Top 8 vegan junk foods and snacks.

If you’re looking for something tasty you’re in the right place. Listed below are some of the best vegan junk foods on the market. And I’m not exaggerating – for once.

Just to be clear, when we talk about junk food we’re talking about food that’s been heavily processed, food that contains high levels of salt or sugar, or food that less nutritional value than freshly prepared/healthy foods.

Anyway, without further delay here are our favourites:

1. Chocolate

That’s right, not all chocolate contains dairy.  A prime example being Lindt’s dark chocolate ranges:

While our white and milk chocolate products contain the most, our 70%, 85%, 90% and 99% bars do not have milk products in them.

Lindt

We recommend the 70% product as it’s rather sweet for a dark chocolate. Unfortunately, Lindt does use butter products in their other ranges such as the ‘Touch of sea salt’, or the ‘Roasted Hazelnut’ bars. Be careful to avoid those.

Examples:

  • ALDI – Choceur Mint Chocolate Thins, Ireland Roisins Valencia Orange Dark Chocolate, Choceur Belgian Dark Chocolate
  • Hotel Chocolatvegan range
  • Lindt – Excellence 70%, 85%, 90% and 99%
  • Vivani – Dunkle Nougat Bar
  • Vego – Mini Hazelnut Chocolate Bar
  • Doisy & Dam (recommended) – Dark Chocolate Maple, Toasted Rice & Pink Salt, Organic Dark Chocolate Maca, Vanilla & Cacao Nibs Bar – 80g
  • LoveRaw – Peanut Butter Butter Cups

2. Hummus

If there’s only one comfort food for vegans, it’s probably got to be hummus. Hailing from the Middle East originally, it has become a staple of supermarkets and fridges around the UK. Hummus is generally seen as a fairly healthy, fast food option. It can be eaten on its own with a bit of lightly toasted pitta bread or added to meals.

Shop bought products can, unfortunately, be a little high in salt and a lot of brands also contain preservatives such as Potassium sorbate. Try to avoid those if possible. Having to read the labels is a pain at first, but once you find a good brand you can just stick to it.

You should also know that making your own hummus is not that difficult. If you want all the taste of a junk food without all the additives, try this simple recipe from Oh She Glows.

Top products:

  • Tescos – Hummus (free from Potassium Sorbate)
  • M&S – Velvet Hummus
  • Lilly’s – Hummus

3. Crisps (Potato chips)

Sometimes you just want to crack open a packet of crisps and have a good crunch. Vegans often get duped into believing that a particular packet is not suitable and to be fair, many brands do contain some meat products so you’ve got to be careful.

The good news is that many crisp manufacturers nowadays, from Walkers to Doritos, have vegan friendly options. Just make sure to check the back of the packet. Here’s a list of vegan friendly options to get you started:

  • McCoy’s – Salt & Malt Vinegar, Ultimate Sea Salt & Black Pepper
  • Doritos – Lightly Salted, Chili Heatwave
  • Walkers – Salt & Vinegar, Ready Salted, Prawn Cocktail, Worcester, Sauce, Crinkles Simply Sea Salted, Chipsticks Salt ‘n’ Vinegar Flavour, Sensations Lime & Coriander Chutney Poppadoms, Sensations Balsamic Vinegar & Caramalised Onion
  • Pringles – Original

4. Cheese

Good vegan cheese is hard to find. If you’ve recently swapped to a vegan lifestyle, and previously loved your brie or cheddar, you’ll have already discovered this. Of course, there are vegan cheeses out there but on the whole they tend to be a little grainy and not quite the same as bubbling pizza topping.

There are exceptions if you want all that taste and texture back. Companies like Sheese in Scotland have make some really good vegan cheeses, for instance, but you really do need to shop around to find what works.

Here are some suggestions to get you started:

Violife

Violife are all about producing foods that are tasty and free of  animal products. They produce a wide range of cheeses and as such have something for everyone. Having tried their produce, I can personally vouch for quality of their cheese. Check out their site for further information.

MozzaRissella

I’ve not tried their cheese personally but I hear good things. Apparently it’s used in Zizzi too, so it can’t be too bad. Check out their site for further information.

Naturally Vegan Food Company Smoked Vegan Cheeze Ball

The Naturally Vegan Food company is a family run business focused on creating beautiful hand-made cheeses. They use the best ingredients and their products are generally 100% organic. I’m not even sure these count as junk food to be honest – they sure taste that good though.

5. Ice Cream

With and oat milk becoming a good dairy replacement in the last couple of decades, vegan ice cream is no longer just a pipe dream. If your idea of a great night in, includes sitting down in front of the TV with a pot of ice cream, there are plenty of options to choose from. Again, the big players like Ben & Jerry’s and Alpro all have their own makes.

If you want a really tasty vegan ice cream, however, you might want to make up a few batches of your own. Here are a few great recipes you can try at home from Good Housekeeping.

6. Biscuits

Perhaps the biggest bugbear of veganism (dramatic, i know). The prospect of never having a quality biscuit again. Fortunately many well-known brands are suitable for vegans. That includes McVitie’s Hobnobs and even Oreos. As usual, it’s always best to check the back of the packet before you indulge.

Here’s a few solid options to get you started:

  • McVitie’s – Rich Tea, Hobnobs, Ginger Nuts,Chocolate Chip Hobnobs
  • Oreo’s – FYI, there’s a bit of controversy around Oero’s to be aware of. Although their products don’t contain any animal products they do have the potential to come into contact with milk based products during production. A lot of people still qualify them as vegan, whereas others are more strict. And they do contain refined sugar.
  • Traidcraft – Double Chocolate Chunk 

7. French fries

Most french fries are actually vegan. It’s just potato at the end of the day, right? There are some exceptions however, such as McDonald’s fries. They actually use Beef flavouring or fat on the fries, which is a shame. If you’re not making your own, always check with the restaurant before ordering or the packaging before buying.

8. McCormick’s Bac’n Pieces

Yep – these bacon flavoured pieces are actually vegan. If you’ve not had these before they are simply wonderful on a salad, or on an otherwise plain sandwich. We’ve not checked any other brands, so again be sure to check the label if you’re shopping around. Or if you’re at restaurant/take out you could always ask at the counter.

Conclusion

Hopefully your takeaway from this article is that finding vegan junk foods isn’t all that difficult. There are many products on the market for general consumption that don’t use any meat or dairy products. And the options are always growing. Vegans, like anyone else, can enjoy a good snack every once and while.