Vegan Guide to Kettle Brand Potato Chips

Kettle Brand Vegan Flavors

Everyone loves a fantastic vegan kettle potato chip. I know I do.

I also like knowing what the ingredients are. These two items lead to this post listing which Kettle Brand Potato Chips are Vegan.

Below are all the Kettle Brand chip varieties I could find along with their ingredients (as of 2019) and if they are vegan or not. If you have any questions, changes or suggestions, please post in the comments and I will get the post updated.

Why did I create this post?  It is difficult to know exactly if a packaged food is vegan or not.  I have benefited from so many vegan food posts, I thought it was time for me to put one together to help others out.

Vegan overview to Kettle Brand chips

I spent lots of time going through the Kettle Brand website looking for specifics and detail about ingredients. Here is a quick guide to what I learned.

  • Most flavors are Vegan.
  • A few of the flavors contain milk
  • Only Honey Dijon contains honey.
  • Several of the flavors contain sugar, which some Vegans avoid.

 

Emails to Kettle Support

I have emailed Kettle several questions for clarification here are their responses.  Some of the info was a little confusing so I am working to get 100% clarification.

Question: Question about the Maple Bacon Kettle Chip Flavor. Is it Vegan? Are any animal products contained in the natural flavors?

Kettle Answer: That is correct. If our chips contain dairy, sugar or honey they are not vegan. The sugar we use is filtered through bone char. The only product I know that has vegan sugar is our Backyard BBQ but it is not listed on the packaging.

Another Kettle Response: In addition, we want to mention that the rennet (enzyme) used in our products containing cheese is not animal based-we use vegetable rennet.

Read on to learn if your favorite flavors are vegan.  If they are not you will probably find other some vegan options that are worth trying.

Salted Flavors

Sea Salt (Vegan)

Sea Salt Kettle Brand Potato Chips

How can you go wrong with sea salt? It is a can’t go wrong classic and totally vegan.

Ingredients (in 2019): Potatoes, safflower and/or sunflower and/or canola oil, sea salt.

Available sizes: 1.5oz, 2oz, 5oz, 8.5oz, 13oz

Product Page: https://www.kettlebrand.com/our-products/sea-salt/

Organic Sea Salt (Vegan)

Organic Sea Salt Kettle Brand Potato Chips

What’s even better than Sea Salt Kettle Chips?  Organic Sea Salt Kettle Chips

Ingredients (in 2019): Ingredients: Organic potatoes, organic safflower and/or sunflower oil, Organic Brown Rice Flour, Organic White Vinegar Powder (Organic Maltodextrin, Organic White Vinegar), Sea Salt, Organic Dried Cane Syrup, Tartaric Acid, Salt, Organic Molasses Powder, Citric Acid, Organic Rice Concentrate, Organic Tomato Powder.

Available Sizes: 5oz

Product Page:  https://www.kettlebrand.com/our-products/organic-sea-salt/

Krinkle Cut Sea Salt (Vegan)

Krinkle Cut Sea Salt Kettle Brand Potato Chip

Looking for something a little different? then the Krinkle Sea Salt Kettle Chip Could be the way to go

Ingredients (in 2019): Potatoes, safflower and/or sunflower and/or canola oil, sea salt.

Available Sizes: 13oz

Product Page: https://www.kettlebrand.com/our-products/krinkle-cut-sea-salt/

Less Fat Sea Salt (Vegan)

Less Fat Sea Salt Kettle Brand Potato Chips

For those who are looking for less fat sea salt kettle chips, this is the way to go.

Ingredients (in 2019): Potatoes, safflower and/or sunflower and/or canola oil, sea salt.

Available Sizes: 8oz

Product Page:  https://www.kettlebrand.com/our-products/less-fat-sea-salt/

Himalayan Salt (Vegan)

Himalayan Salt Kettle Brand Potato Chips

Prefer salt from the top of the world, rather than the bottom of the ocean?  Then the Himalyan Salt flavor is for you.

As an added bonus they are cooked with Avacado oil.

