August 14, 2009

Skittles must be made with lard

I made the Skittles flavored vodka.

Basically, you separate the Skittles into colors and put them in empty water bottles to dissolve in vodka for a few hours (or overnight).  Then you have to filter out the white gelatinous stuff.  I did the filtering with coffee filters and the white stuff that was left in the filter had the consistency of lard and it was very “buttery” in that it left a slippery film on the funnels that wouldn’t rinse off with just water.

Anyway, since it was a tinted but basically white and felt a lot like lard (or shortening or vegetable gunk or whatever you want to call it) it made me scared to ever eat Skittles again and made me wonder what other foods have lard. The more I thought about it the more I was convinced I probably don’t want to know.  What if there is lard in Red Vines?!

Baked goods have hidden lard in there but who knew it was in candy too!


Dude, I’m sure it ain’t lard. More than likely it’s the hydrogenated vegetable oil, which I see in the ingredients list. Actually the Wikipedia article on it is quite fascinating. Here’s a snippet: “Hydrogenation results in the conversion of liquid vegetable oils to solid or semi-solid fats”.

Comment by jim d — August 14, 2009 @ 4:28 pm

And where the hell are the pictures!? Which flavors did you use? How did it taste? Details, man, details!!

Comment by jim d — August 14, 2009 @ 4:29 pm

Well, I’m sure it’s not lard but it just looked and felt like it. All those “oils” are just some form of lard anyway . . . but maybe the technical term for “lard” is animal fat, I don’t know. In fact, I never hear anyone talk about lard anymore. It’s just a term I remember from when I was a kid.

Oh, and no need for pictures . . . it turned out just like the one from “mixthatdrink” . . . I even got the same bottles!

Sadly, just like regular Skittles, no one wanted the lemon flavor!

Comment by Sheldon McGee — August 17, 2009 @ 8:06 am

I’m gonna try it this weekend, but I’ll probably be making little teabags for the skittles with the coffee filters instead. And I’m not into the pretty bottles.. (they [hopefully] won’t stay full too long) so any steps I can cut out in between is a bonus. Shucks.. I’ll probly wind up just chewing the candies right out of the bag and swigging and mixing the drink in my mouth.

ps: how’d it turn out if Hot Tamales or RedHots were used instead?

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