In a follow up to the article about TBHQ, I decided to let the general public know about this candy I came across by accident.
It’s a “theater box” style candy called Peanut Butter Cookie Dough Bites. Sounds yummy and I actually bought this product. I ate a few bites and thought it tasted a little weird. Then I read the ingredients and….I simply couldn’t believe my eyes.
The ingredients are listed as:
milk chocolate (sugar, cocoa butter, whole milk, chocolate liquor, lactose, soy lecithin-an emulsifier- and vanillin-an artificial flavor), peanut center (powdered sugar, dextrose, peanuts roasted in peanut oil, partially hydrogenated vegetable oil, (includes soybean and cottonseed oil), glycerine, high fructose corn syrup, skim milk, whey, salt, soy lecithin-an emulsifier- resinous confectioner’s glaze (shellac), corn syrup, gum arabic, and tapioca dextrin, (TBHQ, citric acid, glycerol monoleate, corn oil, and propylene glycol), an antioxidant.
Most of these ingredients are things we should avoid because they are bad for the health such as hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup, etc. But, the one I want to draw your attention to is SHELLAC. Apparently they’ve been using shellac as a food glaze for years, but I had never heard of it being used that way before.
Shellac has been traditionally used as a varnish, a sealant used in wood finishes, nail polish, and art projects. You can google it for more information.
This is just a head’s up people. Weight watchers has a saying “if you bite it, write it”–I’m giving you a new one “read it before you eat it”.