Bakeries are filled with a vast selection of delectable treats, pastries and snacks for you to indulge in as you walk through the doors.
While there is a diverse range of treats on offer often the humble doughnut can not be beaten – which is why it has been a staple for so many years.
You will be hard-pressed to find a bakery or supermarket which doesn’t stock a classic jam doughnut.
These sugary treats bursting with raspberry jam have at times, allegedly, been hiding a very big secret. The delicious jam you may not be jam at all.
A new report claims that some bakeries are using an unusual and unexpected ingredient when making their jam doughnuts.
Australian doughnut franchise, Donut King, has made the shocking revelation about one of the UK’s great baked treats.
Speaking to news.com.au, General Manager Andrew Badcock made the confession that certain food brands may be using jam substitute.
According to the GM, certain firms are using coloured and flavoured apple paste or sauce to create their delicious jam.
He said: “Some food brands use apple paste or sauce as the core ingredient in their raspberry jam recipe.
“With its natural sweetness and no pips, apple sauce is widely used for its smooth and ‘jammy’ texture.”
He continued: “Many customers show a proclivity towards smoother and more consistent textures in their food choices as it’s a more familiar and comforting experience.
“Pips, seeds and smaller grains tend to get caught in teeth and a lot of people don’t appreciate that sensation.”
While it is a relief that it is not something gross, like the way certain red food dye is made from beetles, it is shocking to say the least.
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Earlier this month there were also reports from YouTuber Tom Scott, revealing that the vinegar used in chip shops probably isn’t real vinegar.
The YouTuber, who boasts over 1.88 million subscribers, released the video called ‘The Fake Vinegar In British Fish and Chip Shops.’
He claimed that what is actually in those plastic bottles is a non-brewed condiment, which is chemically similar to real vinegar and is made from a mixture of ethanoic acid, water, food colouring and flavouring.
Real vinegar is made by malting and brewing barley into an ale and is then turned into vinegar through an ageing process.
According to Trading Standards, you can’t call something a vinegar unless it has been brewed, but he notes many places still do.
He stated many establishments prefer the non-brewed condiment as it can be bought in a concentrated form and is cheaper to buy than traditional malt vinegar.
One benefit of the chip shop vinegar not being brewed is that it is completely halal and gluten free.