Review: Co-op’s Gro vegan cookies prove excitement of plant-based food
It’s not too late to succeed at Veganuary, as these cookies prove
January is the month of vegan. The challenge for the first few weeks of every new year is to alter your diet to focus on vegan food, recognising changing attitudes towards plant-based grub.
My Veganuary hasn’t been terribly successful this year, possibly due to the fact that I haven’t actually tried. I accept that I am a prehistoric monster incapable of adjusting my archaic methods, but it’s a significant problem that milky cheese makes up 190% of my diet.
I was therefore astonished that my hopes of becoming less selfish might not yet be ruined. Charging out of the darkness like a glowing orb of ceaseless delight came the holy wonderment of vegan dark chocolate cookies by Co-op’s Gro brand.
I will admit that I was sceptical – dark chocolate is indisputably the most inferior chocolate. However, because I am oozing with bravery (I once stamped on a spider after only four hours of running around the house crying) I plumped up incredible courage and burrowed deep into the garden of greenery.
They were tasty, actually – really tasty. Big, fat, meaty (wait – what?) lumps of chunky cookies filled to bursting with enormous chocolate chunks and obviously flavoured using the teardrops of baby angels. Nothing could be sweeter – not even Jeremy Clarkson’s smug face.
A suitably unhealthy four biscuits in the £1.60 pack meant that my risk of going hungry was substantially reduced. Despite their absurd size, the carefree cookies were of a lighter substance, not being stodgy like poorly crafted, undercooked offerings (which should frankly permit a ten-year prison sentence).
It is increasingly clear that alternative ways of managing food are necessary to safeguard the environment, which is persistently affected by the harmful habits of humans. A diet of solely vegan cookies is unlikely to be a highly nutritious option, but the biscuits provide categorical evidence that plant-based food can be convenient, cheap and fully chomp-able – even if my own success with Veganuary is still highly improbable.
(I am aiming to write at least one food review a week throughout 2021 in support of The Trussell Trust, a UK charity that fights food poverty by supporting community food banks and campaigning for national change: justgiving.com/FoodWriting).