Ingredients (in 2019): Potatoes, avocado oil, and Himalayan salt.

Available Sizes: 1.5 oz, 4.2oz, 6.5oz

Product Page: https://www.kettlebrand.com/our-products/himalayan-salt/

Wood Smoked Sea Salt - Almond Oil (Vegan)

Wood Smoked Sea Salt Kettle Brand Potato Chips

Wood Smoked Salt.  I did not know this flavor even exists, now I do and can not wait to try it.

Ingredients (in 2019): Potatoes, Almond Oil, Maltodextrin, Sea Salt, Yeast Extract, Potato Maltodextrin, Garlic Powder, Natural Hickory Smoke Flavor, Smoked Sea Salt, Onion Powder, Black Pepper, Sunflower Oil, Citric Acid, Natural Flavor.

Available Sizes: 4.2oz

Product Page: https://www.kettlebrand.com/our-products/wood-smoked-sea-salt/

Organic Salt & Fresh Ground Pepper (Vegan)

Organic Salt and Fresh Ground Pepper Kettle Brand Potato Chips

Yo! Salt and Pepper are chips are the BEST!

Ingredients (in 2019): Organic potatoes, organic safflower and/or sunflower oil, organic brown rice flour, sea salt, organic black pepper, organic onion powder, organic rice concentrate, organic garlic powder, organic jalapeño powder.

Available Sizes: 5oz

Product Page: https://www.kettlebrand.com/our-products/organic-salt-and-fresh-ground-pepper/

Krinkle Cut Salt & Fresh Ground Pepper (Vegan)

Krinkle Cut Salt and Fresh Ground Pepper Kettle Brand Potato Chips

Krinkle Cut, Salt and Fresh Ground Pepper what more can you ask for?

Ingredients (in 2019): Potatoes, safflower and/or sunflower and/or canola oil, rice flour, salt, black pepper, yeast extract, spice, garlic powder, onion powder, citric acid, spice extract, jalapeño powder.

Available Sizes: 1.5oz, 2oz, 5oz, 8.5oz, 13oz

Product Page: https://www.kettlebrand.com/our-products/krinkle-cut-salt-and-fresh-ground-pepper/

Unsalted Flavors

Unsalted (Vegan)

Unsalted Kettle Brand Potato Chips

If salted exists then i suppose the law of opposites dictates that Unsalted must exist.

Ingredients (in 2019): Potatoes, safflower and/or sunflower and/or canola oil. This is not a sodium free food.

Available Sizes: 5oz, 8.5oz

Product Page: https://www.kettlebrand.com/our-products/unsalted/

Barbeque Flavors

Backyard Barbeque (Vegan)

Kettle Brand Potato Chips

A Vegan Backyard BBQ.  What is better than that?  According to Kettle support, this flavor IS vegan.  The sugar used is Vegan. Score one for the good guys.

Ingredients (in 2019): Potatoes, Safflower and/or Sunflower and/or Canola Oil, Organic Dried Cane Syrup, Sugar, Salt, Maltodextrin, Paprika, Onion Powder, Yeast Extract, Tomato Powder, Torula Yeast, Garlic Powder, Chili Pepper, Natural Flavor (Including Smoke), Citric Acid.

Available Sizes: 1oz, 1.5oz, 2oz, 5oz and 8.5oz

Product Page: https://www.kettlebrand.com/our-products/backyard-barbeque/

Organic Country Style Barbeque (Vegan)

Organic CountryBarbeque Kettle Brand Potato Chips

Checkout the Organic Country BBQ Kettle Chips

Ingredients (in 2019): Organic potatoes, organic safflower and/or sunflower oil, organic dried cane syrup, salt, organic paprika, organic spices, organic garlic powder, organic rice concentrate, citric acid, natural smoke flavor.

Available Sizes: 5oz

Product Page: https://www.kettlebrand.com/our-products/organic-country-style-barbeque/

Korean Barbeque (Vegan*)

Korean Barbeque Kettle Brand Potato Chips

These look very good. Hope to try them soon.

