Vegan Halloween cakes, doughnuts and treats available in Hong Kong
- Eyeball cupcake toppers, pumpkin cookies, seasonal doughnuts – all these cruelty-free products and more can be found in Hong Kong
- You’d be surprised at how much vegan confectionery there is at supermarkets
Trying to find treats to share at Halloween can be frustrating for many vegans. There are always home-baked snacks, of course, but busy lives usually mean a supermarket scramble is far more feasible than spending time in the kitchen ahead of a party.
And while the US tradition of “trick or treating” – going from door-to-door in Halloween costumes greeting neighbours to receive confectionery – might be less common in Hong Kong, that doesn’t mean vegans of any age should miss out on the fun.
Here are a few local businesses that cater to vegans at this most spooktacular time of year.
Vegan cafe The Cakery has launched a seasonal range of its signature bakes. It includes a festively large version of its salted caramel popcorn cupcake, featuring caramel-infused cream and coated with dairy-free chocolate.
The shop also sells eyeball and witch hat “cupcake toppers” for if you want to add professional flair to your own bakes or as an add-on to one of their classic vegan cupcakes: Day Dreamer (chocolate), Salted Caramel Popcorn, Figging Amazing (fig), Cup’o Joe (coffee), Apple Crumble and To a Tea (Earl Grey).
From HK$22. Order online at thecakery.com or buy at The Cakery, Shop 124, 1/F, Lee Garden Two, 28 Yun Ping Road, Causeway Bay
Baking supplier Foodcraft uses bamboo charcoal and garbanzo fava flour to create adorable pumpkin and witch hat cookies. The treats are also free from nuts and white sugar and packaged in threes so everyone can enjoy their own serving.
Organic gluten free Halloween cookies. HK$199 for 10 packs of three cookies
Buttery Factory well and truly own the doughnut market in Hong Kong with its extensive array of fried dough treats, each piled high with creative, seasonal toppings. Their treats aren’t vegan by default, but can be made to order and collected from the company’s Hysan Place shop in Causeway Bay.
Order online at butteryfactory.com
The Unique Peace Vegan
The Unique Peace (TUP) Vegan specialises in all things free of dairy, egg and honey, selling a range of cakes including Lamingtons, Madeleines, muffins, loafs, tarts and cupcakes. But what would look most appropriate piled high on a Halloween treat table are its luminescent green tea doughnuts, which bear a passing resemblance to a gangrenous sore.
TUP Vegan Greentea Doughnut. From HK$15 each, minimum order six
For budget-friendly sweet treats and last-minute buys, head to the supermarket. Here are some vegan snacks you can find throughout the city, including some you might not have realised were free of animal products:
- Freedom vanilla mallows
- Marks and Spencers Colin the Caterpillar confectionery
- Skittles original flavour
- Just Wholefoods vegebears
- Sour Patch Kids
- Jelly Tots
- Nakd bars
- Fox’s Party Rings
- Haribo sour rainbow twists and strips
- Free From Fellows Midget Gems
- MadeGood granola bars
- Metcalfe’s skinny popcorn
- Doritos (lightly salted or heatwave flavours)