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Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Children and adults can instantly identify the flavor of root beer, but many wonder what the candies are made of. These are the typical ingredients in root beer candy: sugar, corn syrup, natural and artificial flavors, citric acid, FDC yellow #5 and yellow #6.

Root beer the soft drink, was originally made using the root of a sassafras plant for the primary flavor. In 1960, the FDA banned the use of sassafras oil as it was found to be carcinogenic in animals.What we know as root beer today is a far cry from the original flavor before 1960. But most people would rather be safe than knowingly drink something that can cause cancer.

Other ingredients used to make root beer are: anise, burdock, cinnamon, dandelion, ginger, juniper, spikenard, sarsaparilla, vanilla, wintergreen, yellow dock, as well as unknown artificial ingredients that sort of taste like root beer.

Because this flavor is so popular, many other things are made with the flavorings such as root beer barrel candies, stick candy, cough drops, root beer schnapps, ice cream, and root beer flavored baked beans.
Because most people grew up loving root beer barrels, they are in most of our retro candy birthday boxes.

by: Woodstock Candy


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