Candy canes start popping up everywhere once the holiday season begins, but are these red and white striped canes of peppermint-flavored condensed sugar vegan? Candy canes – peppermint sticks – may go back as far as the 17th century, but they weren’t massed produced until the mid 1900s. Ever since then, the recipe has remained pretty much the same.
Basic red and white striped peppermint candy canes are vegan, as well as most other colors and flavors. However, gourmet candy canes that are dipped in or filled with chocolate, butterscotch, and/or other toppings/fillings are likely to contain dairy and/or other animal derivatives. Check with the manufacturer for ingredients if you are unsure.
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