People constantly ask me if it’s hard, or even possible, to be vegan in Germany. It’s a silly question to ask someone who went vegan when she lived in a small town in Idaho. Right now I live in a town of around 25,000 people. It has two health food stores and an Asian market. My town in Idaho didn’t have either of these things. My biggest problems with getting vegan food have been because of the language barrier and because I live with a family, not on my own, and I think those would be problems anywhere. There are actually some amazing vegan products available here that are pretty hard to get in America. If you’re ever in Germany, buy these things in bulk:
Chocoreale—the aforementioned vegan Nutella. I’ve only had the hazelnut kind that is actually like Nutella, but there is also a dark chocolate kind, and Duo, which is dark chocolate and white chocolate swirl. Rapunzel also makes a chocolate spread, but I don’t think they have a hazelnut kind.
Tartex. I know it sounds like a type of toothpaste, but it’s actually a spread. I’ve only had the paprika (bell pepper) variety, but it was pretty good. Actually, the first time I had it was kind of a letdown, and then I found myself craving more, and then I really liked it. There are also a ton of other vegan spreads here, and I have yet to sample them all. German bread is awesome, so I am glad there is good stuff to put on it.
Alpro and Provamel soy puddings. I have a pack of Alpro vanilla right now because it’s available at the supermarket a block away from my house, but my favorite is the Provamel Moka. I like Zen Soy but this stuff is better, cheaper and available all over the place.
Ritter Sport bars, marzipan and peppermint flavor. Yeah, you can get them in America, at Target and some other places, I think, but at the Norma here I can get them for 69 cents. Beat that.
Germany also has soymilk in weird flavors, like tropical. That was actually really gross. There is also tofu in jars, which is both gross and overpriced, but I still find it amusing.