Many new vegans or those who follow a dairy-free lifestyle will tell you the annoyance you feel when picking up a bag of crisps and seeing ‘milk’ labelled in the ingredients. I have no clue why it is so hard to create a decent flavouring without the need for an allergen, in all honesty.
I was prompted to write this post after I discovered that Aldi have a vegan-friendly alternative to Roast Beef Monster Munch (called Monster Claws :)), one of my ‘God Tier’ snack foods of choice in the days before I made my transition. I felt that sharing some of the surprising and accidentally vegan snacks in the supermarket may make it easier for some of those who are embarking on Veganuary for the first time. It is not an exhaustive list, so will likely add to it over time.
Bacon Rashers– Most supermarket own brand versions of this snack are vegan-friendly. The bacon flavour comes from paprika. Check the ingredients for clarity, but Tesco & Sainsbury’s definitely are based on my own consumption. Frazzles are not, unfortunately.
Wagaya Cork Snack Original– Available from Tesco and Asian supermarkets, these are very similar to prawn cracker in flavour and texture. We dip ours into sweet chilli sauce 🙂
Prawn Shells– Have never seen the sea in their lives! Again, check the ingredients but most will no contain any seafood or other problematic ingredients for vegans. And Skips are also suitable.
Asda Beastie Bites– Pickled Onion, Sizzling Hot and Roast Beef are all SFV.
Asda Onion Rings– Not all supermarket brands of Onion Rings snacks will be devoid of milk so it is always worth checking the ingredients. Asda, on the other hand, do have them available.
Cheeto’s Flamin’ Hot Puffs
Hippeas– Now available in most supermarkets, which is huge news considering there’s a vegan cheese variety as part of the range!
Pringles– Will now state if they are SFV but there may be old stock in circulation still. Suitable flavours include Salted, Paprika, BBQ.
Co-op Smoky BBQ Triangles– Nothing remotely meaty in these crisps
Pom Bears– One of Dinky’s favourites. The Ready Salted variety are SFV.
Tesco Nacho Cheese Tortillas– For those who miss Tangy Cheese Doritos these might just about hit the spot.
Eat Real– Quite a few of the Eat Real products are suitable for vegans, including these White Cheddar snacks that are a dead ringer for Wotsits. There’s also Sour Cream flavoured crisps that are part of the range too.
Kettle Chips- Many flavours are SFV, including their moreish Sea Salt and Balsamic Vinegar.
Wheat Crunchies– Bacon and Tomato bags are vegan-friendly.
Nik Naks– Nice ‘N’ Spicy and Scampi ‘N’ Lemon are both SFV.
Ten Acre– Available from the likes of Holland & Barrett and vegan shops like Alternative Stores, Ten Acre have a great range of crisp flavours including Cheese & Onion and Chicken. A definite thumbs up from the Cannys.
Walkers– I love the Marmite flavour crisps with a dairy free cheese sarnie, it has to be said, Other SFV bags are Salted, Sausage & Brown Sauce (I mean, as if!), Ready Salted French Fries,
Hula Hoops– Good old British Classic Hula Hoops are not out of the grasp of our grasp. Both the Salt and Vinegar and Smoky Bacon flavour are SFV.
Space Raiders– A childhood memory for many, the Pickled Onion and BBQ flavours are SFV.
I hope I’ve been able to give you some inspiration for treats to nibble on while watching the tv or a film. Bring vegan is not as difficult as many think, and I certainly haven’t felt I’ve made too many sacrifices.
Thanks for reading,