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Vegans are not deprived of deliciousness! We get to enjoy sweet snacks too. And like everyone else, we occasionally like to chow down on candy while binge-watching Netflix. So bring on the sugary, the savory, and ALL THE CHOCOLATE.
Thanks to some innovative candymakers, plant-based eaters can opt into lots of veganized familiar indulgences these days. Some of the most popular candy bars on the market have totally delectable dairy- and egg-free substitutes, from Snickers to Butterfinger.
Get ready to pack your summer snack stash: here are four must-try vegan versions of your favorite candies:
Snickers = No Whey Foods’ Chocolate No Whey Candy Bar
If “you’re not you when you’re hungry,” there’s an easy solution. No Whey Foods makes a vegan version of the ever-popular candy bar. Stuffed with caramel (milk free, of course) and peanut nougat, it’s dipped in the company’s milkless chocolate. Have ’em on hand to keep the han-ger away.
Peanut M&Ms = Little Secrets Salted Peanut Dark Chocolate
The crunchy, peanutty pleasure of these round candy treats have FINALLY been re-created. Thanks to Little Secrets Salted Peanut Dark Chocolate, there’s no need for vegans to pine for peanut M&Ms any longer. These amazingly delicious candies are all vegan, though they too carry an allergen label due to shared equipment. And for those worrying about the confectioners glaze ingredient — it’s wax and oil-based!
Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups = Theo’s Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups
Chocolate and peanut butter are pretty tasty by themselves — but put them together and you’ve got a truly delicious snack. Fear not, PB&C lovers: there are vegan versions that more than rival Reese’s, including Theo’s dark-chocolate cups. They’re not only dairy-free but also fair trade — that’s a win-win!
Butterfinger = Go Max Go’s Thumbs Up
“Don’t have a cow man.” Those are the iconic words of millennial icon Bart Simpson, and to vegans everywhere, it’s advice we take literally. Luckily there’s a vegan bar Bart would approve of: Go Max Go’s crispy, buttery replica called “Thumbs Up.” It’s a spot-on substitute for Butterfinger, but no cows were harmed in its creation.
Any other vegan candy favorites we’re missing? Tell us about your ultimate indulgences. And scope out our dessert recipes for more sweet, cruelty-free treats.