Is Crisco Butter Flavor Shortening Vegan?

Answer: Yes

Odd, I know, but the butter flavor shortening from Crisco is in fact vegan. “Butter flavor” is frequently a scare word for vegans, but not in this product. Here are the ingredients.

SOYBEAN OIL, FULLY HYDROGENATED PALM OIL, PARTIALLY HYDROGENATED PALM AND SOYBEAN OILS, MONO AND DIGLYCERIDES, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVOR, TBHQ AND CITRIC ACID (ANTIOXIDANTS), BETA CAROTENE (PRO VITAMIN A) ADDED FOR COLOR.

Wild. Get baking!

ps. Thanks to community member, Paola, for contacting Crisco for confirmation.

14 comments for “Is Crisco Butter Flavor Shortening Vegan?

  1. joy
    May 14, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    uh yeah but totally unhealthy gross!

  2. Christine
    May 14, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    Mono and diglycerides are most commonly from animal fat, unless it specifies it’s from vegetables its not vegan.

    • @isitvegan
      May 15, 2013 at 7:33 pm

      Glad you pointed that out. The detective in charge of finding out the info sent me the following information.

      I called them, they told me that the mono diglycerides are soy bean derived, and indeed, the product has no animal ingredients.

      Cool.

      As for the health value, @joy, I don’t judge. 😉

      • aja
        December 26, 2015 at 12:10 am

        it is good to know that there are no animal products in this item. i look forward to being able to make flaky pie crusts again lol. however, as you know, there is more to vegan philosophy than avoiding animal products, it is also about responsible sourcing of materials. have you guys found any information on whether the items hold up to the true vegan standards of sourcing?

  3. Pam
    November 23, 2013 at 10:53 pm

    My child has recently become lactose intolerant. I am thrilled to find that she can once again enjoy some favorite baked items, thanks to Crisco Butter Flavored Shortening! This is good news for Christmas baking at our house!

  4. November 19, 2014 at 10:27 am

    I want a definitive answer —is crisco bad for you????????

    • aja
      December 26, 2015 at 12:00 am

      lol yes it is bad for you, in the same way that many feast items that we eat a few times a year are bad for you, as vegans it is just nice to know we can have flaky pie crusts lol. however, healthy it is not!

  5. Jean
    December 22, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    Can someone with soy allergy eat cookies made with butter crisco?

    • Cal
      March 27, 2015 at 4:09 pm

      No. The first ingredient is soybean oil.

  6. Estes Kefauver
    June 1, 2015 at 1:35 am

    If you eat 9 cans of Crisco every day … Yeah … it’s probably bad for you. If you just use it properly in regular common recipes … it’s no worse at all than any other regular common ingredients. Read the label. It’s no big deal.

  7. January 31, 2016 at 2:31 pm

    This is on their list of ingredients now…

    Ingredients: Soybean Oil, Fully Hydrogenated Cottonseed Oil, Partially Hydrogenated Cottonseed And Soybean Oils, Mono And Diglycerides, Natural And Artificial Butter Flavors, Tbhq And Citric Acid (Antioxidants), Beta-Carotene (Pro Vitamin A) Added For Color.

    The whole natural and artificial butter flavors leads me to wonder again if it’s still vegan.

    • Joel
      June 25, 2017 at 9:24 pm

      @ Will Pakinson . Laws couldn’t realistically force any company to breakdown the each ingredient into a “sub-ingredient” list, that could then brake down again into another list of sub-sub-ingredients (over and over)! So all we can do is take their word on the fact that the “natural and artificial butter flavor” doesn’t actually include any dairy in its fabrication process.

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