Are Chips Ahoy Suitable For Vegans?

are chips ahoy vegan?

I don’t want to shoot my foot here, but I believe Chips Ahoy are arguably the best chocolate chip cookies in the world as far as taste goes.

You might disagree with me but when I was younger, I used to easily devour 2-3 boxes of mini Chips Ahoy in a row. It was effortless.

However, it’s been more than ten years since I ate Chips Ahoy and I’m now vegan.

Sadly, the Chips Ahoy chocolate chip cookies are not suitable for vegans because they contain some animal-based ingredients. 

However, I have found some vegan alternatives, so stick around if you want to know!

List of Ingredients

Here are the ingredients in Chips Ahoy:

  • Unbleached Enriched Flour (Wheat Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate {Vitamin B1}, Riboflavin {Vitamin B2}, Folic Acid)
  • Sugar
  • Soybean, and/or Canola Oil, Palm, and/or Palm Kernel Oil
  • Cocoa (Processed with Alkali)
  • High Fructose Corn Syrup
  • Dextrose
  • Salt
  • Baking Soda
  • Skim Milk
  • Soy Lecithin
  • Artificial and Natural Flavor
  • Caramel Color
  • Milk

Put simply, Chips Ahoy contains ingredients such as Milk which cannot be considered vegan. On top of that, it also has questionable ingredients such as sugar, palm oil, and artificial flavors.

Sugar

Refined sugar is typically obtained from one of two sources: sugar cane and sugar beets.

Both are used in similar amounts in the United States but what’s different about them is they are processed differently. On one hand, you have beet sugar that is filtered through a diffuser and mixed with additives to crystallize. And on the other hand, you got cane sugar which may be filtered and bleached with using bone char— another name given to carbonized bones.

Fortunately, not every company follows that modus operandi.

Certain companies use activated charcoal to achieve the same result and other companies source beet sugar instead. For example, Red Bull is a company that is quite specific about using beet sugar to create their drinks.

Then you can also find companies like Oreos or Ghirardelli that use different suppliers, which implies that they source different sorts of sugar, including the one bleached with bone char.

However, in this case, the Chips Ahoy is not vegan, so there is no point in running an investigation on the type of sugar they use. Though, it’s always helpful to keep this in mind.

Palm Oil

At its core, Palm oil is a plant-based ingredient.

But the demand for palm oil turns this plant-based ingredient into a questionable ingredient. The high demand for palm oil has encouraged wider cultivation, subsequently leading to the clearing of forests to make space for palm oil monoculture.

However, this also leads to the destruction of the natural habitat of several species, including the critically endangered Sumatran orangutang.

For that reason, a lot of vegans also avoid palm oil consumption.

Vegan Store-Bought Alternatives

One of the best vegan-friendly alternatives to Chips Ahoy is the soft-baked cookies manufactured by Enjoy Life Foods.

Here are the ingredients in the Enjoy Life soft baked cookies:

  • Brown Pure Cane Sugar
  • White Rice Flour
  • Juice Concentrate (Grape, Apple, or Pear)
  • Date Paste
  • Expeller Pressed Vegetable Oil (Safflower Oil and/or Sunflower Oil)
  • Chocolate Chips (Cane Sugar, Non-Alcoholic Cocoa Liquor, Non-Dairy Cocoa Butter)
  • Light Buckwheat Flour
  • Millet Flour
  • Natural Rice Dextrin
  • Baking Soda
  • Salt
  • Xanthan Gum
  • Vanilla
  • Rosemary Extract.

On top of that, it’s available in four different variations: Chocolate Chip, Double Chocolate Brownie, Gingerbread Spice, and Snickerdoodle.

All of which are very delicious and suitable for vegans.

This is by far the best and most popular alternative you have on the market.

Vegan Homemade Alternatives

If you don’t live in the United States, and you really can’t find an awesome alternative like Enjoy Life, then a good alternative is to make your chocolate chip cookies at home.

If that’s the case, then allow me to share with you a recipe by chocolatecoveredkatie.com.

The recipe is quite simple, it doesn’t use crazy, exotic ingredients, and it only takes 11 minutes to make. Feel free to watch the video, or check the recipe by following the link above.

Summary: The Chips Ahoy Are Not Vegan!

The Chips Ahoy are not vegan for a simple reason — they contain animal-based ingredients such as milk and skim milk.

They also have questionable ingredients such as refined sugar, palm oil, and artificial flavors which have a poor reputation in the vegan community.

If you’re really yearning for some delicious chocolate chip cookies, feel free to (1) check out these chocolate chip cookies by Easy Life Foods or (2) make chocolate chip cookies at home by following the recipe in the video above.

I hope this blog post has helped answer your question… Thank you for reading!

About the Author: Alexandre Valente

Hey there! My name is Alex and I've been vegan for more than three years! I've set up this blog because I'm really passionate about veganism and living a more eco-conscious life. Hopefully, I can use this website as a channel to help you out on your own journey!