When I first went vegan, my initial reaction was to panic about all the things that I wouldn’t be able to eat anymore. I had this idea that my days of grabbing a tasty treat off the supermarket shelves were over. It was easy to think that my grocery shopping was going to be limited to the produce and health food aisles, maybe snagging some tea bags in between. And for the first few weeks, this is where I shopped. It was extremely expensive because a lot of the speciality vegan foods are very pricey. It didn’t occur to me to look in the regular sections of the supermarket and once I did I was pleasantly surprised by all the accidentally vegan foods that I found.
An “accidentally vegan” food is a product that doesn’t contain any animal products even though it’s not specifically marketed as being vegan. Loads of delicious treats and snackfoods fall into this category, and they’re easy to find if you take your time to check the packaging when you do your shopping. Today I thought I’d share some of my favourite accidentally vegan foods to show you that you don’t have to stick to the health food aisle when shopping for cruelty free foods.
Kettle salted caramel popcorn: I am a sucker for anything that’s Salted Caramel flavoured, but most of them contain butter. This delectable popcorn is sweet and salty and is the perfect movie treat.
Pringles- Original and BBQ flavour: It cracks me up that often the BBQ flavoured chips are the ones that tend to be vegan. Pringles have been vegan for a long time, but they’ve only recently begun labelling their cans with the Vegan sunflower symbol.
Skittles: These fruity lollies have been a favourite of mine for years, so you can imagine how chuffed I was to find out that they don’t contain any animal products.
Arnott’s roast chicken flavoured Shapes: Yet another example of a meat-flavoured snack that is vegan. Sadly, the vast majority of the Shapes flavours contain milk or cheese. But these tasty snacks get their flavour from herbs and onion powder. Plus they taste absolutely scrumptious.
Sour Patch Kids: It’s really difficult to find jelly lollies that don’t contain gelatine or carmine. But Sour Patch Kids hit the bill and are perfect for the vegan sweet tooth that likes a sour hit.
Arnott’s Lemon Crisp biscuits: Tangy and sweet, these go down a treat with an afternoon cuppa.
Cadbury drinking chocolate: Ironically, while most of Cadbury’s chocolates contain milk, their drinking chocolate has no dairy content. Which is awesome because it’s probably the yummiest hot chocolate mix on the market.
Massel gravy: In addition to being incredibly delicious, the Massel gravy is probably the easiest instant gravy I’ve ever made. Just mix a few tablespoons with cold water to form a thick paste, add boiling water and stir vigorously until the gravy thickens. It’s incredible on roast veggies or tofurkey.
Calippo icy poles: These are an Aussie summer favourite. I always have a pack of these in the freezer for sweltering days.
These are just a few of my accidentally vegan favourites. As you can imagine, there are still so many choices on the supermarket shelves for vegans if you’re willing to take the time to check the packaging. I’ll admit, it is a bit time consuming to begin with, but once you’ve found the things that don’t contain animal products you’ll be able to get your shopping done in a jiffy. There’s no need to miss out on treats and snacks just because you’ve decided to give veganism a whirl.
Do you have any accidentally vegan favourites to add?