10 Upsetting Things About Candies You Will Wish You Didn't Know

Posted by Muk Khatri in Facts and DIY

Hello candy lovers! Here are some facts about candies you wish you didn't know.


#1 Ammonia

Peanut butter and chocolate can contain ammonia, a chemical that's also used in industrial cleaners.


#2 Sugar

The final step in making table sugar includes filtering and bleaching it with bone char derived from cows.


#3 Bright White Color

Lots of candies use titanium dioxide for a bright white color - but this chemical is also used in sunscreen and paint!


#4 Carnauba Wax

Gummy bears, Skittles and other gummy fruit snacks get their shiny exterior from carnauba wax, which is a key ingredient in car wax!

#5 Shiny Coat

Shellac, the coating that makes jelly beans and candy corn so shiny, is made from the secretions of an insect!

#6 White Chocolate

White chocolate is not actually chocolate, but i made up of cocoa fat, sugar and additives.


#7 Red Food Coloring

Red food coloring often uses carmine, which is composed of boiled, ground up cochineal insects!

#8 Carrageenan

Some gummy candies use carrageenan, a stabilizing agent made from seaweed!

#9 Gelatin

If you thought all candy was vegetarian friendly, think again: lots of candy contains gelatin which is made from animal skin and bones.


#10 Vanilla Flavoring

Vanilla flavoring often comes from castoreum, an ingredient extracted from a sac near the anal gland of a beaver.