What Brands of Candy Canes are 100% Vegan?

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While most candy canes you encounter will most likely be vegan, as candy canes really are generally just a compressed sugary curved stick with food-coloring on it and some peppermint oil, sometimes they’re non-vegan due to the red-coloring sometimes being derived from crushed beetles.

Below we’ll go over the most popular brands both domestically in North America as well as Internationally around the world. Generally home-made or “artisan” candy canes like you may find at a German Christmas market are Vegan, as the non-vegan food coloring ingredients are only really sold to industrial companies that mass-produce products.

Are Spangler Candy Canes Vegan?


All Spangler Candy Canes that I’ve discovered are vegan, as they’ve yet to introduce some strange non-vegan chocolate candy cane and they don’t use any bug-derived food colorings or anything of the sort.

Are Jolly Rancher Candy Canes Vegan?

According to the manufacturer of Jolly Rancher Candy Canes they should be, as they do not contain animal derived ingredients. Their ingredient label suggests they’re vegan, but some ingredients in it can be from animals or plants. Apparently they source those ingredients from plants though, so we’re all good. Jolly Rancher Candy Canes should be vegan.

Keep in mind that if you buy Jolly Rancher Candy Canes they won’t taste peppermenty like normal candy canes, but instead will tasty slightly like, well, jolly ranchers. They’re a little more “smooth” or creamy in my opinion to the original candies though.

Are Brach’s (Bobs) Candy Canes Vegan?

These are probably the most popular and common brand of Candy Canes. You can find them at pretty much every grocery store or pharmacy (CVS/Walgreen/Rite-Aid) in the USA and Canada during December, January, and even February, and thankfully they’re 100% Vegan. You can also find them on places like Amazon for even cheaper than in-stores (unless it’s after the holiday season and stores discount them).

Are Allan Candy Canes Vegan?

This is a smaller brand, but still somewhat common. Despite being owned by the Hershey’s Company which rarely has vegan products, Allan’s Candy Canes are generally all vegan. Maybe Hershey’s will release one in the future with chocolate on it, and if they do it likely won’t be vegan, but the classic red & white candy canes they make are still 100% vegan.

Are Warheads Candy Canes Vegan?

Yes, while not as easy to find in stores as they used to be if you do find them they should be 100% Vegan. You can also find Warheads Candy Canes online.

Are Jelly Belly Candy Canes Vegan?

While Jelly Belly’s Jelly Beans aren’t always vegan their candy-canes should always be vegan according to the manufacturer and ingredient label, so feel free to indulge and get yourself a Jelly-Belly of your own.

Are Sweet-Tart Candy Canes Vegan?

Yes, just like regular sweet-tarts the candy-canes made by them are 100% Vegan and contain no animal products whatsoever.