Are Animal Crackers Vegan?

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Since there’s no one definitive “animal cracker,” this is a tough question to answer.

What I can tell you is that some brands of animal crackers are vegan, and some are not.

While researching for this post, I looked at several brands, and took a closer look at 3 popular ones in particular.

I looked at the full ingredients list for the following 3:

  1. Kirkland Animal Crackers – Not vegan
  2. Glutino Animal Crackers – Not vegan
  3. Stauffer’s Animal Crackers – Vegan

What I found was that there were only 2 main sources of concern for the most part.

Look out for:

  • “Lecithin” – If the ingredients list only says “lecithin”, it’s probably from animal sources and not vegan. “Soy lecithin” is more common, and soy lecithin is usually vegan.
  • Palm oil (see is palm oil vegan) – Palm oil may be from a plant, but its production results in orangutans and tigers being brutally killed and injured. It’s not vegan.

Other than that, the main ingredients you’ll see are:

  • Flour – Vegan
  • Soybean oil and soy lecithin – Vegan
  • Sugar – Vegan
  • Baking soda – Vegan
  • Natural flavor – Vegan
  • High fructose corn syrup – Unhealthy, but vegan.

Hopefully with all that in mind, you can find some good vegan animal crackers online or in a local store. It may take some digging, but there are options out there.

About the author

Dale C.

Your friendly neighborhood vegan from Toronto. Chemical engineer turned semi-professional soccer player and freelance writer. Trying to do my small part in making the world better by writing about the wonderful world of veganism.

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