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Next stop: eat:Festivals, Teignmouth edition

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Teignmouth – you are the next stop on our magical, mystical brownie tour, and we can’t wait to see you! You can get yer Dark Matters vegan brownies fix at eat:Festivals on Saturday 16th October 2021.

The event takes place in The Triangle, Waterloo Street & Triangle Park, and we’ll be loading up the stall with an array of gooey, fudgy, chocolatey (and all the other scrummy words you can think of) brownies. 

Pumpkin Spiced Season

We’re fully autumnalised now, and so we’re expecting it to be a big one for our Pumpkin King brownie. We’ll do our best to pile the pumpkin spiced brownies high, but make sure you get down there early to avoid missing out.

However, we know pumpkin spiced brownies aren’t just for October – they’re available to buy online all year round. So anyone and everyone can get stuck in!

What’s your favourite flavour?

Are there any of our flavours you’d like to see lining the stall? Check out our online shop and let us know in the comments what tickles your fancy.

Eat:Teignmouth is a free festival. No tickets, no booking fees, just rock up and EAT. There are so many great, local traders and producers, and there’s always a strong vegan presence which we love to see.

It’s also an event that encourages eco ethics and sustainability – not that we need any encouragement! All of our products are 100% vegan, 100% palm oil free and 100% delicious. All of our packaging is biodegradable, and we encourage market customers to bring their own bag/box – we’ll knock 50p off your total if you do.

So we’ll see you soon Devon! And everyone else, if you can’t wait to see us in person you can buy Dark Matters vegan brownies online day or night, and we’ll get your vegan brownie boxed up and delivered straight to your door.

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Bournemouth Vegan Festival: It’s brownie time

Overhead Shot of Vegan Raspberry Chocolate Brownies and Double Choc Cacao Brownies with Figs

Bournemouth Vegan Festival

Bournemouth – we’re coming for ya! Gemma will be setting up shop at The Citygate Centre in the heart of the town on Saturday 9th October 2021.

She’ll be piling the brownies high so all you lovely shoppers are in for a treat if you’re looking for something vegan, chocolatey and totally decadent.

Are you a salted caramel fan? Maybe you want to mix things up with a Brookie. Do you want to get fruity or nutty? Maybe you’re a purist looking for something deep and rich. Whatever you fancy, you can be sure she’ll have the best vegan brownie for you.

And we’ll be in good company! With more than 60 stalls showcasing a huge range of vegan delights. Not only will there be a whole market full of amazing vegan traders, there will also be cookery demos, talks, interactive workshops, yoga and children’s activities. It’s gonna be a big day.

It all kicks off at 10.30am and things will be closing down at 4.30pm. As always, make sure you get down early because our brownies tend to fly off the shelf pretty quickly. As always, bring your own bag/box for 50p off your total.

Entry is £4 payable per day on the door (under 16’s free) or £15 for VIP tickets in advance from Eventbrite. VIPs get a goody bag full of vegan products, samples, discounts and offers, plus fast track entry to beat the queues.

So pop it in the diary – Saturday 9th October, Bournemouth. It’s brownie time. 

Shop online

Don’t worry if you’re not a Bournemouth local, you can check out this blog post to see if we’re coming to a market near you any time soon. Even if we’re not, you can buy our banging vegan brownies any time, any place, from our online shop for delivery throughout the UK.

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Dark chocolate matters: Why bake with 70% Fairtrade dark chocolate?

Chopped Dark Chocolate

Becoming a vegan brownie business in 2016 came with its challenges. One of the biggest being how the heck we were going to replicate a product people already know and love without using any animal products. The answer was already right in front of us: more dark chocolate.

From the start, Gemma always wanted the focus of Dark Matters brownies to be on great quality chocolate. At the beginning of her chocolatey career she worked alongside, and learned from a skilful chocolatier who herself had trained with Paul A Young. This gave Gemma a deep and intense appreciation for chocolate as a complex and fascinating product.

What’s best for brownies: chocolate or cocoa powder?

For the best rich, fudgy, vegan Dark Matters brownies, the answer is absolutely dark chocolate.

Most brownie recipes are high in sugar, flour and cocoa powder. That’s why they demand a lot of fatty, wet, animal based ingredients like butter and eggs (and sometimes randomly gelatin?! Blurgh.) This is NOT the Dark Matters way.

