dairy free almond drink

Made with almond milk, this new Baileys liquer is both dairy free and gluten free, hurrah! It's one I am on the search for and hopefully Asda will be stocking it soon. Suitable for vegans.

Costa White Hot Chocolate:
Costa White Hot Chocolate

This white hot chocolate came out several years ago as part of one of Costa's Christmas ranges but it's bck again, this time for the Spring season! Available in stores now.

Costa Easter Choco Crunch:
Costa Easter Choco Crunch

Looking somewhat like doughnuts, these new chocolate coated treats from Costa are made up of rice kirspies. Also part of the Spring Menu.

Blacksticks Blue Cheese Easter Egg:
Blacksticks Blue Cheese Easter Egg

Easter is just around the corner and it wouldn't be complete without a weird novelty egg...this "Cheester Egg" is available from Asda.

Nestle Orange Smarties Limited Edition:

As well as launching Orange Smarties Mini Eggs and an Easter Egg, Nestle have brought back Orange Smarties in both small and large tubes for the Spring period. It remains to be seen if they will come back permanently, so make the most of them while you can!

Fox's Glacier Limited Edition Tropical:
Fox's Glacier Limited Edition Tropical

Fox's are celebrating their 100th anniversary (this seems to be the year of anniversaries!) with this tropical variety featuring pineapple, mango & passionfruit and coconut flavours. It will cost £1.40 and is in stores until September. There's also a new Spearmint variety in the Glacier Mints range.

Flower & White Chocolate Meringue Bar:
Flower &White Chocolate Meringue Bar

A new type of treat, these gluten free low fat bars will be available from The Spar and are available in Raspberry and Chocolate flavours. They cost £1.29.

Walkers Nonsuch Salted Caramel Toffees:
Walkers Nonsuch Salted Caramel Toffees

Walkers Nonsuch have introduced a salted caramel variety to their famous toffee range, which costs £1.50 for a 150g bag and is gluten free.

Jelly Belly Bean Boozled Despicable Me Jelly Beans:
Jelly Belly Bean Boozled Despicable Me Jelly Beans

This limited edition Minions variety of Bean Boozled jelly beans contains some weird "look-alike" flavours – Green Apple and Minion Fart – join existing Pencil Shavings and Ba-na-na, Barf and Peach, Booger and Juicy Pear, Canned Dog Food and Chocolate Pudding, Caramel Corn and Mouldy Cheese, Dead Fish and Strawberry Banana Smoothie, Rotten Egg and Buttered Popcorn, Spoiled Milk and Coconut, and Stinky Socks and Tutti-Fruitti flavours.

Anyone else feel slightly nauseous?

Starburst Red Berry Sugar Free Chewing Gum Sticks:
Starburst Red Berry Chewing Gum Sticks
Bridging the gap bewteen chewing gum and candy are these new Starburst chewing gum sticks.

Fruittella Sugar Free Fruit Drops:
Fruittella Sugar Free Fruit Drops

Retailing at £1 these will be available in a flip top box, in Citrus and Mixed Red Berry flavours.

Innocent Almond, Hazelnut & Oat Milks:

Innocent Drinks are launching their own plant-based milk range, in Almond, Hazelnut and Oat varieties. Curiously no coconut version! Good news for those who are dairy free.

Muller Corner Lactose Free Yogurts:

Not dairy free, but free from lactose these new Muller Corners will be good news for those who are lactose intolerant. Although personally I think it's just easier to avoid the stuff full stop.

That's all for today's post...hope you've enjoyed reading! Stay tuned for more new products in shops!

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

New M&S Ice Creams! (Spotted In Shops)

marks and spencer rhubarb and custard ice cream

Yet another ice cream-filled Spotted In Shops today...this time featuring not just any ice creams, but new M&S ice creams!

First up - a new Rhubarb & Custard flavour, made with West Country milk and cream. Sounds fab!

Blackcurrant Cheesecake:
marks and spencer blackcurrant cheesecake ice cream

Next, an uncommon flavour - Blackcurrant Cheesecake. This one is made with mascarpone and biscuit ice cream made from West Country milk and cream, with blackcurrant sorbet on the side.

Raspberry Pavlova:
marks and spencer raspberry pavlova ice cream

With Scottish Raspberry and mini meringue ice cream and a hidden centre of clotted cream ice cream, both made from West Country milk and cream.

Chocolate & Caramel Sundae:
marks and spencer chocolate and caramel sundae ice cream

Made with Belgian chocolate and vanilla choc chip ice creams made from West Country milk and cream, with a sea salt caramel sauce.

Dessert Menu Raspberry & Belgian White Chocolate Ice Creams:
marks and spencer dessert menu raspberry and belgian white chocolate ice creams

Moving onto stick ice creams, these raspberry ice creams dipped in white chocolate sound delightful!

Dessert Menu Blood Orange & Belgium Milk Chocolate Ice Creams:
Dessert Menu Blood Orange & Belgium Milk Chocolate Ice Creams

I don't know why M&S have called these Belgium Milk Chocolate rather than Belgian, but with blood orange flavour ice cream dipped in milk chocolate they sure sound tasty!

Dessert Menu Alphonso Mango & Heritage Raspberry Semidreddo Celebration Cake:
marks and spencer Dessert Menu Alphonso Mango & Heritage Raspberry Semidreddo Celebration Cake:

Wow, what a wordy title! This Semifreddo ice cream cake sure does sound pretty special!

Well, that's all for today...seems like all the supermarkets are gearing up for Summer with their latest new ice cream releases! Stay tuned for more Spotted In Shops including an Easter Special soon...