|Kids love foods with color, and lots of it! Strawberry seems to be at the top of the list too. I just wanted to share with you the typical ingredients found in the chemical makeup of “strawberry flavor”:|
Then if you’re really lucky and you see the words cochineal, carmine or carnimic acid on that brightly colored package of Gogurt, that is derived from the crushed carcasses of a South and Central American insect, a beetle type of insect to be more specific. Cochineal can be found in everything from jello to fruit juice to candy. It comes from the female Dactylopius coccus and takes 70,000 carcasses to make 1 pound of cochineal.
Starbucks made news in March 2012 when it leaked out that the colorant they’ve been using in their Strawberries and Creme Frappuccino has cochineal in it. They took the stance ‘the move to cochineal was to move away from artificial ingredients’.
Hey! I have an idea… why not use real strawberries? Just an idea…