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Rowntree’s Fruit Pastilles, one of the most popular confectionery brands for almost 140 years, is to become vegan friendly.

The new vegan friendly recipe will be used across the full range of Fruit Pastilles sweets, starting with sharing bags from October. Fruit Pastilles join Nestlé’s expanding range of vegan products, which include Jelly Tots, Carnation vegan condensed milk and Nescafé Gold dairy alternative lattes.

Nestlé technicians trialled over 30 recipes before arriving at the new formulation. Their mission was to remove the gelatine while ensuring the sweets retained the fruity flavour and iconic chew they are famous for.


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Maria McKenna, Marketing Manager for Nestlé Ireland Confectionery said: “We’ve had many requests from consumers over the years asking if we can make Fruit Pastilles vegetarian or vegan. We want the brand to be enjoyed by as many people as possible and so we are delighted to be able to introduce our new vegan friendly recipe across the full range of sweets.

“In developing the new formulation, we were very conscious of our responsibility as custodians of this much-loved brand and its long history. Through this recipe change, we’ve made the sweets slightly softer, which we know has been a market trend for a number of years. However, our priority was to preserve the fabulously fruity chew that has made Fruit Pastilles a classic for almost a century and a half. The product development specialists at the Rowntree’s factory have spent a huge amount of time and care perfecting the new formulation. We hope all Fruit Pastilles fans will agree that we have succeeded in developing a recipe which is as deliciously chewy as it has ever been, whilst at the same time being suitable for those following vegetarian, vegan and religious diets.”

Fruit Pastilles, a mix of blackcurrant, lemon, strawberry, lime and orange chewy sweets, contain no artificial colours, flavours or preservatives.

They were invented by brothers Henry and Joseph Rowntree, working with French confectioner August Claude Gaget, at their cocoa works in York in 1881.


There’s a stereotype that it’s avocado toast that millennials have a relentless obsession with, but Tesco Ireland have had to order their rare giant avocados due to popular demand.

It can’t be entirely 23-year-olds to 35-year-olds that have created such a trend, so we’re all guilty of the avocado love. Confess, why don’t you?

A very special delivery of the giant food, known as ‘Avozilla’s for their huge size, will land in 70 Tesco stores around the country on Saturday, September 14.

The Avozillas are priced at just €4 and exclusive to Tesco in Ireland. The game-changing giant avocados are perfect for creating a massive, family-sized portion of guacamole.

Think of the avocado toast brunches you could host with a stash like this, the possibilities are endless. Avozillas are naturally produced and not genetically modified.

Just four trees produce the Avozilla supply in the lush forest outside of Modjadjiskloof, Limpopo, South Africa. It’s basically a cross between two types of avocado; West Indian and Guatemalan varieties.

As these trees are not available for commercial sale, there is very limited supply of the fruit, so avocado fans are encouraged to pop into one of the participating Tesco stores while stocks last, to avoid disappointment.

John Brennan, Fresh Category Director, Tesco Ireland, commented:

“They are extremely rare and come from just four trees grown by one of the world’s biggest suppliers of avocados in South Africa. Deliveries will be going into 70 of our stores across the country on Saturday morning and will be available this weekend while stocks last.”

What are you waiting for? Set your alarms for tomorrow, and lift some weights so you can carry all those Avozillas home.

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On January 1st last year, my boyfriend and I decided to eliminate meat from our diet. For me, it wasn't that much of a challenge as I am not the biggest meat eater but for him, good Irishman who wouldn't consider a meal without any sort of animal flesh included, that was some commitment.

Our plan was simple: have as many vegetarian meals as possible, occasionally introducing fish or seafood whenever we felt like it. 

I will add here that I personally committed to going dairy free for a month, but after 10 days without cheese, I had pretty much lost the will to live, so I gave this up quite quickly. In my defence, I am French, and cheese is like a cup of tea for an Irish person, a part of our identity. 

The first 10 days seemed really easy. After the amount of food we had eaten over the Christmas break, our bodies were in serious need of a detox anyway. Things started to get tricky around January 15th, when we started to crave a good fry for Saturday brunch. 

During this month, I did a lot of research to find vegetarian and vegan recipes that would be as satisfying as a meaty dinner. And it is fair to say that the Internet isn't running short of ideas. From veggie shepherds' pie to noodle salads, chickpea curries and veggie quiches, I saw myself cooking more creative meals than usual during this month. 

