Posted by: conradvisionquest | May 12, 2010

Time to play: Is it VEGAN??!!! Breakfast Edition

 Ok, contestants.  It’s everyone’s favorite Vegan Quiz Show!  Is. It. VEGAN!!!!  These games have been very popular here on the blog.  If you missed the previous episodes, please check them out here and here.  You know the drill, I list some grocery items (in this case, all breakfast foods), and you guess if they are vegan or not.  Answers given at the end, and no peeking.  Ready? Set? GO!

1. CoffeeMate Non-Dairy Creamer

2. Dixie Crystals Granulated Sugar

3. Thomas New York Style Plain Bagels

4. Aunt Jemima Whole Wheat Pancake Mix

5. Cocoa Puffs

6. Morning Star Veggie Sausage Links

7. Tropicana Healthy Heart Orange Juice

8. Chocolate Cheerios

(insert game show music here)

Ok, contestants… pencils down.  Let’s see how you did.

1. CoffeeMate Non-Dairy Creamer- NOT vegan! This contains sodium caseinate, an ingredient derived from milk. 

2. Dixie Crystals Granulated Sugar- NOT vegan!  Most refined sugar is processed with bone char (ew).  If you want a vegan sugar, many grocery stores or health food stores will carry Florida Crystals, an organic sugar that is not processed with bone char.

3. Thomas New York Style Plain Bagels- Vegan! Slather a schmear of Tofutti’s Better than Cream Cheese on one of these babies for a vegan breakfast treat!

4. Aunt Jemima Whole Wheat Pancake Mix- Vegan! I’ll take a tall stack, please.

5. Cocoa Puffs- Vegan! Whose cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs?

6. Morning Star Veggie Sausage Links- NOT vegan! Contains egg whites and casein (milk product). 

7. Tropicana Healthy Heart Orange Juice- NOT vegan!  Wh wh WHAT! Orange juice not vegan?! That’s right people.  This juice contains fish gelatin and fish oils.  In my research, I also discovered that other Tropicana juices, as well as Minute Maid and Florida Naturals, contain things like lanolin (from sheep’s wool) and carmine ( food coloring derived from the dried bodies of female beetles).  Ludicrous!

8. Chocolate Cheerios- Vegan!  I won’t be eating these, because I don’t do chocolate.  But what a great fix for all you chocoholics out there! And thanks to Jaime at Save the Kales for bringing this one to our attention.

Note:  Sources, and people, can be wrong.  Even though I am anal about posting the most accurate information here, sometimes I am misinformed.  If you find any of the information here to be inaccurate, please let me know!  Also note that just because something may be vegan does not necessarily mean it’s healthy. 

Well, did the answers surprise you?  I was sure surprised to discover some of this stuff.  Stay tuned for more episodes of… Is…It… VEGAN!!!



  1. This is really cool. I was surprised at some of the answers, especially the Morningstar veggie sausage links and the orange juice. Who would’ve thought?!

    • i know, it’s crazy. everytime i do one of these i am surprised by something. thanks for commenting!

  2. Ew is right! I love this post. I have been reading label’s alot lately and was shocked that my citrus energy drink had milk in it! 😦

    • yeah, just another reason to stay away from processed foods.

  3. I am shocked about the orange juice! Fish oils?? In my OJ? Yuck.

    • i know! wth?

  4. When I was a vegan, i discovered many shocking things – so many imitation meat products use not just egg whites or milk products, but many harmful chemicals.

    Honestly, I wish I had the testicular fortitude (and the time/money) to go raw.

    Fun little quiz! Very informative. Labels are scary things

    • yeah, processed food is scary. it’s amazing what they put in that stuff, and what they are allowed to put in it.

  5. Chocolate cheerios are NOT vegan. I wrote to the company just a few days ago and received a message saying Cheerios contain vitamin d-3, which is derived from lanolin in sheep. Enjoy!

  6. I think you have a very cool site. I’m gonna post it on my Facebook profile for my other vegan (and non-vegan) friends to see. Great job!

    • Thanks for visiting and the kind words, Cathleen! Hope you stop by again soon… ~w

  7. Just stumbled upon your article! Love it!! I noticed you said you don’t do chocolate. I am curious if it is because of child trafficking? I am an ethical vegan and am having a huge problem eating chocolate after watching the dark side of chocolate. (some documentary like that). Just curious if that’s why you don’t eat it! Keep up the good work spreading the message 🙂

    • Hey, Holly! Thanks for reading and thanks for the comment. I used to not eat chocolate, milk chocolate in particular, because it would give me wicked headaches. I have since discovered that dark chocolate doesn’t have this affect on me. I do eat Green & Black organic dark chocolate, which, according to their web site, is produced with Ethical Sourcing Standards. Thanks again for stopping by! 🙂

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