Transcribed below.

Dear Dr. Boli:

These “quiescently frozen confections” say they’re made with “color from natural sources.” What does that mean?

A Man About to Eat a Frozen Orange Thing

Dear Sir:

In food coloring,
that’s a technical term for
squashed Mexican bugs.


  1. The Shadow says:

    Fie, Dr. Boli!
    Not so! Sometimes they’re instead
    Squashed Brazilian bugs.

  2. Occasional Correspondent says:

    Carmine aka cochineal aka Natural Red 4 (sez wikipedia) from the sessile parasitic insect Dactylopius coccus found from Mexico to Argentina and Chile — and you thought Dr. Boli was giving you an extract from the Encyclopedia of Misinformation — not so!  Eat ’em up, yum, yum! They really are NATURAL! and NATURAL means GOOD — it does mean that — doesn’t it?

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