The world of jam and jelly has been turned upside down by one company that offers over fourteen varieties, including traditional favorites, and some not so traditional. Anarchy in a Jar is more than just a brilliant name, they make some of the worlds best tasting jams and jellies. They state that “Anarchy is freedom from food tyranny.”, and after tasting their products, I agree with them!
They sell small batch preserves from Brooklyn, NY, this is how they ensure the high quality of their product and exceptional flavors that no mass produced jam is going to be able to give you. They include an extra ingredient that no “big-box brand” has, that ingredient is love. It’s true, it even says so on their website!
If you’ve ever tried a food product that was produced in a small quantity and quality ensured by the artisans who made it, then you probably already know that there is no comparison. You simply won’t be able to buy the eccentric and pleasing flavors that Anarchy in a Jar offers anywhere else. The good news is that people are starting to realize how great their lineup of jam, jelly, marmalade and chutney taste and you can find them in select Whole Foods and other retailers. However, based on their delicious product, we suspect you will be seeing a lot more of them everywhere that food is sold! Check out www.AnarchyInAJar.com for more information or to order a treat for yourself!
I am a huge supporter of Starbucks and their amazing selection of coffee and coffee related products, but when news came about that they were using crushed beetles, yes, crushed beetles in their strawberry and red colored products, I almost got sick to my stomach. Don’t fret, not everyone has been drinking these beetles, just those of you who have been drinking their strawberry drinks and smoothies, eating their red velvet pies or cake pops, and snacking on their pink colored pies.
Now let’s get down to the facts. There are these exotic beetles that when frozen and crushed make a red liquid that the FDA has even approved. Starbucks, along with many other companies and manufactures including cosmetic brands, yogurt companies, and even ice cream makers, have been using this dye material for quite some time. Recently Starbucks was petitioned (thank God) by a group of Vegans and Vegetarians. Now Starbucks claims that by the end of June they will have replaced the beetle based dye in their products with a tomato based product. It’s hard to believe all of this, but it’s all too true. Now only is it gross and sickening to think about, but it’s very inhumane to take thousands, possibly millions, of beetles and just grind them up into a juice for us to enjoy at around $5 a cup at our local Starbucks. I am just glad to hear that Starbucks is doing something to change this, though it does make you wonder what is in all of the food we eat and drink, doesn’t it?