Updated December 2020
You may be surprised to know that there are many foods that you ate as a non-vegan that you can still eat after you go vegan. But we’re not talking about fruits and vegetables! Plenty of foods (as well as drinks and cosmetics) are accidentally-vegan.
What does this mean?
A product is “accidentally vegan” if it does not contain animal derivatives and was not tested on animals, even though it isn’t officially marked Vegan by the company that makes it.
You can find out if a product is accidentally-vegan by contacting the company that makes it and checking with them. Or you can simply search for the product online; oftentimes vegan bloggers and even official vegan organisations like Peta post lists of accidentally-vegan products.
Here is a list of common accidentally-vegan foods you can find in Irish shops:
Sweets and Chocolate
Haribo (Sour Rainbow Strips, Sour Rainbow Twists)
Asda Mocktail Jellies
Tesco Strawberry Flavour Lances
Ritter Sport Marzipan
Tesco Dark Chocolate Mint Thins
Hartley’s 10 Cal Jelly (tubs with July 2018 date onwards are vegan)
Tesco Finest 30% Dark Chocolate Spread
Swizzler Parma Violets
Tesco Chocolate Limes
Doritos (Chilli Heatwave, Lightly Salted)
Walkers (Salt & Vinegar, Ready Salted, Prawn Cocktail, Worcester Sauce, Crinkles Simply Sea Salted, Chipsticks Salt ‘n’ Vinegar Flavour)
Pringles (Original, BBQ, Paprika, Smokey Bacon)
Hula Hoops (Original, Salt and Vinegar)
Walkers Sensations (Lime & Coriander Chutney Poppadoms, Balsamic Vinegar & Caramalised Onion)
McCoy’s (Salt & Malt Vinegar, Ultimate Sea Salt & Black Pepper, Ultimate Sizzling BBQ Chicken, Ultimate Chargrilled Steak & Peri Peri)
Guinness Rich Beef Chilli Thick Cut Potato Chips
Tesco Bacon Rashers Snacks
Tesco Onion Rings
Propercorn (Smooth Peanut & Almond, Lightly Sea Salted, Fiery Worcester Sauce & Sun-Dried Tomato, Sweet & Salty)
Lotus Original Caramelised Biscuits
Fox’s Party Rings
McVitie’s (Ginger Nuts, Fruit Shortcake, Fig Rolls, Hobnobs, Chocolate Chip Hobnobs)
Mr Kipling (Apple & Blackcurrant Pies, Treacle Tart)
Jacob’s Cream Crackers
Jacob’s Tany Lemon Puffs
Tesco Bourbon Biscuit Spread
Hershey’s Reese’s Shell topping
Lotus Smooth Caramelised Biscuit Spread
Betty Crocker Cake Mix (Super Moist, Devil’s Food, Vanilla, Chocolate Swirl, Carrot Cake)
Pot Noodle (Beef & Tomato, Bombay Bad Boy, Sweet & Sour, Brazilian BBQ Steak, Chilli Beef, Chinese Chow Mein, Piri Piri Chicken, Sticky Rib)
Batchelors Cup A Soup (Tomato, Tomato and Basil)
Galaxy Drinking Chocolate
Morrison’s Garlic Bread
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