According to this research by Plant Based News, the number of vegans in Britain skyrocketed by 40% in 2020. In recent years, the food industry has adjusted so that now, all products have to be labelled with all their ingredients.

The Roundup of Accidentally Vegan UK Food

This makes it easier than ever for this new wave of vegans to add new, cruelty-free options for their diet, or even reacquaint themselves with tasty old snacks that are now vegan-friendly. 

But if you don’t fancy traipsing around Sainsbury’s trying to figure out exactly what is suitable for you, this guide is here to help. Which of your supermarket favourites are actually vegan? Where can you buy these accidentally vegan products? 

Whether you’re looking for tasty vegan office snacks or the basics to stash at home, keep reading this handy guide to learn more about accidentally vegan food in the UK. 

Note: Though this list will provide specific brands of products that are currently vegan friendly, other brands or updated ingredients lists may not be, so we recommend always checking the ingredients.

What is Accidentally Vegan Food? 

Accidentally vegan food is typically that which, although not manufactured to be vegan friendly, contains no animal products. This can be down to a lack of knowledge on the part of individual manufacturers or may be the result of product ingredients changing between batches.

Some foods that are often mistakenly thought of as vegan but sometimes contain dairy include: some breads, other bakery products, cakes, cereal bars, and sweet products.

 

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Is There Much Selection of Accidentally Vegan Food In the UK?

Many accidentally vegan products are currently available in the UK and the amount just seems to be growing. Many other countries don't offer as many accidentally vegan options as we do here in the UK.

As more and more people become aware of these products, we believe those figures will continue to rise. Currently, according to PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals), there are over 400 products from companies across the UK that have been accidentally vegan.

Where to Buy Accidentally Vegan Food In the UK?

Most standard supermarkets should carry the majority of the accidentally vegan products listed below. Though UK supermarkets such as Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Co-op, Tesco, Asda, Lidl and Aldi all carry their own accidentally vegan products, our list focuses on the big brands we all know, that just so happen to be vegan-friendly! Keep reading to learn more.

Accidentally Vegan Biscuits

Fox’s

Fruit and Oat Chunkie Cookies, Party Rings.

Oreos 

Although we tend to associate Oreos with milk, they do not actually contain any animal products! Pair with some tasty oat or coconut milk for an extra yummy treat. 

Bourbon Biscuits

Most brands of bourbon biscuits will be vegan-friendly, but always check the label!

Mcvities

Ginger Nuts, Light Rich Tea Biscuits, Plain & Choc Chip Hobnobs.

Jammie Dodgers

Jammie Dodgers are completely dairy and animal-product free, making them suitable for vegans and those with dairy allergies.

Lotus Biscoff Biscuits

The one you’ve been waiting for… Lotus Biscoff Biscuits are 100% vegan-friendly. Enjoy.

Accidentally Vegan Sweets

Skittles 

As cochineal extract has now been removed from Skittles in the UK, most packs are safe to eat. Read our full guide here.

Rowntrees Jelly Tots

Even though they’re called ‘jelly’ Rowntrees Jelly Tots are not made with gelatin and contain no animal products.

Millions

Strawberry, Bubblegum, Cola and Blueberry flavours, all vegan-certified.

Haribos Rainbow Laces

Though most Haribos sweets contain gelatin, their Rainbow Laces do not! They are completely suitable for vegans, so go get that sweet fix you’ve been craving!

Love Hearts

All of the love and none of the animal products.

Accidentally Vegan Crisps & Nuts

KP Nuts 

Be aware that sometimes dry-roast ingredient mixtures can contain gelatin, so always check the ingredients.

Kettle Chips 

Sea Salt, Sea Salt and Balsamic Vinegar and Cracked Pepper.

Doritos

Chilli Heatwave and Lightly Salted.

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 & Caramelised Onion, Sunbites Sweet Chilli, Sunbites Original, Sausage and Brown Sauce.

Accidentally Vegan Crisps & Nuts

KP Nuts 

Be aware that sometimes dry-roast ingredient mixtures can contain gelatin, so always check the ingredients.

Kettle Chips 

Sea Salt, Sea Salt and Balsamic Vinegar and Cracked Pepper.

Doritos

Chilli Heatwave and Lightly Salted.

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 & Caramelised Onion, Sunbites Sweet Chilli, Sunbites Original, Sausage and Brown Sauce.

Pringles 

Original, Sweet Chilli, Paprika, Texas BBQ and Smokey Bacon.

Hula Hoops 

Original, Salt & Vinegar.

McCoy's 

Salt and Malt Vinegar, Hot Mexican Chilli, Salted, Paprika.

Cofresh Bombay Mix

Cofresh Original Bombay Mix is vegan-friendly. Their Hot Bombay Mix ingredients list shows no animal products, but is only marked suitable for vegetarians, so the choice is yours.

Ritz Crackers

Original, Crisp and Thin (Salt & Vinegar).

Accidentally Vegan Everyday Foods

Accidentally Vegan Essentials

Bread 

Warburtons Crumpets, Hovis Best of Both Medium White Bread, numerous supermarket-own brand loafs - be sure to check the labels.

Pasta

Many brands of dried pasta are accidentally vegan. Watch out for eggs in the ingredients - usually this is only present in fresh pasta, but it’s best to check.

Rice

All standard dried rice is vegan-friendly. For rice packets with additional ingredients, it’s best to check individually what ingredients are included. Watch out for eggs and milk.

Baked Beans

Heinz Baked Beans and Branston Baked Beans are both suitable for vegans.

Bisto Gravy

A surprising addition to the list, most Bisto gravy is suitable for vegans! Suitable options include: Bisto Favourite Gravy Granules, Bisto Gravy Granules Beef, The Original Gravy Powder, Bisto Onion Gravy Granules, Bisto Vegetable Gravy Granules, Bisto Best Caramelised Onion Gravy, Bisto Best Vegetable Gravy, Bisto Free From Favourites, Bisto Southern Style Gravy Granules. 

Accidentally Vegan Cereals

Porridge

Ready Brek Original, numerous supermarket own brands. Check the labels and watch out for milk!

Kelloggs

Frosties, Rice Krispies Original & Multigrain Shapes.

Weetabix

Original, Banana & Chocolate.

Accidentally Vegan Desserts

Co-op Donuts

Jam & Custard. 

Read More: Are Donuts Vegan?

Mr Kipling

Treacle Tart, Apple and Blackcurrant Pies.

Lotus Biscuit Spread

Pair with some vegan ice cream & Biscoff biscuits to enjoy this classic (and vegan-friendly) spread as a dessert.

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