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Are Jelly Beans Vegan?

by Toni Olukiran

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Jelly beans are a classic sweet that’s dear to many generations, but are they vegan? We found out everything you need to know.

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Jelly beans were created by American confectioner William Schrafft in the 19th Century — though historians don’t quite agree on when exactly they were created. The Jelly Bean Factory, popular here in the UK, has been creating the sweets since 1998 and was actually founded in Dublin, Ireland.

What are jelly beans made from?

Though it depends on what brand of jelly bean is in question, they are generally made up of sugar, syrups, fruit flavourings and colouring, and glazing agents.

Are jelly beans vegan?

Unfortunately, most jelly beans are not vegan. This is because although they don’t contain gelatin as many assume, the coating of the jelly beans contains shellac and beeswax, neither of which are vegan-friendly. 

But if you’re still craving sweets, we’ve got plenty of recommendations that are vegan-friendly and delicious — so check out our guide here.


Toni Olukiran
by 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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