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Winners Of Vegan Food & Living Magazine Product Awards 2020 Announced

Winners Of Vegan Food & Living Magazine Product Awards 2020 Announced

by Agi Kaja

Vegan Food & Living Magazine has announced the winners of its 2020 Product Awards. 

The magazine gathered the best vegan grocery products on the market and put them to the test. 

The products were tested by a panel of vegan food experts, including vegan bloggers, cooks, recipe creators, cookbooks authors, vegan restaurant owners, cookery school founders.  

The items were grouped in 12 categories, ranging from best vegan cheese, chocolate, snacks to milk and meat alternatives. 

Each product was rated on taste, texture and consistency. To make sure the judges didn’t choose their favourite brand, it was a blind taste test, with no one seeing the packaging.

Here are the winners:


Best Vegan Cheese

1. Follow Your Heart, Smoked Gouda Slices £3.29  

“Nice subtle flavour, holds together well” – Roxy Pope, So Vegan

“Pretty close to dairy, perfect for sliced cheese” – Stu Henshall, The Alternative Kitchen

 2 . Violife Greek White Block £2.99 

“Excellent flavour, the texture resembles feta more closely than any other Greek-style cheese” – Maryanne Hall, Viva!’s recipe writer

“Creamy and tasty, would be good in salads or melted into dishes” – Jenni Tame, Hungry Herbie

3. Applewood Vegan £2.30 

“Almost identical to Applewood smoked Cheddar… huge thumbs up” – Maryanne Hall, Viva!’s recipe writer

“Strong smoked taste” – Stu Henshall, The Alternative Kitchen


Best Vegan Chocolate

1. Seed & Bean Coconut and Raspberry Dark Chocolate £2.49 

“Very rich chocolate and good texture” – Niki Webster, Rebel Recipes

“Good cocoa content and a good snap” – Jenni Tame, Hungry Herbie

2. Moo Free Hazelnut Truffles £4.99 

“Nice hazelnut flavour, good glaze” – Robbie Tack, owner of Nourish

‘‘Wicked ganache, nice and ‘milky’ – Stu Henshall, The Alternative Kitchen

3. Mummy Meagz Sea Salt & Cinder Toffee Rocky Road £2.15

“Very sweet, good flavour, good texture, smooth with bits of crunch and fluffy marshmallow” – Maryanne Hall, Viva!’s recipe writer

“Lovely salty caramel flavour, soft, indulgent and tasty!” – Ben Pook, So Vegan


Best Vegan Snack

1. Candy Kittens Sour Watermelon £2 

“Slightly sour but just enough sweetness not to overpower the taste, lovely chewiness” – Ben Pook, So Vegan

“Love the sugary texture and lovely chew, could eat a whole pack” – Katy Beskow

2. Ten Acre Crisps, The Story Of When The Cheese Met The Onion 84p

“Good texture, better than Walkers” – Helen and Georgia, Demuths

“Nice firm crunch” – Robbie Tack, owner of Nourish

3. Purely Plantain Chips Nice & Spicy £1.99 

“Lovely savoury taste, nice firm texture” – Robbie Tack, owner of Nourish

“Smokey and spicy flavour, crisp melt-inthe- mouth texture, nice alternative to crisps” – Katy Beskow


Best Vegan Nutrition Bar

1. TRIBE Choco Peanut Butter Protein Bar £1.99 

“Peanutty with a hint of chocolate, nice texture and felt like the healthiest option” – Robbie Tack, owner of Nourish

“Nice nutty pieces of texture” – Helen Lawrence and Georgia Barton, Demuths

“Easy to eat and tastes nutritious!” – Katy Beskow

2. Pulsin Caramel Choc and Peanut Booster 99p 

“Dense and fudgy texture, a great after-dinner nibble, delicious” – Helen Lawrence and Georgia Barton, Demuths

“Sweet caramel flavour, would make a nice afternoon snack” – Ben Pook, So Vegan

3. Perkier BITES £1.59 

“Quite a fun texture” – Helen Lawrence, Demuths

“The crunchy grain is nice” – Georgia Barton, Demuths


Best Vegan Plant Milk

1. Califia Farms Oat Barista Blend £1.95 

“Very creamy, natural and full flavoured. Smooth consistency, good in coffee” – Helen Lawrence and Georgia Barton, Demuths

“Rich, oaty flavour, nice consistency” – Niki Webster, Rebel Recipes

“Best flavour, best one for sure” – Robbie Tack, owner of Nourish

2. Rude Health Almond Drink £2 

“Sweet and cohesive flavour, smooth and creamy consistency” – Helen Lawrence and Georgia Barton, Demuths

“The colour and consistency closely resembles dairy milk” – Ben Pook, So Vegan

3. Sproud Original Drink £1.35 

“Nice and creamy consistency” – Maryanne Hall, Viva!’s recipe writer

“Nice smooth consistency” – Roxy Pope, So Vegan


Best Vegan Dessert

1. Wicked Kitchen Sticky Toffee Pudding £4 

“Very subtle ginger, good texture, like the squishy cake” – Niki Webster, Rebel Recipes

“Enjoyable, nice and moist” – Robbie Tack, owner of Nourish

2. Dolcetta Cannoli £4 Available at Dolcetta Bakery in London

“Pretty to look at, sweet and good textures” – Robbie Tack, owner of Nourish

“Nice pastry, interesting flavours, love the variety. Great texture, creamy 

3. Costa Fruited Teacake Available at Costa

“Great fruit flavours, akin to its dairy brethren, as good as it gets” – Stu Henshall, The Alternative Kitchen

