January 16, 2011

Favorite Vegan Shopping Website

I don't know if you guys have heard of this company before, but Vegan Essentials is my one stop shop for any of my vegan shopping. If you couldn't tell by the name of my blog, I live in the Heartland of America (Minnesota to be specific). This is a company from Waukesha, Wisconsin so it isn't that far from me! They opened in 1998 and are one of America's oldest cruelty-free retailers. They have such a great selection of products and their shipping is so super fast. When I place an order, it's usually here within 2 days, if not the next day. Anything you could possibly want (in vegan form), I'm sure they have. From all their great faux cheese and faux meat selections, to vitamins, clothing, shoes, books. Everything! After the jump, I'll list some of my favorite things, and some really unique finds that make Vegan Essentials my favorite vegan shopping destination.

Mimic Creme is the best vegan cream substitute I have found. It's non-dairy (of course) and soy free as well. The reason I like that it's soy free is so that you don't get too much soy in your diet. 25 grams of soy protein is the ideal, so if your eating faux meats for every meal, that's your daily consumption right there. It's so creamy and delicious and makes great ice cream!

Dandie's Vegan marshmallows are another Heartland company, being made by Chicago Soy Dairy company. These are so good! They're perfect for making s'mores (which I have) and melt great for making vegan rice krispies bars (which I have too).

I know Daiya cheese has become more readily available in retail stores lately, but Vegan essentials offers it to those who can't get it at their local grocery stores. This is by far, the best vegan cheese on the market. It tastes just like the real thing, melts like the real thing, and is stretchy and gooey like the real thing. I love using it on pizzas and in lasagna.

In my pre-vegan days, Cheez-Its were one of my favorite foods, if not my absolute favorite. I used to eat them every day after school and would hoard them in my dresser drawer in my bedroom. With that embarrassing confession behind me, I must confess that Eco-Planet's Non-Dairy Cheddar Crackers are just as good as any cheese cracker on the market. Plus they're made by a great eco-friendly company!

 Alright, my last faux cheese of the day. Parmazano is my favorite vegan grated Parmesan replacer I've tried. It comes from the U.K. (hello to my U.K. readers!) and is the closest to the real thing I've had. It's great on top of pizzas, pasta, potatoes and other vegetables (I think I've even sprinkled it over broccoli.)


This is heaven in chocolate bar form. The original Rice Milk Choco bar is so rich and decadent and tastes just like you remember milk chocolate. I even had my non-vegan mom try it and she said it was better than any other chocolate she's had. That's how good it is guys. These work really well with baking and making s'mores too! Or just open, break off a chunk, and eat!

Another company from the heartland, Larsen's offers the best vegan donuts I have ever had! They make bavarian creme, raspberry filled, and raised donuts and offer vanilla or chocolate frosting. They're best when they've been microwaved for a few seconds. They even make a great cinnamon roll.

I'm not really a huge fan of faux meats, but these Chicken Tenders by Gardein are so delicious. They're so crispy and tender, and they're not that unhealthy either! Their made with seven different grains and have really high quality protein, plus they just taste really good. When you're eating a fake chicken tender, that's really all that matters.

They even offer pre-made frozen pizzas! The Pizza's made by Rossini's are by far my favorite. They crust is crispy and flaky and so good. Plus they're made with Daiya cheese, which just makes it even better. If you're looking for quick and easy dinner, just keep some of these in your freezer. They even come in pepperoni or sausage!

And just to show you a sample of all the unique things they have, they even have vegan shrimp. Seriously. I've never had shrimp so I've never tried this. But for those who loved shrimp before their days as a vegetarian, you can rejoice once again.


  1. Thank you so much for this post! Not only are your recipes amazing, but I am new to veganism and it's awesome to get recommendations for brands and food substitutes. This is seriously my new favorite blog, keep up the great work!!!

  2. Awww thank you twinbbymama! That means a lot. If you have any questions about veganism don't hesitate to ask!

  3. Hey there! I love VE, as well! I live in the "Heartland" as well (Indianapolis), and when I can't find something at one of my local grocery stores, I turn to Vegan Essentials.

    Love your blog, by the way! I've recently started a similar one (that's how I found yours) and am looking for friends. Stop by if you get a chance!

  4. Oh, forgot my blog link: http://nomooing.blogspot.com/

  5. Thanks avoir_la_volonte! Your blog looks great as well! That quinoa confetti looks delcious! I'm gonna have try that!