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Opinion Where to buy vegan candy canes in Australia


Author: Jacqueline Published: November 23, 2023

It’s easy to find vegan candy canes in Aussie stores these days. Try these options from Coles, Big W, and Kmart. We’re hooked!

Are candy canes vegan?

Here’s a handy festive food fact for you – while most candy canes are naturally vegan-friendly, not all of them are. Some, strangely enough, are still made with carmine (also called cochineal extract), which is a red dye derived from crushed beetles… 🐞

Bah humbug to that! 

Thankfully, candy canes containing carmine are well on their way to becoming ghosts of Christmases past, with more and more brands switching to 100% plant-based recipes. 

Close up image of many red and white candy canes.

Check out these delicious vegan candy canes available in Australian stores:

… And while technically not a candy cane, you can also find these (very addictive) Candy Cane Chupa Chups for a limited time at Coles, Kmart, and select IGAs!

Buy vegan candy canes online

Ordering candy canes online can also be a great option, especially if you’re planning on putting in an order for stocking stuffers and other plant-based Christmas products anyway! 

Get most of your plant-based Christmas food shopping done all in one go by browsing the festive options at The Vegan Grocery Store, Vegan Perfection, or other vegan-friendly online retailers.

Meet Jacqueline!

Jacqui likes to spend her spare time with her two cats, eating sweet treats and listening to 90s British pop. She enjoys making plant-based goodies inspired by her love of all things David Lynch, and if she’s cooking dinner, you better believe there is gonna be spice!

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