So I was winding my way through some unfamiliar aisles in the grocery store today – more about that MUCH later – and I saw the strangest thing. Amongst the boxes of bags of microwave popcorn there was one VERY strange looking box. I quickly picked it up and read the ingredients. Blue 1. Yeah, I figured that popcorn didn’t come in that color. I was pretty astonished and kind of alarmed that one of the artificial colors that the Center for Science in the Public Interest find to be untested/dangerous for some/best avoided was there dancing around on glorious popcorn kernels.
I should mention that I am a self-talker while in the store and as I read these ingredients I was mumbling and squinting through my reading glasses which I was holding in my hands because the arms are too narrow and squeeze my giant head, so it’s no wonder that the young man stocking shelves down the way looked over with concern and asked if he could help me with anything. I, in my usual graceful fashion, held up the offending box and said: “Do people actually buy this stuff?” As always happens when I ask these questions, he responded: “I just bought some for my nieces the other day.” AWKWARD. We concluded together that it was probably alright since he was their uncle and aunts and uncles do such things and that since I was the Mom it was okay that I was obviously too horrified to buy this wonder of modern food technology for my own deprived kids. Really? Blue?! Popcorn is so amazing; why on earth would you need it to be blue?! And the number of “easy” bags there on the shelf was INSANE! How many choices of instant popcorn do we need? Am I the only one left who buys kernels and pops them?! Blue?!