I’ve got some bad news for you.
Lucky Charms are NOT vegan.
A quick look at the ingredient list reveals why:
Whole Grain Oats, Sugar, Oat Flour, Corn Syrup, Modified Corn Starch, Corn Starch, Dextrose, Salt, Gelatin, Trisodium Phosphate, Yellows 5 & 6, Red 40, Blue 1 and Other Color Added, Natural and Artificial Flavor. Vitamin E (mixed tocopherols) Added to Preserve Freshness. Vitamins and Minerals: Calcium Carbonate, Zinc and Iron (mineral nutrients), Vitamin C (sodium ascorbate), A B Vitamin (niacinamide), Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine hydrochloride), Vitamin B2 (riboflavin), Vitamin B1 (thiamin mononitrate), Vitamin A (palmitate), A B Vitamin (folic acid), Vitamin B12, Vitamin D3.
Gelatin is made from collagen, which is made from various animal parts.
It is not vegan in any circumstances.
On top of that, there are other controversial ingredients for vegans like:
- Sugar – White sugar in the U.S. is often made with bone char. Large companies that make cereals like Lucky Charms often have multiple sugar suppliers, so there’s a decent chance that at least one uses non-vegan sugar.
- Artificial colors – Dyes like Yellow 5, Red 40, and Blue 1 are a gray area. The colors themselves are synthetic, but they are also tested on animals, so many don’t consider artificial colors to be vegan.
- Natural flavor –Natural flavors may or may not be vegan. It’s an umbrella term that covers many flavoring ingredients, some of which are vegan, and some are not. In this case, we have no way of knowing what is in the cereal.
- Vitamin D3 – This vitamin D3 isn’t vegan because it’s derived from lanolin (wool wax from sheep). It’s a very small amount, but it’s still there in the cereal.
So even if the gelatin is removed from Lucky Charms someday, there are still quite a few issues that likely make them not vegan.
Consider a cereal like Kashi instead, which has some vegan flavors.