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Can I just say that last time I visited America, all those bright unnatural electric blue fruits on packages of things that claim to be “Blue Raspberry”
are some of the oddest things I’ve ever seen.
Who the hell are they fooling?
I’ve no idea who even came up with it. Half the time, those products don’t even taste like raspberry! I think a more accurate flavor name would be ‘blue lemon,’ in some cases.
I was actually just thinking about this the other day when I was stocking those candies at work
I said out loud to myself “where did these even come from there’s no such thing as a blue raspberry WHO DID THIS??” and got a weird look from some mom and a really compassionate understanding look from her 20 something year old son
Sorry for the upcoming info dump, but this was something I actually read up on a little while ago!
Blue Raspberry is derived from the fruit of the Rubus leucodermis, often referred to as the Blackcap Raspberry, a fruit native to western North America, from British Columbia, Canada to California, New Mexico, and parts of Mexico. When ripe it has a dark blue, almost black color, so it is sometimes called the Blue Raspberry as well. However the flavor’s widespread usage dates back to icepop (those forzen candy juices that everyone has a name for) manufacturers.
Basically, the manufacturers of these icepops in the 60’s and 70’s sold them in packs of various flavors, but the number of red fruits that ice pop makers had to contend with often led to confusion. Cherry, strawberry, raspberry and watermelon all lend themselves to the color red, and if any two of those flavors were in the same pack, they had to be distinguishable by color.
At first, the problem was solved by making cherry and strawberry slightly different shades of red. Watermelon pops were often made a lighter pink-red, and raspberry ones a dark wine-red. However, it was soon discovered that the most inexpensive and widely available dye for this deep red, Amaranth (aka E123 and FD&C Red No. 2), provoked severe reactions, was deemed a possible carcinogen, and subsequently banned by the FDA in 1976.
So the icepop manufacturers were left with a conundrum. Raspberry was a popular flavor, but they couldn’t find a cheap available dye to continue to using it. It would happen that a very cheap and inexpensive dye that they had access to was blue dye, but there were no common flavors to marry the dye to. I wasn’t able to find who first introduced the blue raspberry flavor, but by some series of events, the blue dye became the color of the juices of the Blackcap raspberry, and a flavor sensation was born.
For those of you who’ve never tasted the candy flavor, it has a flavor not unlike raspberry, but it’s noticeably tangier.
me like ‘haha yeah i can DEFINITELY write a five page paper in two hours!! time is a construct, deadlines have no meaning and also i’m dead inside’
Let’s do a tag game where we don’t use words, just commonly put together letters:
in other words
Kim Jong-un is Kim Jong-ill
introverts: give their teacher an apple
extroverts: smash the classroom walls in, break the clock, don’t salute the flag
nobody move, this is a bank robbery! put all the money in the bag. yeah, good… now I’d like to make a deposit