Some people claim that Reese’s Puffs are vegans, while others say they aren’t.
So who’s right?
Well it depends on 2 factors: your definition of vegan, and potentially your country.
Cereal manufacturers maintain similar ingredients across most countries, but not always the exact same. So the information on this page may not be accurate for you, just remember to double-check at the store.
Now onto the ingredients, there’s one in particular that may rule out Reese’s Puffs for you:
Whole grain corn, sugar, Reese’s peanut butter, dextrose, corn meal, corn syrup, canola oil, salt, cocoa, caramel color, trisodium phosphate, natural flavor, vitamin E, tricalcium phosphate, calcium carbonate, zinc and iron, vitamin C, vitamin B6, vitamin B2, vitamin B1, vitamin A, folic acid, vitamin B12, vitamin D3.
All looks good for the most part, until the very last ingredient.
Vitamin D3 is rarely vegan when added to cereals and most other foods. It’s typically derived from lanolin, the oil from sheep’s wool.
Then why did I said that it depends on your definition of veganism?
Well, because it’s a very small amount of vitamin D. There’s 10% of the vitamin D RDA in a serving of Reese’s Puffs, that’s equivalent to 1.5 micrograms.
To realize how small that is, it’s about the size of a human hair if it was 0.25 millimeters long.
Personally I’m pretty strict and don’t think it’s vegan. You’re still contributing to the profits of people exploiting animals, just a very small amount in this case.
I draw the line at 0 being acceptable.
However, I don’t speak for all vegans. And quite a few would consider Reese’s Puffs vegan, so it’s really up to you and what you’re okay with.