Are Cocoa Puffs 100% Vegan?
Cocoa Puffs were always one of my favorite cereals as a kid. They were — and still are sugary, chocolatey, and not at all a healthy balanced breakfast or snack. But boy are/were they tasty.
Unfortunately, Cocoa Puffs made by General Mills (The Original/Popular ones) are not vegan as they contain Vitamin D3 derived from lanolin (Extracted from Sheep’s Wool). There are quite a few vegan alternatives to cocoa puffs though, so don’t lose hope!
There’s three main alternatives that are vegan, namely Kashi’s Cocoa Puffs/Crisps, which are probably the most economical yet tasty choice, but there’s also some Organic cocoa crisps by whole foods that are pretty good although they’re a bit different due to their texture (they’re small), and the best one of them all in my opinion is Nature’s Path Choco Chimps.
Why do regular Cocoa Puffs have Non-vegan D3?
General Mills, and most large cereal companies (Such as Kellogg’s) add vitamins to their cereals to make them seem healthier and less like junk-food/candy. As a result they added many vitamins, and generally they add Vitamin D3 as it’s one of the cheapest and most effective forms of Vitamin D you can consume.
The problem is, Vegan Vitamin D3 is quite costly as it’s not as simple to acquire as non-vegan D3, as well as it’s simply not as popular and the costs of scale aren’t on it’s side.
Are Cocoa Puffs dairy free?
Cocoa puffs are indeed dairy-free, however they’re not exactly 100% Vegan since they do contain Non-vegan D3 in them.
Can Vegans eat Cocoa Puffs?
Some Plant-based/Vegan folks may make an exception for such “minor” non-vegan ingredients such as the Non-vegan D3 Cocoa Puffs contain, but many also will not. Technically they’re non-vegan, however many people who identify as a vegan likely eat them anyways, be it out of ignorance, or simply because they aren’t as immovable as some other vegans.
You can eat Cocoa Puffs as a Vegan, you just shouldn’t eat General Mills branded cocoa puffs, but instead one of the other ones linked/mentioned above, which are in fact 100% Vegan.