After a whole 31 days, we both agreed that this experience had been 100% positive. Our digestion improved, we saved a lot of money, we felt better about ourselves from an environmental and ethical perspective. The one negative side I noticed was that sometimes I felt a bit weak and lacking energy. I never usually crave meat, but after 20 days, I was desperately looking forward to the "reward" we had agreed on (please don't judge). 

On February 1st, after a long day of mental drooling in the office, we went to Bunsen and got a juicy cheeseburger, probably the best I had ever had. But don't think that this month was all for nothing and that we didn't learn anything. This couldn't be more wrong. Our cheeky Bunsen didn't mean that we would go straight back to our old habits.

One year later, I can say that this meat-free month drastically changed our diet. My boyfriend doesn't ask me to add chicken to his pesto pasta anymore, and we enjoy Indian dhals and vegetarian casseroles on a regular basis. When we decide to have meat, we make sure it is the best quality. When you don't eat a lot of meat, you are happy to pay the price and get the best you can afford. 

* If you ever decide to go vegetarian, ask your GP for advice first.  



Veggies, rejoice – McDonalds have announced some exciting news.

Their first ever vegetarian Happy Meal® will be on the menu – from today.

And if that wasn’t enough, there will also be a new adult Spicy Veggie Wrap available on the permanent menu.


The two new additions have answered the growing demand from customers for more meat-free choices.

Menu Director at McDonald’s UK & Ireland Duncan Cruttenden has said how the restaurant loves that their customers help them evolve and improve.

He said, ”We are really thrilled to be able to give our customers this new choice with the addition of the Spicy Vegetarian Wrap and our first Vegetarian Happy Meal.”

So what deliciousness can we expect in these new wraps and meals?

So the Happy Meal® Veggie Wrap is made with a Red Pesto Goujon with Tomato Ketchup and Shredded Lettuce wrapped in a soft, toasted tortilla – yum.

And the NEW Spicy Veggie Wrap is made with two Red Pesto Goujons, a generous dressing of Spicy Relish with Tomato, Lettuce and Red Onion all wrapped in a soft, toasted tortilla.

Whether you’re veggie, flexy or looking for a delicious meat-free lunch you can come and #LiveYourBestLunch at your local McDonald’s.

We know we will be.


Being a vegetarian or even – god forbid! – a vegan is thankfully getting easier in Ireland, but there are still a few niggling little annoyances that those committed to the cause have to endure. 

1. Strangely concerned strangers

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When you tell people you're a veggie, they suddenly get really, really concerned about your protein levels. Note to meat eaters: vegetarianism does not make you shrivel up from lack of protein. 

And anytime you get sick? "You're probably not getting enough protein!"

2. The great bacon debate

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Hearing "but bacon though!" every other time you tell people you're a vegetarian.

3. Wanting to be vegan…

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But not quite having the will power to give up cheese and eggs yet. Maybe one day. Maybe.

4. People never understanding why you cant eat jellies

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Having to explain what gelatin is and where it comes from every time someone breaks out a bag of Haribo isn't fun. 

5. Barbecues

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Not that we usually get the weather for them, but these meat feasts inevitably roll around every summer, and for vegetarians the BYOB usually means bring your own burgers. Of the veggie variety. 

6. Tapas

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Sharing tapas with a table of meat eaters never works out well. They two or three token vegetarian tapas get snapped up as sides for the meat dishes and you inevitable leave hungry. And you still had to split the bill equally. 

7. It's a phase

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Parents, aunts, uncles and grandparents will probably use this phase to describe your new found vegetarianism at some point or another.

Even after a decade or two. 

8. "So what DO you eat?"

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Everything that meat eaters do. Sans meat. 

9. People thinking you're out to convert them

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This is not the church of chick pea curries and chicken-less nuggets. There is no Quorn Quran. 

10. Overly relying on carbs

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When making the first foray into vegetarianism, things can seem pretty simple. Pizza, pasta, noodles, bread and their equally carb-laden cohorts are the initial go-to foods. 

Luckily vegetarianism is an excuse to experiment with new foods, so turning a beige palette into a rainbow doesn't take long. 

