Vegans shouldn’t have to settle for less on the holidays because the “good” candies have milk and eggs in them. The good news is that you don’t have to anymore! With Easter around the corner you may be asking yourself, “Where can I find some creme filled eggs and chocolate bunnies?” You might be surprised at how many options are available in a few local stores as well as online.
For the Love of Chocolate (The Fan): A local Richmond favorite, this place has just about everything. While the majority of it may not be vegan, they have finally started a vegan friendly section which is located near the front of the store. Here you will find vegan “M&M’s”, chocolate bars, peanut butter cups, coconut milk-based caramels, creme filled eggs, and candy bars.
Carytown Cupcakes (The Fan): Are cupcakes considered candy- does it matter? Carytown Cupcakes has always made sure to offer at least two vegan options on a daily basis. The Easter flavors will consist of Strawberry-lemonade and Butterfinger. Make sure to pick up a few of them!
Chocolates by Kelly (Forest Hill/ Church Hill): The best place to find over-sized dark chocolate peanut butter and coconut filled easter eggs. They also have regular chocolates year round that are vegan as well.
Sweet and Sara http://store.sweetandsara.com/: Peeps are one of those iconic Easter treats that vegans have always missed out on. The wait is finally over as Sweet and Sara have created Veeps- vegan Peeps! You can choose either an easter bunny or a spring chick. They also have a classic 8″ chocolate-covered bunny that’s been filled with marshmallow. Available until March 29.
Lagustas Lucious http://www.lagustasluscious.com/shop/seasonal-specials: If you are looking for chocolate bunnies look no further. Lagustas Lucious has several versions to choose from as well as creme filled eggs, pagan bark, macarons and hand-painted chocolates.
Vegan Treats http://vegantreats.com/: One of our favorite travel destinations, this lovely shop is located in Bethlehem, PA. Each holiday season they stock a themed gift package. For Easter you can find several baskets packed with a variety of filled eggs, vegan Twix, bunny pops, vegan sno-caps, “betterfinger” bars and more.
As you can see, there are a lot of options available both locally as well as online. The amount of choices keeps growing and growing as we continue to experiment with alternative ingredients. What’s going to be your favorite vegan Easter treat this year?