When we became a vegan business, taking out these ingredients wasn’t a huge dilemma as chocolate binds dry ingredients, instead of resorting to butter and eggs. So our fudgy brownie dreams continued to live another day!

Why 70% Fairtrade dark chocolate?

When Dark Matters brownies began in 2012, Gemma knew it would need to have chocolate at its heart. From working in the industry, she knew dark chocolate wasn’t as accepted as milk chocolate, with milk outselling dark 10/1. However, knowing that the rich complexities of chocolate could help her create the ultimate brownie, that didn’t put her off.

Gemma wanted to not only bring banging brownies to the masses, but to also open up the idea of using higher percentage, and better quality chocolate in the process.

After a LOT of research to find the best chocolate for the ultimate vegan brownies, Gemma chose a certified Organic and Fairtrade 70% chocolate couverture to use. This is the same high quality chocolate used in premium chocolate making.

That’s why 70% chocolate is either the first, or one of the first two ingredients in all of our brownie recipes, bar none.

Can dark chocolate be sweet?

With Gemma’s dedicated baking skills, she has been able to vary her brownie offerings. So our Purist is the darkest tasting – more like a dark truffle flavour and texture. Whereas the Salted Caramel and Brookies contain extra sweetness from the additions of caramels and cookie dough.

So despite Dark Matters making it sound like our products are only for chocolate aficionados, we really do have something for everyone… unless you hate chocolate.

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Vegan Brownies on Tour: Watford Vegan Festival & The Frome Independent

Vegan Events and Frome Independent Market Logos

Watford Vegan Festival

We’re hitting the road on Saturday 2nd October 2021 for the Watford Vegan Festival and we’re taking a whole van load of vegan brownies with us!

We’re going to be nestled in amongst 80 other fantastic plant based traders in the Bushey Academy, slinging our rich and fudgy brownie wares.

Dark Matters - Vegan Brownies - Market Stall
Dark Matters – Vegan Brownies – Market Stall

You know you’re getting the good stuff with Dark Matters because all of our brownies are made with 70% Faritrade dark chocolate. As we can all agree – the more chocolate the better! 

We are super proud to be 100% vegan, 100% palm oil free and 100% delicious.

Our packaging is always eco friendly, but what’s more sustainable than no packaging? For this reason, at all of our markets we’ll knock 50p off your total if you bring your own bag or box for your brownies.

As well as indulgent vegan brownies from Dark Matters, there will be a load of other scrummy delights to devour. Plus cookery demos, talks, workshops, yoga and kid’s activities. 

Watford Vegan Festival kicks off at 10.30am and we’ll be there until 4.30pm, or until the brownies run out – whichever comes first. So make sure you get down early to bag yourself a treat.

Entry is £4 payable per day on the door and under 16s go free. You can also get £15 VIP tickets in advance from eventbrite to get fast track entry and a goody bag full of vegan goodies.

The Frome Independent

Then, on Sunday 3rd October 2021, we’re heading back to The Frome Independent!

We’re getting back into the swing of things now with all our markets, and can now happily look forward to the first Sunday of every month between March and December, because that’s Frome Independent day!

If you’ve never been to the Frome Independent, you can expect to find the whole town centre lined with stalls from amazingly talented local artists, flea traders and food producers.

‘More than a market’ is their tagline – and it’s true! There’s also live music, DJs, workshops and plenty of other entertainment on offer.

And you can enjoy it all while feasting on your favourite Dark Matters vegan brownie!

Order Vegan Brownies Online

As always, if you can’t make it to our markets, or if you just can’t wait, you can order your vegan brownies from our online shop for delivery throughout the UK.

