The 100 Best Vegan Products of All Time – VegNews

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Weve always known that veganism is the future, but we never knew just how big and how fast wed get there. In 2020, fast-food chains are offering monumentally successful vegan options. Some of Hollywoods biggest and brightest stars are ditching meat and publicly embracing a plant-based lifestyle. Even meat companies like Tyson and Smithfield have come to the plant side. But theres no place this unprecedented rise in veganism can be felt more than on grocery store shelves.

From the early days of soy milk and Tofurky at the local co-op to todays quick trips to the corner store for oat milk and a pint of Ben & Jerrys, vegan products at grocery stores across the country have never been better. But which are the coconut cream of the crop? VegNews editors pulled upon their decades of knowledge to share the 100 most iconic, most essential, most game-changing, most unique, and most delicious vegan products of all time.

100. Brave Robot Ice Cream, Perfect DayBay Area food-tech company Perfect Day has created the impossible: real dairy that doesnt come from cows. Made with innovative microflora and digital DNA code (while never using a live animal), this dairy ice cream may just be the beginning of an exploitation-free future thats super creamy to boot.

99. Tom Bumble, Oregon Bark We thought twice about sharing this higher-quality Butterfinger remake since its our favorite little secret. But its candied peanut butter-flake center and rich chocolate coating make it a true standout.

98. Everything But the Bagel Seasoning, Trader Joes Pizzas? Check. Breakfast bowls? Oh yeah. Popcorn? You know it! This bagel-in-a-bottle seasoning of sea salt, garlic, onion, and poppy and sesame seeds is going on, well, everything!

97. Oat M*lk, Minor Figures Coffee connoisseurs (and foam fanatics like us) know the secret to a perfectly frothy, foamy latte: Minor Figures oat milk. The brands in-house baristas live, breathe, and dream coffee, so its no surprise its milk is engineered to bring out the best of each brew.

96. Chocolate Hazelnut & Almond Butter, Justins Nutella is the chocolaty trend that never loses steam. So this seven-ingredient, dairy-free blend (with 250 percent less sugar than actual Nutella) has us fully leaning into our cravings.

95. FRuffalo Wings, Field Roast The sausage pioneers at Field Roast challenged all we knew about game day appetizers with these saucy Smoked Apple Sage sausages that are lightly battered, perfectly fried, and doused in spicy Buffalo sauce.

94. Rice Dream Pies, Dream Were still not over the discontinuation of these perfected ice cream sandwiches featuring chewy oatmeal cookies, light vanilla ice cream, and a delicate chocolate shell. Say its a nightmare, Dream, and bring them back!

93. Pecan Butters, Sunday Provisions Brazil nuts, pistachios, tiger nutsif theyve made butter out of it, weve tried it. But trust us when we say you must find a jar of this crunchy maple-infused pecan butter. Original, chocolate, coffee, or cinnamon-spikedit doesnt matter, just try them!

92. Vegan Honey Mustard Dressing, Follow Your Heart You wont find actual honey in this bottle of golden goodness. Instead, layers of maple syrup, vinegar, Dijon mustard, and a Vegenaise base give it its sweet-tart-creamy taste that our wraps, pretzels, and vegan chicken sandwiches need.

91. Cheezecake, Daiya Foods One taste of this pies perfectly crumbly crust and velvety creamed coconut filling (in New York-style, chocolate, strawberry, and key lime flavors) and youll agree: Daiya has perfected the vegan cheesecake.

90. Cheddalicious Crackers, Back to Nature These big, crispy, cheesy crackers are brand-new to the vegan snack scene, but theyve perfected the Cheez-It fakeout so well that theyll completely fool any nibbling nine-year-old (and a few magazine editors, too).

89. Frozen Dark Chocolate Almond Sea Salt Bar, KIND The ubiquitous granola bars that should be vegan (dang honey) have a super-cool cousin. And good news: its totally vegan. Layers of almond milk ice cream, crisp dark chocolate, nuts, and smooth nut butterwere in heaven.

