We tend to highlight the worthy vegan options around Vancouver, but some culinary disasters are too hard to ignore. This one is found at Laurelle’s Fine Foods (148-1689 Johnston Street) in Granville Island Public Market. While the touristy bakery/deli carries a few vegan items, such as brownies and soya sage tofu rolls, it’s these cookies that take the cake.
You’d be forgiven for thinking that the vegan tofu chocolate chews with cranberry icing ($1.75) are just a one-time kitchen accident. Actually, Laurelle’s has sold them for years—on purpose—so people must be buying them.
Admittedly, Granville Island isn’t exactly a vegan haven, so Laurelle’s deserves kudos for stocking some plant-based options. However, while the strange look of these cookies is kind of enticing, their off-putting taste and texture are anything but.