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Vegan Supermarket Finds: Biscuits

Given that tea and biscuits are a staple within the British people’s diet, as well as a fundamental aspect of many social gatherings, it’s important that vegans too have access to these delicacies. We already have a Vegan Connections article on the best plant-based milks to use, so you already have your cup of tea sorted, but what biscuits are there on offer? Most of the major UK supermarkets have a diverse range of “accidentally vegan” biscuits, many of which people have no idea are vegan. This article explores some of these options, rating their taste, accessibility, and tea compatibility on a five star scale, so you know exactly which biscuits are worth trying and where you can find them! Always double check ingredients before buying products, just in case any changes are made to these over time.

 

Fox’s Dark Chocolate Chunkie Cookies

Taste: ★★★★★

Okay, so I’m a harsh judge and it’s rare that I give anything full marks, but these are brilliant and genuinely deserve five stars. You’d never even think it was dark chocolate! As far as pre-packaged cookies go, these have to be up there with the best I’ve ever had.

Accessibility: ★★★

These seem to appear in Asda and Morrisons frequently, particularly when they’re on offer, but it’s not always easy to find them in other supermarkets. Tesco and Sainsbury’s tend to have every other flavour in this biscuit range (which aren’t vegan, unfortunately) apart from the dark chocolate ones!

Tea Compatibility: ★★★

These are decent. They’re not very crumbly, and they don’t absorb the tea in the same way other biscuits might, but covering them in tea can’t be anything but a good idea.

 

Golden Oreo

Taste: ★★★★

These are essentially just the Oreo version of custard creams – one of the classic tea biscuits. I’d say they taste almost exactly like custard creams do, with the biscuit part perhaps just being slightly less crumbly. Perfect for those who love this classic!

Accessibility: ★★★★

You can get these in pretty much any supermarket, alongside the standard Oreos (which are vegan too, of course). Look out for the limited edition Mint Oreos and Strawberry Cheesecake Oreos which are also vegan! Smaller supermarkets might only stock the original Oreos, but these ones can usually be found relatively easily too.

Tea Compatibility: ★★★

These almost got four stars. Custard creams were always great for dipping into tea, and these are nearly as good… but just not quite.

 

Choc Chip Hobnobs

Taste: ★★★★

If you love Hobnobs, you’re going to love the chocolate chip version even more! These are surprisingly vegan, and although they may not be as exciting as the Fox’s Dark Chocolate Chunkie Cookies, they’re still very tasty. Maybe I shouldn’t have tried the Fox’s ones first, because all other biscuits seem to pale in comparison…

Accessibility: ★★★

A number of supermarkets do sell these, although they don’t always appear to be stocked in smaller stores. I bought these from Asda, but I’ve definitely spotted them in both Morrisons and Tesco before too.

Tea Compatibility: ★★★★

Hobnobs are another classic tea biscuit, so they were definitely not a let down when dipped in my tea!

 

Duncan’s of Deeside Family Recipe Scottish Shortbread

Taste: ★★★★

I was so close to giving these five stars. These are amazing. Like the others, they’re just “accidentally vegan”, so no non-vegan would ever notice that they don’t contain any animal products. I could honestly say that this is the best shortbread I’ve ever had. I wasn’t previously a huge shortbread fan, but these have converted me.

Accessibility: ★★

Unfortunately, these ones aren’t so easy to find. I never even knew they existed until very recently. Large Morrisons and Tesco stores both sell them, but they’re probably much less common in the smaller stores. If you do find them, definitely buy them!

Tea Compatibility: ★★★★★

Amazing. They’re so crumbly and they absorb the tea perfectly. Zero negative comments.

 

Sainsbury’s Bourbon Creams

Taste: ★★★

Maybe this is an unfair assessment, but I’ve always found bourbon creams to be very mediocre. They taste nice enough, but I just wouldn’t go out of my way to buy them. If you’re a bourbon cream fan, however, then at least you now know that you have lots of supermarket options as a vegan!

Accessibility: ★★★★★

You can literally go into any supermarket and you’ll be able to find these. I tried the Sainsbury’s brand, but almost all other supermarket brands have vegan bourbon creams available – Asda, Tesco, Morrisons, Marks & Spencer, and even Spar apparently!

Tea Compatibility: ★★★

They’re nice enough with tea. They’re just your standard bourbon creams, really.

 

Tesco Everyday Value Digestive Biscuits

Taste: ★★★

No British biscuit review could be complete without the mention of digestives. These are your standard, no frills, digestive biscuits. They would have received four stars if they’d been topped with some chocolate, but unfortunately finding vegan chocolate digestives isn’t such an easy task. Rumour has it that Tesco will soon be introducing some accidentally vegan plain chocolate digestives, so keep your eyes peeled!

Accessibility: ★★★★

These are easy enough to find since most supermarkets have a vegan version of digestive biscuits on offer. I tried the Tesco Everyday Value Digestive Biscuits but there are also own brand vegan digestives in Morrisons, Sainsbury’s, Marks & Spencer, and Co-Op.

Tea Compatibility: ★★★★

These are probably the most common biscuits to dip into tea, so of course they work well. I just wish they’d had some chocolate on top!