88. Original Soy Nog, Silk The holidays just wouldnt be the same without nog, and were taking ours without eggs, thank you very much! Silks very merry beverage has always been a plant-based favorite, but even more so with a splash of Kahla and a mountain of whipped coconut cream.

87. Coffee Creamers, Nutpods Hotels, diners, airports: listen up! Its 2020 and were so over plain black coffee. And with tempting flavors like French Vanilla, Toasted Marshmallow, and Cinnamon Swirl, theres no reason not to add these top-tier creamers to your coffee bars please!

86. Organic Fruity Bears, Surf Sweets The cute, bear-shaped chews of your childhood have gotten a grown-up makeover, ditching gelatin for vitamin C and a dose of color from black carrots, blueberries, and turmeric.

85. Soy Yogurt, Whole Soy & Co While todays vegan yogurt market is expected to be worth $7.4 billion by 2027, if you ask us, it all started with this trailblazing, supremely smooth, cult-favorite yogurt that, sadly, went out of production in 2015. Our spoons and granola miss it every day.

84. Cocomels, JJs Sweets Extra-chewy caramels made from coconut milk? Jackpot. Original, Sea Salt, Vanilla, Espresso, Chocolate Coveredwe buy em all.

83. Dairy-Free Feta Crumbles, Follow Your Heart 2020s introduction of this salty, crumbly, how-the-hell-is-this-vegan feta blew our socks off. So long briny tofuour baked artichoke dip and Greek spanakopita just got a major upgrade.

82. Vegan Muffins, Abes Fact: mornings are a million times better with muffins. Thats why staying stocked up with these always-moist, allergen-free mini bites is such a wise decision.

81. Primal Strips, Primal Spirit Foods What would a stroll through your local health food store be without Primal Strips? Weve been gnawing on these tender, succulent vegan jerkies for as long as we can remember, and were not stopping anytime soon.

80. Gourmet Cheezy Garlic Croutons, Kellys Croutons Crispy. Crunchy. Cheesy. Garlicky. What else could you want from a snackerr, salad topper? Made with Miyokos vegan butter and plant-based parm, these sourdough nuggets are in a league of their own.

79. Cashew Quesos, Siete Foods The Garzasa Mexican-American Texas family of sevenare revolutionizing cheesy appetizers across the nation with their whole-foods quesos (in Mild Nacho and Spicy Blanco) made with cashews, tomatoes, onions, and bell pepper.

78. White Cheddar Popped Popcorn, SkinnyPop Popcorn Admit it. In those big holiday tins of popcorn, youd jump straight for the cheesy flavor first. Its okay, us too. And with SkinnyPop (all popcorn shapes are beautiful, by the way), we can have a whole bag of our first-choice kernels any time of year.

77. Chocolates, Lagustas Luscious Chef-turned-craft chocolatier Lagusta Yearwoods confections are so good, we cant just pick one. From cranberry-orange caramels to chocolate dreidels to work-of-art bars decorated with edible flowers and freeze-dried berries, we simply cant get enough.

76. Dairy-Free Oui, Yoplait When yogurt giant Yoplait launched an exquisite coconut cream line of its French-style yogurts in fruit-at-the-bottom flavors like mango, strawberry, and raspberry, we were all in. And honestly, how could we say anything other than oui to these adorable glass pots?

75. Mochi Cashew Cream Frozen Dessert, My/Mo Pillowy, melt-in-your-mouth mochi stuffed with cashew ice cream in flavors like strawberry, vanilla, chocolate, salted caramel, and Neapolitan earns this unique Japanese-American novelty a spot on this list.

74. Better Than Sour Cream, Tofutti Whether topping tacos or making extra-velvety cheesecake, this ultra-thick soy sour cream from veteran brand Tofutti is our first stop.

73. Salted Caramel Cold Brew Coffee, Califia Farms A kiss of dairy-free sea salt caramel swirled with cold brew and Califias signature almond milk make our morning caffeine kick that much more irresistible.

72. Spicy Chikn Vegan Patties, Boca Boca Burgers tend to get all the hype, but heres a secretthe chicken patties are where its at. A touch of heat and a crisp crumb coating make these our preferred frozen standbys.

