08 Dec
Which Haribo Sweets Are Vegetarian?

Haribo, the beloved global confectionery brand, has left a lasting mark on the world of sweets since its inception over a century ago, in 1920. With a commitment to quality and consistency, Haribo has become a household name synonymous with fun, joy, and a burst of flavourful sweetness. However, the majority of Haribo confections do not align with vegetarian or vegan dietary preferences.

A large number of sweets include animal-derived ingredients such as gelatine (derived from cow or pig bones and skin), carmine, which is derived from crushed insects, and beeswas sourced from bees

Thankfully, vegetarians need not be left out of enjoying the German confectioner's vibrant range of sweets. We've compiled a handy A-Z list of Haribo vegetarian sweets, with links to enable you to buy them instantly. However, please note that many are not suitable for vegans, as they contain beeswax - we have highlighted this on each product.

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A selection of Haribo Vegetarian sweets. Rainbow Strips, Rotella, Starfish, Freaky Fish and Jellybeans.

Please note that ingredients in each product can change at any time. Always check the list/label before purchasing and consuming.

Balla Bites

New to the Haribo range in 2023, Balla Bites are small in size but big on flavour. Each fruit-flavoured gummy is circular with three eye-catching colours, and contains a soft fondant centre. The flavours are strawberry, cherry, apple and lemon. Allergy advice: contains wheat.

Ingredients

Sugar, Glucose Syrup, Wheat Flour, Wheat Starch, Palm Fat, Emulsifiers: Mono- and Diglycerides of Fatty Acids, Citric Acid Esters of Mono- and Diglycerides of Fatty Acids, Dextrose, Acid: Citric Acid, Gelling Agent: Carrageenan, Acidity Regulator Trisodium Citrate, Flavouring, Fruit and Plant Concentrates: Spirulina, Radish, Blackcurrant, Apple, Elderberry, Aronia, Grape, Elderberry Extract, Colours: Curcumin, Copper Complexes of Chlorophyllins, Glazing Agents: White and Yellow Beeswax, Carnauba Wax.

Freaky Fish

Haribo Freaky Fish present a burst of vibrant colours in the form of jelly sweets shaped like whimsical fish. Soft, chewy, and infused with delightful fruit flavours, these novelty treats promise a delectable experience for your taste buds. 

Ingredients

Glucose Syrup, Sugar, Starch, Acid: Citric Acid, Fruit and Plant Concentrates: Aronia, Blackcurrant, Carrot, Elderberry, Grape, Hibiscus, Lemon, Orange, Safflower, Spirulina, Sunflower Oil, Flavourings, Glazing Agents: Beeswax, Caramelised Sugar Syrup, Elderberry Extract.

Funny Mix

Indulge in the delightful Haribo Funny Mix, a scrumptious assortment of fruit-flavoured gums containing real fruit juice. Perfect for vegetarians, this tasty blend is packaged in a generously sized bag for sharing. Loved by both kids and adults, it's a treat that brings joy to every palate.

Ingredients

Glucose Syrup, Sugar, Starch, Acid: Citric Acid, Caramelised Sugar Syrup, Flavouring, Fruit and Plant Concentrates: Apple, Aronia, Blackcurrant, Elderberry, Grape, Kiwi, Lemon, Mango, Nettle, Orange, Passion Fruit, Spinach, Glazing Agents: Beeswax, Carnauba Wax, Invert Sugar Syrup, Elderberry Extract, Carob Extract.

Giant Strawbs

Enormous in both size and flavour, HARIBO Giant Strawbs are chewy, strawberry-flavoured delights that continue to be a beloved family favourite and a cherished treat for sharing. Plus, they are suitable for vegetarians.

Ingredients

Glucose Syrup, Sugar, starch, acid, citric acid, fruit & plant concentrates: safflower, spirulina, elderberry, orange, blackcurrant, lemon, aronia, grape, elderberry extract: glazing agents: beeswax, carnauba wax, flavouring, caramelised sugar syrup, Vegetarian. No Artificial Colours.

