There are so many great vegan snacks, treats and sweets available these days that it's hard to try them all. So, come join us at the Milwaukee Vegan Meetup on Saturday June 14th at 5pm to try a huge variety of delicious vegan treats! It'll be a casual meetup where you'll be able to snack at your own pace and mingle with others. The event will go until about 8pm, so you don't have to arrive right at 5pm, but make sure to check in when you get there. To cover the snacks, it's only a $5.46 charge--what a deal! Make sure to RSVP by Friday night at midnight!
We'll have something for everyone there--sweet, savory and healthy! Here are some of the items we have in store for you....
First, a selection of Larsen donuts--Bavarian Cream, Raspberry-filled and frosted rings. Larsen Bakery is located in Racine, but you can also order their donuts through VeganEssentials.com. You prep them at home in the oven and spread the frosting on yourself and you have delicious, fresh donuts on the spot! Also from Larsen we'll have vegan kringle--everyone from Wisconsin knows about kringle, but did you know you can pick these up at your local Outpost Foods? The vegan ones taste just like the original!
Earth Balance, famous for their buttery sticks, has been releasing all kinds of snacks lately. The cheddar squares are the latest, but they also have flavored potato chips, aged white cheddar puffs (kind of like a healthy Cheeto), and P.B. Popps, which are "popcorn cuddled in peanut butter and a bustle of oats"--trust me, these things are addictive.
We'll also have some Cedar's Hommus served with fresh baby carrots and Flamous Organic Falafel Chips--these are pretty amazing too.
If you don't make kale chips at home, Brad's Raw Cruncy Kale chips are the next best thing...and they come in different flavors if you're feeling adventurous. A friend of mine recently brought home some "dang" toasted coconut chips back from her trip to New York, along with a bunch of other snacks, but these were the winner. Outstanding. And...I happened to order the salted caramel variety from VeganEssentials...I can't wait.
You can find these next two snacks all over the city--Kettle brand Maple Bacon potato chips are vegan and they taste like breakfast! Find them at Outpost, Riverwest Coop, Whole Foods and some mainstream stores too. You know those cookies they serve on the plane called "Biscoff?" Well, imagine a bunch of those made into a spread...wow. This is a favorite of many of my friends and can be served on bread, crackers, chocolate or get crazy and spread it on a Biscoff cookie! You can find this at Target and I believe a bunch of other local stores--you may also see it under another brand, "Speculoos." (I know--weird name, but it tastes just as good!)
To drink, we'll have a variety of Santa Cruz organic lemonades--cherry (my absolute favorite), raspberry, mango, strawberry and more. You can find these at Outpost and Whole Foods and probably some other local stores too.
We were lucky enough to find a vegan-friendly place to host our snack-o-rama. Halo Soap is a local company run by Stacie Cherubini--she has locations in Cudahy and Bay View, but also sells online. She has been making soap and other skincare products for over 11 years, so she really knows what she's doing! Plus, she and everyone who works there is super-nice.
The majority of Halo products are vegan, with the only exceptions being some products that contain beeswax or honey. There are products for everyone--women, children and men! Here are just a small selection, but you can browse her entire store online as well. Stacie is offering all of the attendees a 10% discount on the day of the meetup, so if you need some soap or skincare products, support a vegan-friendly local company! If not, no worries--there's no pressure to buy anything! :)