Some extremely popular candies are actually made from things like gelatin, milk, and even bugs (for some red colorings.)
Now trying to find the perfect vegan candy can be quite tricky, especially if you have no idea what ingredients are in your favorite candy bars.
But don’t worry, we got you covered!
Below, you’ll find a complete listing of all candies that are animal-free. But before we get to the vegan candy listing, you must first know about the main ingredients you need to look for when trying to find animal-free candies.
Non-Vegan Ingredients To Watch Out For
There are a few ingredients you need to watch out for when looking for vegan candies.
1. Gelatin – Gelatin is made by boiling the skin, tendons, ligaments, and bones of pigs and cows.
2. Shellac – Shellac is a resin secreted by the female lac bug, on trees in the forests of India and Thailand that gives the candy a glossy appearance (aka confectioners glaze).
3. Carmine – Carmine is a red pigment is made from some scale insects such as the cochineal scale and certain Porphyrophora species.
4. Bone Char – Bone Char is the bones form cattle that is used to process sugar, while also giving it that bright white appearance. You can learn more about bone char and it’s alternatives by checking out this in-depth article by PETA.
Okay so now that you know which ingredients to look for in candy, let’s go straight into the animal-free candy listing!
Vegan Candy List
Here’s the complete listing of all the candies that are vegan, most of which are approved by PETA.
Please note that ingredients always change so this listing may not always be 100% accurate. Also, even though most of these candies are approved by PETA to be vegan, some may be 99.9% vegan.
Atkins Peanut Butter Bar
Big League Chew
Brach’s Cinnamon Hard Candy
Brach’s Hi-C Fruit Slices
Brach’s Hi-C Orange Slices
Brach’s Root Beer Barrels
Brach’s Star Brites
Chew-et’s Peanut Chews
Chocolove Dark Chocolate Bar
Chocolove Cherries and Almonds Dark Chocolate Bar
Chocolove Crystallized Ginger Dark Chocolate Bar
Chocolove Orange Peel Dark Chocolate Bar
Chocolove Raspberry Dark Chocolate Bar
Fruit By the Foot
Goldenberg’s Peanut Chews
Hubba Bubba Bubblegum
Jolly Ranchers (Lollipops and Hard Candy)
Lance Peanut Bar
Mamba Fruit Chews
Mary Janes (Regular and Peanut Butter Kisses)
Now and Later
Smarties (U.S. Brand)
Smart Sweets (all flavors except fruit gummy bears)
Sour Patch Kids
Thank you so much for reading and if you have any other vegan candy suggestions that you would like to see added to this listing, please leave a comment below.
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