Are Skittles Vegan in 2019? [Spoilers: I Don’t Think So]


Some people say that Skittles are vegan.

I’d argue that they’re misinformed.

While there’s no obvious animal products like gelatin, there’s a handful of questionable ingredients in them.

I’ll walk you through them, and then you can decide for yourself whether or not you think they’re vegan.

Ingredients in Skittles


As a side note before continuing, Skittles are not kosher certified, which is often a good sign that a product is vegan.

Now onto the ingredients of Skittles:

Sugar, corn syrup, hydrogenated palm kernel oil; less than 2% of: Citric Acid, Tapioca Dextrin, Modified Corn Starch, Natural and Artificial FlavorsColors (Red 40 Lake, Titanium Dioxide, Red 40, Yellow 5 Lake, Yellow 5, Yellow 6 Lake, Yellow 6, Blue 2 Lake, Blue 1, Blue 1 Lake), Sodium Citrate, Carnauba Wax.

None of the ingredients I’ve highlighted are clearly non-vegan.

However, they are controversial at the very least. Let me explain why:

Verdict: Skittles May or May Not Be Vegan

The sugar is my big concern, there’s a good chance it’s not vegan.

On top of the sugar, you also need to decide where you stand on the other controversial ingredients.

Personally, I can live without Skittles, there’s plenty of other candy that is vegan for sure.

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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