“Lovely! Subtle sweetness from the raisins and toasts well” – Roxy Pope, So Vegan


Best Vegan Meat Substitute

1. Linda McCartney Shredded Hoisin Duck £2.50 –

“Firm, chewy and realistic, a good mock meat” – Helen Lawrence and Georgia Barton, Demuths and Maryanne Hall

“Nice flavouring, good texture, would be great in stir frys” – Jenni Tame, The Hungry Herbie

2. [Pulled Oumph! £2 

“Nice spice to it, tangy, good level of heat, looks impressive. It is the closest thing to a chicken wing we have eaten since going vegan” – Roxy Pope, So Vegan

“Good flavour, squashy texture, most meat-like” – Niki Webster, Rebel Recipes

3. Quorn Pieces £2.50 

“Would be nice marinated and with a sauce” – Katy Beskow

“Will absorb whatever flavour you put with it, good texture and easiest to cook with” – Maryanne Hall, Viva!’s recipe writer


Best Vegan Ready meals

1. M&S Plant Kitchen Green Thai Curry £3.50 

“Big flavour, spicy kick, satisfying meal with a good ratio of rice and veg” – Ben Pook, So Vegan

“Good strong flavour with a nice bit of kick. Good creamy sauce, definitely not bland.” – Maryanne Hall, Viva!

2. Mitch’s Kitchen Spanish Tapas £6.75 

“Packed full of flavour” – Robbie Tack, owner of Nourish

“Nice variety of flavours, good spices and seasoning. A good healthy option” – Maryanne Hall, Viva!’s recipe writer

3. Tesco Wicked Kitchen Naked Burrito £4 

“Good flavours, mix of textures” – Niki Webster, Rebel Recipes

“Well balanced with just enough enough heat and some veggies and refried beans” – Ben Pook, So Vegan


Best Vegan Sandwich

1. Tesco, Wicked Italian Cold Cut Sandwich £3 

“Love the pickled pepper and smoked ‘cheese’. Very satisfying and clever use of celeriac” – Stu Henshall, The Alternative Kitchen

“Good flavour, great use of vegetables as meat, cheese is good and not waxy. Great texture and taste” – Jenni Tame, The Hungry Herbie

2. M&S No Turkey Feast £3.30 

“Nice and moist, interesting flavour, I like the use of mock meats. A good shop-bought option” – Maryanne Hall, Viva!’s recipe writer

“I like the wholemeal bread, nice flavour to the fake meat” – Roxy Pope, So Vegan

3. Subway Vegan Sub £3.80

“Patty has a good texture” – Jenni Tame, The Hungry Herbie

“Bread is nice and crispy, like the fresh veggies” – Roxy Pope, So Vegan


Best Vegan Sausage

1. Linda McCartney Vegetarian Sausages £2 

“Nice crispy outer and nice fluffy inside” – Roxy Pope and Ben Pook, So Vegan

“A good all rounder” – Jenni Tame, The Hungry Herbie

2. The Fry Family Meat-Free Braai-Style Sausages £4

“Good texture, would be good in a sandwich” – Jenni Tame, The Hungry Herbie

“Flavoursome, light texture” – Helen Lawrence and Georgia Barton, Demuths

3. Gosh! Veggie sausages with sage and black pepper £2.40 

“Lovely flavour of onion and spices” – Stu Henshall, The Alternative Kitchen

“Good for someone who doesn’t like meaty textures” – Jenni Tame, The Hungry Herbie


Best Vegan Alcohol

1. Stowford Press Low Alcohol Cider £1.10 – Available from most supermarkets 

“Very easy to drink, not too sweet” – Niki Webster, Rebel Recipes “Balance and fresh flavour, easy to drink” – Katy Beskow

“Balance and fresh flavour, easy to drink” – Katy Beskow

2. Proudly Vegan Prosecco £10.99 

“Not too bubbly or dry” – Robbie Tack, owner of Nourish

“Floral and fruity, thumbs up” – Ben Pook, So Vegan

3. Jubel Alpine – £1.80 

“Fruity, light, refreshing, great for summer” – Robbie Tack, owner of Nourish

“Nice flavour, light, easy drinking” – Niki Webster, Rebel Recipes


Best Vegan Burger

1. Oumph Burger £3.50 

Salty, smokey burger, perfect for BBQ’s” – Jenni Tame, The Hungry Herbie

“Tastes like a burger, crust and centre pretty bang on. Very enjoyable taste and texture” – Stu Henshall, The Alternative Kitchen

2. The Fry Family Quinoa and Brown Rice Protein Burger – £2.95 

“Breadcrumbed, mild, homely, crisp lovely texture inside, delicious!” – Katy Beskow

“Crunch on the outside, nice concept, haven’t seen anything like it” – Roxy Pope, So Vegan

3. Quorn Ultimate Burger £3 – Available at supermarkets

Balanced flavour and light texture” – Roxy Pope, So Vegan

Strong, quite sweet, would be well suited to a BBQ” – Katy Beskow


You can find more details here: Vegan Food & Living Magazine.

Agi Kaja

Agi Kaja

Animal Advocate. Environmentalist. News Editor. Vegan Business Promoter. 

Breaking the news on plant-based food innovation, new vegan products, animal welfare, environment, science, society and the growth of veganism.

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