Vegetarian and veganism are on the rise and you can now find a range of chocolates, biscuits and sweets suitable for both available online and in supermarkets and shops. Whether you or your guests are vegetarian , be the ultimate host this holiday season with sweet treats that everyone can eat. The products listed below make fantastic gifts for loved ones, but also provides a guilt-free treat for yourself this Christmas.
Most biscuits are vegetarian. However, the occasional uninvited guest may make an appearance if you aren’t careful. Some of your favourite biscuits may have one or two meaty ingredients that you weren’t expecting. It’s important to check that no animal derivatives have been used – this is always outlined on the label.
These family favourites are examples of the best vegetarian biscuits on the market:
Fox’s Chunkie Cookies
SPANA’s Mad Dogs Shortbread
If you’ve just turned vegetarian, finding sweets that you can eat may have come as a nasty surprise. A lot of sweets contain meat derivatives, whether it’s fat or gelatine. Thankfully, a high number of our favourite sweets have always been or have become vegetarian recently.
Starburst – Starburst made in the UK isn’t made with gelatine. However, the US version is, so, if you’re abroad, make sure to check which version of Starburst you’re eating.
SPANA’s Luxury Blackberry & Raspberry Jellies
Aside from chocolate containing obvious animal products, like milk, sometimes chocolate can contain other animal products that we might not be aware of. Pure dark chocolate typically contains the least ingredients (cocoa, butter and sugar) and so in most cases is vegan. It’s still important to check as some versions are not 100% dark.
Some chocolate products contain animal by-products such as stearic acid (animal fat). The following, however, are happily vegetarian and suitable for those who don’t eat animal
Hotel Chocolat Vegan Range
Moo Free Mini Moos Bar Cheeky Orange
Cadbury Dairy Milk – These are vegetarian but do contain dairy milk, so aren’t suitable for vegans
SPANA’s Luxury Chocolate Selection – These contain dairy milk so aren’t vegan. However, you can check out our guide to the best vegan sweet treats.
Gifts for vegetarians
Thankfully, in a world that’s embracing veganism and vegetarianism, there is plenty of choice for gifts for both, and we’ve outlined a few below.
A vegetarian cookbook – Jamie Oliver’s Veg or Joe Wicks’ Veggie Lean in 15 are both brilliant choices. With more and more vegetable cookbooks and meat alternatives appearing in the market, you’re spoilt for choice. These cookbooks provide plenty of foodie inspiration.
A vegetarian advent calendar – For an early surprise Christmas gift, why not gift your loved one a vegetarian chocolate advent calendar? Alternatively, for something a little different, opt for a beauty advent calendar to make their December even more enjoyable.
A vegetarian hamper – Really prove you’re thinking about them with a thoughtful hamper. You could do a special vegetarian sweet hamper and include and the ideas above, or you can add other products too. Our Horse & Foal Teatime Gift Set or Donkey Apron are great gifts for the home, and you can take pride in knowing that all proceeds go towards the fair treatment of working animals
Please note: The third-party products listed on this page all state to be vegetarian or vegan at the time of publishing. We don’t hold any responsibility if brands change their policy or readers find that one of the products does contain animal products when they buy it. We recommend always double checking the label for the ‘Suitable for vegetarians’ note before buying your sweet treat.