BLOG: Not Vegetarian?

I’ve been a vegetarian for about 6 years now and for the longest time I thought I had a handle on all things vegetarian and all things NOT vegetarian. 

Let me show you an example:

Vegetables = Vegetarian friendly 

Meat = Not vegetarian

Simple as a pimple, right? Right. Except for the fact that in the past year or so I’ve had a few bombshells dropped on me regarding food I deemed ‘safe’, which have then turned out to be… well, not so much! 

I look at labels as much as the next person (ok, ok, probably a little less because I’m lazy), but due to these aforementioned bombshells I’m now having to re-check a lot of things I thought we OK, just to be on the safe side. 

So! What am I harping on about? Well, here is the list of things I assumed were Veggie, but have turned out not to be. 

French Fancies (of the Mr Kipling variety)

Nutella (I know… heartbreaking… but it gets worse…)

Oreo’s (However, only in the Uk, the US ones are vegan)

Ferrero Rocher 

Apparently ANY Kinder chocolate (though I still have to look into this…)

some Tic Tacs (again…unsure and will be looking into it!)

Apparently most sweets that are RED!


So there you have it – I’m sure there are a million more, but they are some of the ones I’ve only recently been confronted by and shed a tear for. I mean… French Fancies and Nutella? Am I being punished? 


Let me know if you’ve found something you thought was fine but turned out not to be!


Until next time,



4 thoughts on “BLOG: Not Vegetarian?

  1. Oh my goodness! I have never had a sweet tooth – so I don’t eat much chocolate – but that is so surprising! Is it because the whey protein is derived from animals? Is that the case with all whey protein? I am a newbie vegetarian and I’m so glad I stumbled across this post haha

    • There are loads of things that I would have thought veggie but then haven’t been – beware of some yoghurts too as they aren’t all vegetarian. I just wish the ‘vegetarian’ symbol was emphasised more on products – sometimes it’s so small or hidden it takes me forever to find it and by then I’m not interested any more. I’m glad you found this post helpful and thanks for commenting 🙂 x

  2. I just checked Nutella and in the UK at least it seems ok. I came to this page via my search for information on French fancies. As far as I could see the only non-veggie thing in the ingredients is the cochineal (listed as Carmine) which is red colouring made from beetles. So the theory would be that only the pink ones aren’t veggie.

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