August 09, 2016

Cool Foods Vegi Bacon made from pinto beans



A few posts ago I mentioned that after reading a review on Vegan Eats and Treats about Cool Foods Vegi Bacon, I had second thoughts about my decision not to receive samples for review, and I wrote to the company offering samples to say, sure, I'll try them. Well, I received all sort of samples — ice cream cones, salt, chips — but no vegi bacon. At last they've arrived, and they are delicious.

I'll be the first to admit that I've been vegan since 1981, and it's been a long time since I've tried actual bacon in any form, but the crunchy little bits sure taste just like what I remember bacon tasted like. They are delicious, savory, smoky, crunchy, salty, bacony bits that you can use to top salads, soups, sandwiches, casseroles or whatever. You can even turn a package of them into a dip by following the directions on the package back — add them to hot water, stir and cool.



Not only are the bacon bits tasty, the ingredient list seems pretty healthy. They contain only air-dried pinto beans, sunflower oil, salt, yeast extract, natural flavors and vitamin E. They are gluten-free, vegan, and non-GMO.  (Although the label says they are made with premium pinto beans, they are not organic.)



Here's what they look like. They are extremely crunchy and savory. My husband thought they tasted just like bacon, though he knows as much about that as I do. But seriously, all joking aside, I think they really do taste like bacon.



I haven't gotten around to doing anything truly interesting with them, yet, though I did sprinkle some on a cracker with hummus. Mostly, whenever I get near them, I just eat them straight from the bag! I can see we may have to keep the pantry stocked with these tasty little bits. I think you will like them.
Find out more about Cool Foods Vegi Bacon. Visit their Web site by clicking here.

Disclaimer: I was sent a free sample. I wasn't paid to write a review, darn. All opinions are my own.

10 comments:

  1. yay! I"m so glad you finally got to try them and that you loved them. I also just eat them straight out of the bag. I'm almost done with the 3 bags I ordered, so I will have to order some more for myself. :)

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    1. They are crunchy little devils, aren't they? And they taste so good! Thank you for reviewing them first.

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  2. That really does sound good. I really like the fact that they're made with pinto beans - definitely a different take on vegan bacon. If these ever end up on my side of the Atlantic, I'll definitely pick some up!

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    1. You'll have to keep an eye out for a similar product in your local vegan store. :)

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  3. For being made out of pinto beans, they look amazingly like bacon bits. I'll definitely have to pick up a bag or two. :-)

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    1. They taste amazingly like bacon bits, too. I meant to sprinkle some on my tacos tonight but I completely forgot. Next time...if I don't eat them all first.

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  4. I sure wish Cool Foods would send me samples, too! For all the veggie versions out there, bean-based bacon is still pretty rare. I love the whole concept!

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    1. I can't seem to find anything wrong with the bean version, either. I like it best of all the plant bacon I've tried. And it stays crispy!

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  5. Oh yeah I saw this on Amey's page! They sound really awesome. Isn't there a vegan bacon book that just came out too? I guess the bacon trend just won't die.

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    1. I think there is a vegan bacon book, but don't think I need it now that I have bean bacon.

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