Ananda’s Round Ups
Did you ever try Wagon Wheels? In case you didn’t, Wagon Wheels are a soft chocolate cake/biscuit base (cake or biscuit; who knows?), covered with marshmallow, and encased in milk chocolate. There is an original flavour, with biscuit, marshmallow and chocolate. But my favourite was the ‘jammie’ one with the blue wrapper. As well as marshmallow, this one oozes with raspberry jam.
(If you haven’t heard of Wagon Wheels, you can find them in Australia, Canada, Ireland, the Isle of Man, Malta, Spain, Russia, Dominican Republic, and the UK.)
The Vegan Wagon Wheel
Good news, dairy free friends! Ananda’s Round Ups Are a vegan Wagon Wheel equivalent, made using 100% plant-based ingredients. These vegan Wagon Wheels have been around for a couple of years now. But it’s only since a growing number of online vegan food shopping sites have stocked them that they’ve become so popular.
The packaging looks like this:
— VeganTown.co.uk (@VeganTownUK) September 30, 2014
About Ananda’s Round Ups – The Texture
If you haven’t tried Ananda’s Round Ups, you are 100% missing out. While many people call them ‘vegan Wagon Wheels’, they are even better than the original. Ananda’s are both thicker and more flavoursome. There’s still a biscuit base, like regular non-vegan Wagon Wheels. This one is more substantial though, making Ananda’s products more like a cake. They’re thicker and more filling, and incredibly indulgent to sink your teeth into.
Ananda’s Round Ups – The Taste Test
The base is topped with delicious vegan marshmallow. This is also thicker than non-vegan wagon wheels. But another difference with Ananda’s Round Ups is that they come in a much wider variety of flavours, including:
- ‘Mint Me’
- ‘Orange E-Tang’
- ‘Let’s Celebrate!’ – Marc de Champagne fondant
- Easter (Honeycomb)
- Wheat-free and gluten-free Round Up
This is one of many dairy free and vegan treats that confirms you don’t have to miss out just because you’re avoiding dairy. They’re one of the best like-for-like vegan replacements I’ve seen for an existing product. Except they’re better than original Wagon Wheels! Ananda’s even refer to Round Ups online as ‘vegan Wagon Wheels’, so it is obviously a phrase people understand.
‘Let’s Celebrate!’ – Marc de Champagne fondant
If you’re feeling classy, you can jazz things up by sampling the ‘Let’s Celebrate’ Round Up, which features Marc de Champagne fondant. Don’t worry, there’s no alcohol involved!
Ananda’s Gift Boxes
If you can’t decide, try an Ananda’s Gift Box! Featuring both Round Ups, and the vegan marshmallows that won Ananda an Entrepreneur Of The Year Award in 2012!
What Goes Into Ananda’s Round Ups?
Though you could try, you’ll have a hard time making your own vegan Wagon Wheels at home. It’s a fine art, requiring a lot of clever techniques. You’ll understand that once you read the giant list of ingredients below, which are carefully and lovingly crafted into the delicious cakes that you see before you.
Ananda’s Original Round Up – Ingredients
- Organic Wheat Flour
- Non hydrogenated Vegetable Fat
- Soya Milk
- Organic & Fairtrade Cocoa
- Tapioca Starch
- Madagascan Vanilla Extract
- Bicarb. of Soda
- Glucose-Fructose Syrup
- British Sugar
- Modified Starch
- Rice Starch
- Vegetable Glycerine
- Plant Derived Emulsifiers
- Madagascan Vanilla
- Locust Bean Gum
- Sea Salt
- Cocoa Mass
- Cocoa Butter
- Emulsifier: Soya Lecithin, Natural Vanilla Flavouring
- Min. Cocoa Solids 53.8%
- Cane Sugar
- Concentrated Lemon Juice
- Gelling Agent (Fruit Pectin)
Contains Wheat & Soya
Try doing that at home!
About Ananda Foods
Ananda Foods was established in 2008, and originated as a vegetarian/vegan marshmallow manufacturer. From there, they have expanded their product range from marshmallows, to marshmallow lollies, and of course the Round Up range.
All of Ananda’s ingredients are certified non-gmo. They’re also animal free, dairy free and mainly soya free. The marshmallows are wheat free and gluten free, though only one type of Round Up is gluten free.
Hope you enjoyed my Round Up round-up!
My favourite Round Up is still the original, but you won’t be disappointed by any of these vegan treats. You can buy Ananda’s Round Ups on Amazon, or in specialist vegan stores such as Ms Cupcake, Brixton.
Which will you try first? Let me know in the comments below!