Remember that scene in Bridget Jones’s Diary where Mr Darcy says “if you ask me there isn’t enough blue food”? Well I discovered recently that there is a reason for this – BLUE food is not to be trusted! (If you aren’t familier with the movie reference Google “Bridget Jones Cooking Scene”)
I typically don’t stress about things being “organic” and I don’t scour over packets to check for additives, preservatives and colours. So when my cousin bought Cheeky Boy a cupcake with blue icing and asked if he could have it, I didn’t have a problem – though I did restrict him to a smaller piece (he was already a little sugar loaded from earlier in the day). We proceeded to watch in horror as the icing from a small piece of cupcake managed to get everywhere and be absorbed into everything. Fingers, lips, cheeks and chin all blue. I had blue on my arm and even the dog somehow managed to get blue on his white nose.
Thankfully we were sitting outside, however, baby wipes alone could not contain the mess of blue icing and good old soap and water was required. This meant I needed to very carefully manoeuvre him to the bathroom, willing him to not reach out and touch anything – it was very apparent that this was going to stain. Despite much scrubbing, his fingers and face were still blue, but clean enough that contact would not transfer the colour. A hot soak in the bath got rid of the last bits of blue and I put the trauma of blue out of my mind, at least until the next morning’s nappy showed me that the body cannot process blue food dye.
The other day Cheeky Boy got himself a handful of M&M’s, and within seconds his fingers and lips are blue yet again. It was then that I decided you cannot trust any blue food. There is just something completely unnatural about blue food – nothing grows in that colour. Now before I get a million people screaming about blueberries, they aren’t THAT blue, the skin is that blueish-purpleish colour but the flesh is not blue.
Now Nestle claim Smarties have no artificial colours but until someone shows me how they naturally derive the colour for the blue Smarties, I’m calling bullshit.
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