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Is Bubble Tea Vegan?

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Every street I walk down seems to have a new bubble tea shop opening up. The good news for vegans is that while not all bubble tea is vegan, many types are. I’ll break down the common and possible ingredients here, and go over which ones you should avoid. The Main Ingredients of Bubble Tea Every shop makes their bubble tea a bit different, but certain types of ingredients are consistent: Tapioca...

Is Monster Energy Drink Vegan?

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I have good news for you if you like Monster Energy Drinks. I contacted them asking about whether or not their main energy drink was vegan, and they said this: Thank you for visiting the Monster Energy Website. We use no animal bi-products in any of our products line. However, they are not vegan certified. Thank you, Monster Energy Not only is the main drink vegan, but the whole product line is...

Why Earth Balance Butter Spreads Are Not Vegan (and an alternative)

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Earth Balance has a nice “vegan” sticker on all their products, and on their website. But the definition of vegan is different for a person and a product. The current technical requirements for a product to be labeled vegan do not reflect which products actually are and aren’t vegan. Most ethical vegans would define veganism as something like: Being vegan means not consuming or using products...

Are Animal Crackers Vegan?

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Since there’s no one definitive “animal cracker,” this is a tough question to answer. What I can tell you is that some brands of animal crackers are vegan, and some are not. While researching for this post, I looked at several brands, and took a closer look at 3 popular ones in particular. I looked at the full ingredients list for the following 3: Kirkland Animal Crackers – Not vegan...

Are Oreos Vegan? Let’s Find Out…

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When you go vegan, a lot of candy that you might have eaten before becomes off-limits. A lot of people online, particularly new vegans, happily exclaim: “Oreos are vegan!” But I’d have to disagree. First off, there are over 180 oreo products: Most have similar ingredients, and they’re just variations of the same main products. In this post we’ll look at the main types: Classic oreos Oreo thins...

Is Caramel Vegan?

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A lot of caramel is vegan, but some is not. The simplest, pure caramel is made only by heating sugars. But a lot of products use caramel, or a caramel sauce that also contains dairy (most often milk and cream). The tricky part is that a lot of products that list “caramel” in the ingredients don’t specify if it contains dairy or not. Given the prevalence of the form of caramel with dairy in...

Is Classic White Wonder Bread Vegan? [Updated]

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White Wonder bread used to not be vegan. It contained whey, which is a dairy byproduct in the cheese-making process. But I recently checked the ingredients, and at some point in the past few years, the formulation seems to have changed, and there’s no longer any whey in it. Here’s the list of ingredients in classic white Wonder bread: Unbleached Enriched Flour (Wheat Flour, Malted...

Is Gelatin Vegan?

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Gelatin is 100% NOT vegan. It’s made from the collagen in bones, skin, and hides of mainly pigs and cows. When it comes to candy, gelatin is a vegan’s biggest enemies. The biggest user of gelatin is JELL-O, but tons of gummy candies also use it to give the jelly-like texture. There’s no perfect vegan substitute, although pectin is a pretty good one. How Is Gelatin Made...

Is Quaker Instant Oatmeal Vegan?

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Some flavors of Quaker instant oatmeal are vegan, and some are not. Of course the oats themselves are vegan, but some of the flavoring ingredients are not. I looked up the ingredients list for each flavor, and we’ll go through which ones are and aren’t vegan. To start, let’s look at the ingredients in different flavors of a variety pack: The first 3 are vegan, but there are 2...

Is Duncan Hines Creamy Frosting Vegan?

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The answer to this question is…maybe. It depends on who you ask, and it depends on where you live. All the ingredients come from plant sources, which is enough to make many people say that Duncan Hines frosting is vegan, but there’s one in particular that is controversial. If you Live In The United States The reason someone might not consider the frostings vegan in the U.S. comes down...

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