by Daisy Luther
I’ve always thought those giant Easter bunnies that walk around the mall were sort of creepy. I remember once when my oldest daughter was a toddler her absolute terror when one such mascot bent over her stroller and asked, “Want some candy, little girl?”
Well, it seems that her instincts were right. Now that I know what’s in the “treats” that they push, I’m positive that taking candy from strange rabbits is a terrible idea.
Today, I’m here to “ruin” Easter for you by telling you exactly what’s in that adorable little basket that pretty much everyone in America gives to their kids. Because, you know, nothing says “Happy Easter” like a beautifully decorated basket full of prettily packaged GMO high fructose corn syrup, dye, processed GMO sugar, and chemical flavoring. (Don’t worry, though. I’ll also “save” Easter with some non-toxic treat suggestions too!)
The contents of the average American Easter basket are so genetically modified, it’s a wonder the Easter Bunny hasn’t sprouted an extra ear and a couple of tumors. While they look absolutely adorable, with their marshmallow peeps, chocolate rabbits, mini-eggs, and colorful jelly beans, the ingredients are mostly synthetic, highly processed, and very high on the GMO scale. Here’s a closer look at what is lurking within those cute little candies.
Without any further ado, let’s take a closer look at what is lurking within those cute little candies.
Jelly Beans: GMOs and Beetle Juice
Jelly beans used to be my favorite candy. That is, until I learned about how nasty the ingredients are. Don’t be fooled by label that tout “natural” ingredients. Just because it’s derived from nature doesn’t mean it isn’t gross to eat.
Here, let me ruin jelly beans for you, too.
Sugar, Corn Syrup, Corn Starch Modified, Caramel Color Natural, Flavor(s) Natural, Flavor(s) Artificial, Color(s) Artificial (Yellow 6, Blue 1, Titanium Dioxide, Red 40, Yellow 5, Red 3) ,Carnauba Wax, Beeswax, Confectioner’s Glaze (Edible Shellac)
Here’s the breakdown:
Sugar: Frequently (and by frequently I mean more than 95% of the time) made from GMO sugar beets and is horrifically processed. (Learn more about processed sugar).
Corn syrup and corn starch: At least 85% of the corn grown in America is GMO (learn more about corn.)
Carnauba wax: It has not been proven toxic by the FDA (snort) but it is also found in shoe polish, automobile wax, and surfboard wax…so if you want to eat “food” that has been shined up like your car or your kitchen floor you should head straight for the jelly beans.
Banned-in-Europe Food Dye: Red #40 and Blue #1 are banned in Europe, but hey, they’re apparently fine for American children.
Shellac: A picture is worth a thousand words. Shellac is made from the mating secretions of the female lac beetle. That sure gives a whole new meaning to “beetle juice”, doesn’t it?
Chocolate Bunnies: GMOs and Cockroach Bits
I like bunnies and chocolate as much as anyone else, and melding the two into a cute piece of delicious candy was simply brilliant from a marketing perspective. The trouble is, standard American chocolate is just garbage. Before we even get into the ingredients in a chocolate bunny, let’s talk for a moment about the chocolate itself.
You know how experts tell you that you should eat some chocolate each day, that it’s actually good for you? Well, they do NOT mean the icky “milk chocolate” sold at every gas station checkout counter in the country. And “white” chocolate? Forget it – that’s not even chocolate.
Here is the nifty thing about the cheapo chocolate sold across the country. It has a secret ingredient – one so secret it isn’t even on the label.
I am not making this stuff up. I couldn’t. They’d sue me.
Those wonderful guardians at the FDA have actually ruled that as long as your chocolate bar contains less than 60 – SIXTY – cockroach parts, it’s perfectly fine to eat. But don’t worry – the average chocolate bar only contains 8 cockroach parts. You can read more of the FDA’s ruling, delightfully entitled Chocolate & Chocolate Liquor – Adulteration with Insect and Rodent Filth.
Let me just reinforce that statement.
If a chocolate bar contains less than 60 cockroach parts, the FDA says that is just fine.
Anyhow, back to chocolate bunnies. If you aren’t deterred by the roach parts, perhaps the other ingredients will slow you down a little…