Excited vegans and our well-meaning friends and relatives are turning towards the supermarket shelves to feed us through the festive season. We tried three of the new festive offerings from Sainsbury’s so you don’t have to.
Vegan Butternut Squash and Chickpea Wellington (£2.50)
This Butternut and Chickpea Wellington has a small layer of cranberry running down the middle. Which is good because it’s the only bit that tastes good. As a whole it’s over-sweet, too mushy, and just disappointing.
We do not recommend adding this one to you Christmas dinner.
Vegan Shroompups in Blankets (£3.00)
You’re going to be in love with the smell of these cooking, and the bacon is top-notch. Unfortunately the shroomdog lets it all down. You can see little flecks of herbs and spices in them but they taste like the stems of button mushrooms. It’s really disappointing.
We’ve been buying V Bites pups in blankets the last few years and we’re probably going to get them again. These are bad.
Loaded BBQ Jackfruit Rostis (£3.00)
Let’s just get it out of the way now: these are also not good. The rosti itself is nice. Honestly I’d be happy with a whole bowl full of those, but the BBQ Jackfruit? Well the sauce lists Granulated Sugar as its largest ingredient and then says it also has Glucose Syrup, Cane Molasses and Caramelised Sugar Syrup. Seemingly all this was added without any skill in balancing flavours because all you’re going to get off these is sweet.
Another would not buy for us.
Sorry Sainsbury’s. Better luck next year.