44 Accidentally Vegan Snack Foods

Posted by on January 20, 2022 | Permalink

Going vegan doesn’t mean completely abandoning the foods you enjoyed before making the transition. Many products on store shelves are unintentionally vegan. Check out some of our favourite “accidentally vegan” snacks.

Note: Please always be sure to double-check the ingredients before purchasing anything on this list, as manufacturers are at liberty to change their ingredients at any time.

Sweets and Chocolates

  • Starburst
  • Millions
  • Haribo – Sour Rainbow Strips, Sour Rainbow Twists
  • Flying Saucers
  • Love Hearts
  • Polo Mints Original
  • Jelly Tots
  • Sherbet Fountain
  • Skittles
  • Green & Blacks – Dark Chocolate, Hazelnut & Currant, Ginger, Maya Gold, Espresso, Spiced Chilli, Lemon, Mint
  • Lindt Excellence –  70%, 85%  and 90% Dark Chocolate
  • Elizabeth Shaw Mint Crisp Dark Chocolates
  • Divine – Dark Chocolate Mint Thins, Dark Chocolate Ginger Thins, dark chocolate bars in various flavours
  • Ritter Sport Marzipan
  • Marks and Spencer Veggie Percy in a Twist and Colin the Caterpillar Sour sweets
  • Turkish delight – almost always vegan but do double check the label

Find more vegan chocolate treats here.

Crisps and Popcorn


  • Walkers – Salt & Vinegar, Ready Salted, Prawn Cocktail, Worcester Sauce, Crinkles Simply Sea Salted, Chipsticks Salt ‘n’ Vinegar Flavour
  • 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
  • Skips Tingly Prawn Cocktail
  • Sunbites – Sweet Chilli, Original
  • Pringles – Original
  • Hula Hoops – Original, Salt and Vinegar
  • Kettle Chips – Lightly Salted, Sea Salt & Balsamic Vinegar, Sea Salt & Crushed Black Peppercorns
  • Kettle Tortilla Chips – Sweet Chili Salsa, Sea Salt
  • Tyrrells Crisps – Lightly Sea Salted, Sea Salt & Cider Vinegar, Sweet Chilli & Red Pepper, Sea Salt & Black Pepper, Naked, English Barbecue, Red White & Blue; Tyrrells Veg Crisps (all flavours apart from Crinkly Veg)
  • Doritos – Lightly Salted, Chili Heatwave
  • Tesco Bacon Rashers Snacks, Sainsbury’s Bacon Crispies and many other own-brand bacon snacks
  • Propercorn – Smooth Peanut & Almond, Lightly Sea Salted, Fiery Worcester Sauce & Sun-Dried Tomato, Sweet & Salty
  • Metcalfe’s Skinny Popcorn – Sweet ‘n Salt, Sea Salt, Wasabi Glaze, Cinema Sweet
  • Butterkist – Sweet Cinema Style, Sweet & Salted, Microwave Popcorn Salted
  • Mackie’s – Crispy Bacon, Haggis & Cracked Black Pepper

Biscuits and Cakes


  • Jammie Dodgers
  • Lotus Original Caramelised Biscuits
  • Fox’s Ginger Crinkle Crunch Biscuits
  • Fox’s Cookie Minis
  • Fox’s Party Rings
  • Bourbon Biscuits
  • Oreo Cookies
  • Maryland Chocolate Chip Sugar Free Cookies
  • Nairn’s Biscuits – Dark Chocolate Chip Oat, Stem Ginger Oat, Mixed Berries Oat, Fruit & Spice Wheat Free
  • Crawford’s Pink Wafers
  • McVitie’s – Ginger Nuts, Fruit Shortcake, Fig Rolls, Hobnobs, Chocolate Chip Hobnobs
  • Mr Kipling – Apple & Blackcurrant Pies, Treacle Tart

To create your own delicious biscuits and cakes, check out our tips for vegan baking.

Savoury Biscuits


  • Duncan’s of Deeside Scottish Oatcakes – Family, Olive Oil, Wheat Free
  • Jacob’s Cream Crackers
  • Ritz Crackers
  • Nairn’s – Rough Oatcakes, Fine Milled Oatcakes, Organic Oatcakes, Cracked Black Pepper Oatcakes, Gluten Free Oatcakes, Organic Herb Oatcakes, Mini Oatcakes, Gluten Free Herb & Seed Oatcakes
  • Ryvita Multi-Seed Thins

Pair these biscuits with a delicious vegan cheese – check out our guide for some ideas.

Spreads and Toppings


  • Lotus Smooth Caramelised Biscuit Spread
  • Peanut butter
  • SunPat Choc-A-Nut Peanut Spread
  • Tesco Bourbon Biscuit Spread
  • Hershey’s Reese’s Shell topping
  • Marmite Yeast Extract

Snack and Protein Bars


  • Clif Builder’s 20g Protein Bar – Chocolate, Chocolate Mint, Chocolate Peanut Butter
  • Nākd bars – all flavours
  • Ma Baker Giant Bars
  • Trek – Peanut Power, Berry Burst, Original Oat Flapjack, Cocoa Chaos, Cocoa Coconut Flapjack
  • 9bar – Peanut & Raisin, Apricot & Strawberry, Nutty, Original, Flax, Fruity, Chia Berry, Pumpkin, Almond & Raspberry, Peanut, Cashew & Cocoa, Hazelnut, Coconut, Raspberry

For more about healthy snacking on the go, read our guide to putting together a vegan packed lunch.


Accidentally vegan food

  • Betty Crocker Cake Mix – Super Moist, Devil’s Food, Vanilla, Chocolate Swirl, Carrot Cake
  • Jus-Rol Bake-It-Fresh Pain au chocolate (Most Jus-Rol pastries are vegan – just be sure to check the label.)
  • 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
  • Heinz Cup Soup – Vegetable, Minestrone
  • Bird’s Traditional Custard Powder
  • Sainsbury’s Raspberry Jelly

Did we leave your favourite accidentally vegan food off our list? Let us know by tweeting to @PETAUK.