Ingredients (in 2019): Potatoes, safflower and/or sunflower and/or canola oil, sugar, organic dried cane syrup, salt, garlic powder, paprika, onion powder, spices, natural flavors (including smoke), tomato powder, torula yeast, yeast extract, molasses powder.

Available Sizes: 2oz, 5oz, 8.5oz, 13oz

Product Page:https://www.kettlebrand.com/our-products/korean-barbeque/

(*) This flavor contains sugar. Some following a Vegan diet avoid sugar.  See Is Sugar Vegan? below.

Bourbon BBQ (Vegan*)

Bourbon Barbeque Kettle Brand Potato Chips

Bourbon BBQ looks like a good flavor.

Ingredients (in 2019): Potatoes, Safflower and/or Sunflower and/or Canola Oil, Sugar, Brown Sugar, Salt, Tomato Powder, Paprika, Yeast Extract, Onion Powder, Spices, Torula Yeast, Garlic Powder, Citric Acid, Maltodextrin, Gum Arabic, Natural Flavor (Including Smoke), Bourbon.

Available Sizes: 8.5oz

Product Page: https://www.kettlebrand.com/our-products/bourbon-bbq/

(*) This flavor contains sugar. Some following a Vegan diet avoid sugar.  See Is Sugar Vegan? below.

Spicy Flavors

Chile Verde (Vegan*)

Chile Verde Kettle Brand Potato Chips

Check out the Chile Verde Kettle Chips.

Ingredients (in 2019): Potatoes, safflower and/or sunflower and/or canola oil, maltodextrin, sugar, salt, green bell pepper powder, chili powder, jalapeno powder, onion powder, spices, vinegar, garlic powder, citric acid, yeast extract, parsley, natural flavors.

Available Sizes: 5oz and 8.5oz

Product Page: https://www.kettlebrand.com/our-products/chili-verde/

(*) This flavor contains sugar. Some following a Vegan diet avoid sugar.  See Is Sugar Vegan? below.

Peperoncini (Vegan*)

Pepperoncini Kettle Brand Potato Chips

Pepperoncini. Spicy and Delicious.

Ingredients (in 2019): Potatoes, Safflower and/or Sunflower and/or Canola Oil, Maltodextrin, Sea Salt, Salt, Green Bell Pepper Powder, Garlic Powder, Sugar, Yeast Extract, Spices, Vinegar, Jalapeno Powder, Onion Powder, Parsley Powder, Citric Acid, Natural Flavors, Parsley Flakes.

Available Sizes: 1.5oz, 2oz, 5oz, 8.5oz

Product Page: https://www.kettlebrand.com/our-products/pepperoncini/

(*) This flavor contains sugar. Some following a Vegan diet avoid sugar. See Is Sugar Vegan? below.

Orangic Peperoncini (Vegan)

Organic Pepperoncini Kettle Brand Potato Chips

Organic Pepperoncini

Ingredients (in 2019): Organic potatoes, organic safflower and/or sunflower oil, organic maltodextrin, organic bell pepper, salt, organic white distilled vinegar, organic garlic, organic cane sugar, organic chili pepper, organic rice concentrate, organic onion, citric acid, organic parsley, natural flavor.

Available Sizes: 5oz

Product Page: https://www.kettlebrand.com/our-products/pepperoncini-2/

Jalapeno (Vegan*)

Jalapeno Kettle Brand Potato Chips

Jalapeno Kettle Chips One thing to note these chips contain sugar and according to Kettle support, the sugar is not vegan sugar which means it may have been filtered through bone char.  So if you avoid bone char sugar then it will be best to skip this flavor.

Ingredients (in 2019): Potatoes, safflower and/or sunflower and/or canola oil, dextrose, salt, sugar, maltodextrin, onion powder, natural flavors, torula yeast, yeast extract, garlic powder, jalapeño powder, parsley flakes, paprika extract (color).

