Vegan Candy Alternatives

Vegan Alternatives to Your Favorite Candy

The hardest thing for me about becoming a vegetarian was not giving up steaks and burgers. I've never had much of a taste for meat, so that wasn't hard. It was the candy that I had to give up that was difficult. Eventually I was able to find vegan alternatives to my favorite candy. There are all types of vegan candy out there, so look around here if you're missing your favorite candy.

 

Introductory picture is a picture of my candy taken by me

Skittles

For the longest time Skittles was the only candy that I couldn’t find an alternative to. That was very depressing because I loved Skittles when I was a kid. I can remember watching Garfield and eating Skittles in a very particular order. Skittles used to have gelatin in them, but as of 2009 Skittles are no longer made with gelatin!

Always check the ingredients list. After five years it’s very unlikely that there will still be old Skittles that still contain gelatin floating around, but it’s still possible (and I don’t know for sure that every type of Skittles no longer contains gelatin). Rumblings around the Internet are that in the UK Skittles use non-vegan red dye, but US Skittles use Red 40 which is vegan red dye. So, UK Skittles are still not vegan.

Alternative to Starburst

Starburst contains gelatin, so they are not safe for vegetarians to eat. However, Mamba chews are vegan and are an excellent alternative to Starburst. They don’t taste exactly the same, but they taste good and they have the same texture.

Alternative to Marshmallows

Marshmallows contain gelatin, and while I never enjoyed marshmallows alone I did love s’mores. Fortunately there are vegan marshmallows made by Dandies. And of course store-bought Rice Krispie treats are not vegan-friendly. Glenny’s makes vegan marshmallow treats that are just like Rice Krispie treats.

Chocolate Bar Alternatives

Most chocolate candy is vegetarian friendly so I’ve never had to give up most of my favorite chocolate candy (just Whoppers, which contain resinous glaze). But most mainstream chocolate contains milk products so they are not vegan friendly. Of course there is vegan chocolate around, but if you want more than just plain chocolate, then there are some alternatives to the most popular candy bars.

Alternatives to Crunch Bars

Crunch bars contain milk products. There are a couple of vegan rice crisp chocolate candy bars out there.

Snap Crisped Rice Candy Bar from Go Max Go

Go Max Go makes vegan chocolate bars, and they have equivalents to most mainstream chocolate bars. Snap Crisped Rice Bars are their equivalent to Snickers.
Snap! Crisped Rice Candy Bar by Go Max Go Foods
Buy Snap! Crisped Rice Candy Bar by Go Max Go Foods online at our all-natural candy store. Snap! Crisped Rice Candy Bar by Go Max Go Foods is currently out of stock. Check back later!

Alternatives to Peanut Butter Cups

Mainstream peanut butter cups are vegetarian-friendly but contain milk fat. There are a couple of vegan alternatives available, however.

Cleo's Peanut Butter Cups from Go Max Go

Cleo's Peanut Butter Cups are Go Max Go's vegan alternative to regular peanut butter cups.
Cleo's Peanut Butter Cups by Go Max Go Foods
Buy Cleo's Peanut Butter Cups by Go Max Go Foods online at our all-natural candy store. Cleo's Peanut Butter Cups by Go Max Go Foods is currently out of stock. Please check back later.

Alternative to Snickers

Snickers contains milk and egg ingredients, but there is a vegan nougatty candy bar available.

Jokerz Candy Bar from Go Max Go

Jokerz candy bars are the Go Max Go equivalent to Snickers bars.
Jokerz Candy Bar by Go Max Go
Buy a vegan Jokerz Candy Bar by Go Max Go Foods online at our 100% natural candy store. Vegan Jokerz Candy Bar by Go Max Go Foods are in stock and ready to ship same day.

Alternative to Milky Way

Milky Way candy bars contain milk ingredients, but Go Max Go has a vegan alternative.

Twilight Candy Bars by Go Max Go

Twilight candy bars are Go Max Go's answer to Milky Way candy bars.
Twilight Candy Bar by Go Max Go
Buy a vegan Twilight Candy Bar by Go Max Go Foods online at our 100% natural candy store. Vegan Twilight Candy Bar by Go Max Go Foods are in stock and ready to ship same day.

Alternative to 3 Musketeers

3 Musketeers candy bars contain milk ingredients and egg whites. Go Max Go has a candy bar alternative with creamy chocolaty filling.

