artificial strawberry flavor…yum?

Every day, Corrigan consumes about 1 and 1/2 tablespoons of  artifically flavored strawberry syrup.

This was the “magic trick” that someone suggested to help him drink his medicated formula.

The formula that, when unflavored, tastes like wet cardboard dipped in poison.

Works like a charm, the “strawberry” syrup…but Mark hates the idea of the red food coloring that he is consuming daily.

(Corrigan’s 6th strawberry this evening..the white shirt perhaps not the best idea of the day)


Did you know that the Food and Drug Administration does not require the flavor industry , the companies that carefully manufacture flavor additives, to disclose the ingredients that are in their product as long as the chemicals used are “Generally Regarded to be Safe” ?


There are often more ingredients in the artifical flavoring than in the processed food that it is made for.

Because Corrigan is fond of everything “strawberry flavored” (but especially with the real deal…fat and juicy Driscoll strawberries) it behooves me to know what I am putting in his body. Aside from the Red-40 (an artifical color).

Try reciting this ingredient list and see if you are not orally exhausted by the end.

here we go…

Artificial Strawberry Flavor:

amyl butyrate, amyl acetate, amyl valerate, anethol, anisyl formate, benzyl acetate, benzyl isobutyrate, butyric acid, cinnamyl isobutyrate,cinnamyl valerate, cognac essential oil, diacetyl, dipropyl ketone, ethyl butyrate, ethyl cinnamate, ethyl heptanoate, ethyl heptylate, ethyl lactate, ethyl methylphenylglycidate, ethyl nitrate, ethyl propionate, ethyl valerate, heliotropin, hydroxyprenyl-2-butanone (10 percent solution in alcohol), a-ionone,  isobutyl anthranilate, isobutyl butyrate, lemon essential oil, maltol, 4-methylacetophenone, metyl anthranilate, methyl benzoate, methyl cinnamate, methyl heptine carbonate, methyl naphtyl ketone, methyl salicylate, mint essential oil, neroli essential oil, nerolin, neryl isobutyrate, orris butter, phenyl alcohol, rose, rum ether, y-undecalactone, vanillin, and solvent.

(Schlosser, Erica.  Fast Food Nation; The Dark Side of the All-American Meal, page 126, Houghten Mifflin Company)

I think that I just broke my fingers typing all of that.

ethyl methylphenylglycidate – sounds delicious doesn’t it?

All of those ingredients and they only have to print  “artifical flavoring” on the packaging.

Add Ethyl-2-methyl butyrate and it smells like apple

Add methyl 2-peridylketone and it’ll taste like popcorn

Add ethyl-3-hydroxybutanoate and it will taste like a marshamallow

Add 3-methyl butanoic acid and it will taste like armpits (I don’t wanna know how they know that)


add hexanal and it will taste like freshly cut grass.


Whether it is Artificial Strawberry Flavor or Red 40 (6-hydroxy-5-[(2-methoxy-5-methyl-4-sulfophenyl)azo]-2-naphthalenesulfonic acid) I think that both Corrigan and I prefer the real thing.  I wonder if I can make my own strawberry syrup?

I know that it is only March, but I am very much looking forward to some hot summer strawberry picking at Higsons Farm this year.

Though I think we won’t wear brand new white shirts when we go!

16 thoughts on “artificial strawberry flavor…yum?

  1. I am totally inviting myself to strawberry picking 😀 I’ll bring the allergy medicine if you bring the sunblock!

    Love you all!
    Monka Mary


    • You went with us last time didnt you? We almost tore the underside of the Durango off driving out into that field! Remember?


  2. wow, I can’t believe how much junk is in something that is put into medicine. I think real strawberry syrup is possible to make. Thanks so much for dropping by my blog and commenting, I really appreciate it!


  3. I was just thinking about strawberry preserves! I do make my own and it has strawberries, sugar, and gelatin in it. Not sure what is in gelatin… toenails and such, but really… how much protein can there be in a toenail?


  4. Looked into Smuckers website. They have something called Simply Fruit. It is all natural. (most of the store baught jams and jelly have corn syrup in) no protein in it either!


  5. Did you know that Nathan has strawberry powder in his milk every morning? I am sure the artificial color and flavor are the same with the powder as the syrup. Funny thing though, his poo was St Pattys Day green last night and I figured that it had to be from the Trix yogurt I gave him the day before. I will never give him that highly dyed yogurt again.


    • ha, that Trix yogurt is notorious for the rainbow poops! That bright blue and red icecream (up here they called it Superman icecream???) is bad too! so much food coloring but the kids LOVE it!

      Steph and Susan, I might try the peserves too…my only problem is that Corrigan still takes his formula in bottle form. The taste is so ick(from his meds, but lets face it, the formula alone is nasty) that these kids wont take it in sippies too willingly so we are not upsetting that boat…whatever it takes to get it in him! I have to make sure whatever I swish in the formula/meds can be sucked through the nipple hole, you know?


  6. I love strawberries, but unfortunately, only expensive ones seem to taste half decent. Many of us working class people who buy El Santa strawberries will never know what they’re missing. I think only Yop yoghurt drink actually tastes vaguely like strawberry. Artificial strawberry flavored stuff usually tastes nasty and makes me feel ill.


  7. We used goats milk raw for my granddaughter and it worked great as she was allergic to formula any and all formula is bad for babies as it has soy and other sugars etc. in them. She did excellant on the goats milk and was very healthy. As for the strawberries you can make your own with out all the additivies in it. You can buy strawberry jam that is made with grape juice it is a french type I can’t remember the name saint something or other and it doesn’t have all that sugar in it all you taste is real fruit. I buy the raspberry and blue berry. It is in most grocery stores in the jam section of the bread isles. Organic is best


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