Food Theory: Blue Raspberry is a Complete LIE!

Food Theory: Blue Raspberry is a Complete LIE!

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Are you a fan of the Blue Raspberry flavor, Theorist? Sour Patch Kids, ICEE Pops, Prime… it all tastes SO delicious. But have you ever stopped to wonder: what is blue raspberry? It’s not like blue raspberries grow in the wild. So what gives? Let’s dive into the world of BLUE!
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38 Responses

  1. Skc says:

    Matpat could genuinely make me believe that grass tastes like green apples with a theory

  2. Joshua Palacios says:

    a short series of all the household flavors and what they’re popular in and used for could be a great series. like grape like matpat suggested, then watermelon, sour apple, “yellow” etc. could really pop off tbh

    • JonazDrumBrain says:

      @JamesDavy2009 apperantly I was a bit wrong in saying that the bananas they’re made to taste like died completely out, since there are some still grown. The Gros Michel Bananas were mostly wiped out though with the Panama disease, and the Cavendish took place as the most spread, with a duller taste. It’s unable to spread naturally though, and the bananas most of us eat today are essentially clones.

      In short, the artificial Banana Flavor is mimicing the taste of the Gros Michel Banana, which explains why it doesn’t taste the same as the bananas we eat today (the Cavendish)

    • Reigo Alviste says:

      I always tought it is dewberry or that what google translated in Estonia we call it Põldmari

    • OutlawPrince says:

      @JamesDavy2009 Nope, it’s made to taste like the Gros Michel banana that almost entirely died out due to a mass fungal infection during the 1950’s. I say almost entirely because some places still grow them.

    • JamesDavy2009 says:

      @JonazDrumBrain It’s not the flavour of Cavendish bananas?

    • JonazDrumBrain says:

      Then of course there’s the banana flavor, that doesn’t really taste like the bananas we have today (since the flavor is based on an older breed of bananas that have long since died out)

  3. Luis Zuñiga says:

    Dan is not only an integral part of ythe theorist team, I firmly belive is the one keeping Mat from going full haywire with his editing skills, and is so, so memeable

  4. Fae Henry says:

    Now I need an explanation for the flavor of Pink, especially on donuts. Because it’s definitely not strawberry like it supposedly should be, and it’s not just food coloring and vanilla icing.

    • Butch Please I'm Fabulous says:

      From what I know as a previous Tim hortons baker, At Tim hortons it’s barely strawberry mostly vanilla fondant. Fondant has its own taste which changes things

  5. Raindog says:

    I’m a brewtender and can confirm that as long as that beer is in the same family, almost no one can discern the “tasting notes”. And when I say something like “stonefruit notes” nobody knows what I’m talking about anyway, so I definitely see this phenomena happen EVERY single day. They just agree and nod.

  6. JulliaStark says:

    I would love for him to do a video on what exactly makes up the flavor of “birthday cake”

  7. ItsGardenGnome says:

    Matt! I think these two facts might interest you!

    1. In Brazil, blue raspberry is actually denominated “tutti-frutti” as the packaging states it actually is a mash of different fruit flavours, like you found!

    2. I think it would be interesting to do a video on how the UK has no grape flavored things; all sweets, juices alike Capri-Suns, and popsicles/ice lollies are Blackcurrant flavoured! To the point in which my British friends were absolutely baffled by the notion of “grape candies” elsewhere in the world!

    • JellyPikachu and Franklin ツ says:

      I never saw purple grape candy to be specific

    • soundpreacher says:

      I heard that was because currant plants had some virus or fungus in America, so they were largely destroyed, but grapes were plentiful. To this day, I don’t know that I’ve ever seen an actual currant.

    • Richard Cartwright says:

      @Kahadi Plus, lots of blackcurrants available in the UK/Europe whereas there was a long term ban on them in the US

    • Tester Wulf :3 says:

      @Kahadi I’m honestly more familiar with bubblegum syrups (mostly ones for pain relief)..I live in the US; it’s pretty much the only flavor I’ll pick as the others taste horrible (some other common others being strawberry and cherry, grape is a close last)! Oddly enough grape candies don’t taste like cough syrup or anything similar to me..probably due to the sugars making it much more desirable of a flavor (and lacking medicine which would ruin the flavor), I can even taste the different between bubblegum candy and the medication syrups.

    • Kyu says:

      In Sweden we also call blue raspberry tutti frutti ! Though it’s usually not coloured blue but instead pink and yellow

  8. Blue Wizard says:

    I 100% want a food theory episode based on the lore of otter pops now, please make this MatPat!

  9. Lucas de Mello Sampaio says:

    Interesting that the butterfly you used to talk about rare blue pigments don’t actually contain blue pigments. It, along with a lot of blue in nature, specially in insects, are a fruit of special crystal structures that traps other colors and reflect only blue, but are not pigments in a way that they aren’t a molecule that have the property of reflectig blue. Btw, I see those butterflies all the time where I live and they are gorgeous.

    • PierreD says:

      Thank you!

    • Dylan Sylvester says:

      ​@PotatoPirate and then theres woad

    • PotatoPirate says:

      This is very true. There is a remarkably small amount of blue pigment in nature, which is why semi precious stones like lapiz lazuli were used for (expensive) paintings. There were some available blue pigments derived from industry (like smalt) but they were not very blue at all. All the blue pigments we use today are relatively modern. Blue seems to be a troublesome colour in general, as blue LEDs weren’t invented until the 90s.

    • Emil David Bjerre Jørgensen says:

      Got there just before me, well done sir

  10. eris chaos says:

    When I worked at World Market around 10 years ago, they one day started selling these bags of blue gummies shaped like feet. A lady came up to me and asked what flavor they were, but as they had just come out with them, I didn’t know. “Let’s find out,” I said, and went to the shelf to grab the blue gummy feet bag, turned it over, and…
    *Flavor: Blue*

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