71. Classic Cashew Brie, Jules Foods This aged cashew brie with a funky rind and buttery center is made with just four simple ingredients (organic cashews, water, enzymes, and salt), making it our secret weapon at holiday get-togethers.

70. Veggie Pepperoni, Yves Veggie Cuisine From charcuterie boards to meatless meat lovers pizzas, this chewy, perfectly spiced pepperoni deserves a permanent spot in our fridge.

69. Smart Dogs, Lightlife The quintessential American hot dogmade without any of the gross animal stuff! Nestle into freshly warmed buns, top with your favorite fixings, and youll soon realize why these classic soy-based dogs are a number-one bestseller.

68. Nut Butter Bar, Clif Bar Clif Bars were already one of our favorite nutritious, on-the-go energy boosters. But when they were stuffed with peanut, hazelnut, almond, and cashew butters, we became fans for life.

67. Mediterranean Style Block, Violife Foods This is a top pick based on innovation alone. Throw this dairy-free halloumi onto a griddle and watch as it turns into a cheesy wonder with a crispy exterior and slightly melty, gooey inside.

66. Ravioli & Tortellini, Kite Hill Co-developed by Tal Ronnen of Los Angeles famed Crossroads Kitchen, these almond milk ricotta pastas are the definitions of gourmet. And with spinach-, ricotta-, and mushroom-stuffed options, you dont need a side of veggies (we wont tell).

65. Vegan Parmesan, Parma! Improving upon pizza is a tall task. But a nutrient-dense topping (thanks to nutritional yeast, walnuts, hemp, and sunflower seeds) thats also irresistibly cheesy? This vegan parmesan totally does it.

64. Unreal Corned Beef, Mrs. Goldfarbs Unreal Deli When Shark Tanks Mark Cuban pledges $250,000 to finance your product, you know youve got a winner on your hands. And this re-creation of a beloved New York deli staplecrafted from wheat, chickpeas, tomatoes, and beetsis certainly a winner.

63. UnTurkey, Now and Zen Were paying homage to a gone-too-soon hero from the 90s, a plant-based holiday cult classic from Miyoko Schinner herself: the UnTurkey. In 2006, its manufacturer Green Options mysteriously closed shop, leaving OG vegans with an eternal craving for seitan turkey with golden yuba skin, stuffing (a must!), and pools of thick, savory gravy.

62. Skillet Meals, Gardein Lambless Vindaloo, Chickn Florentino, and Porkless Thai Curryno, these arent dishes at your towns fanciest vegan restaurant. Theyre super-convenient, heat-and-eat meals courtesy of the ever-innovating vegan meat company Gardein.

61. Dark Chocolate Crispy Gems, Unreal M&Ms, eat your heart out! Each of these fair-trade dark chocolate morsels tastes just like the classic candy, but with a dose of puffed quinoa crunch and none of the dairy.

60. Plant-Based Pockets, Tofurky Hot Pocket lovers, rejoice! Tofurkys veganized version of the classic after-school snack provides a big dose of ham-and-cheddar nostalgia and comfort in just three minutes.

59. Veggie Lovers Pizza, Sweet Earth Foods Not a pepperoni person? Sweet Earths next-level, thin-crust pie boasts big chunks of broccoli, mushrooms, Brussels sprouts, and tomatoes along with melted mozzarella and a cauliflower herb sauce. Its not delivery, its devoid of animal suffering.

58. Dipped Sorbet Bars, SorBabes Youve never seen sorbet like this. Jammy orange, cherry, and caramel swirls are folded into dreamy sorbets like wildberry, lemon-strawberry, and decadent almond butter before being enrobed in a thick chocolate shell and sprinkled with crispy quinoa and almonds. Sure beats plain ol raspberry, right?

57. Burritos, Alpha Foods Dorm days may be long behind us, but frozen burritos are always welcome in our kitchen. Especially in zero-deprivation flavors like Pizza, Chikn Fajita, zesty Mexicali, and cheesesteak-inspired Philly. A tasty, handheld meal in a few microwavable minutes? Ding ding!

