Vegan Week: Greggs' New Vegan-Friendly Doughnut Tastes Like... A Doughnut

By Tom Pritchard on at

Earlier this week we discovered that Greggs had replaced its glazed ring doughnut for a different kind of sweet treat - a glazed ring doughnut that is vegan friendly. The original non-vegan version has since been replaced, in what no doubt haunts Piers Morgan's dreams at night - or so I assume he'll be claiming when he hears the news. Seeing as it's vegan week here at Gizmodo UK, I went out to try one to see what it was like. Four Greggs branches later I managed to get one, only to discover that it tastes like a doughnut.

Unfortunately this was the first time I'd ever had a Greggs doughnut, so I couldn't possibly compare the new vegan version to the original. But it turned out to be doughnut flavoured, which is actually rather nice. The glazing added all the sugar you needed, and the innards hadn't been cooked so much that it all dried out. I guess if there's no egg or milk in there there isn't much that could make someone ill, so as long as it's not undercooked there's no need to bake out all the moisture just to be sure someone doesn't get food poisoning. But again I haven't tried to older doughnut, so maybe they've always been nice and moist. All I know is that doughnuts I've bought at supermarkets have a tendency to be drier than the Sahara,and anything without a filling is a non-purchase to me.

Could you tell it was vegan? Only from the little sign in the window that mentioned the thing was Vegan Friendly.  Also the fact it was wrapped up to form a barrier from the non-vegan pastries was a bit of a giveaway. Taste-wise it tasted much like any other doughnut I've had, and the fact there's no milk, egg, or anything else of that ilk in the recipe was completely inconsequential. Especially since nobody eats a doughnuts because they want milk and egg. They want the sugar and the dough. Unless you're some sort of idiot, that is.

So the new vegan friendly doughnut gets a thumbs up from us. It's tasty, and you can't tell any difference, which means long-standing Greggs doughnuts eaters have nothing to complain about.