Here’s a tip to help you decipher food labels in stores… If the label prominently says something like this: Made with Real Honey.
It’s probably not a lie. But I can pretty much promise that the ingredient they are touting is not first on the list of ingredients.
The funny thing about this particular “food” is that it tastes nothing like honey. It’s not supposed to taste like honey. The company is just trying to cash in on the fact that people see honey as somehow better for you than sugar.
So they put a small amount of honey in their recipe of mostly sugar and stick it on the shelves!
The question, of course, is not whether this stuff is good for you or not. The question is if you know what it is!
Well, this nutrition fact panel is about as easy as it gets.
First and foremost, with 19 of these guys per serving, they are probably on the small side. They are under 10 calories a piece!
Out of the 39 grams per serving size, 32 of the grams are sugar.
It’s pretty much just straight sugar. There’s no way to know how much of that sugar is from honey, but no matter how you slice it, this stuff is just huge pieces of sugar.
Here’s the wonderful list of ingredients for your pleasure!
These will be pretty easy to run through.
Sugar – Just plain old sugar. Nothing fancy here.
Corn Syrup – A sweetener but also used to thicken and smooth out the texture in foods.
Confectioner’s Glaze – I think this stuff is also known as pharmaceutical glaze which is made from an insect. It is used to preserve moisture and flavor in foods.
Salt – Just plain old salt.
Honey – Finally! The ingredient they touted. The important thing to note is that, by weight, there is more salt in this food than honey. SO yea… there isn’t much honey.
Dextrose – More sugar and a thickener!
Artificial Flavor – Who the heck knows what this means. When I eat one of these I think it just tastes like sugar.
Gelatin – Made from collagen from various animal products, this stuff turns liquids into solids basically. This plus the confectioner’s glaze makes this food definitely not vegetarian friendly.
Titanium Dioxide Color – Basically food coloring. Guess what color? WHITE.
Yellow 6, Yellow 5, Red 3, Blue 1 – All food colorings. Simple enough.
Sesame Oil – I found this interesting. I have no idea why they use sesame oil as it is pretty expensive, but whatever.
Guess the Food?
Do you have any ideas what this “made with honey” food could be? Leave a comment!