Available Sizes: 1.5oz, 2oz, 5oz, 8.5oz and 13oz

Product Page: https://www.kettlebrand.com/our-products/jalapeno/

(*) This flavor contains sugar. Some following a Vegan diet avoid sugar. See Is Sugar Vegan? below.

Organic Jalapeno (Vegan*)

Organic Jalapeno Kettle Brand Potato Chips

Organic Jalapeno Chips. One thing to note these chips contain sugar and according to Kettle support the sugar is not vegan sugar which means it may have been filtered through bone char.  So if you avoid bone char sugar then it will be best to skip this flavor.

Ingredients (in 2019): Potatoes, Safflower and/or Sunflower and/or Canola Oil, Dextrose, Salt, Sugar, Maltodextrin, Onion Powder, Spices, Torula Yeast, Yeast Extract, Garlic Powder, Jalapeño Powder, Natural Flavors, Parsley Flakes.

Available Sizes: 5oz

Product Page:  https://www.kettlebrand.com/our-products/organic-jalapeno/

(*) This flavor contains sugar. Some following a Vegan diet avoid sugar. See Is Sugar Vegan? below.

Sriracha (Vegan*)

Sriracha Kettle Brand Potato Chips

Sriracha Kettle Chips. One thing to note these chips contain sugar and according to Kettle support the sugar is not vegan sugar which means it may have been filtered through bone char.  So if you avoid bone char sugar then it will be best to skip this flavor.

Ingredients (in 2019): Potatoes, safflower and/or sunflower and/or canola oil, maltodextrin, sugar, salt, spices, red bell pepper powder, garlic powder, paprika, vinegar, dried red pepper sauce (aged red peppers, vinegar, salt), Natural Flavor.

Available Sizes: 1.5oz, 2oz, 5oz, 8.5oz

Product Page: https://www.kettlebrand.com/our-products/sriracha/

(*) This flavor contains sugar. Some following a Vegan diet avoid sugar. See Is Sugar Vegan? below.

Fiery Thai – Almond Oil (Vegan*)

Fiery Thai Kettle Brand Potato Chips

Fiery Thai Kettle Chips. One thing to note these chips contain sugar and according to Kettle support the sugar is not vegan sugar which means it may have been filtered through bone char.  So if you avoid bone char sugar then it will be best to skip this flavor.

Ingredients (in 2019): Potatoes, Almond Oil, sugar, maltodextrin, lemongrass salt (salt, lemongrass oil), spices, garlic powder, yeast extract, onion powder, parsley, citric acid, natural flavor.

Available Sizes: 4.2oz

Product Page:  https://www.kettlebrand.com/our-products/fiery-thai/

(*) This flavor contains sugar. Some following a Vegan diet avoid sugar. See Is Sugar Vegan? below.

Specialty Flavors

Sea Salt & Vinegar (Vegan)

Sea Salt and Vinegar Kettle Brand Potato Chips

If salt and vinegar chips are good then sea salt and vinegar chips are even better.

Ingredients (in 2019): Potatoes, Safflower and/or Sunflower and/or Canola Oil, Vinegar Powder (Maltodextrin, White Distilled Vinegar), Sea Salt, Maltodextrin, Citric Acid.

Available Sizes: 1.5oz, 2oz, 5oz, 8.5oz, 13oz

Product Page: https://www.kettlebrand.com/our-products/sea-salt-and-vinegar/

Dill Pickle Krinkle Cut (Vegan*)

Krinkle Cut Dill PickleKettle Brand Chips

Sounds weird but a good chance they are pretty good.

Ingredients (in 2019): Potatoes, safflower and/or sunflower and/or canola oil, maltodextrin, salt, garlic powder, vinegar, sugar, yeast extract, onion powder, natural flavor, spice, citric acid, parsley.

Available Sizes: 1.5oz, 2oz, 5oz, 8.5oz

Product Page: https://www.kettlebrand.com/our-products/krinkle-cut-dill-pickle/

(*) This flavor contains sugar. Some following a Vegan diet avoid sugar. See Is Sugar Vegan? below.

Tropical Salsa Avacado Oil (Vegan*)

Tropical Salsa Kettle Brand Potato Chips

I have no idea what these taste like.

