Are Starburst Jelly Beans Vegan?

are starburst jelly beans vegan

Today I am answering the question, are starburst jelly beans vegan?  Most of us would think that they are at first glance, but technically they are NOT vegan!

I will go into the one ingredient that makes them technically not vegan.

Starburst Jelly Bean Ingredients

Sugar, Corn Syrup, Modified Corn Starch; Less than 2% of: Citric Acid, Acacia, Apple Juice from Concentrate, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Sodium Citrate, Mineral Oil, Carnauba Wax, Colors (Yellow 5, Red 40, Yellow 6, Blue 1, Titanium Dioxide), Confectioner’s Glaze.

Serving Size: 0.25 cup
Servings Per Container: 10
Nutrient Amount per Serving % Daily Value
Calories 140 0%
Calories from Fat 0 0%
Total Fat 0 g 0%
Saturated Fat 0 g 0%
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 0 mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 34 g 11%
Dietary Fiber 0 g 0%
Sugars 27 g 0%
Protein 0 g 0%
Vitamin A 0 -2%
Vitamin C 0 -2%
Calcium 0 -2%
Iron 0 -2%
Flavor 0 0%
Trans Fat 0 g 0%
ServingSize-In grams 40 g 0%


The one ingredient that makes Starburst jelly beans NOT vegan is: Confectioner’s Glaze


Confectioner’s glaze is not vegan because it is lac bug secretions hardened to become shellac, products containing it are not considered vegan.

This type of glaze is used on a lot of different candies to make it shiny.  Because this is a bug/animal by-product it would not be vegan.

Here is some more information about the confectioner’s glaze in case you are interested. 


Vegan Jelly Bean Alternatives

The good thing is a lot of candy companies are getting on the vegan bandwagon and adding more vegan candy options.

Have you tried freezing Candy for later? Here is how to do it!

More Vegan Recipes To Try:

Fresh Salsa Recipe

Simple Vegetable Soup Recipe

Homemade Applesauce Recipe


1 thought on “Are Starburst Jelly Beans Vegan?”

  1. Kathy

    ewwwww!!! I love Starburst Jelly Beans.

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