11. Excessive label reading

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Fortunately at least half of all supermarket items are vegetarian these days.

Unfortunately at least half of that half are mysteriously not marked with the comforting green V label veggies are reliant on, leading to excessive label reading and quick scientific equations (via google) to figure out if the triglycerides in those biscuits are derived from animal fats. 

12. Tofu troubles

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Unless you have been specifically trained in the art of preparing and cooking tofu, it can be a bit of a bother.

Seriously. how long does tofu need to marinate? Does anyone know?  

13. Having notions

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Even if you hail from the glittering metropolis that is Dublin city, being opposed to eating meat can still be placed in the "notions" category. 

It's up there with drinking almond milk, preferring ciabatta to good old fashioned Brennans and wearing hats for fashion as opposed to function. 


Losing weight is a personal decision, and there is only one way to go about it safely – proper diet and increased activity. 

New research shows that adopting a vegetarian diet could be the key to increasing weight loss for those looking to shed a bit of weight. 

According to new research, following a vegetarian diet is twice as effective as a carnivorous one when it comes to losing weight.

Researchers from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine in Washington DC found a veggie diet reduces muscle fat.

This in turn boosts the metabolism.

In order to assess weight loss, all participants had their diets restricted to 500 calories a day less than they would need to maintain their weight.

On average, the randomly assigned veggie group lost twice as much weight than the carnivorous group. 


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This finding is particularly significant for people with type 2 diabetes, according to lead author, Dr. Hana Kahleová.

'The beneficial effects of a vegetarian diet on body weight, glycemic control, blood lipids, insulin sensitivity, and oxidative stress markers compared to a conventional diet have been demonstrated by us and others previously,' reads the study. 

'The vegetarian diet was almost twice as effective in reducing body weight compared to the conventional hypocaloric diet.'


There are many reasons in this life to pledge your love to Drake. 

Be it his rapping skills, his dashing looks or his God's Plan video (if you didn't cry, deem yourself heartless). 

Now, Drake has gone a step further to acquire our love by going veggie. 


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The Passionfruit singer revealed on a gaming live stream with game streamer Tyler 'Ninja' Blevins that he has opted out of a carnivorous lifestyle. 

'Man, honestly, I'm usually eating healthy but I had pizza tonight because it's so late,' he said. 

'I feel like chicken and pineapple pizza could work, but I don't eat meat anymore. But I enjoy pineapple on pizza though.'


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Animal rights group PETA has praised the rappers move, as it may encourage others to consider ditch meat.

The group sent Drake a vegan gift basket, including a (punny) passionfruit. 

With more and more celebs opting for a vegan and veggie lifestyle, and veganism gaining popularity every year, maybe the future is herbivorous? 


It looks like veganism and vegetarianism are about to be a lot more common than they already are.

With veganism topping the charts as the biggest upcoming food trend of 2018, it's no wonder that people are easing themselves into the healthy and cruelty-free lifestyle by trying their hand at vegetarianism and flexitarianism. 

According to Just Eat, the demand for vegetarian options has risen by a 'ridiculous' 987pc. 

With meatless Monday's and education on the source of our food products becoming increasingly popular, it's no wonder the demand has risen.

Demand for healthy choices also grew by 94pc in 2017, and gluten free options increased by 72pc, according to Hospitality Ireland.

'The results from this year are a good insight into the future consumer trends and while convenience will continue to be key for consumers next year and beyond, we know that they are increasingly looking for more diverse, healthy, gluten free and plant based Vegan options,' Just Eat Marketing Director, Edel Kinane told The Buzz.

33pc of all Just Eat Restaurant Partners now provide vegan and vegetarian options on their menus to make it all the easier to ditch meat for good. 

'Already proven to be a major hit in 2017 with the increased availability and variety of vegetarian and vegan meal options in restaurants, diners are slowly embracing animal-free diets as a health-conscious effort,'said  International Taste Solution in their 2018 trend chart. 

It's good news all round for those of planning to go vegan or veggie for 2018. 


There's no doubt that Irish people are becoming more informed when it comes to the importance of healthy eating, and with that, many of us have started to explore the benefits of an alternative diet.

Whether by choice or necessity, enjoying a 'free from' diet is not always as easy as it sounds and shopping for suitable ingredients can often add unnecessary hassle to meal times.

