Starbucks Secret Frappuccino Ingredient Will Make Your Skin Crawl

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starbucks bugs in frappuccinoI love to hate Starbucks. I also love to love Starbucks as I keep coming back for that skinny vanilla latte. But there is one item on the menu that I'm going to steer clear of from now on, and that's the Strawberry Frappuccino. I'm not one to disparage a delicious frap, no matter how many calories are packed into a venti (470, to be exact). But Starbucks is whipping up this decadent treat using an ingredient that will make you gag. In fact, I'm gagging right now just thinking about it. Excuse me ...

Ladies and gentlemen, your Strawberry Frappuccino has bugs in it

Specifically, ground up cochineal bugs found in Mexico, South America, and now in your cold frosty beverage. That's what gives this frap that pink color, which one would think is not found in nature. But it's totally found in nature. IN COCHINEAL BUGS THAT YOU'RE DRINKING RIGHT NOW.

As someone who goes organic and hates eating and drinking chemicals, I get that this is the more natural way to go for Starbucks. After all, they're avoiding non-natural dyes by using bugs instead. So ... it's better? Not better for all of those dead cochineal bugs, that's for sure.

Personally, I'd much rather have a natural looking frap no matter what color the strawberries turn out to be after being mushed, rather than with bugs added in to make it look pretty. But I am perhaps not the target market for the Strawberry Frappuccino.

Are you? And are you okay with bugs in your drink?


Image via Starbucks

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i.hea... i.heart.nerds

*Gag* How can they get away with that?

Stacey. Stacey.

I'd rather eat a bug than half the shit we consider "normal" in our everyday food.

Stacey. Stacey.

Besdies, if you dont want naturally occuring things in your food, and you dont want processed chemicals in it either, what exactly do you want food to be made out of? Do you eat meat? Its pretty much the same as eating a bug., except the bug probably wont give you high cholesterol.

the4m... the4mutts

Ummm you do know that most colored foods that aren't like, packaged fruit snacks, are colored with bugs, right?

Its just a friggin bug. And you know what? Scientists estimate that we swallow at least 3 bugs in our sleep every month, or something to that effect. Don't be prissy.

nonmember avatar HS

I don't get how this is nasty or wierd? Talk abt organic! Besides, shellac...that stuff used on ur nails and for polishing made out of bug excrement. Wanna know what else shellac is used for? Polishing fruit in the grocery store! And cooking fries in! And all sorts of yummy goodness :). Don't believe me? Just Google it.

nonmember avatar Anon

Bugs are used to color and "enhance" the appearance of many common foods. This is NOT unique to Starbucks. The cochineal bug is often labeled as "Carmine" or "Cochineal Extract" on food products. Carmine is also referred to as Natural Red 4, C.I. 75470, or E120. The list of products that contain the Cochineal bug in some form is endless, including: select flavors of Dannon and Yoplait yogurts, maraschino cherries, and Tropicana orange strawberry banana and ruby red grapefruit juices, just to name a small handful.

The the secretions of the Lac Beetle is another common bug ingredient, often labeled as "shellac" or "confectioners glaze". It is used to give many food or candy products their sheen. It is also used to coat gum, pills/tablets, and coffee.

nonmember avatar Anon


Since strict vegans avoid bug, and other creature-based, food additives, vegan websites and blogs are great places to learn more about this issue. Althoug I have profound issues with many of PETA's policies and practices, their website is an invaluable resource for those wishing to learn more about the "edible" additives found in common foods.

Jadem... Jademom07

You do know that the FDA has approved a certain amount of insect parts as ok in all foods...think fjour, rice, etc...

Most processed foods that you eat have a part of a bug in it.

kelli... kelli0585

Yep.  Anytime you see "carmine" listed as a food coloring (yogurt!), you're eating bugs.  Nothing new.

Evaly... EvalynCarnate

This is hilarious seeing as how we probably injest more bugs, hair, and feces in our regular foods than we realize. My husband works for an industrial cleaning company and on several occasions he's had to work at factories that make prepackaged foods (like hot pockets) and he'd find nothing but dust, and grime. Even walking on beams above vats of dough you werent required to wear shoe protectors, so your shoe muck falls freely into the food we eat! If these bugs are being used in a healthy way and there are no weird side effects, then who cares, right?

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