Easter is on the way, and store inventory is dwindling, so let’s get to building a basket! A vegan basket, that is!
As vegans, it can be difficult to celebrate a holiday that is so egg-centered. However with the advent of faux eggs to decorate, vegan egg substitutes to eat, and dairy-free chocolate at most stores, it is easier than ever to celebrate guilt-free. While we still may not have access to many of the traditional Easter basket fillers all at one grocer, when we shop from a few stores we can come up with something spectacular without the sacrifice of animals. Whether you are someone who likes to give the Easter Bunny a hand, or you just don’t trust Peter Cottontail, below you will find the list of items I used to fill my baskets this year.
Starting with some in-store chocolate finds, we have the previously reviewed Lindt Oat Milk Salted Caramel Bar from Safeway, Lindt Dark Chocolate Bunny, and Ferrero Rocher Hollow Dark Chocolate and Hazelnut Orb from CVS. I am a big fan of the Lindt bunny, it is smooth, rich, and not too bitter. The Ferrero Rocher Orb was also not available in the US until this year, so this is a fun new addition!
I purchased some vegan milk chocolate treats online from No Whey! Milkless Surprise Eggs filled with Easter-shaped vegan milk chocolate pieces, a chocolate bunny lollipop, and Mini Cream Veggs– a vegan Cadbury egg alternative. No Whey makes vegan milk chocolate that replicates the real thing. If you are not a fan of dark chocolate, these are the picks for you!
Next up we have some common finds that are “accidentally vegan” that I picked up at Target. Bunny Dum-Dum suckers are free from common allergens and super cute! I also found an original Pringles pack that is dressed up for Easter, and milk-free.
From Raley’s, we have 3 vegan gummy options! Annie’s new “Mini” Bunny Fruit Snacks that even include a bunny butt shape, Jelly Belly’s Vegan Gummies (now available in individual packs) in traditional and sour varieties, and J Luehders Vegan Soft Candy. J Luedhders German gummies pack a punch of flavor, in cute shapes that depict the fruit flavors, or for Easter- springtime flowers!
Lastly, don’t forget that you can add holiday-related, non-food items to your baskets! This is a hack my mom used back when I first went veg. It used to be super difficult to find fun vegan candy in our local stores, let alone the holiday aisle! If you have trouble finding vegan-friendly chocolate or other items, stick to tried and true favorites like Sour Patch Kids and Skittles, then add some cute springtime fillers like the Y2K clips I put in mine! I found the bunny clips by Cat & Jack at Target, and the Butterfly and Gummi-Bear clips at Walmart.
Any finds you will be adding to your baskets this year? Easter falls on April 17th this year, so hop to it!
Location: Modesto, CA
Safeway: 2001 McHenry Ave Suite C, Modesto, CA 95350
CVS: 2601 Oakdale Rd Suite East, Modesto, CA 95355
Target: 2425 Claribel Rd, Riverbank, CA 95367
Raley’s: 3020 Floyd Ave Suite 139, Modesto, CA 95355
Walmart: 3848 McHenry Ave, Modesto, CA 95356