Saturday, March 30, 2013


Next, we move to candy everyone has had, but may not know the company, Haribo. They are based in Germany and are a company that takes its quality seriously, at least, according to their website. According to their website, their candy is made in Turkey. That makes a lot of sense. When I think quality, I think Turkey.
So, while filling out the e-mail form, they asked for my address and it's a mandatory field. This scared me a little, are they going to send some German thugs to my house?
Searching their website, I did find out they use beef and pork gelatin and are not kosher. Sadly, however, there was nothing about beaver butt juice.
This is the email I sent them:
"Hello, I was wondering if any of your delicious products uses castoreum as a natural flavor. If I don't receive a response within 30 days, I'll assume the answer is yes. Thank you for your time."
I changed it up a bit to sound nicer.

By the way, here's the most common product of theirs I see:
When I was a kid, I ate these things by the pound. That's why I have diabetes.

Jelly Belly Answer

So, I received an e-mail back for Jelly Belly and good for them for getting back to me so fast. Here's their response:
"We do not add castoreum to any of our candy; however, we purchase our flavorings from different flavoring houses. They are only required to disclose the top 8 allergens as an ingredient. The rest of the ingredients that make up their flavorings are proprietary so we do not know if any of them contain castoreum."
Wait, what?
Conclusion: They don't know what's in their own candy.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Jelly Belly

Going to start with an old time favorite. Jelly Belly.
Real raspberries, or butt juice?

This is the email I sent them:

"Hello, I was wondering if any of your jelly beans uses castoreum as a natural flavor. If you do not respond within 30 days, I'll assume the answer is yes. Thank you for your time."

Reference #  W053253-032913

I had to include the "If you do not respond within 30 days" threat, because I hear some companies never answer, because the answer is yes.

Any products you're wondering about? Let me know!

Castoreum and you.

Castoreum is a yellowish secretion, of the castor sac, in male and female beavers. These sacs are beneath the beavers tail, right next to the anus. Also, it's a food additive. That's right, there's no telling how many times you've ingested it either, as it is used as a raspberry, strawberry, and vanilla flavoring. Don't bother looking for it on a list of ingredients either, it's often listed as "natural flavoring".

Eat it! Eat my butt juice!

I don't like the idea of ingesting beaver butt juice, aka castoreum, even if it is deemed "reasonably safe" by the FDA. So, I had an idea. I'm going to gather a list of strawberry, raspberry, and vanilla products and contact the manufactures to see if castoreum is a "natural flavor" in their product.

Doesn't that look tasty?