56. Fiery Hot Crunchy Curls, Peatos After yearning for vegan Hot Cheetos to no avail, these fiery-hot crunchy curls are making our snack dreams come true. Boasting plant-powered ingredients like pea and lentil flour and no bad-for-you ones, were no longer mourning our break-up with Chester Cheetah.

55. Cauliflower Gnocchi, Trader Joes Air fry it, bake it, post it to Instagram (were always checking @cauliflowergnocchi for recipe inspo)theres no real wrong way to enjoy this ber-popular, gluten-free gnocchi.

54. Trilogy Kombucha, GTs Living Foods As the first company to put kombucha on shelves across the US, this 25-year-old brand has taken kombucha from hippie drink to a mainstay of 21st-century wellness. And this blend infused with raspberry, lemon, and ginger is our go-to.

53. Deluxe Rich & Creamy Shells & Vegan Cheddar, Annies The fact that the boxed mac and cheese of our childhoods has gotten a grown-up and good-for-you upgrade thanks to this 31-year-old vegetarian brand is great, but its new decadent cheddar sauce has us really cheesin.

52. Smoky Tempeh Strips, Lightlife When Whole Foods rolled out its gone-viral TTLA sandwich (thats tempeh, tomato, lettuce, and avocado) across the US, they turned to this vegan bacon for its salty-sweet, smoky flavor. And since vegan social media star Tabitha Brown digs it, we do, too!

51. Liquid Aminos, Bragg Homemade vegan sushi rolls, mushroom gravies, and even scoops of vanilla ice cream (no reallytry it!) would be nothing without this gluten-free, soy sauce alternative.

50. Vegan Taquitos, Starlite Cuisine These crispy rolled wonders were absolute lifesavers during our early vegan days in collegeso much so, that if they offered a course, wed be certified taquitologists.

49. Soy Creamy Cherry Chocolate Chip Ice Cream, Trader Joes Joe wasnt about to let Ben and Jerry have all the fun. This dairy-free (quart-sized!) reimagining of the iconic Cherry Garcia ice cream is a cherry-studded vegan dream come true.

48. Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups, Justins Theres a reason why VegNews readers have voted these classic PB treats the best vegan candy for six (!) years in a row. Dark chocolate, creamy peanut butter, a dash of cane sugar, and all organic? Cant get more simpleor more perfectthan that.

47. California Veggie Burgers, Dr. Praegers In a world dominated by beefy, bleeding vegan burgers, we often go back to basics with these patties made from carrots, spinach, peas, zucchini, and onionsand were not the only ones. This classic veggie burger has been a fan favorite for more than 25 years.

46. Just Ranch, JUST The way we see it, youre either a ranch dressing lover or youre wrong. And Justs flawless but fairweather take quickly amassed a devoted following that craved its perfectly balanced herbs and spices with a lusciously creamy body. Now if we could just get it back in stock .

45. Nacho Bean Chips, Beanfields Doritos have nothing on these bad boys. Seriouslytheyre addictively crispy, covered in finger-licking, dairy-free cheesy seasoning, and pack a punch of fiber and protein thanks to a black bean-infused recipe.

44. Ricotta, Kite Hill Made from California almond milk, this light-and-tangy dairy-free ricotta is a versatile kitchen godsendloaded-up lasagnas, extra-luscious Just Egg scrambles, and homemade cannoli, were coming for you.

43. Fresh Vegan Mozz, Miyokos Creamery Trust us, anything dairy mozzarella can do, Miyokos cultured buffalo-style Fresh Vegan Mozz can do better.

42. Vegan Cookies, Alternative Baking Company When these giant, bakery-style cookies started showing up at checkout stands in the late 90s, we were never the same. In fact, the chocolate-covered espresso bean cookies very well may have been our first vegan love affair.

41. Golden Fishless Filets, Gardein Fish and chips. Baja fish tacos. Fish nachos? Hey, when the plant-based fish fillets are this tender, flaky, and golden, were up for anything.

