Veganuary new releases – Takeout Taste Test

It’s the time of the year major chains release new items and despite me often just thinking they’re doing it for the publicity I will never turn down trying out some new vegan treats! Some long-lasting favourites such as Subway’s meatless meatball marinara and Greggs Vegan roll have found their fame from this month, so I’ve decided to trial this month’s offerings and boy do I think we have some winners!

McPlant – McDonald’s.

McDonalds first fully vegan burger! The McPlant released Nationwide for Veganuary.

The McPlant was released structurally over the country last year but despite living around some major cities and working in London I never had chance to try it until it’s nationwide release this January! Before purchasing I decided to order it as is with no adjustments, after all they’re the coinnesseurs in fast-food burgers (if you can call it that) and I wanted to try it as they intended. Usually I would’ve ordered with no onions, no mustard and no pickles, but I’m glad I didn’t! Despite the thick white uncooked onions being overpowering the mustard and pickle actually worked well and opened me up to trying it in future with this combo and just eliminating the onions entirely.

The actual burger itself is a bit thinner than I’d like and from other social posts I think that’s the general consensus for it too but it is nice and a gives a change to their veggie stick burgers. I’d love to see them tweak the recipe and make it available in wraps too! It’s good for a quick bite, if you’re travelling or it’s late at night and you need a snack. I think it’s also good, despite McDonalds being predominently meat suppliers that they’re offering this for people as I know meat eaters who have opted for it when they want something less dense or bloating and every little helps right!

The only thing I will say is, if you’re going to get it, eat it straight away, don’t take it home, don’t uber eats it, it’s awful cold and an absolute waste. Had I had the uber one first I would not have given it a second go, but i’m glad I did!

Krispy Kreme

Three new signature flavours to go alongside the vegan original glazed donut Krispy Kreme released prior.

Krispy Kreme released not one, not two but THREE vegan donuts nationwide this month alongside their classic vegan original glazed donut and even better they’re not short on stock! These have been out for a while on trials like the McPlant and I know some vegans who travelled 100 mile round trip to taste them, now I see them in Tesco’s big and small!

All three new vegan donuts from Krispy Kreme released nationwide.

My favourite Krispy Kreme was always the plain one with raspberry jam, although they have some lovely combos they’re quite sickly sweet so I often chose plain but that does not stop me devouring non-stop sweetness once in a while! The new releases offer a good variety and some excellent combinations of Fudge Brownie Bliss, Caramel Choc Delight and Apple Custard Crumble have been released. They have the authentic airy Krispy Kreme taste and really are on par with their regular donuts. I’d love to see them expand on this as most vegan options in donuts are drier and denser but Krispy Kreme nailed their variations!

Surprise sensation – the last of the pack was the surprise winner!

Burger King Nuggs

Burger King’s vegan royale is hands down my favourite fast food vegan burger, its juicy and I prefer ‘chicken’ over ‘beef’ so it has everything going for it in my book! They released some Nuggets as a new meal this year which is great if you don’t want something so dense with the bread.

Burger King is definitely too expensive for what it is so this isn’t something I’ll have often, frankly I could go to a restaurant for a couple quid more for a gourmet vegan burger and a better experience than eating in my car but it is good on the go!

I’m still wondering if they will fully veganise their ‘plant based whopper’ as despite it being plant based it’s cooked the same way as their normal whopper to give you the same authenticity but to me that defeats the purpose.

Dominos PepperoNAY

You’d think one of the largest Pizza chains championing Vegan options for years now would’ve released the classic and fan favourite Pepperoni Pizza replacement many moons ago but somehow it is a 2022 launch in collaboration with The Vegetarian Butcher. I’ve never really been a fan of pepperoni, before being vegetarian it was too spicy for me as a kid, then when I developed a taste for spice there were never really options for vegans/vegetarians until recently. I have tried the pizza hut version but pepperoNAY tends to be thin and you don’t fully feel like you’re satisfying the craving as much as say jalapeno.

We all know my favourite pizza is Jalapeno and Pineapple so I decided to get this pizza half and half, one half fully as recommended and one tailored for me – unfortunately Domino’s is temporarily not delivering to my village due to a road closure so I had to go for Caprino’s vegan pizza which was actually a fantastic replacement! I’ll definitely by trying the Domino’s Pepperonay before the end of the month but considering my disappointment in not being able to try it so far I found a my pizza cravings satisfied regardless.

White Rabbit Calzone – Honorary Mention

If anyone follows me on instagram you will see me constantly complaining about no Vegan calzone options in takeaways or asking for restaurant recommendations. I think when you don’t have something for a while you end up craving it more and more and that’s exactly what’s happened here. So although this is not a takeout I just want to mention it

Subway blew up among vegans last year when they released their meatless meatball marinara and they haven’t stopped there! They recently released their T.L.C Tastes like chicken Tikka and T.L.S Tastes like steak but unfortunately they’re only due to be on the menu till mid-feb and aren’t available nationwide instead stores will tend to have one or the other with T.L.S (the more recent release) being more available in the South. These options kind of feel more like a marketing ploy instead of genuinely caring or giving them a shot to succeed in the wider branches, but saying that the Meatless meatball marinara has stuck around so subway just need a reason for them to stay! It is good to see the cookie option too though so you really can make a meal out of it – kudos to subway there!

Going forward bringing in facon and being a bit more aware of cross contamination would see subway as a regular stop for me!

Coffee shops – Nero, Starbucks and Costa

Quick mention as although they’re nice they are quite expensive so I won’t be trying these yet.

Caffè Nero made in collaboration with plant-based meat company THIS™ menu includes plant-based chicken arrabbiata panini and a sausage ciabatta. Alongside Vegan croissant

Costa boast one of my favourites which is Vegan Macaroni Cheeze. They also advertise the Vegan BBQ Chick’n Panini but I have 100% had this before and although it’s lovely is not a new release and BOSH! ™ Chocolate & Pecan Slice. Their collabs with BOSH are historically lovely, this one I will skip purely as I don’t like Pecan’s but I’ve no doubt if you like chocolate and pecan you’ll love this

Did I miss your favourite Veganuary treat?

What are you most looking forward to trying first?

Let me know in the comments below
and stay tuned for Veganuary supermarket releases next!

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