What’s the Best Vegan Junk Food?
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Whether you’re looking to lose some weight or make serious gains down the gym, it’s hard to resist the delicious flavor of your favorite vegan junk foods and snacks.Here’s our list of the best accidentally vegan junk foods and snacks that will keep the smile on your face.
Our Top Vegan Junk Food Recommendations 2023 Updated
1. Oreo Chocolate Sandwich Cookies (Editor’s Choice)
Oreo’s are possibly the most famous accidentally vegan foods. With that rich chocolate flavor and delicious creamy filling, even the most avid milk heads would likely be surprised to learn that they are, in fact, completely dairy-free. People love eating this ice cream-like snack.
Check out our article here for more vegan chocolate snacks.
2. Pringles Original Potato Crisps
Once you pop, you can’t stop; Pringles (see also ‘Are Pringles Vegan?’) have been the go-to snack at every party or social gathering since childhood. With an impressive crunch and packed full of flavor with every bite, it’s easy to polish off the whole stack in one sitting.
It’s one of those products people love eating, even if it is only 42% potato…
3. Ritz Original Crackers
“Get that man some Ritz crackers,” the unofficial endorsement of the snack from Harrison Ford in ‘Regarding Henry.’ One of our favorite ritz recipes is with a little peanut butter, a trick taught to us by Jack Kerouac in Maggie Cassidy.
4. SkinnyPop Popcorn
Popcorn, in general, is a favorite snack of those looking to stay in shape and still enjoy grazing on something tasty. Recipes for great popcorn are usually incredibly simple with just corn and whatever flavoring is used. Low in calories, low in guilt, and usually vegan.
5. Doritos Spicy Sweet Chili
If Pringles is the king of party snacking, then Doritos (see also ‘Are Doritos Vegan?‘) is the prince. Absolutely bursting with flavor and a mouth satisfying crunch, quite a few flavor recipes also happen to be vegan.
Perfect for dipping in whatever takes your fancy, such as salsa, guacamole, or hummus (see also ‘Is Hummus Vegan & Dairy-Free?‘).
6. Quaker Cinnamon Life Cereal
Cereal is a delicious and usually fairly nutritious in-between meal snack. You can enjoy the crunch raw or use your favorite dairy-free milk substitute at any time of day, or even along with other vegan foods.Quaker’s Cinnamon Life packs that unforgettable sweet tang that brings back childhood nostalgia.
Check out our this list for more vegan cereal products.
7. The Original Cracker Jack
If you like your snacks salty and sweet, then Cracker Jack has got you covered. Conveniently portioned to avoid overindulgence, it might be junk food, but who cares when it tastes this good? Popcorn, peanut, and caramel (see also ‘Is Caramel Vegan?‘) come together to serve up pure delight by the mouthful.
8. Fritos Original Corn Chips
Corn, corn oil, and salt. The recipe is as simple as it possibly could be, but the ingredients come together in a fantastic crunchy chip (see also our article on Fritos) with a satisfying taste.Essentially only made with whole foods, it’s hard to label this junk food, but when you taste it, you’ll agree it definitely feels like it is.
9. Airheads Fruit Mini Bars
Brimming with flavor, these taffy candy treats (see also ‘Are Marshmallows Vegan?‘) explode on the tongue, and if you have a sweet tooth, they are definitely going to scratch that itch. The ingredients list is free of animal products in a strict sense, but artificial colorings such as Red 40 are routinely tested on animals, so it’s not completely cruelty-free.
If you check out the recipe for Twizzlers, you might be shocked to discover this tasty little treat is vegan-friendly. However, it’s definitely one of the most junked up junk foods (see also ‘Are French Fries Vegan? What About McDonald’s Fries?‘) on this list, and so should be enjoyed only in strict moderation, there isn’t a whole food or beneficial ingredient in sight.
11. Kettle Brand Potato Chips
They have taken the recipe back to the basics and produced a crisp with a respectable crunch that is sure to tickle your tastebud. The sea salt flavor also comes recommended as an alternative to crackers in smores, get your vegan mallow, and dark chocolate and give it a try.
12. Lay’s Classic Potato Chips
Lay’s is another institution in the potato chip (see also ‘ Are Your Favorite Chips Vegan?’ ) world. It’s the brand that people agree is one of the world’s best.
A little less crunch than others on the list, they almost flake and melt on the tongue. Still packing a great flavor and a straightforward recipe, they’re great for guilt-free snacking.
13. Ruffles Original Potato Chips
It’s all about that ridge! The crinkle-cut on this potato chip (see also ‘Are Cheetos Vegan?‘) gives it a more explosive crunch as well as respectable integrity that makes it perfect for dipping. As with all chips on the list, not all flavors are dairy-free, but those that are mean you can still enjoy your favorite chips vegan style.
14. Sour Patch Kids Soft & Chewy Candy
Sour Patch Kids are not only the best gummy candy (see also ‘Are Gushers Vegan? Here’s What We Found Out‘) on the market but also one of the few that are vegetarian, let alone vegan. Avoiding the gelatin that most chewy candy (see also ‘Are Skittles Vegan?‘) relies on this snack gives you that indulgent gummy texture alongside a great sour sugar flavor.
15. Swedish Fish Soft and Chewy Candy
Don’t worry, it’s neither made from or tastes of fish. Another example of a great tasting candy (see also ‘Are Starburst Good Candy For Vegans‘) that is also free of animal products. They come individually wrapped, which is unfortunate in terms of the waste (see our guide on how to go zero waste) but does make it easier in regards to portion control.
16. Smucker’s Uncrustables
While Smucker’s Uncrustables is no doubt a fantastic snack, it’s placed on this list more as a recommendation. Peanut butter and jelly (see also ‘Is There Such Thing As Vegan Jelly?‘) sandwiches are very easy to source the ingredients for and make yourself.
17. Wheat Thins Original Crackers
The whole wheat provides a savory but sweet flavor, and while others might enjoy them with cheese, us vegans can lean into the sweet with vegan chocolate spread, the savory with soup, or a bit of both and go back to that peanut butter jar.
18. Keebler Club Original Crackers
A buttery, perfectly flaky cracker (see also ‘Are Graham Crackers Vegan?’) that also happens to be completely dairy-free. Made from wheat and soy, these biscuits will go perfectly with your favorite vegan cheese, soups, or underneath your favorite spread, like perhaps peanut butter. Low in ingredients, you might want to avoid it’s a great snack choice in moderation.
19. Jell-O Instant Pudding Mix
Whether you enjoy it as a snack or for pudding, this family favorite sweet (see also ‘Is Your Favorite Candy Vegan?‘) is also completely vegan. With such a rich, creamy flavor and texture, it’s hard to imagine that it isn’t dairy-derived, but it means that you keep your cupboard stocked for when that sweet tooth strikes.
20. Sunchips Multigrain Original Flavor
They’re whole grain, they’re heart-healthy, and they serve up a respectable crunch. While not all flavors of Sunchips are vegan, the original is all plant-based and certainly is. The texture thanks the wholegrain is grainy and gives a great mouthfeel that compliments the explosive crunch and the simple salted flavor.
Our Favorite Vegan Junk Food is…
Who said a healthy vegan diet (see teens) had to be boring. Enjoying the foods listed above in moderation can help you stay on track of your diet goals while also still enjoying your life.
Be sure to check the ingredients list yourselves as not all flavors and variations of these brands are vegan.What’s your favorite vegan junk food? Let us know in the comments below.
You can also check out more vegan snacks on Pulsin. We have a review about it here.
Oreo Sandwich Cookies
#1 Vegan Junk Food