God knows how anyone digests Peeps. The Easter-related, chick-shaped, marshmallow-approximating foodstuff has ruined many a holiday with its granular coating alone, which sticks to your fingers even when you've only picked one up to throw it away. And the taste? Imagine gauze and silly putty combined.
But none of that stopped the good folks at Oreo HQ from unveiling Peeps Oreos for the season, and, because this is America, where we never back down from a novelty junk food, people happily ate them. Then they made a chilling discovery.
OK, so the food coloring made your mouth pink. That's not such a big deal, is it? Let's ask Junk Food Guy, a food blogger who called the cookie "a delicious sweet marshmallow Oreo," whether he experienced a related side effect.
Dude, the creme turned my saliva bright pink! BRIGHT PINK! This is sort of horrifying – this is the type of food dye where an hour later, when I went to brush my teeth, IT TURNED MY TOOTHBRUSH PINK. What the heck. WHAT THE HECK.
That does seem extreme. Still, that's as bad as it gets, right? Right?
Oh my. Of course, without any photographic evidence, it's unclear how pink the poop in question is, or whether this is even really happening. But a statement from an Oreo representative acknowledged the possibility of pink peep poop.
The Oreo Peep limited-edition sandwich cookies contain a bright pink food coloring, FD&C Red Number 3. We use this ingredient in the product consistent with U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulations. Certain foods can temporarily color the tongue and inside of the mouth. This is common with brightly colored products such as ice pops, gelatins and drink mixes, as well as with certain fruits and vegetables, including beets and cranberries. Such foods can also temporarily color stool.
Consider yourself warned. Unless, like some, you see pink poop as a perk.
You do you, Peeps fans.