Accidentally Vegan: Did you know these products were dairy-free?
Chances are some of your favourite foods are ‘accidentally vegan’ and you never even realised! I’m not going to give you a lecture on why you should go vegan, we will save that for next time. But what I am going to do is tell you the benefits for YOU, your body, your wallet and your mental health. Nobody is forcing you to go vegan, but these ‘accidentally vegan’ products will cut your calorie intake, your spends, your fat intake, and will mostly increase energy and give a lifted state of mind. So next time you’re shopping for your treats and extras, look at the list below, little changes make a big difference.
- Fox’s Chunkie cookies (dark chocolate flavour) – You don’t have to search high and low for a classic chocolate chip cookie if you’re following a Vegan or dairy-free diet.
- Co-op jam doughnuts – Going Vegan doesn’t mean giving up all your favourite treats. At just £1, they’re a bargain as well!
- Pringles (original and BBQ sauce) – You wouldn’t think that BBQ sauce Pringles would be Vegan, but they are!
- Party rings – The children’s party staple that we all enjoy well into adulthood. 100% Vegan.
- Mr Kipling jam tarts – Serve up a Vegan afternoon tea with this classic dessert. Cruelty-free AND dairy-free.
- McVities Fruit Shortcakes, Original Hobnobs, Gingernuts, Light Rich Tea – Going Vegan doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a biscuit with your afternoon cuppa (just make sure the milk is almond or soya, though!).
- Oreos – Who doesn’t love Oreos? The new Golden Oreos are also Vegan!
- Hobnobs – These are great for using during any baking projects as well. Crush them up and you have a base for a delicious Vegan caramel shortcake or banoffee pie.
- Belvita breakfast ‘tops’ in chocolate flavour – Oddly enough, these are actually totally dairy-free. The hazelnut breakfast biscuits are also Vegan. Great for when you’re running behind in the mornings.
- Waitrose Belgian iced buns – If you fancy a bit of indulgence then these tasty Vegan pastries are right up your street.
- Doritos: Chilli Heatwave and Lightly Salted
- Bird’s Custard (when made with plant milk)
- Mr Kipling: Treacle Tart, Apple and Blackcurrant Pies
- 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.
- Ritter Sport chocolate: Dark and 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
- Haribo: Veggie Rainbow Twists, Veggie Rainbow Strips, Veggie Rainbow Spaghetti, Giant Strawbs, Funny Strips
- Lidl’s Bramley Apple Pies
Savoury Snacks and Meals
- Sainsbury’s chicken flavour instant noodles – Chicken flavour, but they contain ZERO chicken. Completely Vegan, yay!
- Kettle Chips (Sea Salt, Sea Salt and Balsamic Vinegar and Cracked Pepper) – You can’t have a girls night in without wine and Kettle Chips, right? Luckily, they’re totally Vegan.
- MacSween haggis – Yup. Vegan haggis! Just what you’ve ALWAYS wanted!
- Pasta (dry): almost all dried pasta is made without egg and is therefore 100% vegan
- 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
- Mustard: whether it’s Dijon, whole grain, English or American
- Branston Pickle
- Hot sauces like Tabasco and Siracha
- 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
- 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, sometimes only a crumpet can satisfy those 4 o’clock hunger pangs. Try them out with dairy-free butter or jam.
- Walkers Crisps: Ready Salted, Salt and Vinegar and Prawn Cocktail
- Pringles: Original, BBQ Sauce, Texas BBQ, Paprika and Smokey Bacon
- Ritz Crackers: Original, Crisp and Thin (Sea Salt & Vinegar, Sweet Red Chilli, Sea Salt & Black Pepper). Grab some dips or Vegan cheese and you have yourself a fab dairy-free snack.
- Sainsbury’s Cream Crackers
- Guinness Rich Beef Chilli Thick Cut Potato Chips (yes, really!)
- Snyder’s Jalapeno Pretzels
- Kellogg’s: Fruit & Fibre; Raisin Wheat; Just Right; Rice Krispies Multigrain; Frosties
- Weetabix: Crunchy Bran; Mini Crunch Fruit & Nut Weetabix; Organic Weetabix; Original
Canned savoury food (not soup)
Baked beans and spaghetti hoops (including Heinz!) – most brands are fine but always check ingredients.