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Where to buy the best vegan brownies? Right here…

Close Up Selection of Dark Matters Vegan Brownies

Upcoming Events & Markets

We do love a good market – it’s where Dark Matters began. Face-to-face, chatting chocolate on the stall with all of you gorgeous customers, traders and event organisers. So we’re happy to say our diary is crammed full with the best markets and events over the next few months. If you’d like to come and say hey, grab a gift or treat yourself to a fudgy vegan brownie or three, here’s where you can find us over the next few weeks…

Dark Matters - Vegan Brownies - Events & Markets

Saturday 25th September – eat:Weston-super-Mare
The Italian Gardens, Weston-super-Mare

Sunday 26th September – eat:Tiverton
Tiverton town centre

Saturday 2nd October – Watford Vegan Festival
The Grange Academy, Watford

Sunday 3rd October – The Frome Independent
Frome town centre

Saturday 9th October – Bournemouth Vegan Festival
Citygate Events Ltd, Bournemouth

Saturday 16th October – eat:Teignmouth
The Triangles, Teignmouth

Saturday 23rd October – eat:Burnham-on-Sea
Burnham-on-Sea town centre

Saturday 6th November – Bath Vegan Festival
Bath Pavilion, Bath

Sunday 7th November – The Frome Independent
Frome town centre

Sunday 14th November – Great Yorkshire Vegan Market
Leeds Kirkgate Market, Leeds

Sunday 21st November – Newbury Vegan Market
Market Place, Newbury

Saturday 27th November – eat:Taunton
Hammet Street & East Street, Taunton

Saturday 4th December – eat:Nailsea
Nailsea town centre

Sunday 5th December – Gloucester Vegan Christmas Market
Gloucester Blackfriars, Gloucester

Sunday 5th December – The Frome Independent
Frome town centre

Saturday 11th December – eat:Yeovil
Yeovil town centre

Sunday 12th December – eat:Weston-super-Mare
Winter Gardens, Weston-super-Mare

We’re adding events all the time, so keep an eye on our Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for market announcements – plus the odd special offer, and plenty of drool-worthy brownie pics that your timeline is definitely craving.

Order Online

And, of course, we can always deliver your vegan brownie fix if you place an order for brownies by post in our online shop!

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Eat:Festivals Double Bill: Weston-super-Mare & Tiverton

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Eat:Festivals Double Bill: Weston-super-Mare & Tiverton

We’re busting out all your favourite vegan brownies across this eat:Festivals double bill weekend. Starting off in Weston-super-Mare on Saturday 25th September 2021, then on to Tiverton on Sunday 26th. Pop to your local market and snap up a treat!

The festival caters for all dietary choices so there’s always a big selection of plant based goodies on offer at every eat:Festivals event.

Just make sure you save room for dessert as we’ll have the vegan brownie stall piled high for all you chocolate fiends out there.

Coffee, caramel & pecan? Oh yeah. Raspberry double choc? You betcha. Salted caramel swirl? Of course!

Our delicious gourmet brownies are all packed full of 70% Faritrade dark chocolate. That’s what makes them different – they’re darker, denser and more decadent than your average brownie.

Not only that, all our brownies are 100% free from palm oil, 100% vegan and 100% delicious. It’s a win-win-win.

Saturday morning, 10am sharp, we’ll be setting up shop in the Italian Gardens of WSM. Right in the heart of Weston just a stone’s throw from the Grand Pier. Then Sunday it’s Down to Tiverton to bring our banging brownies down to the Devon crowd.

Get down there early (and hungry) as there are plenty of gorgeous foodie stalls on offer at each market, with over 90 stalls slinging their wares. The markets run until 4pm, but once the brownies are gone, they’re gone!

Vegan Brownie Delivery

If you can’t wait until then, head over to our online shop and bag yourself some brownies. You can place your order 24/7 and we’ll get a package of delicious, fudgy brownies delivered right to your door.

All our brownies are baked using top quality, ethically sourced ingredients. Hand baked in small batches each order is finished with beautiful and sustainable packaging.

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Special Delivery: Vegan Brownies by Post

Pile of Vegan Dark Matters Brownies in Front of Delivery Box

Vegan Brownies by Post

Can’t wait until our next market to get your vegan brownie fix? Order online to get your brownie delivery shipped straight to your door.

We’ve got a whole online store filled with plant based, fudgy brownies – all baked in small batches for the best, freshest brownies by post.

Vegan Brownies – Fantastic Flavours

Here’s a small selection of what’s on offer, check out our online shop for more tantalising treats!

Pumpkin King [Spiced Pumpkin Swirl] (GF&WF)

Pumpkin King - Spiced Pumpkin Swirl - Vegan Brownies
Pumpkin King – Spiced Pumpkin Swirl – Vegan Brownies

Think autumnal thoughts with a generous helping of nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and mixed spice. All topped off with a swirl of Spiced Pumpkin Creme and a sprinkling of gold dust.

