And you thought that pink slime in your burger was a 10 on the “ick” factor.
Now hear this: The Strawberry Frappuccino you’ve been getting at Starbucks for a sweet pick-me-up contains ground-up beetles.
No, not artificial beetles. Real crawly, creepy buggy beetles. Imported from Mexico and South America. Dead and dried up, of course.
Starbucks has been using the little critters to color its strawberry frapps, and quite intentionally. The caffeine colossus says it turned to beetles (which are natural, naturally) instead of using artificial food coloring agents.
While going green might be an admirable intent, some customers might turn green at the thought of downing this beetle juice.
Vegans have registered their protest. One suggestion has been to use vegetable juice to color the coffee instead.
Gross as it may sound, though, there’s nothing illegal, or unusual about all this, according to USA Today which says, “it’s a common, government-approved food coloring used widely throughout the food industry. It’s in everything from some Yoplait yogurts to three Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts flavors.”
“At Starbucks, we have the goal to minimize artificial ingredients in our products,” company spokeswoman Lisa Passe told the newspaper.
“Starbucks should be praised for getting rid of artificial ingredients,” Michael Jacobson, executive director at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, added. But because consumers could have an allergic reaction to the beetles, he said, “Strawberry Frappuccinno should be colored with strawberries.”