Fiona Outdoors logo My independent guide to the best of Scotland outdoors

4 tips for finding the right online vegan sweet shop

Written by Fiona

April 15 2021

Many runners and outdoors fans enjoy being able to eat a few sweets, whether this is a post-activity treat or during exercise to boost energy. If you are a vegan, you ned to make sure you choose the right sweets. Thankfully, we live in a world where all tastes and dietary needs are catered for and vegans don’t have to miss out on sweet treats and amazing desserts, such as the ones found on this page, because a lot of those can now be made in a vegan-friendly way.

You needn’t worry that you won’t be able to satisfy your dessert cravings once you become a vegan, because there are now a lot of ingredients that can replace the dairy ones and thus help you create the most delicious desserts that contain no animal products.

What if, however, you don’t want to make those and you simply want to buy them? Is that an option? Or, do you have to get yourself ready for spending a lot of time in the kitchen in order to indulge your sweet tooth and satisfy those cravings?

Buying vegan sweets is definitely an option, meaning that there is no need for you to spend any time in your kitchen, if that’s something that you don’t like doing. In simple words, you won’t have to avoid the candy department in certain shops when you decide to go vegan.

Here’s some more info on that:

However, you do need to find and choose the right supplier for you because you definitely don’t want to buy from just any place you come across. After all, you want to get delicious candy and you want it to be cruelty-free and finding that can be a bit difficult.

Fortunately for you, though, there are now a lot of online vegan sweets shops that you can buy from. So, you won’t even need to leave your home in order to find the perfect products for you. This, however, doesn’t mean that you won’t have to put some effort into choosing the right supplier.

There are a lot of online vegan sweets shops out there and it is your task to find the right one for you. Here are few useful tips below so you can find the right shop for vegan treats.

Vegans: What sweets to avoid

Gelatine – One of the most common animal-derived ingredients that is found in a wide variety of sweets (from jelly sweets to boiled sweets. Gelatine is often made from animal collagen, often from hoofs of cows or pigs. It’s is also known as E441.

Shellac – Also known as E904, shellac is used to coat various hard, shiny sweets.

Milk – including the various proteins derived from it, is added to various sweets, most notably caramels and those containing chocolate.

Honey – Used as a natural flavouring or sweetener in some sweets, honey is not vegan due to the exploitation of bees.

Animal-derived flavouring – Other animal-derived flavourings could be added to sweets and may feature as a e number

Cochineal – Included as a colouring in various sweets, cochineal might be classified as a ‘natural colouring’ but it comes from crushed insects, which might put off non-vegans as well as those following a plant-based diet. It is also known as carmine, carmine lake, natural red or E120.

Vegans: Some sweets that are ok

There are sweets that are fine to eat including Jelly Tots, Skittles, Sherbet Dip Dab, Love Hearts, Refreshers chews, Flying Saucers, marshmallows, many boiled sweets, such as rhubarb and custard, liquorice and dark chocolate.

Take A Look At Product Selection

Most shops, including Candy Collections and similar ones, will offer a wide variety of sweets that you can choose from. Now, the first thing you should do is check out their websites and visit the vegan page in order to see what kinds of products they actually offer. You want to have a look at their whole collection, so that you know what you can choose from.

Some shops might offer more products, others might offer less, but it’s still their quality that you need to inspect. Yet, this is a great first step that will help you find a few shops to take into account.

Talk To Other Sweets Lovers

If you know a few people who are crazy about sweets, talking to them is a really good idea. If they are, in addition to that, vegan, then you will be at a huge advantage.

This is because people who love sweets usually know at least a few great online shops that they can recommend. If they make a few suggestions, your task will be to check out the products at the shops that they recommended and check whether there are any vegan options. You can do that by searching for a separate vegan page or by taking a look at the ingredients (additional info).

This means that you should learn precisely which ingredients vegan sweets should contain. I suppose you already know a lot about that. If not, my suggestion is for you to get properly informed with the help of the internet.

Check Reputation

This should go without saying. Don’t shop at ill-reputed places. After all, you want your products to be of perfect quality and you won’t get that if you don’t find a reputable supplier to sell you the sweets you want.

If you aren’t sure how to check their reputation, here’s what you should know. People like to leave reviews and comments about the products they buy. You should use those in order to check how reputable certain shops are.

In case you still want to make desserts alone, here’s something for you:

Compare Prices

Here’s the last thing you should do. Once you find a few reputable shops, compare their prices. This way, you will get the best sweets at an affordable price, which is what most people will be after.

More Like This


New 38-mile Conic Canter ultra race in Scotland


Keswick Mountain Festival 2021 announce guest speaker line up


New mountaineering group for teenagers in Scotland


Bosch eMTB Challenge returns to Scotland


Host of guest speakers announced for SCROPS 2020


Run new trails and meet new people with TrailFest Scotland