Breaking news: Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup is vegan. How is this possible? I have spent the last two years avoiding this product and any similar product because I assumed they would contain dairy. Rather than being excited that I can eat this product, I am a little disappointed that I “gave up” eating something delicious that I didn’t need to give up. Granted, should I have spent the last two years pouring Hershey’s Chocolate Syrup down my throat every night? Probably not healthy. It’s basically just chocolate-flavored high fructose corn syrup. Yum.
This discovery got me thinking. How many other products have I been avoiding that are actually vegan? I Googled “vegan Hershey’s chocolate syrup” and Peta’s website popped up with an entire list of “Accidentally Vegan” grocery store products. I already knew that Oreo’s are vegan but a few more items surprised me…
- Reese’s Puffs Cereal
- Ghiradelli Hot Chocolate
- Sour Patch Kids
- Swedish Fish
- Teddy Grahams (both chocolate and cinnamon)
- Little Debbie Cake Donuts
- Jell-O Instant Pudding (chocolate, banana creme, lemon and vanilla)
Do I plan on eating any of the above items… ever? No. Okay, fine, I totally intend on eating Sour Patch Kids but we’ll keep that between us. Regardless, I’ve learned it never hurts to read ingredient lists even when I’m positive that a chocolate bar contains dairy. For example, I love Chocolove Raspberries in Dark Chocolate Bars and I literally re-read the ingredient list every time I purchase one. I swear there has to be dairy somewhere in the list but the dark chocolate bars are magically vegan.
I supposed it’s pretty shocking that something as delicious as ice cream can be vegan. I would double-check the ingredient list on vegan ice cream if they didn’t put “VEGAN,” “ALMOND MILK,” “DAIRY FREE,” and “HEY TREE HUGGER, COME EAT THIS” all over the container. So from now on, I’m keeping my eye out for more products that are “Accidentally Vegan” because you never know what you could be missing out on. I normally stick almost exclusively to the tried-and-true produce section but maybe I’ll venture out into the rest of the grocery store one of these days. Maybe.