Here are some of the best, most popular, and controversial (Marmite), flavors of vegan crisps you can buy in the UK. | Eileen Cho for LIVEKINDLY

99 Vegan UK Crisp Flavors You Need to Try

Here are 99 of the most popular vegan crisp flavors available from stores in the UK.

Brits love crisps. And as demand for plant-based food continues to grow, the number of independent and mainstream brands offering vegan crisps is increasing, too.

Potato chips, or crisps, have been mass-produced for at-home consumption since the early 1900s in both the U.S. and in the UK. Traditionally, crisps are exclusively thin-cut potatoes, but the popular definition of the word crisps can also be said to include corn, maize, and other grain-based snacks.

According to The Guardian, British shoppers consume around six billion packets of crisps every year. That’s significantly more than the rest of Europe put together, and doesn’t include the 4.4 billion other savory snacks — such as crackers and nuts — that are almost as popular.

Market research firm Mintel has said that almost 25 percent of all UK food launches in 2019 were labeled vegan. While Christmas 2020 and Veganuary 2021 saw an unprecedented range of plant-based meals, ingredients, snacks, and more reach supermarket shelves.

Nearly eight million Brits ate more vegan food since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. While Sainsbury’s has claimed that up to 91 percent of its shoppers are “flexitarian,” and regularly consume both animal products and plant-based food.

You might not think it, but crisps can be a minefield for those trying to avoid certain animal products. Here are some of the key ingredients to watch out for, and 99 vegan-friendly options for die-hard crisp fans.

Why put milk powder in crisps?

Milk and dairy-based ingredients top the list of things to look out for in crisps. Milk powder, whey, butterfat, and other dairy products are frequently used in crisp flavorings. They also crop up in a huge variety of other foods, such as bread, and even table sauces.

Lactose is a cheap bulking agent, but it can also impact the texture and consistency of products — such as bread and baked goods — or enhance the flavor. Popular snack manufacturer Walkers began adding milk derivatives to its various crisps around 2009 when it removed the flavor enhancer MSG (monosodium glutamate) from the ingredients.

While many dairy “themed” flavors such as cheese and sour cream actually contain milk, unexpected varieties such as salt and vinegar, pickled onion, and even some root vegetable-based crisps also include milk powder.

Dairy might be the most common animal-derived ingredient in crisps, but it’s not the only one. Some varieties can also contain meat extracts, animal fat, and even calf rennet, as part of the flavoring. Honey is also relatively common, particularly in luxury brands and flavors.

99 vegan crisp flavors you need to try

Fortunately, there are plenty of vegan crisps to choose from. Here are some of the best, most popular, and controversial (Marmite), flavors of crisps you can buy in the UK.

Walkers

Like many of these brands, Walkers periodically changes its recipes, so it’s always best to read the ingredients closely. Fortunately, sometimes these changes involve veganizing a previously unavailable recipe.

According to Instagram page Accidentally Vegan, Walkers just launched updated versions of its classic Salt & Vinegar and Prawn Cocktail flavor Quavers. Original, cheese-flavored Quavers remain vegetarian but not vegan.

  1. New salt & vinegar flavor Quavers
  2. New prawn cocktail flavor Quavers
  3. Ready Salted
  4. Prawn Cocktail
  5. Worcestershire Sauce
  6. Marmite
  7. Pickled Onion
  8. Salt & Shake
  9. Roast Chicken
  10. Sunbites Original
  11. Sunbites Sweet Chilli
  12. Sensations Balsamic Vinegar & Caramelized Onion
  13. Sensations Lime & Coriander Chutney Poppadoms
  14. BBQ Rib Flavor Doritos
  15. Lightly Salted Doritos
  16. Chili Heatwave Doritos
  17. French Fries Ready Salted
  18. Salt & Vinegar Squares
  19. Walkers Max Paprika
  20. Walkers Bugles Southern Style BBQ

Eat Real/Cofresh

Cofresh is the UK’s number one Indian snack producer and creates a wide variety of fully vegetarian and mostly-vegan crisps, mixes, and other savory snacks. It also produces health-conscious free-from snacking range Eat Real, made entirely from high protein ingredients such as lentils, chickpeas, and quinoa. Check out the full range here.

