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 from Fat||0||0%|
|Total Fat||0 g||0%|
|Saturated Fat||0 g||0%|
|Total Carbohydrate||34 g||11%|
|Dietary Fiber||0 g||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.
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.
- 7-Select’s Speckled Jelly Beans
- 7-Select’s Warheads Jelly Beans
- WarHeads’ Sour Jelly Beans
- YumEarth Naturals’ Sour Jelly Beans
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