Every few years tremendous amounts of attention turn to something that’s existed under the radar for quite a while. This happens in the world of food all the time. And for the past few years all eyes have turned to red velvet cake. With its roots in southern cooking, red velvet cake isn’t a new culinary discovery. It’s been around since World War II. New York’s famous hotel, the Waldorf-Astoria, claims to have originated the recipe while those from the south will tell you that’s not true and that recipe has been in their family forever. It’s a great cake, moist and uniquely flavorful. But it was never “a thing.”
It is now though. Red Velvet is one of those trends that really caught on and won’t die. There’s red velvet everything, everywhere. We’ve even got Red Velvet Oreos.
And now Burger King has introduced the Red Velvet Oreo Shake.
FoodFacts.com isn’t very excited about this latest introduction. We’re used to the idea that whenever we find the word “red” in a fast food menu item name, we’re going to find artificial colors in the ingredient list. And if they’re using artificial colors in a recipe, we’re pretty positive that the rest of the list will be tainted by a large number of controversial ingredients. It’s almost as though they figure the artificial coloring is already in there, why bother caring about the quality of the remainder of the ingredients. We thought we’d investigate to see if our theory holds up.
Nutrition Facts (16 ou. size)
Fat: 17 grams
Saturated Fat: 10 grams
Sugar: 90 grams
We will acknowledge that the shake is listed as a “Sweet” on the website, inferring that you should order this to enjoy as a dessert after your meal. So, for instance, after you’ve eaten a Whopper with fries which cost you about 1,000 calories and 60 grams of fat, you should add an extra 630 calories and 17 grams of fat because you just love red velvet everything. And let’s not forget the almost 23 TEASPOONS OF SUGAR in a 16 oz. serving!!!!!! WOW.
Let’s see how Burger King built the Red Velvet Oreo Shake:
SOFT SERVE/SHAKE MIX: Milk fat and Nonfat Milk, Sugar, Sweet Whey, Corn Syrup, High Fructose Corn Syrup, Propylene Glycol Monoesters, Natural and Artificial Vanilla Flavor, Mono & Diglycerides, Guar Gum, Disodium Phosphate, Sodium Citrate, Cellulose Gum, Carrageenan. CONTAINS: MILK, RED VELVET SHAKE SYRUP: Sugar, Water, Cocoa Processed with Alkali, Contains 2% or less of: natural flavors, artificial color (Red 40), Potassium Sorbate (preservative), Salt, Xanthan Gum, Lactic Acid.
There’s nothing good about this ingredient list. We start off with the shake mix that contains all sorts of things we try very hard to stay away from. Then they add the Red Velvet Shake Syrup which contains more ingredients we try very hard to stay away from. Put it all together and you’ve got a pretty big mess (which, by the way, doesn’t have a thing to do with Oreos at all.)
Next time we’re craving red velvet, we’re getting ready to bake a cake (from a recipe that doesn’t include artificial food coloring) and spending the time required to prepare it ourselves. We’re out on this one. Thanks anyway.