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Good and Plenty licorice is one of the oldest and most popular candy brands in America. The small, rectangular candies are coated with a hard candy shell and the interior of the candy is filled with a soft, chewy licorice flavor. But, are Good and Plenty vegan?
Good & Plenty licorice candy is not vegan because it contains Confectioner’s Glaze.
Below is a table showing Good And Plenty flavors and its vegan status.
|Good & Plenty Licorice Candy, Fat Free||No, contains Confectioner’s Glaze.|
|Good & Plenty Licorice Flavored Halloween Candy||No, contains Confectioner’s Glaze.|
Good And Plenty Ingredients
Below is a list of ingredients from all the flavors that I could find.
- Corn Syrup
- Enriched Wheat Flour
- Ferrous Sulfate
- Thiamin Mononitrate
- Folic Acid
- Licorice Extract
- Gum Acacia
- Natural Flavor And Artificial Flavor
- Rice Starch
- Artificial Color [k-carmine; Red 40 Lake]
- Caramel Color
- Confectioner’s Glaze
- Carnauba Wax
As always I’ve highlighted the ingredients that we need to take a closer look at.
Confectioner’s Glaze is a non-vegan ingredient that is derived from bugs in Asia.
This color is made from insects and is not vegan.
Beet sugar and cane sugar is commonly used in candy and snacks. While beet sugar is always 100%, cane sugar is not and it’s not because it contains ingredients derived from animals, but rather that bone char could have been used in the bleaching process. Exploiting animals to produce a product would make the product non-vegan in many vegans eyes.
Natural And Artificial Flavor
Natural flavor is an umbrella meaning that several ingredient can placed within this ingredient without the need to disclose the source. For vegans this becomes a problem because it could contain ingredient sourced from animals or plants. Milk is often disclosed, but that is for allergic reasons.
This is the most common GMO crop in USA and many vegans tends to look for products that contains the label non GMO project. The reason for this is the fact that a high amount of herbicide is needed to grow GMO crops and this can pollute the surrounding ecosystem, which can cause severe damage.
Vegan Alternative To Good And Plenty Vegan
I could not find a good licorice, but I do recommend our candy list where you can find 100% vegan-friendly candy.
There are many reason why people are switching to a vegan diet, it could be for health reasons, reduce animal-suffering or the environment. Any reason you pick will lead to a better world and you decide how far you want to take your vegan journey. For me I let my kids consume sugar even tho it could be bleached with bone char.
Thanks for reading, take care!