Ingredients (in 2019): Potatoes, avocado oil, maltodextrin, sugar, mango salt (salt, mango juice concentrate), tomato powder, green bell pepper powder, jalapeno powder, onion powder, spices, salt, citric acid, vinegar, garlic powder, parsley, yeast extract, chili powder, lactic acid, natural flavors.

Available Sizes: 1.5oz, 4.2oz and 6.5oz

Product Page: https://www.kettlebrand.com/our-products/tropical-salsa/

(*) This flavor contains sugar. Some following a Vegan diet avoid sugar. See Is Sugar Vegan? below.

Chili Lime Avocado Oil (Vegan*)

Chili Lime Kettle Brand Potato Chips

Chilli Lime Kettle Chips.

Ingredients (in 2019): Potatoes, avocado oil, lime salt (sea salt, lime oil), maltodextrin, onion powder, sugar, tomato powder, dehydrated parsley, garlic powder, jalapeno pepper powder, sunflower and canola oil, citric acid, white distilled vinegar powder, spice, natural flavors.

Available Sizes: 4.2oz

Product Page: https://www.kettlebrand.com/our-products/chili-lime/

(*) This flavor contains sugar. Some following a Vegan diet avoid sugar. See Is Sugar Vegan? below.

Maple Bacon Potato Chips (Vegan*)

Maple Bacon Kettle Brand Potato Chips

Kettle Support says there are no animal products (bacon) in these so that is good.  I can not wait to try these. This flavor is what inspired the entire post 🙂

Ingredients (in 2019): Potatoes, safflower and/or sunflower and/or canola oil, sugar, maltodextrin, maple sugar, salt, dried cane syrup, dried molasses, sea salt, natural flavors (including smoke), spice.

Available Sizes: 1.5oz, 2oz, 5oz and 8.5oz

Product Page: https://www.kettlebrand.com/our-products/maple-bacon/

(*) This flavor contains sugar. Some following a Vegan diet avoid sugar. See Is Sugar Vegan? below.

NOT Vegan Flavors

Honey Dijon (Contains Honey)

Honey Dijon Kettle Brand Potato Chips

While these do not contain milk or dairy, they do contain honey so if you do not eat honey then you will want to avoid the Honey Dijon flavor.

Ingredients (in 2019): Potatoes, Safflower and/or Sunflower and/or Canola Oil, Honey Powder (Dried Cane Syrup, Honey), Mustard Powder [Mustard (Vinegar, Mustard Seeds, Salt, Turmeric), Maltodextrin, Modified Corn Starch], Salt, Onion Powder, Garlic Powder, Citric Acid, Spice, Maltodextrin. Canada only – Contains Mustard Seed

Available Sizes: 1.5oz, 2oz, 5oz, 8.5oz

Product Page: https://www.kettlebrand.com/our-products/honey-dijon/

Sour Cream & Onion (NOT Vegan - Contains Milk)

Sour Cream and Onion Kettle Brand Potato Chips

It makes sense that sour cream and onion would not be a Vegan option, disappointing any the less. I can see them wanting to use milk to get a true sour cream taste.

Ingredients (in 2019): Potatoes, Safflower and/or Sunflower and/or Canola Oil, Organic Whey Powder, Organic Nonfat Yogurt, Salt, Organic Buttermilk, Onion Powder, Organic Dried Cane Syrup, Organic Sour Cream (Organic Nonfat Milk, Organic Cultured Cream), Organic Nonfat Dry Milk, Parsley, Garlic Powder, Lactic Acid, Citric Acid, Natural Flavor. CONTAINS: MILK

Available Sizes: 1.5oz, 5oz, 8.5oz

Product Page: https://www.kettlebrand.com/our-products/sour-cream-and-onion/

New York Cheddar (NOT Vegan - Contains Milk)

New York Cheddar Kettle Brand Chips

This one is interesting it contains Organic Nonfat Milk, Organic Cultured Cream but does not have Milk listed as an alergin.  I wonder why this is.

