Many chips turn out to be “accidentally” vegan food.
Unfortunately, most Pringles are definitely not vegan friendly.
I went through the ingredients list for each main type of Pringle (on their website) in order to save you time trying to find a vegan flavor.
I’ve summarized the results below.
Which Pringles Might Be Vegan?
The base of all Pringle varieties are just:
- Vegetable oil (no palm oil)
- Corn flour and cornstarch
But then there are many filler ingredients and flavoring ingredients. While some are harmless enough (e.g. wheat starch), many are derived from dairy (e.g. whey, cheese, milk).
The only grey area is in the case of mono- and diglycerides. These are derived from fats, which may come from plants or animals, so we can’t be sure if these mono- and diglycerides are vegan or not.
The table below notes the ingredients that a vegan should be aware of.
|Flavor||Potential Non-Vegan Ingredients||Verdict|
|Original||Mono- and diglycerides||Maybe Vegan|
|Cheddar Cheese||Whey, Cheese, Butter||Not Vegan|
|Cheddar & Sour Cream||Whey, Cheese, Milk||Not Vegan|
|Honey Mustard||Honey||Not Vegan|
|Memphis BBQ||Natural and Artificial flavors (contains milk)||Not Vegan|
|Pizza||Whey, Cheese, Milk||Not Vegan|
|Sour Cream & Onion||Whey, Sourcream, Milk||Not Vegan|
|Screamin’ Dill Pickle||Whey||Not Vegan|
|Buffalo Ranch||Whey, Milk||Not Vegan|
|Extra Hot||Whey||Not Vegan|
|Ranch||Whey, Sourcream, Milk||Not Vegan|
|Salt & Vinegar||Lactose||Not Vegan|
|Parmesan & Roasted Garlic||Whey, Cheese||Not Vegan|
|Rotisserie Chicken||Buttermilk||Not Vegan|
The only one you might not be sure about at first glance are the Salt and Vinegar chips, which contain lactose. Lactose is always derived from milk, and isn’t vegan, but it’s easy to confuse it with lactic acid (which is typically vegan).
Other than the Pringles Original flavor, it’s clear that every other flavor there is not vegan. Hopefully they will come out with new vegan Pringles flavors in the future.
As a side note, most of them are vegetarian.
Summary: Are Pringles Vegan?
Aside from the original flavor, all the other Pringles flavors are definitely not vegan. Most of them contain dairy, and the only one that doesn’t contains honey.
The other lines of Pringles (e.g. reduced fat, wavy) all have the same issues.
The Original Pringles might be vegan.
But it depends on whether or not the glycerides come from a plant source. If you’re okay with taking a risk, go for it.
For more strict vegans, Pringles just aren’t the best potato chips to go for. The good news is that there are plenty of vegan chips out there that are basically just potato. Many Lay’s are vegan for example, and even some Doritos may be vegan.