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Are Digestives Vegan?

by Toni Olukiran

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Whether you dunk them into your tea or not, no one can deny that digestives make a great daytime treat. But are they vegan?

What are Digestives?

Digestives are a type of biscuit produced by McVities since 1892. They are the nation’s favourite biscuit, consistently topping polls every year in its different varieties. They originated from Scotland, and were initially intended to help with digestion, hence its name.

What are they made from?

Digestives are made from flour, sugar, malt extract and oil. Depending on which kind, it can also be topped with either dark or milk chocolate, or caramel.

Are they vegan?

Good news — the original digestives are indeed vegan, so your dunking can continue with the nation’s best-love biscuit. While Mcvities also sell dark chocolate digestives, these aren’t vegan because they contain butter oil which is likely for preventing chocolate bloom rather than for taste. Chocolate bloom is a white-coloured dust appearing on chocolate, as the sugars in the chocolate have crystallised. 

Where to find Digestives

As a favourite of many, it's not surprising that you can find it pretty much anywhere in the UK — from major supermarkets to small local grocery stores. Enjoy!

For more of our favourite vegan snacks, check out our favourite vegan biscuits. 

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Toni Olukiran
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.

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