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This is a continuation and compilation of the old "Surprisingly Vegan Foods" thread. This is a companion thread to the "Surprisingly Not Veg" list. Please continue to list any new additions you might have to this list when you find something that surprised you. When possible list the brand name and whether it's vegan or vegetarian.

These are foods that you thought for sure would not be vegetarian or vegan but when you read the ingredients discovered they actually are suitable for veg*ns!

"Veg*n" is an internet abbreviation for "vegetarian and/or vegan", so I've separated the list into those two categories. Keep in mind that ingredients do sometimes vary by location on some products, so something that is surprisingly vegan for most people might not be vegan for others (such as the Hidden Valley Ranch Packets). Always double check the ingredients! Also many of these items contain sugar that may have been refined with bone char.

** PETA has some similar lists of Surprisingly Vegan items: I Can't Believe It's Vegan & Vegan Candy.

Surprisingly Vegan
  • Dots candy
  • Fruit Loops cereal
  • Biscoff cookies
  • Reeses Puff cereal
  • Ritz Crackers
  • Twizzlers
  • Stewarts oranges n' cream soda
  • Triscuits
  • Special K Red Berries (US)
  • OXO Beef Stock cubes
  • Lipton dip mix "Beefy Onion"
  • Herschey's Ice Cream Toppings
  • Reese's Ice Cream Toppings
  • Marie Collander's pies
  • Claim Jumper fruit pies
  • Pepperridge Farm frozen puff pastry
  • Orville Reddenbacher's microwave kettle corn
  • Cracker Jacks
  • Sara Lee apple pie.
  • Giant Food's cookies
  • Newman's Own sandwich cookies
  • Hydrox Cookies
  • Nerds Candies (except Red)
  • McDonaldland Cookies.
  • Some shrimp flavoured ramen noodles
  • Unfrosted Poptarts
  • Most instant oatmeals
  • El Pato
  • Some frozen Fruit Turnovers
  • V8 Smoothies
  • Bacos bacon substitue
  • Some Oyster Sauces
  • Sunkist fruit snacks
  • Skittles in UK
  • Starburts in UK
  • Starburst Jellybeans & Hard candies
  • Chick-o Sticks
  • Fritos Corn Chips
  • Pecan Sandies Reduced Fat Shortbread Cookies
  • Choc-O Poppers (Dollar Tree Oreos)
  • Wheat Thins
  • Pillsbury's reduced fat cinnamon rolls
  • Most Duncan Hines cake mixes
  • Most cake frostings
  • Chicken Salt / Poultry Seasonings
  • Most BBQ Sauces
  • Mint Oreos
  • Double Chocolate Oreos
  • Most Mr Noodle Ramen Noodles
  • Most Unsweetened Chocolate
  • Texas Pete Chili Sauce
  • Dole Fruit Bowls in Gel
  • Hunts Snack Pack Gels
  • Cranberry sauce in a can
  • Ginger Snaps
  • Barnum's animal crackers
  • Little Debbie's Cake Doughnuts
  • Swedish Fish
  • Goldberg Peanut Chews
  • Smart Balance Light Buttery Spread
  • Smart Balance Smart Squeeze
  • Mission Yellow Corn Tortillas
  • Wonderbread Light
  • 100% whole wheat stoneground dutch country stroehmann bread
  • Orowheat Sandwich Wheat
  • Fritos (regular)
  • Sunchips (regular)
  • Cobblestone Mills 100% whole wheat bread
  • Merita Sugar Free 100% whole wheat bread
  • Arnold 100% whole wheat low carb hamburger and hotdog buns
  • Pillsbury cream cheese icing
  • Hunt's snack pack lemon puddings
  • Red Vines (and black ones too)
  • Air Heads (US)
  • Panda Bars , licorice and bite size
  • Sour Patch Kids
  • Sunkist Fruit Jellies
  • Vienna Fingers
  • Fruit by the Foot
  • Uh-Oh's Oreo's
  • Little Debbie Fruit Pies
  • Pringles
  • Sam's Choice semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • nature valley granola bars
  • garden of eatin' blue chips and red hot blues
  • bolthouse vanilla chai protein shake
  • Keebler's Town House Crackers-Plain or Wheat
  • Ghirardelli Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips
  • Teddy Grahams
  • Many Graham Crackers
  • Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
  • Kashi Mighty Bites for kids
  • Health Valley Moist and Chewy Granola bars
  • Gushers
  • Dempster's Texas Bread (I checked the ingredients, seems to be okay)
  • Sodalicious
  • CO-OP Instant noodles
  • Bistro Express Rice (Oriental, Whole Grain, and Italian)
  • Australia's Darrell Lea Soft Eating Liquorice, Mango flavor
  • Laffy Taffy
  • Gen Soy: Soy crisps
  • Nabisco Lorna Doone Shortbread cookies
  • Nabisco Nutter Butter Bites
  • Blue Bonnet Light
  • THAI KITCHEN Rice noodle bowls

Surprisingly Vegetarian but not vegan.
  • Wal-Mart Brand Crispy Rice Marshmallow Treats
  • Marshmallow Fluff
  • Hamburger Helper (Lasagna / Salisbury Steak & Beef Pasta)
  • Wal-Mart brand Chicken flavored Crackers
  • Kroger brand Chicken flavored Crackers
  • Combos (even Pepperoni Pizza Flavor)
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