40. Deli Slices, Tofurky These tofu-based deli slices have found their way into our sandwiches, stomachs, and hearts. And with lunch-ready flavors like Roast Beef, Smoked Ham, and even Bologna, theres no reason why your future shouldnt contain a cold cut or two.

39. Hazelnut Cranberry Roast En Croute, Field Roast Pro holiday tip: any cousin with a tired vegan joke can be stopped in their tracks with this hazelnut-infused seitan roast with sausage, ginger, and cranberry stuffing all wrapped in flaky puff pastry.

38. Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies, Uncle Eddies Vegan Cookies We cant quite put our finger on why these time-tested goodies are such an incredible vegan cookiemaybe its their soft-yet-chewy bite, home-baked flavor, or charming brown paper bag. But what we know for sure is Eddie is now our favorite uncle.

37. Salted Caramel Cluster Cashew Milk Ice Cream, So Delicious Dairy Free Vegans these days are spoiled for choice when it comes to non-dairy ice cream, but none can touch this addictive pint filled with shards of chocolate, roasted cashews, and ribbons of salted caramel.

36. Vegan White Cheddar Puffs, HIPPEAS Crunchy chickpea puffs dusted in a light, dairy-free cheddar coating that packs a dose of protein and are Leonardo DiCaprio-approved. Need we say more?

35. Roasted Vegetable Pizza, Amys Kitchen This fan-favorite za breaks all the pizza purity rules with its no-cheese nakedness and tender gluten-free crust. But one slicebrimming with roasted onions, umami-rich shiitakes, marinated artichokes, and a hint of balsamicwill make anyone a believer.

34. Cocowhip, So Delicious Dairy Free In 2014, our vegan desserts became whole, thanks to the advent of these tubs full of sweet, light-as-air coconut whip. Pies, parfaits, and puddingsperfected!

33. Chao Slices, Field Roast They started off making spot-on seitan sausages, but Field Roast is also to thank for these melt-in-your-mouth, fan-favorite cheese slices made from a fascinating and tasty blend of fermented tofu and coconut.

32. Just Like Parmesan, Violife Foods Whether you shave off large petals for your salads or grate it over garlic bread, this versatile, flavorful parmesan wedge is an absolute must for vegan cheese lovers.

31. Everything Cream Cheese, Kite Hill Your corner market fresh out of everything bagels? Dont fret! Plain bagels with a few smears of this ingenious almond milk cream cheese infused with onion, garlic, and poppy and sesame seeds will do the trick.

30. Crispy Chikn Bites, Sol Cuisine There are few things more American than a chicken nugget lunch. So imagine our surprise when this Canadian company came and changed the game with these big, juicy, crispy morsels of nuggety perfection.

29. Benevolent Bacon, Sweet Earth Foods The But bacon! argument is no longer validSweet Earths smoky, salty, chewy, plant-based version made from seitan has made sure of it.

28. Vega One Organic All-in-One Shake, Vega Whether youre a brand-new herbivore or a seasoned vegan, chances are youre still asked: Where do you get your protein? Well, simple: Vega. And with 20 grams of protein per serving plus seven flavorstrust us, were good, bro.

27. Vegan Whipped Cream, Reddi Wip Hot cocoa, ice cream sundaes, fresh fruit, or, hell, sprayed directly into our mouthsthe possibilities are endless with these almond and coconut milk-based canned whipped creams.

26. Vegan Fried Egg, Be Leaf Weve got tofu scrambles down, but plant-based fried eggs have been more of a challenge. That is until Be Leaf entered the ring. Now our breakfast sandwiches, bistro-style burgers, and Korean bibimbap are finally complete.

25. Cuties, Tofutti We may be in the golden age of plant-based pints, but sometimes an old classiclike soy vanilla ice cream sandwiched between soft, chocolaty wafersis all we want.

24. Organic Hazelnut Chocolate Bar, Vego It used to be that the best part of visiting the UK was this giant Nutella-inspired chocolate experience made from Italian hazelnut paste, pure cocoa, and whole hazelnuts. But now, theyve come stateside, so were enjoying these heavenly bars any time we wantno passport required.

