Dye Filled · Dye Free

Snowcone Meltdown: The Kona Ice Conundrum

        Snowcone. Sno ball. Shaved ice. Whatever you call it where you’re from, it still strikes fear in the heart of dye free moms everywhere. Why in the world am I talking about snowcones in late October? Here at my kids’ new school, the Kona Ice truck comes once a month. Yes,… Continue reading Snowcone Meltdown: The Kona Ice Conundrum

Food additives

The Curious Case of Vanillin, The Vanilla Imitator

If you read food labels, you’ve probably seen Vanillin. Also labeled as “artificial vanilla“, Methyl Vanillin, Ethyl Vanillin, or Vanillin Acetate, it’s far from actual vanilla. In fact, the process it’s made from makes it more of a Frankenstein concoction. Vanillin started out innocently enough. A pharmacist in 1858 by the name of Nicolas-Theodore Gobley… Continue reading The Curious Case of Vanillin, The Vanilla Imitator

Food · Food additives

What is Annatto and why is it in my food?

So you’ve removed all the food dyes from your family’s diet, but you still see strange ingredients listed on the back of foods? Things like turmeric, caramel coloring, carmine and annatto? What are all these ingredients and should you be concerned? Let’s address one of the most common –  annatto or annatto extract as it’s… Continue reading What is Annatto and why is it in my food?