Verdict: Wonder Bread is not vegan.
- Classic white Wonder bread contains multiple ingredients that may or may not be vegan. Most importantly, it says “contains milk” on the ingredients label.
- It’s likely dairy-free (but I wouldn’t take a chance if you have an allergy).
- There’s a fairly high chance that either the sodium stearoyl lactylate, lecithin, or glycerides are derived from animal products.
White Wonder bread used to clearly not be vegan.
It contained whey, which is a dairy byproduct in the cheese-making process.
But at some point in the past few years, the ingredients seems to have changed, and there’s no longer any whey in it.
That doesn’t necessarily make it vegan, but there are no longer any obvious animal products in it.
Wonder Bread Ingredients
Here’s the list of ingredients in classic white Wonder bread (I’ve highlighted the ones relevant for vegans):
Unbleached Enriched Flour (Wheat Flour, Malted Barley Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamin Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Water, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Contains 2% or Less of Each of the Following: Yeast, Salt, Soybean Oil, Wheat Gluten, Dough Conditioners (Contains One or More of the Following: Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Calcium Stearoyl Lactylate, Monoglycerides and/or Diglycerides, Calcium Peroxide, Calcium Iodate, DATEM, Ethoxylated Mono- and Diglycerides, Enzymes), Soy Flour, Yeast Food (Ammonium Sulfate), Monocalcium Phosphate, Calcium Sulfate, Soy, Lecithin, Calcium Propionate. Contains: Wheat, Milk, Soy
Most ingredients are clearly vegan, but there are a few that may or may not be vegan:
- Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate – This can be made from either plant or animal sources.
- Mono- and Diglycerides – Glycerides can also be made from either plant or animal sources.
- Lecithin – Again, some lecithin is vegan because it’s made from plant sources (i.e. soy, sunflower), but animal-based lecithin is also quite common.
- Enzymes – Most enzymes in bread are vegan these days, but there is still a chance that they’re not in this case.
The only ones who know what these ingredients were made from is the manufacturer. It seems that at least one of them contains dairy based on the ingredients label (the last line).
The whole grain and whole wheat Wonder Bread loafs have almost the same ingredients, just different flours.
Verdict: Wonder Bread Is Not Vegan
I’ve requested additional information from Wonder Bread multiple times, and will update this page if they get back to me.
However, they haven’t so far (and I don’t really expect them too).
So while we don’t know exactly where the dairy comes from, we know that white Wonder Bread (or other varieties) is not vegan.