If you’re a vegan, you’re planning to follow a vegan diet, you’ll know that it can sometimes be tricky to know exactly which products you can eat, safe in the knowledge that they are animal-free. Some items can surprisingly contain animal products, whilst others, which you might think aren’t suitable for vegans, are actually vegan-friendly. Here are 15 of the best food and drink items that you’ll be surprised, and maybe relieved, to know are suitable for those following a vegan diet.
Oreos are a delicious snack straight from the packet but they are also great to incorporate into baking if you’re wanting to try out some vegan recipes at home.
If you’re trying to make the change from non-vegan to vegan, finding out which snacks you can eat can prove problematic. However, you’ll be pleased to know original and smoky bacon (that’s right!) Pringles are both vegan-friendly.
Fox's Party Rings
Not only are these a childhood classic for those 90’s kids out there but they’re delicious and really moreish too. They’re made with natural colours and as such, are suitable for vegans.
Co-op Jam and custard Doughnuts
Co-op’s own brand doughnuts have been a long standing favourite for vegans with a sweet tooth.
Skittles are a recent addition to the vegan-friendly list as, for a while, they contained some E-numbers. However, these have now been removed. Only a few old packets (with E120) still exist. So if a pack is marked ‘Suitable for vegetarians’ then it will be vegan too, so now we can all taste the rainbow!
For a product that goes so well with cheese, it’s somewhat of a surprise that Ritz opted to go vegan-friendly, but they did! So for those who like their snacks a little more savoury, these crackers are a great option!
Sainsbury's Chicken Flavour Instant Noodles
Another surprising addition to the list is Sainsbury’s own brand chicken flavour instant noodles.
Doritos (certain flavours)
Both Chilli Heatwave and Lightly Salted Doritos are vegan-friendly, so whether you want a heat kick or a laid back chip, these are the way to go when snacking crisps.
Starburst are another surprisingly vegan-friendly sweet, but only if you live in the UK.
Butterkist (certain varieties)
For those cinema trips or movie nights where you just can’t resist buying popcorn, it’s best to take a minute and think about which brand you buy to be certain you’re getting the right one for your diet. Butterkist have three options which you can safely choose from; Sweet Cinema Style, Sweet & Salted and Microwave Popcorn Salted.
Bachelors Cup-a-Soup (Tomato/Tomato and Basil)
Cup-a-soups have always been a safe-haven for vegans. Bachelor’s Tomato and Tomato & Basil cup soups are both vegan-friendly.
Sainsbury's Raspberry Jelly
Sainsbury’s raspberry jelly pots are vegan-friendly. They cost £1 a packet and contain fresh raspberries. The jelly goes great with vegan-friendly ice cream too.
Pot Noodle (certain flavours)
Much like cup-a-soups, Pot Noodles are a classic, easy to grab snack for when you are in a rush or simply feeling lazy. Even better is the fact that so many flavours are vegan-friendly – Beef & Tomato, Bombay Bad Boy, Sweet & Sour, Brazilian BBQ Steak, Chilli Beef, Chinese Chow Mein, Piri Piri Chicken and Sticky Rib.
The majority of beers use fish bladders or scales during the fermentation product and even though these don’t end up in the final drink, they do affect the process. However, if you want to go out and need an easy option to choose from the bar, most places stock Corona which is vegan-friendly.
Another surprising option if you are wanting to go out for a drink is Heineken. The Dutch beer can often be found on draft or in bottles. Heineken beer served in the UK, USA, Netherlands, France, Australia and New Zealand is vegan-friendly.