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Anyone know where to find Vegan Peanut Butter Cups?

geekluve Sep 3, 2011 01:51 AM

Like the title says does anyone know where I might be able to find such a specific candy? I'm planning on using them in cake for an upcoming birthday. The recipe itself actually names the brand Reese in the recipe unfortunately I highly doubt they're vegan.

A quick google search mostly yielded recipes for the vegan treats. That was always an obvious route it just seems a bit tedious to make the equivalent of three bags worth of mini peanut butter cups only to chop them up and throw them in a cake batter. It's the same reason I haven't made a filbert gateau or an opera cake all that praline making/grinding only to toss it into a butter cream just seems a bit much.

Of course i did find some pre-made vegan versions of the candies unfortunately they were $13 for 7 pieces or $55 for a box off some random site... Yes, I also think it's ridiculous to purchase $50+ worth of candy only to chop it up and throw into a cake.

So as stated before any and all help in finding some of these little vegan treats would be much appreciated as I would really like to make this awesome cake. I know that Trader Joe's sells clear plastic boxes of peanut butter cups, they're at the very least a quarter the size of a min reese's peanut butter cup, some are even dark chocolate. But like the Reese brand I'm not sure on their status as a vegan candy.

Again thanks in advanced for the help everyone.

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    bulavinaka Sep 3, 2011 07:07 AM

    The labeling on Trader Joe's foods usually will indicate with symbols whether something is vegan, kosher, etc. If in doubt, bring the product(s) to the help desk and ask a manager for assistance. My vegan sister's favorite candied nut treats are the almonds covered in dark chocolate and sea salt, as well as the nuts coated with caramelized sugar (I think it's peanuts and cashews).

    Jamaica's Cakes on Pico in West LA usually has about a half-dozen vegan treats in their case, including something very akin to a vega peanut butter cup. Their vegan cakes and cupcakes are very good as well. You're definitely not going to get "a bag for a bargain," but their vegan goods are more than worthy as a back up should you decide to buy a cake instead of making one.

    Jamaica's Cakes
    11511 West Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

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    1. re: bulavinaka
      chez cherie Sep 3, 2011 09:13 AM

      trader joe's publishes lists of their vegan, kosher, gluten-free, celiac and other products. they can be found here: http://www.traderjoes.com/products.asp
      halfway down the page you'll find the icons for the different dietary lists.
      sadly, peanut butter cups are not listed on the vegan list. sorry for the bad news, but at least it might save you a trip?

      1. re: chez cherie
        geekluve Sep 7, 2011 12:48 PM

        @Chez cherie - Thanks for the link! It did save me a trip :-D

      2. re: bulavinaka
        sushigirlie Sep 4, 2011 07:34 PM

        agree re Jamaica's Cakes for vegan treats.

        Jamaica's Cakes
        11511 West Pico Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90064

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        will47 Sep 3, 2011 10:38 AM

        I think the dark chocolate version of Justin's peanut butter cups should be vegan (the milk chocolate ones have.... well, milk)


        Sjaaks, and Cleo's (from "Go Max Go") are some others to look out for; not sure if anyone has them locally. For the latter, you can check out


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        1. re: will47
          geekluve Sep 7, 2011 12:49 PM

          @will47 - I'll definitely looking into it much obliged

        2. Kitchen Queen Sep 3, 2011 10:41 AM

          Do you have a Sprouts or Henry's near you. That would be the place!

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          1. re: Kitchen Queen
            choctastic Sep 6, 2011 05:45 PM

            The mini peanut butter cups sold in the bulk bins at Sprouts are, alas, not vegan. The vegan peanut butter cup is actually pretty damn hard to find, much to my sadness. Even the Newmans Own peanut butter cups (dark and milk) both have milkfat in them.

            1. re: Kitchen Queen
              geekluve Sep 7, 2011 12:51 PM

              @Kitchen Queen - Not near me but there is one near my sisters house in Fontana so I'll definitely check it out... also apparently Sprouts bought Henry's so now they're all just Sprouts... no more Henry's :-(

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              Pumpkin_Head Sep 3, 2011 10:58 AM

              Whole Foods, Follow Your Heart (if you are near the west valley), Co-opportunity (if you are near Santa Monica)

              Follow Your Heart
              21825 Sherman Way, Canoga Park, CA

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              1. re: Pumpkin_Head
                geekluve Sep 7, 2011 12:52 PM

                @Pumpkin_Head - I love Whole Foods so i'll definitely pay them a visit! and I'm frequently near SM so i'll stop by soon. Thanks again!

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