Strawberry? Where Is the Strawberry?
I n traveling, I often find items I do not find when I am at home.
In this case — in what appears to be a food service package instead of one available for retail — I found this serving of Strawberry Hunt’s Snack Pack Gel Snacks, as you can see in the photograph above. It proclaims to have “10 percent real Fruit Juice.”
Look closer and you will see that any evidence of a real strawberry is not found in — or anywhere near — the ingredients of this snack. Rather, the real fruit juices included are apple, pear, peach and pineapple.
Perhaps adipic acid is the scientific name for strawberry juice? Is carob bean gum a new flavor by Wrigley’s?
Why not call the flavor of this snack fruit punch? I am sure there is not enough room on the label to call this Apple, Pear, Peach and Pineapple Hunt’s Snack Pack Gel Snacks — and I would consider eating a fruit snack named that, as it sounds good to me.
I have a novel idea: how about including real strawberry juice in this snack if it is going to be called strawberry? Are strawberries really that expensive that their juice cannot be used in this snack without losing money?
I have grown strawberry plants myself, and they are rather easy to grow. In fact — under the right conditions — they will multiply by themselves with offshoots or “runners” which produce more strawberry plants; and more strawberry plants usually means more strawberries.
That has been my experience, anyway…
Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.