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Top 20 Accidentally Vegan Foods

Written by Vanessa Cunningham | October 7, 2013

Who doesn’t love surprises? I get so excited when I discover that some of my favorite candies and snacks are vegan. What makes something “accidentally vegan“? These are foods that were not created with the purpose of feeding vegans but rather were a happy accident, showing that delicious treats of all kinds can be made without using dairy products, honey, or other animal-derived ingredients.

Here are the top 20 foods that made me jump for joy when I discovered that they were vegan:

1. Cinnamon Life

2. Red Bull Energy Drink

3. Airheads

4. Cracker Jack

5. Doritos Spicy Sweet Chili–Flavored Tortilla Chips

6. Fritos

7. Fruit by the Foot

8. Kettle Brand Potato Chips (sea salt and vinegar)

9.Kellogg’s Unfrosted Pop-Tarts (brown sugar, blueberry, and strawberry)

10. Lay’s Potato Chips (barbecue and plain)

11. Nabisco Oreo Cookies

12. Nabisco Teddy Grahams (cinnamon and chocolate)

13. Nature Valley Crunchy Granola Bars (peanut butter)

14. Ritz Crackers

15. Ruffles Original Potato Chips

16. Sour Patch Kids

17. Wheat Thins

18. Hershey’s Syrup

19. Thomas’ New York–Style Bagels (plain, everything, and blueberry)

20. Mission Flour Tortillas

Be right back—I’m going to 7-Eleven for Airheads and Fritos.

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  • Alanna-R says:

    @Tammy It’s just specifically the flavors we have listed (Unfrosted Brown Sugar, Blueberry, and Strawberry), not all Poptarts, unfortunately.

  • jeniffer says:

    i don’t understand why some of you guys are shaming this article. yes, it’s obvious this is all junk food but the purpose of this was to show us some vegan-friendly treats! we should be able to treat ourselves, in moderation of course. x

  • Best-Vegan says:

    I wish that I hadn’t seen this article. It defeats the entire idea of veganism as a compassionate life choice. How can we advocate respect for animals when we don’t have respect for ourselves? How can we help animals when we are poisoning our bodies? Personally, I love junk food – I’m a self-admitted ‘carbo-junkie’ – but I wouldn’t vote-with-my-dollars or my health for any of the products on this list. If this list were appearing anywhere else, I’d say that it had been written by an anti-vegan troll.

  • Jessica says:

    A question to any other fellow vegans commenting on this. I’ve been vegan for under a year so I’m still learning. I was under the impression that all those dyes Red 40, Yellow 5, Blue 1, etc. were not vegan. Could someone maybe explain which ones are and which are not? Thanks :D

  • Greg says:

    A little “treat” foods is A-Ok with me. Nice list!

  • sue says:

    This article is not telling us to ONLY eat these products. These are snack options to be used only when snaking is wanted. @Patricia, snacking on these items in moderation will not send a person into disease. Relax.

  • Kitty says:

    I normally eat healthy and organic homemade foods. But every once in a blue moon I’ll treat myself to some delicious accidentally vegan junk food. Just because you are vegan doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in junk food every once in a while!

  • massie says:

    vegan but full of junk! no one should eat that stuff.

  • Jessica says:

    Just because these are vegan does not mean they are healthy which is something all vegans should consider. Kathy – “may contain milk” means that the oreos were probably processed in a facility that has milk products and they put that there for the cross-contamination possibility. Most labels say things like that for all allergens for liability reasons

  • LBC says:

    Lays (baked) barbecue potatoe chips have chicken listed in the ingredients! and we have to watch out for “natural flavoring” which most often is derived from animal sources.

  • Goldblum says:

    And have you also checked if these contain palm oil? Bc. where I live most chips do contain that, except the above mentioned Kettle Chips.

  • Seba says:

    I’m all for vegan foods (I am vegan), but none of these are healthy. These foods should not be endorsed.

  • lyn says:

    None of this is food. It is all highly processed junk; I wouldn’t eat any of it.

  • Shai says:

    are you sure oreo cookies are vegan? I’m finding conflicting information…

  • susans says:

    I believe, and please tell me if I am wrong, Marie Callender’s Dutch Apple Pie, is also vegan! It is delicious!

  • Linda says:

    yummy !!

  • Kathy Clark says:

    Oreo’s don’t appear to be Vegan in South Africa. The box clearly states “May contain Milk”??? MAY contain milk? What kind of labelling is that – it either does or it doesn’t! How on earth can we shop with silly labels like that? :)

  • Sam says:

    I am a bit surprised by the Sour Patch kids. Doesn’t Sour Patch kids usually have gelatinan and the artificial coloring which could be non-Vegan?

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