*Photos are not mine
Oreos are vegan! Growing up, Mom bought Hydrox, which are basically the same thing. Unfortunately, Sunshine no longer makes Hydrox, so we make due with Oreos. Definitely not health food, containing high fructose corn syrup and no doubt other fattening, not-good-for-you stuff, but we’ll ignore that when we get a craving — the important thing is no animal products! I prefer the Double Stuf variety — apparently, so does my cat. One day I came home for lunch, and apparently Matilda the cat didn’t expect me – she was lying on the living room floor with the package of Oreos, having chewed it open and was in the middle of a cookie. Being a cat, of course, she didn’t look the least bit guilty. If you like to dip your Oreos in… something, almond milk is just as good as dairy milk!
2. Krispy Kreme Glazed Cherry Pie
Krispy Kreme fruit pies are vegan! Though the word “pie” is a slight exaggeration for a lump of cherry pie filling (more filling than cherries) covered by a stale-tasting crust with a sugar glaze on top… Yum… I used to love Hostess’ cherry pie! Hostess contains lard, though, so finding that Krispy Kreme makes basically the same thing was a happy surprise. The sugar glaze really is the best part.
They have to be kettle-cooked, that’s mandatory, though the brand doesn’t really matter. The crunchier, the better! (Be wary of Lay’s Baked BBQ chips, not just because they are baked, but because they contain chicken fat – how’s that for weird??)
I love Taco Bell. I mean really, really love Taco Bell… Since their rice and beans are both vegan, and they will substitute beans for meat in any menu item (no charge), they’re vegetarian/vegan-friendly. My favorites are the 7-Layer Burrito, pictured above (minus the sour cream and cheese), and bean burritos “fresco style” — which means they add pico instead of cheese and sour cream. (FYI, their sour cream contains gelatin.)
I looked long and hard for a vegan candy bar, especially one that would taste like my favorite, Almond Joy. Mahalo is my new favorite candy bar, and it is even better than an Almond Joy, trust me. Go Max Go has a whole line of vegan candy bars: http://gomaxgofoods.com/. I found mine at Whole Foods. I was so thrilled that I emailed the company, receiving a prompt response, thanking me for my compliments (and promising to look into making a vegan Heath bar – heh heh!)
These things are seriously addictive. I mean it – when we got a Trader Joe’s in town, a friend told me I had to try these, but warned that they were almost TOO good. She was right. They’re considerably better than the Tofutti bars, in my humble opinion. I’m not an ice cream connoisseur by any means (I’d rather have chocolate cookies or cake most days) but a good ice cream sandwich can really hit the spot. Maybe it’s time for another trip to TJ’s…
I had rarely eaten at Burger King before becoming a vegetarian, but when I learned they had a veggie burger, I became a loyal (if only occasional) customer. It’s a fast-food burger, not gourmet food, but as frozen veggie burgers go, this one is pretty darn good. Although it’s not vegan (contains egg whites and dairy), I consider it a great attempt by a fast food chain to offer something marginally healthy and vegetarian, so I reward them for it by spending a little money there. The fries are good, too (and not coated with animal fat, like some other chains).
I’m still looking for a good vegan chocolate-covered cherry – probably just not looking in the right places. But that’s what makes life fun, the hunt!
What’s your favorite vegetarian or vegan junk food splurge?