Accidentally Vegan Products (USA)

Lots of what you already eat is vegan!

Many well-known products are vegan by chance, and we’ve listed some of our favorite accidentally vegan products below…

A serving of French fries - one of the many accidentally vegan products you can find in the USA
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The More Obvious…

  • Pasta (dry): almost all dried pasta is made without egg and is therefore 100% vegan
  • Most fresh bread is vegan and Ciabatta, by its very nature, is always vegan as it is made with olive oil
  • Peanut Butter
  • Ketchup
  • Mustard: whether it’s Dijon, wholegrain, English or American
  • Hot sauces like Tabasco, Frank’s and Sriracha
  • Rice
  • Rice noodles: when ordering a Chinese takeaway, just ask for rice rather than egg noodles
  • Jelly: typically made with pectin (to thicken) rather than gelatin
  • Hummus
  • French fries: if cooked in veggie oil then they are vegan!
  • Porridge/Oatmeal: when made with water or plant milk
  • Bagels
A bowl of oatmeal with nuts - another product that's vegan by chance
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The Surprising…

  • Oreos: Original, Chocolate, Chocolate Cones
  • Clif: Crunch bars
  • Doritos: Spicy Sweet Chili
  • Lays: Lightly Salted, Salt and Vinegar, Barbeque, Limon
  • Pringles: Original
  • Kellogg’s Pop-tarts: Unfrosted
  • Ritz Crackers: Original
  • Kettle Chips: Salt and Vinegar, Kettle Original Salted, Chili, Root Vegetable Chips – Sweet Potato, Beetroot
  • Ritter Sport Chocolate: Marzipan
  • French Fries: Original, Salt and Vinegar
  • Wrigley’s Chewing Gums: Airwaves, Juicy Fruit, Hubba Bubba Gum
  • Tic Tacs
  • Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup
  • Goldenberg: Peanut Chews
  • Sour Patch Kids
  • Duncan Hines Premium Frosting: Creamy Home-Style Classic Chocolate
  • Smucker’s Marshmallow Ice Cream Topping
  • Nutter Butter: Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies
  • Teddy Grahams: Chocolate, Cinnamon
  • Pillsbury Original Crescent Rolls
Original Oreos are accidentally vegan
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Beers and Ciders…

  • Heineken
  • Abacus
  • Beck’s
  • Carlsberg
  • Amstel
  • Peroni
  • Budweiser
  • Corona
  • Ace Ciders: Apple, Perry, Berry, Pineapple, Pumpkin
  • Thatcher’s Cider: All
  • Brother’s Fruit Ciders: All
A crate of Heineken beers


  • Alfaro: Pinot Noir, Sangiovese, Syrah, Chardonnay
  • Andrew Murray: Syrah Thompson, Syrah Watch Hill
  • August Cellars: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay

For more information on alcohol please have a look at our Label Reading Guide.

A rack of wine bottles
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Please note:

  • We have not included the obvious plant foods in the lists below (fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes, dried fruit, nuts, pickled vegetables, olives etc.), but they are most definitely vegan!
  • Ingredients can alter from brand to brand, so do not assume just because an item is vegan in one store that it will also be in another. 
  • On Instagram? Follow @weareveganuary for regular Accidentally Vegan product posts!

Something missing?

  • Know of any accidentally vegan products not listed above? Please contact us on Facebook, Twitter or email us at “usinfo @” and we will add it. Thank you!

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