However, making wholesome and tasty meals that still comply with your dietary needs is about to get a whole lot easier.

From Monday August 14, Lidl are introducing an exciting new 'Free From' range with a selection of delicious ingredients and tasty treats suitable for all gluten free, lactose free, vegan and vegetarian diets.

Here's a selection of the products you can expect to see in stores nationwide. 

Gluten Free

Gluten Free Fruit Bar – €1.49

Gluten Free Chicken Nuggets 300g – €1.99

Lactose Free

Lactose free  Chocolate Hazelnut Cream – €1.99

Vegan Ice Cream – €1.99



Vegan/Vegetarian Ready Meals – €2.49

Goji Berries – €1.99


Falafel – €1.79

Vegetarian Sausages – €1.79

What's more, Lidl have also created a variety of recipes so you needn’t miss out on delicious dishes.

Check out their recipe for some delicious organic cracker bread with topping below:

1.  Dollop of Milbona Cottage Cheese with a few slices of radish and sprigs of dill on top 

2.  A smear of Goldessa Soft Chesse Spread and a spoonful of mashed minty peas 

3.  Finely diced beetroots with balsamic vinegar and cream cheese 

4.  A spoonful of Milbona Cottage Cheese topped with slices of salted cucumber 

5.  Slivers of Deluxe Irish Organic Smoked Salmon on cream cheese topped with cubes of gherkin 

6.  Roast butternut squash with Meadow Fresh Houmous and pomegranate 

7.  Smashed avocado and a sprinkle of sweet paprika 

8.  Peach, cream cheese and a drizzle of Kilderg Honey

All 'Free From' products will be available in Lidl's 151 stores nationwide from Monday August 14, and with items in the range starting at just €1.49, they won't break the bank. 


A vegetarian who decided to tuck into a variety of different meat for the first time in a staggering 22 years has infuriated YouTubers this week.

Stephanie Potakis, who went veggie in just fourth grade, made the decision to hop off the wagon and get reacquainted with numerous meat-based dishes before sharing the footage online.

And not everyone is too happy about it.

Suggesting that Stephanie was attempting to pull the wool over viewers' eyes, one YouTuber commented: "This is disgusting and sad I would literally throw up. This is so fake no person that dedicated for 22 years would just throw it away with no hesitation."

"All the vegetarians I know who tried going back to meat throw the f**k up because their bodies can't digest the meat as well as they used to," added another.

It looks like from where they were sitting, Stephanie just wasn't behaving accordingly for someone who has been meat-free for more than two decades.

"What a load of bullsh*t, she was never vegetarian, look at her. P*ss off, who even gets that excited over a bloody dead cow. What a joke," fumed another viewer.

Sounding like she may be staying off the wagon for good, Stephanie gushed over every piece of meat placed in front of her  saying: "Jealous? Cos you should be cos this is so good."

You'll have to make your own mind up on this one…



Ireland is known as the land of Guinness, but vegans and vegetarians haven't been able to drink our adored black stuff due to the way the drink has been filtered. 

Until now, that is.

According to The Times, Guinness will become vegan-friendly due to changes in it's filtering process. 

The news comes after a Guinness spokesperson revealed this week that the company will stop using isinglass, a by-product of the fishing industry, for filtering.

The news has been welcomed with open arms by vegans all around the world and by 2016, Guinness will be totally vegan. Hurrah!


It's been a week of bad news for foodies. First we hear that bacon could cause cancer, and now this. If you favour veggies over meat to keep your conscience clear, it might be time to reconsider.

Apparently plants can tell when they're being eaten, and they even do their best to stop it happening, because they (obviously) don't want to die.

Researchers at the University of Missouri tested the response of thale cress – a plant similar in structure to broccoli and kale – to the vibrations caused when an insect starts eating one of their leaves.

In an effort to ward off their hungry predator, the plant slowly increases production of mustard oil – a mildly toxic chemical – to deter it.

Luckily for us humans, we eat at a far faster rate than say, a caterpillar, so the plant's slow release won't really affect us. 

"Previous research has investigated how plants respond to acoustic energy, including music. However, our work is the first example of how plants respond to an ecologically relevant vibration," said researcher Heidi Appel.

So there you go… next time you prepare a kale salad or broccoli bake, spare a thought for the poor veggies.