In one of our last posts, we looked at if regular Sour Patch Kids are Vegan or Vegetarian. There were actually two different types of Sour Patch Kids, and so you had a vegan version and a non-vegan version. But many websites have missed this.
This post will look at specifically at, are Sour Patch Watermelon vegan?
Let’s jump into the answer below!
Are Sour Patch Watermelon Vegan?
The first thing we need to look at for most chewy candies to know if it is vegan or not, is to look for gelatin. Gelatin is said by Peta to be non-vegan. It’s a product that is derived from the grinding of animal bones, mainly cows and pigs.
So, anything that has gelatin in it, would be considered non-vegan. A lot of candies will use gelatin as the gelling agent that causes certain candies to have a chewiness. So even if the candy does not have an obvious animal product in it, they still might not be technically considered a vegan candy. Also, some candies that you would think have gelatin such as Swedish Fish, do not have gelatin but use other gelling agents.
In the post Do Sour Patch Kids Have Gelatin in Them? we examined if Sour Patch Kids had gelatin in them or not. There are two different formulas, depending on your location, so there have been different versions of Sour Patch Kids seen. Some gave gelatin and some don’t.
Does Sour Patch Watermelon Have Gelatin?
So, now let’s see if Sour Patch Watermelon have gelatin in them or not. Unlike, Sour Patch Kids, Sour Patch Watermelon only seem to have one version of the candy that I have seen. The ingredients list is found on the Sour Patch Watermelon official page.
Sour Patch Watermelon Ingredients
- CORN SYRUP
- MODIFIED CORN STARCH
- CITRIC ACID
- TARTARIC ACID
- NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR
- TITANIUM DIOXIDE
- RED 40
- YELLOW 5
- BLUE 1
We see that gelatin is not listed as an ingredient. So, that does not need to be worried about. But there may be some other ingredients of concern for some vegans. Let’s have a look at those.
First, let’s understand that Sour Patch Kids and Sour Patch Watermelon are almost the same product. The only difference from the Sour Patch Kids ingredients is the addition of Titanium Dioxide. Since Titanium Dioxide is not an animal-based product of concern, the issue of Sour Patch Watermelon being vegan and Sour Patch Kids being vegan, is going to be the same.
Sour Patch Watermelon Ingredients of Concern
The ingredients of concern for Sour Patch Watermelon is going to first be the sugar. Sugar is made in two different ways. One way is using beets and is completely vegan friendly.
The other way that sugar is made uses sugar cane. When sugar cane is used, sometimes something called bone char is used to whiten the sugar when its processed. Bone char is not vegan friendly since it is derived from the bones of cattle. There is another way of whitening cane sugar that uses activated charcoal instead of bone char.
The issue is that when it comes to sugar in the U.S., some of it is produced not using bone char or some is produced using bone char. A lot of times since the companies purchase their sugar from outside companies, even they won’t know how the sugar was processed.
So, as far as the sugar used in Sour Patch Watermelon, there seems to be no way to know if is created using bone char or not. So we don’t know if the sugar is vegan or not. It might be, but it might not be as well.
The next ingredients of concern are artificial colors and flavors. Although, they are made from chemicals and are not derived from animal products, there is an issue with food colorings and stricter vegans. Artificial colors and flavors are tested for safety on animals. For some vegans, this can be a problem and so they want to avoid any artificial colors and flavors.
Sour Patch Watermelon has these artificial colors and flavors.
So, it looks like we don’t know if technically Sour Patch Watermelon can be considered a vegan candy. If you are just looking to avoid gelatin as a vegan or vegetarian, then you should be fine with Sour Patch Watermelon. But, if you are stricter, there are some ingredients of concern.
Are Sour Punch Straws Vegan?
In this separate post, we examined Are Sour Punch Straws Vegan?
Does Sour Patch Watermelon Have Pork?
No, Sour Patch Watermelon do not contain any pork or part of pigs which might be present in gelatin, since they do not contain gelatin.
Final Thoughts on Are Sour Patch Watermelon Vegan
We’ve seen that it isn’t completely clear if Sour Patch Watermelon are vegan or not, at least not 100% vegan. We know that they don’t have gelatin at least, which is one of the biggest concerns with a candy being vegan friendly or not. The rest may depend on how strict of a vegan you are or not.