Are Miss Vickie’s Chips Vegan? (All Main Flavors)

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Long story short – The Original Miss Vickie’s flavor is the only vegan flavor.

Granted, I only looked at the 6 main flavors, and there are some less common varieties that you see from time to time that may or may not be vegan as well.

If you’d like to know the non-vegan ingredients in the other flavors, read on.

Original Miss Vickie’s Ingredients

miss vickies sea salt original

The original flavor of Miss Vickie’s has a very short ingredient list:

  • Potatoes
  • Vegetable Oil (Corn, Canola, and/or Sunflower Oil)
  • Sea Salt.

Yep, that’s the full list.

All of those are clearly vegan ingredients, so the Original Miss Vickie’s are vegan.

Are Other Flavors of Miss Vickie’s Vegan?

Unfortunately, the ingredient list grows quite a bit larger for every other flavor of Miss Vickie’s, and they all include at least one non-vegan ingredient.

For example, here’s the ingredient list for the Sea Salt & Vinegar flavor:

  • Potatoes
  • Vegetable Oil (Corn, Canola, and/or Sunflower Oil)
  • Sea Salt & Vinegar Seasoning
    • Maltodextrin
    • Sea Salt
    • Vinegar
    • Buttermilk – A combination of butter and milk
    • Lactose – Derived from milk
    • Sugar
    • Dextrose
    • Yeast Extract
    • Citric Acid
    • Sunflower Oil

While the base ingredients are the same, the seasoning contains 2 different dairy products in buttermilk and lactose. Even though the rest of the ingredients appear vegan, these 2 are a problem.

All the other main flavors have similar problem ingredients are all dairy byproducts like whey or buttermilk.

FlavorNon-Vegan Ingredients
JalapeñosWhey
Sea Salt & VinegarButtermilk, Lactose
Smokehouse BBQSkim Milk, Buttermilk
Farmhouse White CheddarWhey, Butter, Cheese
Sour Cream & HerbsSour cream, Buttermilk, Whey

I don’t have much else to say about those, they’re all clearly not vegan.

A Quick Note on Sugar

There’s sugar in the seasoning for all these flavors.

Some sugar in North America is filtered with bone char, and isn’t vegan. However, it’s a grey area and many vegans don’t worry too much about it.

Obviously these flavors all not vegan already due to the dairy, but I wanted to mention this issue just so you’re aware of it in the future when looking at other food products (typically junk food). 

Alternatives to Miss Vickie’s For Vegans

Again, Miss Vickie’s does launch other flavors from time to time, often for limited runs.

So if you see a different flavor in the store, it’s worth checking the ingredients list, but chances are it won’t be vegan.

On a related note, many Lay’s flavors are likely vegan, and there are typically several vegan chips in the “health” food aisle of most grocery stores (although much more expensive).

About the author

Dale Cudmore

Your friendly neighborhood vegan from Toronto. Chemical engineer turned semi-professional soccer player and freelance nutrition writer. I've been vegan for years and try to make life easier for others by sharing what I've learned.

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