Are Coco Pops Vegan?
Coco pops are a beloved children’s cereal (that adults still like to indulge in, too). But is the chocolate puff cereal vegan? We break down what you need to know.
What are coco pops?
Coco Pops are a popular breakfast cereal from the Kellogg’s group. They are puffed rice flavoured with chocolate, so they are effectively a chocolate version of the also popular Rice Crispy cereal.
Are Coco Pops vegan?
Unfortunately, coco pops aren’t vegan. This is because it, like many other breakfast cereals, is fortified with Vitamin D. It is believed that the UK population don’t get enough Vitamin D, and so fortify cereals and other products with this. However, there are two types of vitamin D — effectively one that is plant-based, and another that is an animal product. The animal-based Vitamin D3 contains lanolin, the oil glands of sheep, extracted from their wool. Coco Pops is considered vegetarian because the lanolin is extracted from sheep without killing them, but because it still uses an animal product in its production, it isn’t vegan friendly.
But, if you still want a bowl of chocolatey goodness in the mornings, there’s no need to fret. Tesco has a Coco Pops knock-off that is vegan friendly and easily as delicious as the original, too.
Wondering what other foods may or may not be vegan? Let us know in the comments and we’ll get to the bottom of it!
by Toni Olukiran
Toni is one of our lovely Content Marketing Interns, and when she’s not writing posts about everything from Jamaican cooking to vegan champagne, she’s making a Spotify playlist (she was at 200, at a last count) or playing tennis in the park.