Odd Ingredients

Legends and warnings about unusual ingredients found in food products.

Since very few of us grow and prepare all our food ourselves, we can never really be sure what is in the products we eat. A plethora of legends deal with ordinary foods that may contain some rather extraordinary ingredients.

Red bullet Bubble Yum chewing gum contains spider eggs.*

Red bullet McDonald's hamburgers contain worm meat.*

Red bullet McDonald's is the world's largest purchaser of cow eyeballs.*

Red bullet McDonald's shakes contain yucky non-food substances.*

Red bullet Chocolate milk is made from "regular" milk rejected for containing too much cow's blood.*

Green bullet JELL-O brand gelatin is made from bones and hides.

Red bullet Sushi is always made with raw fish.

Red bullet Tim Hortons adds nicotine to their coffee to keep customers hooked on it.

Green bullet Food colorants cochineal and carmine are made from ground bugs.

Red bullet Hostess Twinkies have an indefinite shelf life.

Red bullet Eating turkey makes people especially sleepy.

Red bullet Eating carrots results in improved vision.

Red bullet The meat Arby's uses is made from a paste, gel, liquid, or powder.

Green bullet Green potatoes are poisonous.

Red bullet Goldschlager liqueur contains gold flakes for the purpose of producing small cuts in the throats of imbibers, thereby speeding alcohol ingestion.

Green bullet Some Mexican vanilla contains coumarin, a substance that causes liver and kidney failure.

Yellow bullet Bartender's wager led to the custom of adding a lime wedge to Corona beer.

Red bullet The impossible-to-win bet: Eat a quail a day for 30 days.

Green bullet Castoreum, a secretion produced by beavers, is used as a food additive.

Red bullet Red Bull and other brands of energy drink contain bull semen.

Red bullet Starbucks' Pumpkin Spice Latte contains dangerous toxins.

Red bullet Common food additive trisodium phosphate poses a danger to consumers.

Green bullet Pepsi is developing Dewitos, a Doritos-flavored Mountain Dew.

Red bullet The Obama administration is banning sprinkles or "donut sprinkles."

Red bullet Kraft cheese won't melt even at high temperatures.

Red bullet The FDA recently announced that 70% of U.S. chickens contain arsenic.

Red bullet The gender of a bell pepper can be determined by flipping it over and counting the number of bumps.

green bullet Walmart Great Value Ice Cream Sandwiches do not melt.

red bullet Girl Scouts Thin Mints cookies contain crack.

red bullet A study proved 69% of all store-bought extra virgin olive oils in the US are probably fake.

red bullet Chick-fil-A sandwiches contain the anti-foaming agent dimethylpolysiloxane, which is Silly Putty.

red bullet The FDA has banned the sale of grape ice cream.

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