6 Halloween Treats With Skin-Crawling Ingredients
With Halloween upon us, it’s unlikely that many Americans will survive the night without giving in to at least some of the sugary, sour, and finger-licking sweets that now line supermarkets’ shelves. According to the National Retail Federation’s estimate, consumers are spending nearly $7 billion this year on costumes, candy, and decorations, and the sweet treats sure aren’t going to eat themselves.
However, when you do choose to dip your hand into the candy bowl, you may want to be a little more selective about what you feed yourself and your kids, as an increasing numbers of reports show that the ingredients in our favorite treats aren’t as mouthwatering as we might hope.
Last year, The Huffington Post ran an article about the scary ingredients lurking in our candy, but this time around, we’re doing research what candy brands you should avoid if you want to sidestep the creepy labels. From “sheep sweat” to bug secretions to beaver gland extract, this list could ruin just about any candy lover’s appetite. Nonetheless, here are six kinds of candy to steer clear of this Halloween if you’re trying to avoid skin-crawling ingredients.
This peanut-buttery treat is a hard one for many chocolate lovers to avoid, but not only does Nestle’s Butterfinger pack on the fat and sugar, it also uses a petroleum-derived form of butane as a food preservative. Close inspection of the Butterfinger ingredient label will highlight that tertiary butylhydroquinone, or TBHQ, lurks in these sweet treats, and the preservative has actually been ruled lethal in quantities of 5 grams or more.
These days, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration rules that TBHQ can’t make up more than 0.02 percent of the total oil or fat content in food, but if you want to play it extra safe, step away from that Butterfinger bar.