Ingredients (in 2019): Potatoes, Safflower and/or Sunflower and/or Canola Oil, Maltodextrin, Organic Nonfat Dry Milk, Salt, Cheddar Cheese (Pasteurized Milk, Sea Salt, Cultures, Enzyme), Sugar, Organic Sour Cream (Organic Nonfat Milk, Organic Cultured Cream), Onion Powder, Yeast Extract, Lactic Acid, Garlic Powder, Natural Flavors, Citric Acid, Spice.

Available Sizes: 1.5oz, 2oz, 5oz, 8.5oz

Product Page: https://www.kettlebrand.com/our-products/new-york-cheddar/

Wasabi Ranch Krinkle Cut (NOT Vegan - Contains Milk)

Wasabi Ranch Kettle Brand Potato Chips

Wasabi Ranch Kettle Chips

Ingredients (in 2019): Potatoes, safflower and/or sunflower and/or canola oil, onion powder, cane sugar, maltodextrin, sea salt, natural flavors (contains milk), garlic powder, citric acid, lactic acid, parsley, spices, wasabi powder. Allergen Declaration: Contains: Milk

Available Sizes: 5oz and 8.5oz

Product Page: https://www.kettlebrand.com/our-products/wasabi-ranch/

Spicy Queso Krinkle Cut (NOT Vegan - Contains Milk)

Spicy Queso Krinkle Cut Kettle Brand Potato Chips

Makes complete sense that Spicy Queso Kettle Chips would not be vegan

Ingredients (in 2019): Potatoes, Safflower and/or, Sunflower and/or, Conaola Oil, Organic Whey Powder, Salt, Cayenne Pepper Sauce, (Aged Cayenne Peppers, Vinegar, Salt, Garlic), Maltodextrin, Green Bell Pepper Powder, Spices, Cheddar Cheese (Pasteurized Milk, Cheese Cultures, Salt, Enzymes), Onion Powder, Lactic Acid, Yeast Extract, Organic Nonfat Dry Milk, Organic Cream, Parsley, Natural Flavors (including Smoke), Corn Starch, Citric Acid. Contains Milk.

Available Sizes: 2oz, 5oz and 8.5oz

Product Page: https://www.kettlebrand.com/our-products/spicy-queso/

Buffalo Bleu Krinkle Cut (NOT Vegan - Contains Milk)

Buffalo Bleu Krinkle Cut Kettle Brand Potato Chips

Buffalo blue Kettle Chips

Ingredients (in 2019): Potatoes, Safflower and/or sunflower and/or canola oil, maltodextrin, sugar, cayenne pepper sauce powder (aged cayenne red peppers, distilled vinegar, salt, garlic powder), sea salt, garlic powder, tomato powder, chili pepper, onion powder, white distilled vinegar powder, citric acid, spice, natural flavors (contains milk)

Available Sizes: 1.5oz, 2oz, 5oz, 8.5oz

Product Page: https://www.kettlebrand.com/our-products/krinkle-cut-buffalo-bleu/

Is Sugar Vegan?

This is a common question and the short answer is, it varies.  Most sugar is filtered through carbon bone char to give it the pure white color. Since bone char is an animal product some choose to avoid products with sugar.

This is a personal choice. When researching this post I found this PETA article: Is Sugar Vegan?

From the article:

Eating vegan isn’t about “perfection” or a quest for personal purity—it’s about achieving real change for animals suffering in the food industry…

Don’t stress too hard about sugar if you’re unsure about how it was produced. You’re saving more than 100 animals per year by following a vegan lifestyle, and the effect will snowball as people around you, inspired by your choices, may start trying vegan meals once you’ve shown them how easy it can be.

Hope this helps with the question about sugar. I went back and forth on the best way to annotate sugar for this article. If you have any thoughts please let me know in the comments below.

In Conclusion

This is my first “Is it Vegan” type post and I hope you found it helpful. If you have any questions do not hesitate to post in the comments.

Thanks again and I hope to create more of these! — Steven