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Are Sour Patch Kids Vegan? (Hint: Not For All Vegans)

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Every so often I see a post on social media or forum saying “Sour Patch Kids are vegan!” Mainly because there are no obvious animal products like gelatin. But to me, they’re wrong. Kind of… Just because there’s no gelatin in a gummy candy, doesn’t mean it’s vegan. I think there are a few things you need to be aware of before you choose whether or not to...

Is Salt Water Taffy Vegan?

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Some salt water taffy is vegan, but most isn’t. It depends on the brand, and sometimes depends on your personal definition of veganism. Let me quickly explain why. Obvious Non-Vegan Ingredients in Salt Water Taffy The core ingredients of taffy are various forms of sugar (corn syrup, plain white sugar, etc.), plus oils. The big issue is that some popular salt water taffies contain egg whites...

Is Chex Mix Vegan? (These Flavors Might Be…)

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Chex Mix is super easy to find, particularly at convenient stores and gas stations, so it’d be nice if it was vegan friendly. Out of the several flavors of Chex Mix, it turns out that most are not vegan. But 2 of them potentially are. I looked up all the ingredients on the Chex Mix site for each flavor to save you time, and noted down any non-vegan or possibly non-vegan ingredients. The table...

Is Wrigley’s “5 Gum” Vegan?

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Many common gums aren’t vegan. But what about 5 Gum (or 5Gum)? Well it partly depends on your personal definition of veganism, because there are 2 potential issues in most flavors of 5 Gum. Let’s start by looking at the ingredients of 5 Gum. Ingredients of 5 Gum There are 5 main flavors currently. They all have similar base ingredients, but have slightly different coloring additives. Here are the...

Are Swedish Fish Vegan?

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Whether or not Swedish Fish are vegan depends on how strict of a vegan you are. It also depends on your location (I’ve heard some stories of Swedish Fish containing beeswax in some places), although that’s not an issue in North America. I’ll break down the ingredients that may not be vegan, and then you can decide for yourself. Swedish Fish Ingredients Here’s the typical...

Are Haribo Gummy Bears Vegans?

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Haribo Gummy bears might be the most famous and well-liked gummy bears. Unfortunately, they are clearly not vegan for multiple reasons. While different flavors might have slightly different ingredients, here’s are the typical Haribo gummy bear ingredients: Corn syrup, sugar, gelatin, dextrose, citric acid, starch, artificial and natural flavors, fractionated coconut oil, carnuba wax...

Are Candy Canes Vegan?

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Candy canes are just sugar, right? Surely they’d be vegan? The reality is that some candy canes are vegan, but most aren’t. Why Candy Canes Often Aren’t Vegan The basic ingredients for a candy cane are simple. Usually along the lines of: Sugar Corn syrup (aka sugar in a different form) Peppermint Artificial coloring Occasionally flavors like butterscotch have dairy in them, and...

The Complete Guide to Which Jelly Beans Brands Are Vegan

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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...

Is Lindt Dark Chocolate Vegan?

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Verdict: Some Lindt Dark Chocolate (Certain Excellence bars) is vegan, and some is not. 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 typically more promising. Some of their products do include milk fat, like their 78% Excellence bar, but many of them consist of nothing...