We often get asked what candy is vegan? As it turns out, a lot of our childhood favorite candies are accidentally vegan. There are also tons of candy manufacturers nowadays who are making vegan-friendly versions of our favorite candies.
Whether it’s to indulge on during the holidays or to munch on during a Netflix binge, vegan candy is exciting to have around. Or some might even say, dangerous to have around. For that reason, we’ve curated the best vegan candy you can find on Amazon in Canada.
Why Most Candy is Not Vegan
Many of the popular candies found in stores are not vegan because they tend to contain animal-based products or animal byproducts. Asides from the obvious example of dairy, some other examples of non-vegan ingredients include gelatin, lanolin, castoreum, honey and carmine. Carmine is a coloring agent used in red candies that is made from crushed female cochineal insects. Pretty gross right? Even more gross is castoreum. Castoreum is discretely labelled as “natural flavoring” and is literally derived from the anal secretions of beavors. This ingredient is most often found in berry or vanilla flavored candies, but it unfortunately won’t be listed in the ingredients.
Disclaimer: Figuring out whether or not a candy is vegan is not always as straight-forward as looking at the ingredients listed. For that reason, we can't guarantee that all of the candy listed in this article is 100% vegan. But we can guarantee that it's at least plant-based.
20+ Best Vegan Candy in Canada in 2023
Cadbury Vegan Salted Caramel Chocolate Bar
Craving smooth milk chocolate that’s vegan-friendly? Cadbury recently launched a fully plant-based chocolate bar in Canada, and it’s delicious! It’s made with almond paste instead of dairy, and comes in a sweet and salty Salted Caramel flavour.
TWIZZLERS are one of those candies that grown adults can totally get away with eating in public. At the end of the day, they’re licorize aren’t they? To our luck, they’re also vegan-friendly.
Yummy Earth Organic Pops
Yummy Earth’s lollipops are certified vegan, organic and free from artificial coloring. Each pack comes with a variety of fun flavors including mango, pomegranate, cherry and more!
Cocomels - Coconut Milk Caramels
Anyone who was a fan of Werther’s Caramel Candy before going vegan will appreciate Cocomels’ Caramel candies. Instead of dairy, they’re made from creamy, organic coconut milk.
Chocolate Bark with Roasted Almonds & Sea Salt
Made from 62% dark chocolate, Prana’s Chocolate Almond & Sea Salt bark is to die for. It’s also one of few Certified Vegan chocolates on Amazon.
Turkish Delights are a Turkish delicacy that make a great holiday gift. They’re vegan by nature and come in many different flavors. Nowadays, certain brands contain gelatin, so always check the ingredients.