Picture: Is this shub-niggurath oozing ‘shellac/confectioner’s glaze’? Probably!
Even after eating ‘this way’ for so long, some things slip by. I found out today that my favorite gum, which has 100mg of caffeine per piece in it and is in the new Army MRE’s; is coated with confectioner’s glaze.
See, food companies have to use ‘layers of abstraction’ to disguise food products that may otherwise seem unappealing.
Confectioner’s glaze is a derived from or is type of shellac. Shellac will often be described as a resinous coating found on certain trees in asia. If you keep looking, and maybe stumble across a link or article geared towards food chemists or professional cooks then you find out the truth:
that shit is beetle juice!
It is what the female lac beetle secrets when it metabolizes tree sap.
So…yeah. Gross. I don’t eat honey either. I think that insects are proof that:
A- There is a god.
B- He hates us.
Bugs…I don’t want to touch them or see them, much less eat something secreted from their bodies!
Damnit. No more caffeine gum for me.
Time to go through my super secret sneaky snack stash again to check the labels!