Making food prettier by adding red crushed bugs

I didn’t want to discuss this topic this early in my blog writing, but it seems I have to due to the circulating rumor that Starbucks’s strawberry frappuccino had crushed bugs inside it to give it it’s red color.

Well let me tell YOU something! This ingredient is not something that is only in Starbucks frappuccino!

The food industry will certainly not put “colored with all-natural, organic ground-up red beetles” on the food label.

What is it?

The code name is E120 (on the ingredients list of a food label) and it is considered a “natural” colorant in food…right? Because it is not man made (synthetic). What they do is take a bunch of ladybugs (aka cochineal) and boil them until they obtain this wonderful crimson color. Continue reading