30 Mar '12, 4pm

Starbucks strawberry Frappuccino dyed with crushed beetles:

Starbucks strawberry Frappuccino dyed with crushed beetles:

Here’s a Starbucks order to try out: a Strawberries & Creme Frappuccino with soy milk and a shot of crushed parasitic insects. Actually, you don’t need to order the bugs — they come standard with the drink , in the form of the red dye used to give the frap that special strawberry color. Yes, the insects are crushed, and yes, they are a commonly used natural food dye. Enjoyed a strawberry PopTart lately? Yeah, those use crushed critters for coloring, too. So you may have already eaten your peck of bugs, and besides, insects are nutritious. Still, there’s obviously a bit of an “ew” factor here. It’s one thing to eat bugs knowingly, but when a gigantic corporation sticks them into a sugar bomb without asking, I think one is entitled to feel at least as miffed as when one’s parents snuck broccoli into a perfectly good Kraft macaroni-and-cheese dinner. There are some health imp...

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