Is it vegan?

One of the most common question types we receive here at Happy Happy Vegan is, “Is X, Y, or Z vegan?”, and they’re always worth exploring in more depth.

While many of you who have been vegan for an age will look at some of these and think, “Wait, what? Are you serious…that’s obviously not vegan!”, you need to remember that we’re not only writing for long-term vegans, but newcomers to plant-based living, too. We even get a good number of people landing on the site who are in no way vegan, but wish to respect their friends wishes and cook food their buddies can eat.

So, with all this in mind, we decided to put together a series of posts that cover the most popular queries we’ve received over the years. Post like:

You get the idea!

Believe it or not, some of these may surprise even the most ardent vegan (check out Is Sriracha Vegan?, for example), so be sure to have a browse through them all.

As ever, if you have any questions, comments, or queries on the articles, please feel free to drop us a line in the comments sections at the bottom of each post.

Enjoy!

Is Sriracha Vegan? Or Should You Dodge This Red Chili Sauce?

Is Sriracha Vegan? Or Should You Dodge This Red Chili Sauce?

IMPORTANT EDIT - Dec 4th '18: Turns out things aren't quite what they once were! Be sure to scroll down to the comments section to get the latest answer to the "Is Sriracha Vegan?" question! There's a sauce craze sweeping the globe. It's name? Sriracha. Sriracha, if...

Is Hummus Vegan? Can A Chickpea Spread Ever Be Off-Limits?

Is Hummus Vegan? Can A Chickpea Spread Ever Be Off-Limits?

Hummus is a delicious Middle Eastern chickpea spread that is great as a dip for everything from carrots to pretzels, as a spread on tofu sandwiches, dolloped into roasted veggie wraps, mixed into salads, and more. Can you tell I like hummus? The gushing above will...

Is Miso Soup Vegan? Can This Dashi-Based Dish Stay On The Menu?

Is Miso Soup Vegan? Can This Dashi-Based Dish Stay On The Menu?

As we move into autumn (for those of us regularly cycling through the seasons) and the weather turns cool and crisp, one of the most satisfying, timely dishes is none other than the bowl of hot soup. And while vegetable and tomato are familiar favorites (and often...

Is Ramen Vegan? Or Are These Oriental Noodles Off Limits?

Is Ramen Vegan? Or Are These Oriental Noodles Off Limits?

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past year or so, (or you’re a healthy little cherub who eats exclusively home cooked meals), odds are you’ve heard of the recent ramen boom. “Ramen bars” are popping up all over the place and the dish has experienced a...

Are Marshmallows Vegan? Can You Eat Them On A Plant Based Diet?

Are Marshmallows Vegan? Can You Eat Them On A Plant Based Diet?

You know the scene. You’re around a campfire with your friends and family on a starry night. The fire crackles bright against the dark sky, perhaps you’re all telling ghost stories and enjoying the smell of smoke in the air. Then somebody offers marshmallows - after...

Are Pretzels Vegan? Can You Eat These Knots Or Not?

Are Pretzels Vegan? Can You Eat These Knots Or Not?

As odd looking as they are funny sounding, you’re probably familiar with the twisty treats called pretzels. Perhaps as a child, your parents packed the tiny, crunchy type in your lunch box, and surely you’ve seen the big, soft kind at various sporting events. Since...

Are Donuts Vegan? Can You Partake On A Plant-Based Diet?

Are Donuts Vegan? Can You Partake On A Plant-Based Diet?

Avid donut-eaters are quick to name their favorite brand, kind, and style. They’re an highly personal subject for the even an average foodie, secondly only, perhaps, to coffee—no wonder these two make such a popular comfort combo! However, while donuts may give us the...

Is Sugar Vegan? Are Any Brands Bone Char Free?

Is Sugar Vegan? Are Any Brands Bone Char Free?

Cupcakes, ice cream, and apple pie, oh my! All of these delicacies that make life a little sweeter wouldn’t be the same without sugar. While this natural sweetener isn’t exactly a necessary addition to any diet, most people couldn’t imagine life without it -- nor...

