Unfortunately, not all sugar is vegan. While it doesn’t include any animal ingredients, most of the big sugar companies use a refining process that involves animal bone char. The bone char, or charcoal, is used to get rid of unwanted colors, minerals and impurities from the sugar.
While this definition of “vegan” does mean getting down to the nitty-gritty of veganism, the decision is ultimately up to you. Fortunately, this refining process is only used for cane sugar, so there are other sugars that are completely safe. “Safe” sugars include: unrefined cane sugar, turbinado, succanat, beet, date sugar, barley malt, rice syrup, corn syrup, molasses and maple syrup.