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Sep 15, 2016

Hutt Valley High School students bottle up a clever idea for vegans

Four Hutt Valley High School entrepreneurs are trying their hand as chocolatiers in a bid to feed a growing hunger for vegan treats.

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Year 13 students Eireanne Millikin, Megan Rea, Ella Steele and Zara Badrick took part in this year's Young Enterprise Scheme and created Ease Coconut Milk – a vegan-friendly chocolate milk.

Millikin, the finance director, says veganism is becoming more of a trend.

Ease Coconut Milk – a vegan-friendly chocolate milk created by Hutt Valley High School students Megan Rea, Eireanne ...
ROBERT KITCHIN

Ease Coconut Milk – a vegan-friendly chocolate milk created by Hutt Valley High School students Megan Rea, Eireanne Millikin, Ella Steele, and Zara Badrick.

"We would all like to go vegan but it's quite difficult and a big change to make."

Two of the girls are vegetarian and are looking for options that enable them to consume less dairy.

"The idea behind it came from us realising that products like this help people slowly move towards veganism."

The team wanted to recreate a flavoured milk as a vegan alternative so they would not have to miss out on anything.

By teaming up with local artisan chocolatier, The Chocolate Story, they have been able to use Belgian chocolate in their coconut milk product.

Millikin says many vegan chocolate milks are made with chocolate powder instead of real dark chocolate, which separates Ease Coconut Milk from similar products on the market.

The idea was well-received by Young Enterprise Scheme judges, who awarded the group second place in the greater Wellington region finals of its Dragons' Den competition.

 

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