Lady Marmalade [Choc Orange]

Lady Marmalade - Chocolate Orange - Vegan Brownies
Lady Marmalade – Chocolate Orange – Vegan Brownies

Chocolate and orange – I don’t think we’ve got to convince you this is a perfect match. We’ve chucked in a generous helping of marmalade and candied peel to kick this brownie up a notch.

Oh Canada! [Maple, Hazelnut & Pecan] (GF&WF)

Oh Canada! - Maple, Hazelnut & Pecan - Vegan Brownies
Oh Canada! – Maple, Hazelnut & Pecan – Vegan Brownies

Made with nuts, semi-sweet chocolate chips and our own vegan Maple Caramel – how can you resist? Made with Doves Farm Organic Gluten Free Flour so everyone can enjoy!

Eco-Friendly Gifts

Maybe you’re looking for wedding present ideas for your vegan pals, or a birthday gift box for an eco conscious buddy – maybe you just want your own vegan chocolate fix. We’ve got you covered!

Dark Matters brownies are made with the finest 70% Fairtrade dark chocolate, which gives them a deep, rich, indulgent quality that we believe is unrivalled. 

Not only that, but we are proudly palm oil free, using only ethically sourced ingredients to make the best brownies that we can.

All of our packaging is sustainable and plastic-free. We’re proud to do our bit for the environment, while also ensuring that your brownies taste totally delicious! 

So check out our online shop for a bit of inspiration, fill up your basket and we’ll get baking! We deliver our delectable brownies anywhere in the UK.

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Vegan Markets Double Whammy: Plymouth & Tewkesbury

Close Up Dark Matters Vegan Brownies - Orange, Double Choc and Raspberry

Plymouth Vegan Festival & Tewkesbury Vegan Fair

We love taking part in vegan events – it’s the main thing that runs right through our business. All of our products are 100% vegan friendly, 100% zero palm on and 100% delicious. At vegan events we get to schmooze with lots of like minded people, and we absolutely love bringing them a hefty chunk of fudgy brownie to their day!

So it’s no surprise that we’re super hyped for a weekend FULL of vegan events, starting off in Devon.

Dark Matters @ Plymouth Vegan Festival

We’re heading even more south and even more west for Plymouth Vegan Festival, and we can’t ruddy wait.

Taking place at Plymouth Guildhall on Saturday 11th September, the venue will be stuffed chockablock with vegan traders. More than 40 stalls will line the hall, with doors opening at 10.30am until shut down at 4.30pm.

Standard tickets are just £4, and once you’re in you’ll be surrounded by a butt load of vegan companies flogging their wares. Come on down and get your vegan jewellery, clothes, cheese, skincare – and, of course, BROWNIES.

Dark Matters @ Tewkesbury Vegan Fair

Then on Sunday 12th September, we’re whizzing back up the M5 all the way to Tewkesbury for Tewkesbury Vegan Fair!  

Tickets are just £2 – bargain! We’ll be flogging our wares (mainly brownies tbh) in Watson Hall from 11am to 4pm. 

There’ll be vegan jewellery, clothes, cheese, skincare – and, of course, BROWNIES.

As always, bring along a container for your brownies to any of our markets and we’ll knock 50p off your total. All of our packaging is sustainable, but you know what’s more sustainable? BYOB (bring your own box/bag).

Order online

If you can’t wait that long, don’t worry – we got you. Check out our online shop where you can order brownies 24/7 and we’ll get them shipped right to your door.

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Best gifts for vegans? Brownies, hot chocolate & balls – oh my!

Stack of Three Vegan Brookies next to Best Vegan Gifts Graphic

Best gifts for vegans

If you’re wondering what gift to buy for your vegan foodie friend, don’t worry – we’ve got you covered with our decadent, chocolatey presents – made fresh to deliver all over the UK. It’s not just brownies on offer, oh no! Here are a few of our best gifts for vegans – and non-vegans too.

We may be biased, but who (vegan or not) wouldn’t love to get stuck into a rich, fudgy treat that’s been made with the best ingredients and absolutely zero palm oil?

