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Are Nerds Vegan? (Some Flavors MIGHT Be)

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Strict vegans won’t eat Nerds, but if you’re a little flexible on controversial areas, you might be okay with eating a few flavors still. We’ll go over the problem ingredients in each flavor, and I’ll summarize the potential issues for you. Then, you can decide for yourself whether or not you consider Nerds to be vegan-friendly. Ingredients in Nerds The ingredients in the 4 main flavors are all...

Is Lindt Dark Chocolate Vegan? (Excellence Bars)

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Some Lindt Dark Chocolate is vegan, and some is not. Some of Lindt’s Excellence chocolate bars are definitely vegan, while a few may or may not be vegan.  Lindt makes a variety of chocolate, but most of it has milk products that make them not vegan friendly. However, the dark chocolate bars (their “Excellence) line are more promising. Ingredients in Lindt Dark Chocolate Some of...

Are Chips Ahoy Vegan? (Spoilers: They Have Dairy)

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I’ve read on a few blogs that Chips Ahoy are accidentally vegan. I’m not sure what cookies those authors were looking at because Chips Ahoy most certainly are not vegan. And while there are dozens of varieties, they mostly use the same ingredients. I looked through several, and none were even close to vegan. Ingredients in Chips Ahoy! There are some clear issues and some potential...

Are Jelly Beans Vegan? (Starburst, Jelly Belly, Haribo)

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Going vegan isn’t easy if you’re a jelly bean lover. Many of the most popular jelly beans are not vegan, although some are depending on your personal definition of being vegan (I’ll explain shortly). I’ve put together this guide to help you know which popular brands are and aren’t vegan-friendly. The most common non-vegan ingredients to look out for are: Beeswax Gelatin...

Are Sour Patch Kids Vegan? [Updated]

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Verdict: Sour Patch Kids are probably not vegan. Summary (full details in post): I contacted the manufacturer to see if they were vegan, but received no clear answer other than the ingredients are proprietary (i.e. secret). Sour Patch Kids contain natural flavors, which may or may not be vegan (only the manufacturer would know). They also contain artificial colors, which are controversial among...

Are Twizzlers Vegan? [Probably Not…]

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When I first went vegan, I heard that Twizzlers were vegan in a few different places. They don’t contain gelatin, like many other non-vegan candies, so I can see why someone might think that. However, there’s a very good chance that Twizzlers are not vegan-friendly. I’ll walk you through why I think this, and you can decide for yourself if you still want to eat them. Twizzler...

Are Swedish Fish Vegan?

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Verdict: Swedish Fish might be vegan. Summary (read on for full details): There are no obvious animal ingredients like gelatin in Swedish Fish. But there are artificial colors, which many strict vegans don’t eat. There’s also sugar, which may or may not be vegan since it is sourced from the U.S. Whether or not Swedish Fish are vegan depends on how strict of a vegan you are. It also...

Are Skittles Vegan? (Original, Sour, Tropical, etc.)

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Verdict: Skittles might be vegan. Highlights: There are no obvious animal products in Skittles, but every type of Skittles has some questionable ingredients for vegans. Both the “natural flavors” and “sugar” may or may not be vegan. Many strict vegans don’t consider the palm oil or artificial colors to be vegan either. Read on for the full details. Some people say...

Are Milk Duds Vegan? (Here are the Ingredients)

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Milk Duds are not anywhere close to being vegan. That probably should have been clear by the “milk” in the name. Looking at the ingredient list of Milk Duds and there are many ingredients from animal sources: Corn syrup, Sugar, Vegetable oil (includes Palm oil), Dextrose, Nonfat milk, Whey, Chocolate, Brown sugar, Mono and Diglycerides, Baking Soda, Confectioner’s Glaze, Salt, Dextrin I...

Are Gobstoppers Vegan? (Not In My Book…)

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I’ve seen several claims that Gobstoppers are vegan. Many sites say they are, along with other candy with similar ingredients, without presenting the whole story. In reality, strict vegans will not consider Gobstoppers to be vegan. Ingredients in Gobstoppers To explain why I don’t consider them to be vegan-friendly, let’s take a look at the ingredients list: Dextrose, Maltodextrin, and...