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Are Drumsticks Vegan?

by Toni Olukiran

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Drumsticks were always the prized sweet to pick out of Swizzels party bags, but is the childhood treat vegan?

What are Drumsticks?

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If you need your memory refreshed, Drumsticks are a type of sweet made by Swizzels. They’re often found in multipack bags of sweets, accompanied with other elite and nostalgia-inducing sweets such as love hearts, refreshers and parma violets.

Are Drumsticks vegan?

Yes and no. Drumstick lollies found in these traditional party bags aren’t vegan (though if you find yourself being offered a sweet from these bags, the refreshers are vegan-friendly, so dig in). Although these drumstick lollies contain gelatine, it is still entirely possible to get a blast of the past in the form of Drumstick Choos and Drumstick Soft Chew packs. Swizzels updated the ingredients in these in the last few years, removing the gelatin from them and making them vegan friendly.

Where to find Drumstick Choos

You can find Drumstick Choos in supermarkets, including Tesco, Asda and Morrisons. You’re also likely to find them in local shops and newsagents, too, so they’re easy to come by. 

Other vegan sweets in the range include: 

  • Refreshers (chew bars and Refreshers Choos)
  • Vimto chew bar
  • Love hearts
  • Parma violets
  • Fizzers

So the next time you’re craving something retro and feel good, there are still plenty of options for you.

Got any more questions about your favourite sweets? Let us know in the comments.


By Toni Olukiran
Toni Olukiran

Toni is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants, 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 her last count) or playing tennis in the park.

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