This rare treat kept Griff busy for a while at the graduation. It caught his eye at Linens -n- Things yesterday and since I myself have a soft spot for lollipops, I gave in. Imagining the mess that an everlasting sucker like that could produce, however, I told him we'd save it for the outdoor grad ceremony. He has a memory like an elephant and didn't take long to ask for the promised treat.
By the way, July 20 is National Lollipop Day. No joke.
FD&C blue no. 1 (brilliant blue FCF) is derived from coal tar and apparently daily consumption in the US is ~16 mg per person. I'm wondering how much blue food that comes out to? How much blue dye in, say, a handful of M&Ms? In general I like Michael Pollan's advice not to eat anything that your great-great grandmother wouldn't recognize as food - occasional lollipop treats aside. ;)