I know what you’re thinking. Gross, right?! Surprisingly, cochineal extract (crushed up insects) is used in many other foods like cheeses and cookies. Starbucks has been one of the few honest companies that have opened up to tell us this secret. Here at your local Used Nissan Dealer Marlborough, we think that this is disturbing news and would like to know what other companies use this ingredient as well.
The ground up bodies of these insects are completely harmless. They’re used to spruce up the hue of preserves, jams, meats, cheeses and much more. It’s also been used as a coloring material for foods and drinks for hundreds of years. How come most people have never known about this? Doesn’t it make your stomach turn? Fortunately, it doesn’t have the toxins that are found in artificial coloring.
Starbucks has stated: “At Starbucks, we strive to carry products that meet a variety of dietary lifestyles and needs,” the statement read. “While the strawberry base isn’t a vegan product, it helps us move away from artificial dyes.” – Starbucks admits Strawberry Frappuccino contains crushed bugs. We can respect Starbucks truthfulness, but maybe somethings are better left unsaid? What are your thoughts on this “special” additive?