Some people believe that Valentine’s Day is getting to be a bit too commercial, whereas other people believe it’s a great day to reinforce how much you care for your special someone. Rather than spending money on gifts, there are plenty of vegan sweets you can make yourself to show a little extra thoughtfulness. Chocolate, in particular, can be difficult for vegans so these gift ideas are a great way to bring some sweetness into your vegan loved one’s life. As with any recipe, it’s also a good idea to give them a try ahead of schedule to get the hang of it in preparation for the real deal.
Marzipan Chocolate Bombs – Making professional looking chocolates is easier than you think. A small investment in a chocolate mould will get your treats looking perfect every time. For vegan-friendly chocolate in New Zealand, try the darker Whittaker’s varieties that are vegan or look up ways to make it from scratch from vegan-friendly components.
Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes – Cupcakes are cute and fun, perfect for use as Valentines. The minty flavour of these offsets the chocolate, and if you have an artistic hand you can customise the decorations to suit the recipient.
Raw Coconut Almond Truffles – Some vegans and vegetarians also follow a raw diet, but this doesn’t mean they have to miss out on sweet treats. These truffles are easy to make and require only a blender to put together.
Double Chocolate Torte – Pure chocoholic heaven. Valentine’s Day is all about indulgence, and this dessert takes that to an extreme.
Of course not everyone has a sweet tooth, and for alternative vegan/vegetarian friendly gifts there are a number of retailers who can help you out such as Trade-Aid, Lush and The Cruelty Free Shop.
I actually think vegan sweets tend to be a lot nicer – you have to source better chocolate with purer ingredients, so it usually becomes a matter of quality over quantity.