Based on the manufacturer’s ingredient list, Chewy Lemonheads can not be considered vegan for a few reasons:
- Confectioner’s Glaze (Shellac): This ingredient is derived from the secretions of the female lac bug and is therefore not considered vegan.
- Natural and Artificial Flavor: This is a broad term that can include both plant and animal-derived ingredients. Without specific information from the manufacturer, it’s not possible to determine the source of these flavors.
- White Mineral Oil: Although not derived from animals, some vegans choose to avoid mineral oil due to environmental concerns.
- The facility warning: The product is manufactured in a facility where milk, eggs, almonds, coconut, peanuts, and soy are used. This means there could be potential cross-contamination with non-vegan ingredients. Some vegans might choose to avoid products with this type of warning due to the risk of cross-contamination.
- Yellow 5: While this color additive isn’t derived from animals, some vegans avoid it due to the potential for these substances to be tested on animals.
So, unless the company can confirm that the ‘natural and artificial flavors’ are plant-based, and you are okay with the potential cross-contamination and the use of shellac and artificial colors, this product might can not be considered vegan. It’s always best to check with the manufacturer if you have specific dietary requirements or concerns.
Lemonheads Ingredients List
- Corn Syrup
- Citric Acid
- Lemon Juice from Concentrate
- Confectioner’s Glaze (Shellac)
- Natural and Artificial Flavor
- Acacia (Gum Arabic)
- Modified Food Starch (Corn)
- Carnauba Wax
- Yellow 5
- White Mineral Oil
This product was manufactured in a facility where milk, eggs, almonds, coconut, peanuts and soy are used in the production of other products. Products may be artificially flavored. Reference product packaging for details.