AN estimated 350,000 people across the UK are boycotting meat and animal products this month as part of Veganuary.

Encouraging people to go vegan for a month as a way to promote and educate about a vegan lifestyle, Veganuary is in its seventh year and bigger than ever, seeing celebrities, supermarkets and even fast food chains like KFC and McDonalds get on board with a plant-based lifestyle.

To help people through the month, ethical vegan cleaning company Bio-D has put together a list of top food and drinks that are ‘accidentally vegan’.

‘Accidentally vegan’ food and drinks:

Walkers crisps

Treat yourself to the flavours of Prawn Cocktail without breaking the rules of Veganuary. A classic ‘accidentally vegan’ product, Walkers use alternate flavourings that don’t contain animal products in a lot of their products, meaning you can snack to your heart’s delight!

Other vegan-friendly Walkers flavours include Ready Salted, Salt and Vinegar and Worcester Sauce.


Though many would think they include dairy, classic Oreos are indeed vegan friendly. Though the snacks may come into contact with milk through cross-contact, there is no mention of milk, eggs or butter in the ingredients list. There’s no dunking allowed though unfortunately – unless with a glass of oat or soy milk of course.

Jelly Tots, Starbursts and Skittles

Usually out of bounds, the confectionery world is slowly becoming animal product free, substituting gelatine and animal-based ingredients with vegan-friendly alternatives.

McVitie’s Chocolate Chip Hob Nobs

As one of the nation’s favourite biscuits, McVitie’s chocolate chip version of the classic Hob Nob is vegan, with the chocolate chips consisting of sugar, cocoa mass, cocoa powder, cocoa butter and natural flavouring. It’s the perfect accompaniment to any hot drink.


Though most mass manufactured beer is currently unsuitable for vegans, due to being filtered through gelatine filters, many independent breweries are vegan friendly and have been for a number of years! Take a visit to your nearest brewery for great tasting beer without animal by-products.

Tomato ketchup

As many Brit’s sauce of choice, tomato ketchup is a food of few ingredients, the majority of which are plant-based. However, the strictest vegans may want to stick to organic ketchup to ensure the sugar is processed without charcoal – which for those less clued up on veganism can be made from animal bone fragments.


If you’re worried you can’t make the month without a glass of the good stuff then fear not, there are vegan-friendly wines available on the high street. Much the same as beer, vineyards can use animal products to filter the alcohol, but some have embraced vegan living. Just look out for the words ‘unfined’ or ‘unfiltered’ on the label.

Peanut butter

Contrary to its name, peanut butter doesn’t include butter of any sorts. With wholefood varieties like WholeEarth and Meridian consisting of just peanuts, oil and salt, the spread is a great, healthy snack to keep you energised during Veganuary.


A classic side to any dish, chips are vegan – as long as they are fried in vegetable oil. A go-to if you’re struggling for ideas during Veganuary.

Baked beans

If baked beans are the one thing you’d miss when going vegan for a month, Heinz Beanz in tomato sauce are suitable for both vegetarians and vegans. According to the Heinz website, baked beans are high in protein – making them a great addition when foregoing meat for the month.