Beetles, Beavers Butt, Sheep Sweat, Found in Halloween Candy
Chances are you won't believe me if I tell you that a beavers anal glands produce a delightful smell. What if I told you the smell was so wonderfully delicious that it is called a "natural" flavor? Castoreum put into gummies to get the berry and vanilla taste that we all can't get enough of. I guess the flavor is natural. Can't hate them for being honest. If you see the word castoreum listed as an ingredient, drop the candy. Castoreum is just a fancy word for beavers butt juice! I will have to remind myself to NOT steal my nephews gummies.
What about that yummy bubble gum that you spit out after ten seconds because it lost its flavoring? Maybe it's the sheep sweat that makes it loose its flavor so quickly. Lanolin is normally something we put on our face, so many beauty products use lanolin on the regular, but bubble gum, hey that's a new one!
I can probably eat 8 Butterfingers in one sitting. However there is a form of butane used as a preservative in America's favorite candy bar. There isn't enough tertiary butylhydroquinone in one Butterfinger to make you breathe fire like a Dragon, sorry Game of Thrones fans!
Nerds and Good & Plenty contain carmine which is used to get the colors that make our eyes light up. You know, the usual boiled, crushed, and dried beetles. Can someone make a Beetle Juice themed candy using carmine? Someone is missing the boat on this idea!
Will I quit stealing my nephew and nieces candy? No. However I will read them this article and hopefully they get grossed out enough to volunteer their Halloween candy over. Will you be reading the ingredients before you let your child consume their Halloween candy?