Laffy Taffy is a strip of fruit-flavored taffy that is incredibly popular among children and adults alike. The candy was first introduced in the 1970s with the name Beich’s Caramels, although this did not accurately represent the candy at all.
Nestle now owns Laffy Taffy and mass produces it all over the world, with it being the most popular in the USA. There are many flavors to choose from, including green apple, banana, grape, strawberry, blueberry, and even chocolate mousse flavor.
The fruity flavors might suggest that they are vegan, but is this really the case? We’ll be looking into whether Laffy Taffy is vegan, considering all of the flavors and products that Laffy Taffy comes in.
Laffy Taffy Minis
Laffy Taffy Minis are short pieces of fruit-flavored taffy that are sold as part of a packet. They are sold in the majority of stores and are one of the most popular Laffy Taffy products.
Corn Syrup, Sugar, Palm Oil, And Less Than 2% of Mono- And Diglycerides, Hydrogenated Cottonseed Oil, Malic Acid, Salt, Soy Lecithin, Artificial Flavors, Blue 1, Red 40, Yellow 5, and Yellow 6.’
As you can see, there are no animal products in Laffy Taffy Minis. This means that they can be considered vegan. However, many people have their own opinions on palm oil. We’ll talk more about this later on in our article, but it’s something to consider with your personal opinions.
Laffy Taffy Ropes
Laffy Taffy ropes are long pieces of taffy that are sold in most sweet shops. They are cheaper than Laffy Taffy Minis but you get fewer servings out of the Ropes. There is a Mystery Swirl flavor of Laffy Taffy Ropes which is particularly popular.
Corn Syrup, Sugar, Palm Oil, And Less Than 2% of Mono- And Diglycerides, Hydrogenated Cottonseed Oil, Malic Acid, Salt, Soy Lecithin, Artificial Flavors, Blue 1, Red 40, Yellow 5, and Yellow 6.
Again, Laffy taffy Ropes are vegan as there are no animal-derived products within the ingredients list. These candies have the exact ingredients list as Laffy Taffy Minis and therefore have a few controversial ingredients which we will look at later.
Laffy Taffy Stretchy and Tangy
Laffy Taffy Stretchy and Tangy is a candy that has been made due to a collaboration between Laffy Taffy and Wonka. The candy is exactly what it says on the packet - stretchy pieces of taffy with a tart taste.
Corn syrup, Hydrogenated Coconut Oil, and less than 2% of Malic Acid, Egg Albumen, Sodium Alginate, Calcium Acetate, Monoglycerides, Natural Flavor, Color Added, Red 40.
This ingredient list is different from those that we have looked at above, so we cannot automatically say that Laffy Taffy Stretchy and Tangy are vegan. The addition of Egg Albumen, which is another name for egg whites, makes this candy not vegan-friendly.
Laffy Taffy Jelly Beans
We all love jelly beans, so Laffy Taffy has capitalized on this and decided to create their own form of jelly beans. They are small chewy candies flavored with bananas, cherries, grapes, and apples.
Dextrose, Sugar, Corn Syrup, Modified Food Starch, And Less Than 2% Of Malic Acid, Tapioca Dextrin, Artificial Flavors, Carnauba Wax, White Mineral Oil, Beeswax, Color Added, Blue 1 Lake, Red 40, Red 40 Lake, Yellow 5 Lake.
Unfortunately, Laffy Taffy Jelly Beans are another candy that is not vegan due to the beeswax in the ingredients list. Beeswax is not considered vegan because vegans consider the bees to have been exploited by harvesting the honey.
Controversial ingredients within Laffy Taffy products
Now let’s take a look into the controversial ingredients inside the ingredients lists that we have looked at above. These are ingredients that are still technically considered vegan but have some controversial connotations that you should make your own mind up on.
Sugar is added to almost every candy and is controversial within the vegan community. This is due to the fact that refined cane sugar is processed using bone char to naturally bleach it white.
By the time the sugar is used in candy all of the bone char has been removed. However, some vegans still choose not to consume refined cane sugar due to the method used. Laffy Taffy does not tell us which type of sugar they use.
So, it’s up to you whether you consider the sugar used in Laffy Taffy products to be considered vegan or not. In our article, we have considered it vegan, but the decision comes down to you.
Palm oil is a controversial ingredient because it is technically vegan as it comes from palm trees. However, the sourcing of palm oil and palm fats has created an influx of deforestation and detrimental environmental effects.
These effects have harmed animals by taking away their habitats and leaving them hungry, without shelter, and to fend for themselves. Vegans and non-vegans alike should consider cutting palm oil out of their lifestyle altogether.
To sum up, some Laffy Taffy products are considered vegan while others are not. The Minis and Ropes are considered vegan while the Stretchy and Tangy and Jelly Beans are not considered vegan due to the use of egg whites and beeswax.
While the two former Laffy Taffy products are considered vegan, they still contain controversial ingredients that you should consider before introducing them to your vegan diet. These include sugar and palm oil.