Vegan versions of childhood favorites easily have me hooked.
Remember Moon Pies? I like to think of them as an upgraded version of s’mores. More like a cookie sandwich than a pie, Moon Pies are a graham sandwich filled with marshmallow creme and covered in chocolate. Moon Pies were created in the US in 1917, while a UK version called “Wagon Wheels” rolled into production in 1948. The main difference between Moon Pies and Wagon Wheels is that Wagon Wheels have a jam-filled center and are more tall than wide. I have yet to find a vegan Moon Pie, but a vegan version of Wagon Wheels now exists due to a UK company known as Ananada Foods!
Ananada Foods, founded in 2008, creates vegan marshmallows in the UK. With the success of their marshmallow production came: “Round Ups“- a big kid and vegan version of Wagon Wheels, aka “The Wheel Reinvented”. Ananda Foods describes their Round Ups as “a plant-based super powered chocolate biscuit sandwiched with marshmallow, a gooey center, rolled and covered in Belgian chocolate”. I found and tried 7 Round Ups, and absolutely loved them!
I found my Ananda Foods Round Ups online in The Very Vegan Sweet Shop. I shopped for some Easter Basket treats and then tacked on some Round Ups just for me! I found: a Classic Round Up, Gluten-Free Classic Round Up, Blueberry Pancake Round Up, Salted Caramel Round Up, Queen Jaffa Orange Marmalade Round Up, King Mint Round Up, and a Rose & Raspberry Round Up. Below I list a brief description of each Round Up:
Classic Round Up- This Round Up is the MOST similar to a Moon Pie. A thick vegan marshmallow with a yummy strawberry jam center is sandwiched between two chocolate biscuits and coated in Belgian chocolate.
GF Classic Round Up- This Round Up is exactly like the Classic Round Up but is gluten-free! I did not recognize a noticeable difference between the two, except that the marshmallow appeared less white in color.
Blueberry Pancake Round Up- This Round Up is an exclusive flavor for Easter. The vegan marshmallow is maple flavored, and the jam center is wild blueberry. I found this to be the most complex flavored Round Up and had the most jam-filling.
Salted Caramel Round Up- This Round Up is super indulgent. A housemade salted caramel centers this vegan marshmallow. The filling, in combination with the chocolate biscuits and Belgian chocolate coating, makes for a decadent treat.
Queen Jaffa Orange Marmalade Round Up- This Round Up is coined “Queen Jaffa”. The marshmallow biscuit sandwich is filled with an orange marmalade center and coated in Belgian chocolate infused with organic orange oil.
King Mint Round Up- This Round Up is the wild card! Chocolate biscuits sandwiching a plump vegan marshmallow, coated in Belgian chocolate with mint fondant filling. The fondant in place of jam made this Round Up more reminiscent of cake than a cookie sandwich.
Rose & Raspberry Round Up- This Round Up is a holiday exclusive. The vegan marshmallow center is filled with raspberry jam, sandwiched by chocolate biscuits, and coated in rose-scented Belgian chocolate.
My favorite was the Classic Round Up, but the Queen Jaffa Orange Marmalade Round Up was a close runner-up! If you want to try Ananda Foods products in the US, visit TheVeryVeganSweetShop.com. If you plan to order from The Very Vegan Sweet Shop’s website, head to do so before the online shop is closed for the warmer weather (shipping is only available during cooler months). If there are other online shops with this product, I have not come across or used them, so I cannot vouch for their service. I was pleased with my Very Vegan Sweet Shop experience. I definitely recommend them, and plan to shop with them again!