Long time, no post, whoops! I am currently in bureaucratic hell to prepare to get my permanent residence in 2016 and it’s basically exploding my brain. Anyway! A colleague of mine gave me a tip that the Real supermarket chain has a really good vegan cheese. I had never been to Real…ever…but while running errands today I walked right past one in a shopping center near the Neukölln station in Berlin and decided to check it out. Turns out they have quite a few vegan things! Here are some I spotted in the store below.
Kaisers also has these Vegetaria brand vegan schnitzels and nuggets, but Real had MASSIVE containers of them. Four in a container instead of two. Useful if you eat them frequently.
Here is the aforementioned vegan cheese for €1,99 per packet, not bad! I couldn’t really figure out what the brand name is as it just says vegan on it. They have a plain flavor, dill and a pepper (paprika) flavor and a shredded cheese from the same type. I just bought the plain as that’s what I usually like the most. I taste-tested it when I got home and I approve! It pasts the tastes-good-when-not-melted test, which is way better than most vegan cheeses! I will add it to my brötchen topping repertoire.
They also had the Wilmersburger vegan cheeses for €2,99 in plain, cheddar (well, “orange” flavor) and kräuter (herbs) flavor. You can see there was even a vegan sign.
For the Americans reading who are living in Germany (hollah!), they also had American-sized Arm & Hammer baking soda boxes for €1,19. People ask me where you can find this a lot, so here you go! As you can see they also had Crisco and Pam in the American section, of all things.
Lotus brand speculoos spread, the best one! Crunchy and smooth flavors and cheaper than Veganz at €3,19. Yuuummm. They also had a few types of peanut butter here.
First time I saw this Alpro Coconut Chocolate milk. Looks intriguing, has anyone tried it?!
Currently we’re having a puff pastry (Blätterteig) obsession in my household. I found these little accidentally vegan puff pastries with potato filling in the freezer section and I’m pretty excited to try them. Anything you put into puff pastry turns into gold, pretty much. You can also see a close up of the vegan cheese and some vegan paprika cold cuts and a giant bag of cashews for €6,99 that will be used for vegan cheese-making.
I don’t ever walk by Real so often, but might have to make the run to stock up on this affordable vegan cheese and giant vegan schnitzel portions.
Looking for more vegan food undercover in the German grocery stores? Try my Vegan Products Found at Kaufland post!
Found anything else vegan at the regular German grocery stores? Let me know in the comments!
I’m really missing German supermarkets here in Lisbon. I can get basically all this stuff, but it costs 2 or 3 times more as it does in Germany, mostly because it seems all to be imported from there, and the IVA here is 23%! With regards to the Alpro products, I used to use them a lot in the UK as they were the most easily found non-dairy milks, but I think they almost all have added sugar, which puts me off. Boo!
Ah that’s unfortunate it costs so much more there! It seems in general Lisbon is quite affordable though? There is a new vegan line of yogurts with no sugar here, but I haven’t tried it yet!
1) I love how the American section put the “international sections” in grocery stores in perspective. Crisco, spray oil, mayo, and baking soda, all things you can’t eat by themselves. Such misrepresentation, but I guess no one is claiming that’s all Americans only eat. Or that Japanese people only eat kewpie mayo, pocky, and ramen.
2) I love seeing how European countries label things. The logos, colors, packaging, and graphics are totally different than in the US. I guess it is sparks my marketing/artistic interests. It seems that these German packages have less “bold” and definened lines with their packaging. Lots more green colors as well.
That’s a really interesting thought about the packaging, I’ll have to take a look again when I’m back in the States in May! What do you think is different? I think there maybe are somewhat stricter rules in Germany about what they’re allowed to claim on the packaging, but artistic-wise I haven’t paid attention!
It is hard to pin point since there are always exceptions, like in your post alone I could picture one or two products being sold in the US (if the info was in english) I think in general what most commonly stands out is that in the US there are more digitally altered photos of food, while a lot European foods look like they are drawings. Plus there are just simply different standards of packaging. I think the US has a lot more of the same things unless they are trying to stand out as an independent company. I wonder also if the graphics are different because some companies have to make x amount of different labels in different languages/government regulations since there are more countries they are providing products to as appose to the US?
I miss Berlin with its unlimited vegan options. We’ve been housesitting in the UK for a bit and I’m very impressed how easy it is to shop as vegan in any normal supermarket here. The world is changing and I’m loving it 🙂
I really like Sainsburys for vegan options! I miss some of the UK vegan stuff!