Hot Tamales Candy comes in many different flavors, however generally they contain a hidden non-vegan ingredient in them, so before you eat any make sure you check if they contain any of the following ingredients: confectioner’s glaze, shellac.
Unfortunately all flavors of Hot Tamales are currently non-vegan, as they all contain the above two non-vegan ingredients (Confectioners Glaze and/or Shellac).
Vegan Hot Tamales Candy Flavors:
Yeah, unfortunately all of them contain non-vegan ingredients.
That includes all the flavors, namely the original cinnamon flavor, tropical heat flavor, and the Fire & Ice Flavor. None of them are vegan due to containing Shellac and/or Confectioners Glaze.
Here you can check the whole ingredient list:
SUGAR, CORN SYRUP, MODIFIED FOOD STARCH, CONTAINS LESS THAN 0.5% OF THE FOLLOWING: ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS, DEXTRIN, CONFECTIONERS GLAZE, ARTIFICIAL COLOR, MEDIUM CHAIN TRIGLYCERIDES, CARNAUBA WAX, SODIUM CITRATE, PECTIN, CITRIC ACID, MALIC ACID, FUMARIC ACID, RED #40, YELLOW #5 (TARTRAZINE), YELLOW #6, RED #3, BLUE #1.
What Makes Confectioners Glaze & Shellac non-vegan?
Well confectioners glaze contains Shellac, and Shellac is made by lac bugs. Since Shellac is made by lac bugs it’s non-vegan, as well that by default means it’s an animal product, and to produce it en-mass like it is produced it requires extreme exploitation/ enslavement /containment of the lac bugs, and their lives and well-being are generally not considered at all during any period of their life.