Is Caramel Vegan? Should You Strike This Syrup From Your Menu?

Is Caramel Vegan? Should You Strike This Syrup From Your Menu?

When you hear the word “caramel,” do you picture golden-brown liquid drizzled on top of a layer cake? Maybe you first think of coating apples with this sweet substance on Halloween. Or perhaps, you envision this gooey goodness as a round, bite-size morsel encased by...

Are Twizzlers Vegan? Or Will They Leave You Feeling Twisted?

Are Twizzlers Vegan? Or Will They Leave You Feeling Twisted?

Candy is a simple pleasure that all of us indulge in. Who hasn’t come home after a particularly hard day and wanted to dive head-first into a bag of chocolates? Who hasn’t gone to the movies excited to buy the biggest bag of Twizzlers available? But as a new vegan or...

Is Soda Vegan? Or Is There No Such Thing As Plant-Based Pop?

Is Soda Vegan? Or Is There No Such Thing As Plant-Based Pop?

Is soda vegan? At first glance, when you’re reading the label on a can of that carbonated meal companion, it sure seems to be. After all, it’s not like there are pork chops in your Pepsi! But this question isn’t as silly as it might seem. Animal products sure can be...

Is Alcohol Vegan? Can You Get Your Plant-Based Booze On?

Is Alcohol Vegan? Can You Get Your Plant-Based Booze On?

Chances are, when you’re savoring a glass of wine or a sip of ice cold beer at the end of a long day, you probably don’t pause to wonder whether your booze contains animal products. Alcohol seems like one of those things that’s so obviously vegan, that you wouldn’t...

Is Pasta Vegan? What To Look Out For When You’re Plant-Based

Is Pasta Vegan? What To Look Out For When You’re Plant-Based

There are few pleasures in life better than sitting back with a steaming bowl of carb-y, delicious pasta. Bowtie, linguine, penne, spaghetti, ziti, macaroni: all shapes and sizes are beautiful in their own way. Is pasta vegan, or is this simple pleasure a thing of the...

Are Oreos Vegan? Which Way Does This Cookie Crumble?

Are Oreos Vegan? Which Way Does This Cookie Crumble?

There is perhaps no sandwich cookie more popular than the classic Oreo. This chocolatey, creamy delight has been a snacking staple for over 100 years, making it one of the best-selling cookies in the world, but does anyone really know what’s in these things? You may...

Is Nutella Vegan? Or Should You Swerve This Chocolate Spread?

Is Nutella Vegan? Or Should You Swerve This Chocolate Spread?

Whether you’re a new vegan or an omnivore trying to figure out what to feed to your vegan friend, you may find yourself asking “is Nutella vegan?” with a hint of hopefulness. I mean, how awesome would it be if the world’s favorite chocolate hazelnut spread was made...

Is Lactic Acid Vegan? Should This Preservative Be Off The Menu?

Is Lactic Acid Vegan? Should This Preservative Be Off The Menu?

When you hear the term “lactic acid,” perhaps you first think of your body’s response to strenuous exercise; when your muscles fill to the brim with this biochemical fluid (also known as “lactate”) in an attempt to break down glucose for your oxygen-deprived cells....

Is Glycerin Vegan? What Is It, And Can We Use And Eat It?

Is Glycerin Vegan? What Is It, And Can We Use And Eat It?

Have you ever been reading the back of a product - maybe shampoo, or hand soap, and seen the word glycerin? A lot of us see the word, recognize it as something we’ve seen before, or maybe heard thrown around in a science class or health forum, but don’t really know...

Are Skittles Vegan? Can You Still “Taste the Rainbow?”

Are Skittles Vegan? Can You Still “Taste the Rainbow?”

As a kid, no plastic trick-or-treat Jack-o-Lantern or trip to the movies was ever complete without a bag of Skittles. These fruity, chewy, colorful candies have satisfied the world’s craving for a non-chocolate candy for decades, but are Skittles vegan? And if they...

Is Oatmeal Vegan? Can You Have Your Porridge And Eat It?

Is Oatmeal Vegan? Can You Have Your Porridge And Eat It?

