One of the most controversial candies has one ingredient that may make its fans rethink fighting to support it. The perennial favorite, and least favorite, candy corn, isn't just sugar and food coloring.
Along with usual in candy, sugar, corn syrup, salt, sesame oil, honey, artificial flavor, and food colorings, the treat once known as chicken feed also has gelatin and confectioner's glaze as ingredients.
But what is gelatin and confectioner's glaze?
Gelatin is made from animal hides, and confectioner's glaze, also known as shellac, is made from lac-resin, a bug's secretion.
While we eat food made from bugs all the time and this doesn’t necessarily pose any safety issues, it’s still good to know when food is made from a chef that has six legs and a set of antennae. At least the coating isn’t made from the bugs themselves. It comes from their encrustations, which the tree sap-feeding larvae leave behind on twigs.
Knowing this really makes you rethink that scene in “A Bug’s Life.”