Maybe you’re making a gift basket, or looking for the perfect treat for a friend. Maybe you want to treat yourself – we’re totally here for it.

Vegan S’Mores Brookie

Vegan S'Mores Brookie
Vegan S’Mores Brookie

We perfected our vegan brownie/cookie hybrid just a few years ago, but they have been a best-seller ever since. 

We make a layer of vegan cookie base, with the perfect amount of chew. Then a thick, chunky layer of double chocolate chip brownie. All topped off with a generous sprinkling of Dandies plant based marshmallows.

Luxury Vegan Hot Chocolate & Marshmallows

Luxury Vegan Hot Chocolate & Marshmallows
Luxury Vegan Hot Chocolate & Marshmallows

A decadent addition to any vegan gift basket, or a delicious treat on its own. There’s a chill in the air, and we all know the best way to combat it: a steaming cup of luxury hot chocolate topped with Dandies plant based marshmallows.

We’ve perfected our own secret Dark Matters blend of hot chocolate, ready for you to mix with a milk of your choice. The result is a thick, chocolatey mug of cockle-warming goodness.

Vegan Salted Caramel Truffle Balls

Vegan Salted Caramel Truffle Balls
Vegan Salted Caramel Truffle Balls

Now these are just *chef’s kiss* perfection. The perfect chocolatey gift – but let’s be real, also a great gift from you to you. Bigger and chunkier than a little, single chocolate. Slightly less hefty than a whole brownie – unless you eat the whole bag, and why not?

We take our OG Salted Caramel Brownie, add an extra generous helping of settled caramel and ganache (all vegan, obvs). Then dip that in a vat of tempered chocolate. The result is… I mean just try for yourself, you will not regret it.

Dark Matters Vegan Brownies – Online Store

Have a nose round our online shop! We bake all our brownies (and other chocolatey treats) in small batches, made to order. So you’ll get the freshest, fudgiest brownies around. We offer delivery throughout the UK.

We are a 100% vegan company established in 2013 and are proudly palm oil free. We use ethically sourced ingredients and use beautiful yet sustainable packaging.

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Vegan Brownies incoming at eat:Wellington and Frome Independent Market

Piles of Vegan Brownies with Blurry Background

We are hitting the South West big time next weekend, baking a big ol’ batch of vegan brownies for a double whammy of events. Find us at eat:Wellington on Saturday 4th September, and Frome Independent Market on Sunday 5th. If you can’t make it to the markets – fear not! Place your order in our online shop for delivery all over the UK.

We’ll have Brookies, vegan marshmallows, salted caramel, peanuts, coffee, pecans and so much more, all baked into decadent vegan brownies using 70% Fairtrade dark chocolate and absolutely zero palm oil.

BYOB – bring your own box/bag! As always, we’ll give you 50p off your total if you bring your own container for your brownies. If you don’t have a bag or box, it’s all good – we’re proud to say that all of our packaging is plastic free.

We’re setting up shop from 10am on Saturday 4th for eat:Wellington. If you’ve been before, you’ll see that there’s a slightly different layout this time, making adjustments for social distancing. But we shouldn’t be too hard to find – hopefully your brownie senses will be tingling.

Wellington Fun Fact: The Iron Duke pub in Wellington is home to Gemma’s favourite pub toilet. “It’s the best toilet that I’ve ever been in in my life”, said the brownie queen – and you could tell she really meant it.

Although we don’t condone spending money in a Weatherspoons, we do suggest popping in to spend a penny. Every time Gemma’s in town she makes a special trip to the toilet that won Loo of the Year!

Then we’re off to FROME.

It’s finally happening – Frome Independent Market is back for its first big event since March 2020.

There’s been a big Frome shaped hole in our diary for the past year and a half. We did manage to get a little Frome fix when we traded at the night market not so long ago, but now it’s time for the main event!

We’ve been trading at Frome since the very early days of Dark Matters, and we’ve loved each and every market – only ever missing out on one event since we started. We love supporting other local, independent businesses, and this really is the best place to do just that.

There are way too many amazing little businesses trading in Frome to be able to mention them all, but we’re really looking forward to seeing Wolfe Academy sustainable clothing, Dakota Rae Dust jewellery, and as always lunch will be provided by Jacob’s Finest Vegan Falafel.