Nerds: Dextrose, sugar, malic acid, corn syrup, artificial flavors, carnauba wax, carmine color, blue 1, blue 1 lake, blue 2, blue 2 lake, red 40, red 40 lake, yellow 5, yellow 5 lake, yellow 6, yellow 6 lake
Tootsie Rolls: Corn syrup, sucrose, modified corn starch, gelatin, grape juice concentrate, citric acid, hydrogenated coconut oil, natural and artificial flavors, carnauba wax, artificial colors and beeswax.
Twizzlers: Corn syrup, flour, niaicin, ferrous sulfate, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid, sugar, cornstarch, palm oil, salt, artificial flavor, mono- and diglycerides, citric acid, potassium sorbate, red 40, mineral oil, soy lecithin, glycerin
Butterfingers: Sugar, glucose, peanuts, hydrogenated palm kernel oil, cocoa powder, modified milk ingredients, molasses, corn flakes, salt, soya lecithin, corn starch, artificial flavor, TBHQ, citric acid, color.
Skittles: Sugar, corn syrup, hydrogenated palm kernel oil, apple juice from concentrate, citric acid, dextrin, modified corn starch, natural and artificial flavors, yellow 6 lake, red 40 lake, yellow 5 lake, blue 2 lake, yellow 5, red 40, yellow 6, blue 1 lake, blue 1, ascorbic acid
Candy Corn: Sugar, corn syrup, confectioner’s glaze, salt, honey, dextrose, artificial flavor, gelatin, titanium dioxide color, Yellow 6, Yellow 5, Red 3, Blue 1, sesame oil.
What’s problematic about some of these ingredients? Well …
Hydrogenated oils: The process of partially-hydrogenating oils is what creates trans fats. Any time you see “partially hydrogenated X-oil” on a label, it means the product contains at least some trans fats.
Resinous / Confectioner’s Glaze: Food-grade shellac developed from insect shells.
Red 3: A 1983 review committee report requested by FDA found the evidence that Red 3 caused thyroid tumors in rats to be “convincing.” The FDA recommended the dye be banned outright, but was overruled.
Yellow 6: Animal tests have shown that Yellow 6 can cause adrenal gland and kidney tumors. However, the FDA has concluded that Yellow 6 does not pose a significant cancer risk to human.
Yellow 5: The jury is also out on Yellow 5, though it has been known to cause allergy-like reactions in people who are sensitive to aspirin. It’s also a possible trigger of hyperactivity in children.
Red 40: The FDA says evidence of harm from Red 40 is not “consistent” or “substantial,” though it has been known to cause allergy-like reactions.