Giant Trees

Ingredients:

Glucose Syrup, Sugar, Starch, Acid: Citric Acid, Flavouring, Fruit and Plant Concentrates: Aronia, Blackcurrant, Elderberry, Grape, Lemon, Orange, Safflower, Spirulina, Caramelised Sugar Syrup, Glazing Agents: Beeswax, Carnauba Wax, Elderberry Extract.

Jelly Beans

Haribo Jelly Beans are suitable for both vegetarians and vegans, and contain six fruit flavours including raspberry, blackcurrant, orange, lemon, peach & pineapple, with no artificial colours. 

Ingredients

Sugar, Glucose Syrup, Starch, Acid: Citric Acid, Fruit and Plant Concentrates: Apple, Lemon, Hibiscus, Carrot, Safflower, Spirulina, Flavouring, Glazing Agent: Carnauba Wax, Thickener: Gum Arabic. Allergen Information: May Contain traces of Milk & Wheat 

Rainbow Spaghetti (Sour)

For those who like a colourful treat with a sour taste, Haribo Rainbow Spaghetti is a fun choice and is also suitable for vegans. 

Ingredients

Sugar, Glucose-Fructose Syrup, Starch, Humectant: Sorbitol Syrup, Wheat Flour, Acid: Citric Acid, Malic Acid, Acidity Regulators: Calcium Citrates, Sodium Malates, Glazing Agent: Carnauba Wax, Flavour, Fruit and Plant Concentrates: Blackcurrant, Elderberry, Aronia, Grape, Elderberry Extract, Colours: Curcumin, Copper Complexes of Chlorophyllins.

Rainbow Strips Zing

The colourful and fun, fruit flavoured Haribo Rainbow Strips are dusted in a delicious sour sugar coating, and can safely be enjoyed by vegetarians. The fun way to eat these is by stripping away one layer at a time, and you can also stretch them and share the strips with your friends!

Ingredients

Sugars (sugar, glucose syrup), Starch, Sorbitol syrup, Wheat flour, Citric acid, Malic acid, Mono-and diglycerides, Sodium hydrogen malate, Tricalcium citrate, Artifical flavours, Elderberry extract, Fruit and plant concentrates (spirulina concentrate, blackcurrant concentrate, elderberry concentrate, aronia concentrate, grape concentrate), Carnauba wax, Curcumin. May contain Milk.

Rainbow Twists

These colourful, twisted sticks of fun are a favourite here at Facts About Sweets, and are suitable for vegetarians but NOT vegans. They have a mouthwatering, fruity liquorice flavour.

Ingredients

Glucose Syrup, Starch, Sugar, Humectant: Sorbitol Syrup, Emulsifier: Mono and Di-Glycerides of Fatty Acids, Acid: Citric Acid, Flavouring, Fruit and Plant Concentrates: Blackcurrant, Elderberry, Aronia, Grape, Elderberry Extract, Colours: Curcumin, Copper Complexes of Chlorophyllins, Titanium Dioxide, Glazing Agents: Beeswax, Carnauba Wax, Wheat Flour.

Rotella

Haribo Rotella are like a fruity version of the classic liquorice wheel, featuring colourful, long lengths of delicious fruity flavoured gummy sweets, coiled up into a wheel. Unravel the joy and share with friends or family. 

Ingredients

Glucose Syrup, Starch, Sugar, Humectant: Sorbitol Syrup, Acid: Citric Acid, Emulsifier: Mono- and Diglycerides of Fatty Acids, Colours: Curcumin, Copper Complexes of Chlorophyllins, Wheat Flour, Flavouring, Elderberry Extract, Glazing Agents: White and Yellow Beeswax, Carnauba Wax, Fruit and Plant Concentrates: Blackcurrant, Elderberry, Aronia, Grape.

Soft Jelly Bear (Halal)

The classic Haribo bear filled with delicious soft jelly sweets in mixed fruit flavours and individually wrapped. Made in Turkey.

