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:
- Kirkland Animal Crackers – Not vegan
- Glutino Animal Crackers – Not vegan
- 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.