Half the fun of the holiday season is the festive flavors; everyone loves a peppermint mocha or a gingerbread cookie. Luckily, plant-based eaters are no longer excluded from this seasonal culinary celebration. Lots of companies have introduced vegan holiday products that are just as fun (and delicious) as the old stand-bys.
Here are four of our favorites:
Peppermint Bark Bar
Premium Chocolatiers (aka No Whey Chocolate) offers a variety of tasty treats, from M&M-like candies to milkless chocolate bars. This time of year, their Peppermint Bark Bar combines two ever-popular goodies: candy canes and chocolate. They have lots of other seasonal selections, too, from chocolate Santa pops to candy cane pretzels to truffle collections, and more. Check the company’s website for store locations, or you can order online.
‘Tis the Season Popps
For any eater who misses Moose Munch or those massive tins of flavored popcorn, Earth Balance makes a dark chocolate and cinnamon coated popcorn — perfect for holiday snacking. Use the store finder on the Earth Balance website to find products near you.
Peppermint Star Bars
Made by the aptly-named So Delicious, these frozen treats are light, creamy, and full of peppermint sweetness. Be warned: it’s easy to eat an entire box, solo. You can snag the bars at select Whole Foods.
Califia Farms’ annual addition to their dairy-free lineup is the holiday season in a cup. Made with almond milk, nutmeg, and not-too-much sugar, it’s a must for Christmas morning. Find it at a Whole Foods near you.
Chances are, if you’re hosting a holiday feast this year, you’ll have at least one friend or family member who will be a little flustered by the feathered fowl at the center of the table. For either ethical or health reasons, many people are making the switch to a vegetarian or vegan diet.
We’re so lucky to live in a time when finding a compassionately run hotel with vegan fare is merely a few clicks away! The best part is that we’ve cherry-picked our favorite destinations, in no particular order—they’re all very special places:
1. Hotelito Desconocido in Tomatlán, Mexico
This beautiful hotel in the state of Jalisco in Mexico is surrounded by white beaches and a lagoon that’s home to more than 150 species of birds. The hotel also features a private garden that supplies fruits and vegetables for the on-site restaurant. Sounds like quite a paradise.