Accidentally Vegan Food (UK)

There are loads of products marked vegan these days but lots aren’t that are suitable for vegans. My favourite example is probably Oreos (Yes I know, Palm oil…)

Staples. The most common and essential vegan items

  • Pasta (dry): most dried pasta is made without egg and is therefore 100% vegan
  • Baked Beans (original recipe, without cheese or sausages etc.)
  • Tinned/Canned Spaghetti (original recipe, without cheese or sausages etc.)
  • Most yeast extracts like Marmite and Vegemite
  • Most fresh bread is vegan and Ciabatta, by its very nature, is always vegan as it is made with olive oil
  • Peanut Butter
  • Tomato Sauce/Ketchup
  • HP/Brown sauce
  • Bisto Gravy: Original, Reduced Salt, Vegetable and Onion
  • Mustard: whether it’s Dijon, wholegrain, English or American
  • Branston Pickle
  • Hot sauces like Tabasco and Sriracha
  • Rice
  • Rice noodles: when ordering a Chinese takeaway, just ask for rice rather than egg noodles
  • Jam: typically made with pectin (to thicken) rather than gelatin
  • Hummus
  • Chips/French fries: if cooked in veggie oil then they are vegan!
  • Porridge/Oatmeal: when made with water or plant milk
  • Crumpets: Warburtons, Tescos and Sainsbury’s are all vegan
  • Bagels

The good stuff

  • Doritos: Chilli Heatwave and Lightly Salted
  • *Oreos:  * Oreos have milk as cross-contact, but it is not included as an ingredient, so they are suitable for vegans.
  • Fox’s: Dark Chocolate Chunkie Cookies, Party Rings
  • Co-op Jam, and custard doughnuts
  • Bird’s Custard (when made with plant milk)
  • Walkers Crisps: Ready Salted, Salt and Vinegar, Pickled Onion, Prawn Cocktail, Worcester Sauce, Crinkles Simply Sea Salted, Chipsticks Salt ‘n’ Vinegar Flavour, Sensations Lime & Coriander Chutney Poppadoms, Sensations Balsamic Vinegar & Caramalised Onion, Sunbites Sweet Chilli, Sunbites Original, Sausage and Brown Sauce
  • Pringles: Original, Paprika, BBQ and Smokey Bacon
  • Mr Kipling: Treacle Tart, Jam Tarts, Apple and Blackcurrant Pies
  • McVities: Fruit Shortcakes, Original and Choc Chip Hobnobs, Gingernuts, Light Rich Tea
  • Ritz Crackers: Original, Crisp and Thin (Salt & Vinegar)
  • Sainsbury’s Cream Crackers
  • Nairn’s Oatcakes: Dark Chocolate Chip
  • Lidl’s Bramley Apple Pies
  • Belvita Breakfast ‘Tops’: Choco Hazelnut
  • Sainsbury’s Chicken Flavour Instant Noodles
  • Kettle Chips: Sea Salt, Sea Salt and Balsamic Vinegar and Cracked Pepper
  • Guinness Rich Beef Chilli Thick Cut Potato Chips (yes, really!)
  • MacSween Vegetarian Haggis
  • Ritter Sport chocolate: Marzipan
  • Skittles: E120/carmine/cochineal has been removed from the ingredients list in the UK. Only a few old packets (with E120) still exist. So if a pack is marked ‘Suitable for vegetarians’ then it will be vegan and safe to eat!
  • Millions: All flavours except Chocolate Strawberry
  • Snyder’s Jalapeno Pretzels
  • Jus Rol: Gluten-free Puff Pastry, Pan Au Chocolat, Croissants and Cinnamon Swirls
  • Tesco Apple Strudel
  • Tesco Chocolate And Hazelnut Filled Mini Churros
  • Bourbon Biscuits: most brands, but always check the label first.

Note: Ingredients can differ from brand to brand, so do not assume just because an item is vegan in one store that it will be in another.

*If you see any new accidentally vegan products feel free to add a comment, you can even add a picture and where to buy if that’s easier.

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