This is probably going to be our saddest post yet. I’ve already disappointed our crew here at Subliminal Flavoring, and if you read on you have my condolences.
You have been warned.
If you know what’s good for you, stop reading.
If you keep reading, you have guts.
Our topic today is Jelly beans. Those wonderful, beautiful, colorful, sugar-full chewy candies.
According to one source, jelly beans are often coated in shellac. If you’re not aware, shellac simply makes things shiny and glisten. The part that gets sickening, however, is what shellac is made of. Shellac is made by insects, to put it simply. Basically, the shellac is secreted by the female lac bug (Kerria lacca) onto forest trees. This is then scraped off the tree’s bark. The shellac-to-be is then melted and cleaned of bugs and bark scrapings. The melted shellac is then dried into transportable and sellable forms. So next time you eat those yummy jelly beans remember they are likely covered in bug secretions.