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#1 Old 12-02-2005, 03:11 PM
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Are Candy Cane's vegan? If not, what in them makes them not vegan? I'm having trouble finding info online, and I'd like to know if we can give our daughter this christmas-treat. (she's a nut allergic vegan so her diet is limited, we're lacto-ovo so we eat a bit more variety)

I figured all that was in them was sugar, corn syrup, colour and mint flavour?
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#2 Old 12-02-2005, 03:19 PM
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Different candy companies make candy canes, so the ingredients depend on who makes them.

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#3 Old 12-02-2005, 07:36 PM
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Bob's Candy Canes (the kind that I actually just grabbed at Walmart today) seem to be (unless I am missing something) ... Sugar, corn syrup, citric acid, artificial flavor, red 40, red 40 lake, blue 1, yellow 5. These are the cherry kind.
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#4 Old 12-03-2005, 07:56 PM
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The candy canes I have are vegan. They just have sugars, colors, and natural flavor, which has to be peppermint because it doesn't list peppermint. And they're called "natural peppermint" candy canes.
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#5 Old 12-05-2005, 01:34 AM
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For the most part they're vegan, I very rarley (never actually) have seen non-vegan candy canes.
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#6 Old 03-09-2006, 04:29 PM
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An article in Vegetarian Times pointed out recently that many red dyes are made from crushed beetles, but unfortunately, they didn't specify which ones. So if it has a red dye, it may or may not be vegan...
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#7 Old 03-09-2006, 04:45 PM
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The red dye from beetles is carmine a.k.a. cochineal.

Red #40 is vegan, as far as I know.
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#8 Old 03-09-2006, 05:26 PM
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I thought some candy canes and mint candies have gelatin.
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#9 Old 03-09-2006, 05:30 PM
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red #40 comes from coal, and i've never seen candy canes (or any hard candy) with gelatin. the only likely issue with typical candy canes would be the sugar if you're concerned about bone char.
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#10 Old 03-09-2006, 05:33 PM
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I was researching that a bit further. On google, I found a web site of this company that uses gelatin from pig skin.

I didn't know gelatin could come from pig skin...
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#11 Old 03-10-2006, 10:57 AM
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I think the basic ones are vegan, and the fancy ones are what to watch out for.
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#12 Old 12-19-2008, 07:02 PM
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just to clarify though, after doing a little research on this very important question....the gelatin isn't used in the candy canes (phew!) but the circus peanuts. The candy canes are actually kosher.
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#13 Old 12-19-2008, 07:33 PM
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^^^ what now? there is such a thing as kosher gelatine, btw (made from fishes).
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#14 Old 10-30-2011, 03:27 AM
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All I'd check candy canes for is the glazing agent. Avoid 901 (beeswax) and 904 (shellac). The ones I have use 903 which is carnuba wax and that is vegan.
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#15 Old 12-12-2012, 12:28 PM
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would technically depend on the kind of sugar they use.  Sugar is processed over bone to make it white.

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#16 Old 12-26-2014, 07:43 AM
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Depends on the sugar they used to make it as a lot of sugar companies use bone char to filter sugar. Found this out recently and was like
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#17 Old 12-26-2014, 03:47 PM
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In the US, as I understand it, many cane sugars are filtered through bone char; beet sugar, however, is not processed this way, and is vegan.

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