- Amy’s Kitchen: Chilli – medium or spicy
- Asda: Vegetable Ravioli; Chickpea Dahl; Vegetable Balti; Vegetable Chilli
- Sainsbury’s: Vegetarian Spaghetti Bolognese; Vegetable Chilli
- M&S: Mixed Vegetable Curry; Three Bean Chilli
- Tesco: Vegetable Chilli; Tesco Ratatouille
Alcohol and Beers
- Beck’s Blue
- Weston’s: All
- Aspall’s: All, except for those with honey
- Merry Down: All
- Brother’s: All, including fruit flavours
- Sainsbury’s, Co-op and Marks & Spencer clearly label the vegan wines in their selections.
- Spirits – Most spirits are vegan except advocaat, which contains eggs
- Cobra: all
- Coors: all
- Co-op: own-label beers clearly marked on the label if vegan, eg Czech lager
- Holsten: Export; Pils; Super
- San Miguel: bottled
- Tiger: Bottled
- Tsingtao: Bottled
- Tuborg: all
- Tyskie: all
- Dunkertons: all
- Luscombe Organic: all
- Merrydown: all
- Samuel Smith: Cider Reserve; Organic Cider
- Sheppy’s Cider: all
- Stowford Press: all
- Thatcher’s: all
Toiletries, Cosmetics and Household items
Many razor blades aren’t vegan – animal products are used in the strip – but some are OK
- Superdrug: own brand razor blades
- BIC razor blades (most)
- B: cosmetics. Superdrug’s own brand, mostly vegan. Packaging labelled clearly (but small!)
- Barry M Cosmetics: sold by Superdrug.
- Beauty Without Cruelty: cosmetics – the original vegan makeup company
- Bohemian Chic Minerals: cosmetics
- Emotional Brilliance: cosmetics from Lush
- GOSH cosmetics: sold by Superdrug
- Hard Candy: cosmetics. Some of their range is vegan, available from them and other online stores
- Lavera: cosmetics, many of which are vegan
- Urban Decay: some of their range is accidentally vegan and BUAV approved. Go to ‘shop’ on their site then ‘vegan’ for several pages of cool products
- Suncoat: nail polish, mascara; liquid foundations are vegan but check – not everything they sell is vegan (eg lip glosses and lipsticks)
- Beaming Baby
- Co-op: some of their range – toothpaste, roll-on deodorant, some shampoos and conditioners etc. If vegan, it’s indicated on the package.
- Beaming Baby
- Faith in Nature: everything in range is vegan except for Neem and Propolis hair care products
- Green People: have a separate vegan range
- Honesty Cosmetics: all vegan company. They have their own toiletries range and also sell many other vegan products on their website
- Incognito: eg Insect Repellent
- Lavera: toiletries, many of which are vegan
- Lush: look for the Vegan Society symbol on products or ask the helpful staff
- Skin Blossom: all vegan and registered organic skin and hair care
- Superdrug: most of their own-brand products are vegan or vegetarian. Items are marked on the back of the packet.
Many are not vegan because latex often contains casein, a milk by-product, try these:
- NVS Ltd: all
- Boots: own brand, all
- Condomi: all
- Durex: Avanti; Real Feel; Fetherlite Ultra and Deluxe
(all non-latex) Glyde Health: Latex Condoms; Sheer Glyde Dams
- Lifestyles: all
- Mates: Mates SKYN
- ONE: all except ONE Zero
- Pasante: all latex condoms
- Safex: all
- Sir Richard’s Condom Company: all
- Tesco: all Sequre range
- Mooncup: alternative to tampons and towels. Available from health
food shops – high street and online; Boots; Amazon etc
- Natracare: tampons and towels. Available from health food shops – high
street and online. Also Waitrose and Ocado
Household cleaning products
- Astonish: sold in lots of outlets including Wilco’s. All their products cheap, non-tested and vegan – and they work.
- Bio-D: all
- Co-op: some of their range, eg dishwasher tablets, laundry.
All suitable products are clearly labelled as free from animal products and testing
- Earth Friendly
- Faith in Nature
Of course, there are millions more vegan items available to buy, these are just a few of the ‘accidentally vegan’ ones.