Name That Food

Name That Food 106

October 20, 2011

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By Riki Shore I didn’t love chocolate bars or hard candy when I was a kid, but every Halloween I loved eating these. I kind of still do. These were first made in the 1880s, by hand, using a cornstarch mold. They used to come around only at Halloween, but now there are specially colored versions for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentine’s and , yes, even Easter. Apparently, the powers that be want us to eat these all year round. But mineral oil and carnauba wax? Why would I want to eat those? And check out the list of artificial colors. Eight altogether! […]

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Name That Food 105

September 16, 2011

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By Riki Shore My father-in-law hates chocolate (except the white variety, which many people would argue isn’t even true chocolate), but this sweet is purportedly one of his favorites. It was always in the cupboard when Rob was growing up, in one or more of its 54 incarnations. These still find their way into children’s lunchboxes, and there are gluten-free options available, too. Thomas Keller published a terrific recipe for his own take on this classic American snack. The manufacture calls this product “seductive”, “tantalizing” and “classically simple”. Do you know if the oils listed below are good for you? […]

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By Riki Shore At my daughter’s school parents are asked to contribute either money or food for classroom snacks. The plea asks specifically for “fresh food” and they ask for this fresh food twice per week. Below is what one parent brought to the classroom for “fresh snack”. Can you guess what this is? Do you know what glucose is derived from? Can you guess how many grams of sugar is in one serving of this “food”? Do you think this snack turns our children (or teachers) into lean, energetic, healthy people? The answers are below. Enriched Bleached Wheat Flour […]

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By Riki Shore I was asked to chaperone a field trip with my daughter’s Kindergarten class. All the kids brought sack lunches – and there was a pretty decent variety of foods. This is the one snack that got passed around. Everyone wanted some of these. Can you guess what this is? Can you determine if it’s gluten-free? Do you know why the manufacturers chose to point out Yellow 6 as one of the artificial coloring agents? The answers are below. Corn Meal Ferrous Sulfate Niacin Thiamin Mononitrate Riboflavin Folic Acid Corn and/or Sunflower Oil Whey Salt Cheddar Cheese Partially […]

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By Riki Shore The other day we were at a friend-of-a-friend’s house where my daughter was offered the following snack. Can you guess what this might be? Do you know what sodium hexametaphosphate or caramel color is? Can you say for sure if this is gluten-free? Check below for answers to these questions and to see what this snack really is. Rice Sugar Modified Cornstarch Corn Syrup Dextrose Gelatin Yellow 5 Red 40 Blue 1 Yellow 6 Sodium Hexametaphosphate Natural and Artificial Flavor Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil Salt Turmeric Oleoresin Caramel Color BHT Sodium hexametaphosphate is used to make soap, detergents, […]

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By Riki Shore A mother recently commented to me about the poor quality of the snacks offered at her daughter’s after school day care program. When I asked for an example, this is what she told me. Do you know what snack this is? Do you know what TBHQ is? Check below for answers to both questions. Whole Wheat Flour High Fructose Corn Syrup Enriched Flour Soybean and Palm Oil (with TBHQ for Freshness) Polydextrose Sugar Dextrose Corn Syrup Solids Corn Syrup Whole Grain Barley Flour Glycerin Inulin Wheat Starch Salt Dried Strawberries Dried Pears Dried Apples Cornstarch Leavening Natural […]

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