Tuesday, September 22, 2009

An Extinct Blue Species - But I Have One!

Okay, so here's one off-topic post. The Americans won't have any idea about this major shift in our confectionary colors, since they don't have Smarties as we know them (how unfortunate). In Canada however, March 2009 marked the end of the blue Smartie. I'm really not a junk food eater, but I occasionally enjoy these candy-covered milk chocolates. Resident-lawnmower-man picked up these ones from the bulk section of the CO-OP grocery store this week. Either their rate of Smartie turn-over is low, or RLM was just scraping the bottom of the barrel to get these older-style ones. Anyhow, I photographed this lone blue survivor for posterity. Tomorrow I may eat it. Goodbye "Brilliant Blue" artificial dye. Hello to a world with "no artificial colors" in our Smarties. From now on, the colors have to come from plants (there IS a plant connection here). The UK does have a natural blue substance (from cyanobacteria) to make their pale blue Smarties, but for some reason, it is not licensed for use in Canada (and Americans still have their M&Ms with all artificial dyes). I'm sure there are some researchers sitting in a lab somewhere, searching for solutions to our blue Smartie problem...


wiseacre said...

I always enjoy seeing a rare find :)

I don't even want to think about the old purple ones. (follow the links in wiki)

Rosey Pollen said...

I had never heard of these before, but a guy my husband worked with told us about Smarties. Can't believe you got a rare blue one. funny post. Enjoy your treat!

Muddy Boot Dreams said...

What? No more blue smarties? How did I miss that? What is the world coming to.


Jacob Royer said...

I so don't understand the term natural here.
Unless man has somehow formed a substance from nothing, every chemical is natural to some degree, otherwise it wouldn't exist. There are some elements not found on earth but they are also highly radioactive.
Sugar formed in the shape of a disk isn't natural but they don't seem to have a probelm with that.

Free the blue!
btw. I don't think I've seen the blue candy in question.

Karen said...

The original Smarties when I was a kid never had blue anyway. As far as I am concerned, they are just returning to the natural order of things. (No pun intended.)

The Garden Ms. S said...

Ah, back to the days when red reigned supreme and I made lipstick with it :-)

Bye bye exotic blue - I will miss you.