Are Marshmallows Vegan? (Or Do Brands Like Kraft Have Pork Gelatin?)

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Are marshmallows vegan? We’ll answer all your questions and see if we can find some vegan brands of marshmallows below…

ARE MARSHMALLOWS VEGAN

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Are Marshmallows Vegan?

No, Marshmallows are not vegan.

The main reason for this is because they contain gelatin.

Gelatin is a gel substance created from skins, hooves, tendons, ligaments of animals which would place it in the non-vegan category.

Although rarer today, some marshmallows may even have eggs – another non-vegan ingredient!

Is There Vegan Gelatin?

In case you’re wondering, there actually is a vegan version of gelatin called agar-agar article on vegan jello

Can You Get Vegan Marshmallows?

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For your convenience, we’ve gone through every brand of marshmallow we could find and reveal their vegan status below…

Which Brands of Marshmallows Are Vegan?

Here’s the breakdown of vegan and vegetarian marshmallows…

  • Dandies – VEGAN. Dandies are a fully vegan marshmallow brand.
  • Trader Joe’s – VEGAN.  
  • Haribo – NOT VEGAN. This brand of marshmallows contains gelatin or gelatine.
  • Campfire – NOT VEGAN. Another standard brand of marshmallows that contains gelatin.
  • Kraft – NOT VEGAN. The Kraft Jet Puffed marshmallows have gelatin in them much like all of the standard brands on the market.
  • Ananda – VEGAN. This brand makes all sorts of interesting vegan/vegetarian marshmallows, but they’re located in the UK.
  • Suzanne’s Specialties – VEGAN. But they specialize in marshmallow creme, similar to the “fluff” that you would spread on a peanut butter sandwich.
  • Freedom Confectionery – VEGAN. They’re a smaller brand that makes colored vegan mallows.
  • Smucker’s Marshmallow Topping – VEGAN. In the ice cream or peanut butter section, you’ll be able to find this this product by Smucker’s that’s a vegan marshmallow topping.
  • Ziyad Halal Marshmallows – NOT VEGAN. They have beef gelatin instead of pork.

LIST OF VEGAN MARSHMALLOW BRANDS

What Are Vegan Marshmallows Made Of?

Here are the ingredients in one brand of vegan marshmallows (Dandies

  • Tapioca Syrup
  • Cane Sugar
  • Filtered Water
  • Tapioca Starch
  • Carrageenan
  • Soy Protein
  • Natural Vanilla Flavor

The Trader Joe’s vegan marshmallows have a nearly identical ingredient statement.

Needless to say, these are the ingredients you’ll find in most brands of vegan marshmallows.

Other less popular brands may have coconut or other special flavor.

Are Vegan Marshmallows Good?

Vegan marshmallows aren’t only good – they’re delicious. Most people won’t notice a major texture difference either.

 

INGREDIENTS IN MARSHMALLOWS FROM PACKAGING

Do Marshmallows Have Meat?

Technically speaking, they don’t have “meat”, but regular marshmallows still have animal products in the form of gelatin which as we already mentioned is made from bones, skin and cartilage of animals.

Are Marshmallows Egg Free?

Most commercial marshmallows today do not contain eggs. This goes for the vegan and non-vegan variety.

Do Marshmallows Have Dairy?

Marshmallows do not usually have dairy products in them. This is true for both vegan and regular marshmallows.

Do Marshmallows Have Soy?

The two main vegan marshmallows we’ve listed here (Trader Joe’s and Dandies) both have soy protein in them. However, we haven’t seen soy in any normal marshmallow ingredients. This means if you’re a vegan with a soy allergy you unfortunately won’t be able to enjoy them.

Are Marshmallows Made of Bones?

Since gelatin is made of bones, this means that marshmallows also have bones in them! The bones aren’t stuffed directly in the marshmallows, though. They’re boiled along with other animal parts to reduce down to a powder known as gelatin.

Are Vegan Marshmallows Halal?

Since there's no pork from gelatin, vegan marshmallows are classified as Halal. Fantastic news if you are craving a s'more.

Wrap Up

We’ve learned a lot about marshmallows today! It’s not all good news, but if get out there and give Dandies or the Trader Joe’s brand a try. 

Here’s to a vegan campfire!

For more vegan tips, be sure to check out our shopping guide here.

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