TUC crackers are salted octagonal golden-yellow snacks with a taste and texture very similar to the Ritz crackers we’ve covered in an earlier blog post. The TUC brand originated in Belgium and is now associated with Nabisco, as well as Mondelez International.
They are known for their bright, yellow packaging, as well as a wide variety of flavors that include:
However, despite the different varieties, there isn’t one that is suitable for vegans.
Unfortunately, even the Original Tuc Crackers contain eggs, an animal-based ingredient present in most (if not all) the varieties listed above.
TUC Crackers: Ingredients
Let’s take a quick glance at the ingredients in the Original Tuc:
- Wheat Flour
- Sunflower Oil
- Barley Malt Extract
- Glucose Syrup
- Raising Agents (Ammonium Carbonates, Sodium Carbonates)
- Flour Treatment Agent (Sodium Sulphite)
- Emulsifier (Sunflower Lecithin)
The Original Tuc Crackers have eggs, but there are also varieties such as the TUC Cheese Sandwich and the TUC Paprika Crackers where ingredients like Dried Whey or Milk Protein are also included.
There’s no way around it with TUC, animal ingredients are a core part of the recipe, which is probably why the crackers are so popular in the first place.
As I’ve mentioned earlier in this blog post, Ritz Crackers have a similar taste and texture to TUCs and most of the flavors are vegan, with the exception of the Honey Wheat Ritz.
Even the bacon-flavored Ritz is free from animal ingredients, which is highly surprising when we consider the name. Other feasible vegan alternatives include:
- Wheat Thins
- Simple Mills Almond Crackers
- Julian Bakery Paleo Thin Crackers
- Doctor In The Kitchen Crackers
There are several alternatives, but the one that most resembles the TUCs are the Ritz Crackers.
These are basically ingredients that may or not be vegan based on factors like origin, refining process, animal testing, habitat destruction, and so on.
If those are ingredients you want to steer clear off, then you can always try making a batch of vegan crackers at home.
Make Amazing Vegan Crackers At Home
There are a few amazing vegan cracker recipes online, and the one I’m about to share is essentially one 4-minute video with four different recipes.
You can choose to read the recipe here, or you can just watch the video:
To accompany the delicious crackers, you can also create amazing vegan dips that take 15 minutes to make. Plus, if you’re receiving guests, dips & chips are lifesavers.
Here’s a video by Pick Up Lime where she shares 5 awesome vegan dips:
Hopefully, these videos have been helpful in your search for delicious crackers! Even though the TUC Crackers are not vegan, you can easily find alternatives to replace them. Don’t let that keep you from sticking to a plant-based diet all the way through. 😉
Summary: TUC Crackers Are NOT Vegan.
TUC Crackers are not vegan because they contain animal-based ingredients such as eggs and milk. That includes all flavors and variations, not just the Original TUC.
If you feel like you’ll miss their crispy and salty taste, feel free to consider some of the alternatives I’ve suggested above. Personally, I’d recommend the Ritz Crackers because they closely remember the TUC Crackers in terms of taste and texture, but you can always try some of the other options and give yourself a chance to be surprised.
If those options are off-limits, consider using your cuisine skills to make amazing vegan crackers!