23. Cookie Dough, EatPastry Whats better than fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies? Skipping all the preheating and parchment paper and getting down to business. If you catch us hovering at the fridge with a spoon and this edible cookie dough, please dont bother us.

22. Non-Dairy Ice Cream Bar, Magnum When Magnum churned out vegan versions of its famous barscomplete with the signature crack of Belgian chocolatewe nearly fainted. Add salty-sweet Sea Salt Caramel and crunchy Almond varieties, and were melting.

21. Fish-Free Tuna, Good Catch Pouches of moist, flaky, tender tuna are now a reality for plant-based eaters, thanks to brothers and pro chefs Chad and Derek Sarno and their proprietary blend of chickpeas, soy, lentils, peas, and faba and navy beans.

20. Sausages, Field Roast Field Roasts artisan sausage makers use European and Asian culinary traditions plus the finest ingredients like red wine, caramelized onions, and chipotle peppers for one-of-a-kind, immensely flavorful links.

19. Thin Mints, Girl Scout Cookies Spring means Girl Scout Cookie season, and Girl Scout Cookie season means vegan cookie hunting. So when it comes to these crunchy chocolate cookies layered in mint cream then dipped in vegan chocolate, were buying all the boxes. For the Girl Scouts, of course.

18. Almande, Baileys Here, here! A toast to the iconic Irish Cream makers for delivering a sumptuous vegan version of its popular spirit made from almond milk and fragrant vanilla. Now, whos ready for cocktails?

17. Soymilk, Silk Soy is the original alt-milkit walked so that almond, coconut, and oat could run. And if you ask us, Silks rich, luscious, and nutritious take is still untouchable.

16. Beyond Sausage, Beyond Meat Beyond Meat completely revolutionized the just-like-meat vegan burger, and their juicy, porky plant-based sausages may be even closer to the real thing. Only one question remains: Original or Hot Italian?

15. Vegan Marshmallows, Dandies Vegan smores, mugs of hot cocoa, rice crispy barsas far as were concerned, none would be possible without these puffy, gelatin-free marshmallows.

14. Nutritional Yeast Seasoning, Bragg We mean it when we say wed be lost without this cheesy, nutty, B12-boosted nooch. And now that its going mainstream (capturing recent attention from the Food Network, Womens Health, and The New York Times), pay no mind if you see us walking out of the store with 10 or 20 bottles.

13. Vegan Buttery Sticks, Earth Balance What makes almost any vegan dish better? Vegan butter! These OG sticks set the gold standard for spreading, baking, and frying just about anything.

12. Almondmilk, Califia Farms Soy may be the OG, and sure, oat is the hottest milk of the moment, but dont forgetalmond milk helped completely change the game in the last decade. And we can thank Califias sleek packaging and ber-smooth taste for driving masses to the plant milk side.

11. Slices, Follow Your Heart Cheddar, Gouda, Pepper Jack, Provolone, American. Never feartheres a Follow Your Heart slice of cheese (that melts like a dream) for every craving and any dish.

10. European Style Cultured Vegan Butter, Miyokos Creamery Uncultured American butterthats what ruled our simple lives when we needed something to fry up grilled cheeses or top a stack of flapjacks. But Miyokos sophisticated spread made from cashews and coconut oil changed everything. Now we slather this luxurious and tangy butter onto our baguettes and use it to make delicate French crpes. Ooh l l.

9. Roast, Tofurky Theres a reason why the holiday season has become synonymous with Tofurky. Since 1995, this tofu- and wheat-based roastfilled with savory wild rice and a bread crumb stuffinghas been the best way to show compassion at the dinner table. A drizzle of ready-to-heat vegan gravy only makes things better.

8. Cutting Board Collection Shreds, Daiya Foods A true plant-based pioneer, Daiya was there for our earliest cheese-less cheese cravings before dairy-free alternatives fully entered the mainstream. And after a recent reformulation left the classic shreds meltier, stretchier, and cheesier than ever, were officially obsessed.

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