Color of change: The unwanted surprise you get when you eat BK’s ‘Halloween Whopper’

If you haven’t seen the ads for it, fast food giant Burger King is dishing up a variation of its Whopper in time for Halloween that celebrates one of that holiday’s two signature colors. Specifically, the seeded bun that sandwiches the normal quarter-pound burger plus the usual complement of fixins’ has been dyed black. Judging from a candid snapshot, the limited-edition Whopper isn’t all that appetizing.

Halloween Whopper
Credit: The Impulsive Buy

But it’s not just the bread that undergoes a color shift. As a number of commenters on Twitter warn, the chemicals used to dye the bun black bring about other, probably unanticipated changes as well:

The consumer website The Impulsive Buy notes that the bun’s ingredient list include FD&C Red #40, FD&C Blue #1, raisin juice concentrate, Worcerstershire sauce, caramel color, and FD&C Yellow #6, any  — or all — of which could be responsible for the greenish tint of the aftermath.

Admittedly, BK’s commercial photographers have managed to make the specialty item look somewhat more palatable:

whopper2But not even the most gifted graphic artist can make the sandwich look more appetizing in its post-digestion stage.

(h/t Mike Opelka, The Blaze)

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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