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And another thing.

What is up with blue raspberry? Raspberries are not blue. In fact, there are no blue foods found in nature--even blueberries are actually purple. Humans are not MEANT to eat blue food. A kid in my color theory class did his final project based on this theory and colored an entire plate of food blue--it looked incredibly revolting. Blue is hardwired into us as not-a-food color.

Nevertheless, I open my baggy of Chewy Runts, and there's blue raspberry. (Why did they take out grape? Grape was wonderful!) Blue raspberry, which tastes sort've vaguely like raspberry in the same fashion that spam tastes sorta vaguely like pork, has infested virtually every walk of candy life, and I want to know WHY.

Is the only artificial stuff that tastes like raspberry vividly blue colored? Are there so many red foods, what with cherry and strawberry and red apple that somebody just said "Hey! Blue! That's brilliant!" and everybody followed suit?

Why?!


I've also always been baffled by the concept of blue raspberry. But now that I think of it, do any fruit-flavored candies actually taste like their respective fruit? Cherry and strawberry jolly ranchers certainly do not taste like cherries or strawberries. Who decided that the particular red dyed artificial flavor would forever carry the label of "cherry?"

The worst is artificial banana flavor. Like banana runts or laffy taffy? UGGGHHHHHHHHH >_

But the banana Runts are my favorite! ;_; Most artificial flavors do seem to taste somewhat like cleaner fluid, however. *snerk* Not that I'd know--they just taste how cleaner fluids smell! Or something. Like Pepsi Twist... I swear it tastes exactly like Lemon Pine Sol smells. Well, aside from the cola flavor. */babble*

I think that's one of the big questions.

Along with why do we drive on a parkway and park on a driveway?

In the UK, we drive on roads, and the driveway is the little bit of road leading up to the garage, which is where you park. The word "parkway" does not exist this side of the pond.

So the answer is "because you colonial eejits murdered the language". :)

Mind you, we were the ones who invented mincemeat (which contains neither mince nor meat) and decided that though, through, cough and plough should all be spelt the same way...

The logical answer would be that cherry has already taken the colour red; strawberry has been relegated to pink (although, who's ever seen a pink strawberry?!); and apparently 'dark purplish red' isn't clear-cut enough for candy manufactuers to use it.

So... blue.

Assuming there is any logical reasoning behind it.

Research wasn't terribly helpful, but -

http://tinyurl.com/2txts
http://tinyurl.com/2r6nu

Two not terribly authoritative google groups searches that take the same line of thought I did.

http://shop.store.yahoo.com/everythingsmells/blrasncatin8.html

This one claims that the whole blue raspberry thing came about because kids like to eat things that are blue. Uuuuuuh.

They changed Runts?! Blasphemy!

That's why they use blue in feminine hygene and bladder control product commerials. Blue liquid is visible on camera (unlike clear liquid) and looks most unlike any fulid a body can produce.

I would think artificial flavors are put in foods in such dilute amounts that they have no significant impact on the food's color. A friend of mine does a lot of chemistry work and would probably know for sure. Any color you see is almost certainly a dye.

Are there so many red foods, what with cherry and strawberry and red apple that somebody just said "Hey! Blue! That's brilliant!" and everybody followed suit?

Yes, according to "Unwrapped."

I love Chewy runts! My favorite of all runt, chewy or not, are the little bananas. They are so cute! And the best thing is when a chewy banana is broken, and a strawberry is accidentally stuck in the middle of two banana halves, but some act of god(s) that rethought that maybe bananas and strawberries really do belong together.

As for the blue raspberries, taste like bubble gum snowcones to me.

There used to be red raspberry Pop-tarts. And red raspberry Dum-Dum lollipops.

Naturally, both of them have ceased to exist.


And blue stains nasty. I LOVE raspberries... but I can't bring myself to eat a blue raspberry lolli.

PS: I added the diggercomic syndicated account... I'm HOPING that it worked, 'cause I copied the URL straight from GraphicSmash, but nothing has appeared in the journal yet. Just giving you a heads up. :D

That's one of those questions for the ages. I think it almost certainly boils down to a process of elimination ("Hmm...red's taken, purple's taken, what's left?") I've never had a piece of candy in any fruit flavor that tasted even remotely like the real fruit, though, so I tend to think the names are just very vague general flavor guides.

Soda's the same way. I remember experiencing shock and wonder when I tasted a can of some kind of store-brand grape soda that...good lord...actually tasted like grapes. It was a pale green color, too. For some odd reason, though, I didn't like it as much as Welch's grape soda, which neither tastes nor looks even remotely like grapes.

There's no food science reason for raspberry flavored stuff to be blue, just cultural. I think it started with "Slush Puppy"; they wanted a garishly blue product, and they picked raspberry. It was all downhill from there.

It's better than the "berry potpourri" flavor of Pepsi Blue, though.

I love Pepsi Blue!

Tastes like a slurpee to me.

They're blue simply because there's too many other red/pink flavors...coconut ain't blue either. :P

Blue raspberry seems to be the product of someone who was tricked one too many times by red candy. Red can be strawberry or cherry, and I'm fine with that. But when you grab a big red gummy, anticipating a nice, juicy fruit flavor, and get CINNAMON...it's enough to send one into fiery rage.

Others have wondered the same. It appears that 7-11 may be the culprit... (http://pub122.ezboard.com/fwordoriginsorgfrm5.showMessage?topicID=336.topic)

"Nevertheless, I open my baggy of Chewy Runts, and there's blue raspberry. (Why did they take out grape? Grape was wonderful!) Blue raspberry, which tastes sort've vaguely like raspberry in the same fashion that spam tastes sorta vaguely like pork, has infested virtually every walk of candy life, and I want to know WHY.

I read that one line there as "in the same fashion that sperm tastes sorta vaguely like pork". Holy shat, THANKS A BUNCH, brain. Geez--I shouldn't even have thought processes like that. I need sleep >.

Lovely Image...*sarcasm*

T.M.I, sweetie.

Really T.M.I

Just what I needed to read as I'm eating a bowl of clam chowder. Really.

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