Are Pringles Vegan? (Most Flavors Are Not)

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Many chips turn out to be accidentally vegan.

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?

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The base of all Pringle varieties are just:

  • Potatoes
  • Vegetable oil (no palm oil)
  • Corn flour and cornstarch

But then there are many filler ingredients and flavoring ingredients, many of which 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
BBQ Whey Not 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
Jalapeno Whey 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

Summary: Are Any Pringles Vegan?

Aside from the original flavor, all the other flavors are definitely not vegan.

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 chip to go for.

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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