Ingredients

Sugar, Glucose Syrup, Gelling Agent: Pectin, Humectant: Sorbitol, Acid: Citric Acid, Acidity Regulator: Trisodium Citrate, Fruit Juice Concentrates: Lemon, Orange, Strawberry, Apple, Fruit and Plant Concentrates: Black Carrot, Spirulina, Safflower, Radish, Apple, Flavouring, Invert Sugar Syrup, This product does not contain any Pig based ingredients.

Sour Sparks

Haribo Sour Sparks are electrifying, although not literally! Featuring a mix of chewy, sour gummy sweets. Each lightning bolt features two flavours and colours, which are Raspberry & Pineapple, Cola & lemon and Apple & Cherry. 

Ingredients

Glucose Syrup, Sugar, Starch, Acids: Citric Acid, Tartaric Acid, Malic Acid, Flavouring, Fruit and Plant Concentrates: Aronia, Blackcurrant, Elderberry, Grape, Lemon, Orange, Safflower, Spirulina, Caramelised Sugar Syrup, Glazing Agents: Beeswax, Carnauba Wax, Elderberry Extract.

Starbeams

Haribo Starbeams include a mix of soft jelly and foam sweets in three fruit flavours; Cherry, Apple and Lemon. With real fruit juice added and without artificial colours. Suitable for vegetarians but not vegans. 

Ingredients

Sugar, Glucose Syrup, Modified Potato Starch, Potato Protein, Water, Acids: Citric Acid, Malic Acid, Flavouring, Fruit Juice from Concentrate: Apple, Lemon, Raspberry, Fruit and Plant Concentrates: Apple, Aronia, Beetroot, Blackcurrant, Elderberry, Grape, Lemon, Orange, Radish, Safflower, Spirulina, Sweet Potato, Caramelised Sugar Syrup, Glazing Agents: Beeswax, Carnauba Wax, Elderberry Extract.

Starfish

Haribo Starfish are gummy textured sweets bursting with fruit flavour and shaped like a starfish.

Ingredients

glucose syrup, sugar, maize starch, citric acid, glazing agents (white & yellow beeswax, carnauba wax), flavouring, caramelised sugar syrup, natural colours. Gluten free, nut free, milk free and free from artificial colourings.

Strawberry Twist

Overflowing with the delightful essence of strawberries, Haribo Strawberry Twists are delightful gummy treats shaped in a captivating twisted lace design. These are quite hard to find in the UK, but are currently being sold at Trolleymate.

Ingredients

Wheat Flour, Sugar, Glucose Syrup, Humectant: Sorbitol Syrup, Water, Acid: Citric Acid, Emulsifier: Mono-and Diglycerides of Fatty Acids, Flavouring, Fruit and Plant Concentrates: Radish, Blackcurrant, Apple, Glazing Agents: White and Yellow Beeswax, Carnauba Wax.

Non-Vegetarian Ingredients in Haribo Sweets

Gelatine

A prominent non-vegetarian component commonly present in numerous chewy sweets (not just Haribo) is gelatine. Derived by boiling animal bones, skins, ligaments, and tendons, gelatine serves as a protein in these confections. Regrettably, even with available alternatives, many types of gummy sweets continue to incorporate gelatine to achieve their characteristic chewy texture.

Carmine

Carmine, also known as E120, is a natural red food dye produced by pulping the bodies of cochineal insects. If you're vegetarian that is happy eating insects, then this isn't a problem. While an alternative source for red food dye exists in strawberries or vegetables, companies often opt for insects due to its cost-effectiveness.

Beeswax

Beeswax does not incorporate any animal flesh, rendering it suitable for vegetarians. Despite this, many vegans opt to abstain from beeswax because its production can disrupt the natural habitat of bees and potentially cause harm to these essential pollinators.

We hope that our A-Z list of Haribo sweets for vegetarians is useful to you.

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