Presenting: A listing of 40+ vegan gummy candies that are great for Halloween, to give away as gifts, or just to indulge when you need a sweet fix! I LOVE gummy candies and all the fun flavors they can be. Unfortunately, a lot of gummy candies on the market contain animal products. Gelatin, which comes from animal bones. Beeswax, which comes from beehives. Shellac, which comes from the lac bug. And carmine, which is a beetle that is crushed to make the colour red. That's right, when you're not eating vegan candies, you're likely eating bugs and bones. Yummy 🙁 The good news is that I made it my mission to find 40+ Gummy Candies recipes that are Actually Vegan! Vegan gummy bears? Yes please!
I spent hours researching all things vegan gummy candy, decoding ingredients, and getting excited for halloween. AKA the time of year to buy large buckets of candy and pretend like you are going to give it all away. (haha, yeah right).
Can you believe that I don't have a single gummy candy around my house to help me get through this research? That's gotta change immediately!
Some of the candies I found are very easy to find everywhere, and some are more specialty candies that would be perfect for gifts or just indulging.
If you discover any more vegan gummies, let me know in the comments. 🙂
Sour Patch Kids
Sour Patch Kids make my mouth hurt just thinking about them because I can eat WAY too many of these sweet and sour candies. If anyone has ever eaten too much sour candy you know what that feels like!
Ahhh Fuzzy Peach!! These little beauties remind me of being a kid. Sugar-coated on the outside, very sweet and chewy in the middle.
Swedish Berries are perfectly sweet little berry shaped candies. Oddly delicious when you mix them into vegan movie theatre popcorn.
Keeping things Swedish for a sec. Swedish Fish are soft, chewy, kinda waxy... but almost in a good way if that's possible.
Me and my best friend used to turn these into an evil weapon as kids, and would whip each other with them... don't do that. It hurts! As soon as I get a bag of these, I rip them open and let them get stale. Call me crazy, but I love how they get hard and extra chewy.
In my opinion, the sad cousin of Twizzlers. They just aren't as good to me!
Dots always remind me of Halloween because I would get mini boxes of these in my trick-or-treat bag.
Skittles.. I don't know if these are really considered a gummy candy, but because they are EVERYWHERE, I thought it was a good idea to include them for vegan candy emergencies.
Hmmm Air Heads... I haven't had these very often in my life, but if I remember correctly they are similar to Laffy Taffy.
Jujyfruits and Jujubes
I'm pretty sure these are common in the US but not in Canada, so I can't say I know them well. We do have something called Jujubes in Canada, but they are a totally different candy, and unfortunately not usually vegan.
Brach's Mandarin Orange Slices
Most of Brach's candy isn't vegan at all, but these ones managed to sneak through. Woot woot!
Annie's Organic Bunny Fruit Snacks
I've seen these hanging out at many health food stores, but have yet to pick them up because I didn't know they were vegan! Note to self: buy immediately.
Someone is picking up on the vegan trend because Dare Candy Co. have recently released several vegan candies, proudly stating on the front of the package that they are gelatin free. Woot woot!
One of my very favourite friends introduced me to Squish candy by giving it to me as a gift. They currently have 9 different vegan gummy candies on their site, and you can easily find them by selecting the vegan category! I'm in LOVE with this line of Canadian candy.
This line of gummies is new to me, but I can't wait to try them. I love how they proudly declare on their site that they have gummies for vegans. Those fruity bears are calling my name!
If you are a fan of ginger you will love these. Slightly sweet with a very strong ginger flavour, they are chewy like taffy. Also great to soothe and upset stomach!
Lovely Candy Co.
While not all of their candies are vegan, the Lovely Candy Co. declares right on their site if they are vegan or not, making it super easy to shop.
I love how these come in cool flavours such as black currant and passion fruit.
All vegan candies all the way! I love the idea of chewy peppermint chocolate candies. The perfect stocking stuffer!
I haven't yet sampled these vegan gummy candies, but they sure look tasty! 😉 And they have 5 different gummy options and all of them are totally vegan!
I hope you loved this collection. I know I can't wait to get my hands on these.
Correction needed... Allura Red, AKA FD&C Red 40, is not made from crushed beetles and hasn't been, ever. It's a petroleum product. Doesn't make it safe, and if your veganism goes all the way to extinct animals then don't eat it, but it's made in a lab from petroleum byproducts.
On the other hand, many red lipsticks use carmine for coloring, and that IS made from crushed lac and cochineal insects, as are some food dyes (Natural Red 4, not Red 40) and clothing dyes; although not much used in the US it's common in places like Mexico. By US law, ingredient lists that contain this pigment must say "cochineal extract" or "carmine," so if the ingredients don't include that it's probably insect-free. In the EU the laws are similar, although the red tint in pharmaceuticals is now made in a lab rather than crushing insects.
So excited! Today I stumbled across Mamba fruit chews at my local Real Canadian Superstore! There could be less packaging, but they are quite yummy.
Sam Turnbull says
Yeh they sell 50cents ea at our plaid
Mambas have changed their recipe, adding gelatin, and are no longer vegan as of December 2019. https://www.mamba.us/faq/
Sam Turnbull says
Oh no! What a bummer. I will remove them from this list. THanks!
I do I am a12 year old girl with a big hart for animals so stfu that is your opinion so keep it to your self