Oatmeal might’ve been the dreaded breakfast of our youth, but now most of us know it as a healthy alternative to greasy breakfast foods or as a food Instagrammers love to post. But is oatmeal vegan? If you don’t know what exactly oatmeal is (and, let’s face it, a lot...

Is Honey Vegan? Can Vegans Eat Honey? If Not, Why Not?

Is Honey Vegan? Can Vegans Eat Honey? If Not, Why Not?

Welcome to one of the most hotly debated questions in the plant-based world: Is honey vegan? The short answer is: No, it isn’t. But before we dive into that answer, let’s explore honey and the world of beekeeping. What exactly is honey? Honey is pretty much flower...

Is Bread Vegan? What Types of Bread Can Vegans Eat?

Is Bread Vegan? What Types of Bread Can Vegans Eat?

Is bread vegan? The question usually emerges in a panicked tone, from the mouth of a newly transitioned or prospective vegan, or even more often, a stressed out friend or family member trying desperately to prepare a vegan friendly meal for their loved one. Most of us...

Is Pu Leather Vegan And 100% Synthetic Or Not?

Is Pu Leather Vegan And 100% Synthetic Or Not?

Going vegan means more than cutting out meat, dairy, and eggs. It means ditching all animal products, which many people forget includes clothing and upholstery materials like silk (made by silkworms), wool (sheep hair), and leather (cowhide). Once you realize that...

Is Peanut Butter Vegan? Can You Still Eat This Sticky Snack?

Is Peanut Butter Vegan? Can You Still Eat This Sticky Snack?

Is peanut butter vegan? While clear to most that peanuts are sown and grown, the word “butter” can easily mislead (even the surest of vegans!) into believing this food belongs in dairy territory. So, whether veteran vegan or brand-new to the plant-based pursuit,...

Is Yeast Vegan? Can Herbivores Eat This Microscopic Fungus?

Is Yeast Vegan? Can Herbivores Eat This Microscopic Fungus?

Is yeast vegan? Great question! As you might have already deduced from our title, yeast is, indeed, a microscopic fungus. And, since fungi are living organisms--and vegans don’t eat the living--don’t we have our answer (and isn’t this a very short article...)? Alas,...

Is Cocoa Butter Vegan? Does This Edible Fat Fit With Veganism?

Is Cocoa Butter Vegan? Does This Edible Fat Fit With Veganism?

Is cocoa butter vegan? It's one of those ingredients that can make a new plant-based practitioner do a double take. It does contain the word “butter” after all, which is usually associated with dairy milk. However, this “butter” contains about as much dairy as peanut...

Is Margarine Vegan? Which Butter Substitute Should You Eat?

Is Margarine Vegan? Which Butter Substitute Should You Eat?

Is margarine vegan? Also, what is margarine anyway? You might be surprised to learn that it isn’t just butter with a fancier name.Don’t feel bad if you don’t know if this salty spread is vegan or not: there’s a bit of confusion about its plant-based status. The answer...

What Is Carnauba Wax And Is It Okay For Vegans To Use?

What Is Carnauba Wax And Is It Okay For Vegans To Use?

It's time to answer another one of those is it vegan? questions. Today we're going to look at carnauba wax (Copernicia Cerifera) to determine whether or not we can safely use it and, if we can, whether it's actually a good idea to do so. What is carnauba wax? Carnauba...

Is Beeswax Vegan? Can We Ethically Use This Natural Product?

Is Beeswax Vegan? Can We Ethically Use This Natural Product?

Is beeswax vegan? It's a question that seems to be popular at the moment, so I thought I'd share some thoughts on this natural wax with you today. Knowing whether or not a product such as beeswax is vegan is vitally important as it appears in so many...

Is Soy Sauce Vegan? (And Should You Be Eating It, Anyway?)

Is Soy Sauce Vegan? (And Should You Be Eating It, Anyway?)

Is soy sauce vegan? There's been a lot of debate about this salty condiment of late, so I thought it was about time I put fingers to keyboard and gave you a definitive answer to this commonly asked plant-based query. What is soy sauce? Okay, so before we dig into the...