After finally joining the UK Vegan Food Swap last month I was really looking forward to the next round. I had such fun finding interesting foods and receiving some wonderful treats. I'm still obsessing over the amazing 'Love me Truly' tea that I received and have been making everyone try it.
When the email for May arrived I found I would be sending my parcel to Claire of Great Vegan Expectations. I was much more organised this time and managed to get a few things in advance, of course that's a risky strategy if you don't know the likes and dislikes of the person you are buying for but it makes life easier and you can always make a few substitutions.
Arjuna Wholefoods on Mill Road, they have a broad selection of vegetarian and vegan foods, toiletries (including some amazing smelling soaps) and cleaning products. While I was there I picked up Sesame Sticks, Japanese Rice Crackers, lemon cookies, pineapple and mango fruit bars and CoCo Jack bar which is like a flapjack made from coconut and seeds. From my local supermarket I also grabbed a bar of plain chocolate, dairy-free buttons and a rhubarb and custard Nakd bar.
In return I received the following (very exciting) box from Christine.
Christine had included a couple of treats from the US and I was immediately drawn to the maple leaf shaped lolly-pop and wasn't disappointed to discover that it is indeed a lolly-pop made from maple syrup!! The second US treat was Root Beer Float flavoured chewing gum, I loved the foil wrappers which reminded me of how chewing gum used to look (can you still get Juicy Fruit or Double Mint?) and the cheeky slogan inside read 'Have Your Dessert & Chew It Too!'.
If you've never tried a food swap before I would highly recommend it and the UK Vegan Food Swap is great way of discovering new foods whether your a vegan or not. Alternately just try Google to find one that suits your tastes better. If you like getting post and you like eating, you love a food swap!!