  1. Eat Real Lentil Sea Salt
  2. Lentil Creamy Dill
  3. Lentil Tomato & Basil
  4. Eat Real Lentil Chili & Lemon
  5. Hummus Sour Cream & Chive
  6. Hummus Chili Cheese
  7. Eat Real Organic Hummus Sea Salt
  8. Quinoa Paprika
  9. Quinoa Mediterranean
  10. Eat Real Quinoa Sweet Chili
  11. Quinoa White Cheddar Corn Puffs
  12. Quinoa Jalapeno & Cheddar Corn Puffs
  13. Eat Real Quinoa Sundried Tomato & Roasted Garlic
  14. Cofresh Chili & Lemon Grills
  15. Jalapeno Grills
  16. Chili & Lemon Poppadom Curls
  17. Cofresh Plain Poppadom Curls

Other brands

A variety of crisp and snack brands produce some vegan options. For many, ready salted and “plain” flavors make up the entire plant-based range. For others, such as Kettle Chips, there are specific vegan flavors that cater to dairy and meat-free consumers.

  1. Hula Hoops Original
  2. Hula Hoops Salt & Vinegar
  3. Twiglets
  4. Nik Naks Nice ‘n’ Spicy
  5. Scampi ‘n’ Lemon
  6. Rib ‘n’ Saucy
  7. Space Raiders Pickled Onion
  8. Pringles Original
  9. Sweet Chili
  10. Paprika
  11. Smokey Bacon
  12. Pringles Texas BBQ Sauce
  13. Original Pom Bears
  14. Tyrrell’s Sweet Chili & Red Pepper
  15. Lightly Sea Salted
  16. Sea Salt & Black Pepper
  17. Tyrrell’s Naked
  18. Tyrrell’s Veg Crisps
  19. Kettle Chips Sea Salt & Balsamic Vinegar
  20. Lightly Salted
  21. Sea Salt & Black Peppercorns
  22. Kettle Chips Vegan Sheeze & Red Onion
  23. Veg Lightly Salted
  24. Thai Sweet Chili
  25. Skips
  26. McCoy’s Ready Salted
  27. McCoys Sea Salt & Malt Vinegar
  28. Paprika
  29. Mexican Chili
  30. Wheat Crunchies Crispy Bacon
  31. Wheat Crunchies Worcester Sauce

Asda

British supermarket Asda produces a range of vegan-friendly crisps, including the popular Free-From Nacho Cheese Tortillas. Perfect with hot salsa.

  1. Ready Salted
  2. Salt & Vinegar
  3. Cheeky Monkeys
  4. Bacon Bites
  5. Potato Loops
  6. Asda Free-From Nacho Cheese Tortilla Chips

Aldi

Aldi also regularly changes its recipes, but typically several of its Snackrite snacks are vegan friendly. It also stocks milk-free crackers, snacks, nuts, and ready salted tortilla chips.

  1. Snackrite Monster Claws
  2. Original Stackers
  3. Sweet Chili Pea Snacks
  4. Teddy Faces Original
  5. Snackrite Hoops Ready Salted
  6. Passions Deli Thai Sweet Chili Lentil Curls
  7. Specially Selected Sea Salt & Lime Tortilla Chips
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Tesco

Unfortunately, 80s favorites Monster Munch contain milk. But if you’re feeling nostalgic, Tesco offers its own version in the Pickled Onion flavor Monster Claws.

  1. Monster Claws Pickled Onion
  2. Bacon Rashers
  3. Bunny Bites
  4. Finest Ready Salted
  5. Finest Sea Salt & Cider Vinegar
  6. Tesco Finest Root Vegetables & Sea Salt
  7. Salt & Vinegar Sticks
  8. Lentil Curls
  9. Tesco Salt & Vinegar Crisps
  10. Stockwell Ready Salted Crisps
  11. Tesco Plain Tortilla Chips
  12. Tesco Tortilla Chips Hot Flavor

Sainsbury’s

Like other British supermarkets, Sainsbury’s has successfully veganized popular childhood snacks such as Frazzles (Bacon Crispies) and Onion Rings. It also offers a wide range of Taste the Difference luxury crisps, many of which are vegan.

  1. Sainsbury’s Ready Salted
  2. Sainsbury’s Bacon Crispies
  3. Sansbury’s Onion Rings
  4. Taste the Difference Sea Salt & Peppercorn
  5. Thai Sweet Chili
  6. Sea Salt & Cider Vinegar

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