Buccaneer Candy Bar from Go Max Go

As an alternative to 3 Musketeers, Go Max Go has Buccaneer candy bars.
Buccaneer Candy Bar by Go Max Go
Buy a vegan Buccaneer Candy Bar by Go Max Go Foods online at our 100% natural candy store. Vegan Buccaneer Candy Bar by Go Max Go Foods are in stock and ready to ship same day.

Alternative to Almond Joy

Almond Joy candy bars contain milk ingredients. If you enjoy coconut, Go Max Go has a coconut candy bar similar to Almond Joy.

Mahalo Candy Bars from Go Max Go

Mahalo candy bars from Go Max Go have coconut in them as well as almonds if you want an alternative to Almond Joy candy bars.
Mahalo Candy Bar from Go Max Go
Buy a vegan Mahalo Candy Bar by Go Max Go Foods online at our 100% natural candy store. Vegan Mahalo Candy Bars by Go Max Go Foods are in stock and ready to ship same day.

Alternative to Butterfinger

Butterfinger candy bars contain milk and whey. Go Max Go has recently created an alternative to Butterfinger bars.

Thumbs Up Candy Bars from Go Max Go

New from Go Max Go! Thumbs Up are the alternative to Butterfinger candy bars.
Thumbs Up Candy Bar by Go Max Go Foods
Buy Thumbs Up Candy Bar by Go Max Go Foods online at our all-natural candy store. Thumbs Up Candy Bar by Go Max Go Foods is in stock and ready to ship same day.

More Vegan Candy Resources

Vegan Sweets and Treats in Brazil - Vegan Backpacker
This has information on a lot of vegan snacks in Brazil. There is a vegan Whopper alternative called ChocoSoy Pops, but I have been unable to find it for sale online. This seems to be the only vegan alternative to Whoppers.
Is chocolate vegan? Where can I find vegan chocolate? What are vegan chocolate brands?
Wondering if chocolate is vegan and if you can still eat chocolate on a vegan diet? Read on to find out about dairy-free vegan chocolate, where to find it, and which brands of chocolate are vegan.
Welcome to Go Max Go Foods!!
The Go Max Go website with nutritional information about their candy bars.
GoMaxGo Foods Vegan Candy Bars! The Quantum Vegan
This has taste information about the Go Max Go Vegan candy bars from someone who was given a sneak peek.
Go Max Go Chocolate Bars
Buy Go Max Go candy bars. The creators of Go-Max-Go Foods set out to create extraordinarily delicious candy bars. They craved candy bars that are chocolatey, nougaty, caramely, peanutty, almondy, coconutty crazy indulge
Natural Candy Store - Vegan Candy
The vegan section the the Natural Candy Store. There are many different types of vegan candy listed here.
Moo Free Dairy Free Chocolates
Moo Free Chocolates - manufacturer of dairy free chocolates, vegan chocolates, lactose free chocolate and dairy free chocolate.

What's Your Favorite Candy?

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  • KathyT Nov 15, 2012 @ 8:53 am
    Excellent resource for vegans!
  • Atreyusmommy Oct 16, 2012 @ 1:32 pm
    I would love to try all kinds of vegan candy. Thanks for sharing such a great lens
  • BarbaraCasey Aug 03, 2012 @ 4:04 pm
    I'm amazed that you can find so much of this at Amazon. I hadn't considered the gelatin situation. And, so far, we've cut out almost all meat, but not dairy. I guess that means chocolate's still okay.
  • Jun 14, 2012 @ 8:57 am
    Currently is a peanut butter cup that is dark chocolate and organic. It's by Justin's.
  • scarlettohairy Jun 07, 2012 @ 2:00 am
    Oh, wow, this something I never thought about. I love Smarties and Sixlets and just about all chocolate bars.
  • Steve_Kaye Apr 29, 2012 @ 5:27 pm
    My favorite candy is a banana. Okay, I realize my answer comes from a different corner of the Universe. - I also like apples, dates, and pineapple. Yum.
  • starskull Apr 19, 2012 @ 7:50 pm
    I...I think I love you. Will definitely be re-visiting this lens a lot in the future! :)
  • flinnie Apr 19, 2012 @ 1:00 pm
    Hi any thing with chocolate and peanut butter.
  • jholland Apr 15, 2012 @ 2:26 am
    Chocolate covered cherries are my weakness. Peanut brittle is pretty tempting too.
  • jeremejazz Apr 08, 2012 @ 3:39 am
    so sweet lens

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