Well, it really should be of no surprise that crab sticks are not made of crab!
I quite like them, well I did till I took at glance at the contents of one of these little things.
Amongst other things the main ingredients is Surimi. So what is Surimi, well click on the word to find out! It's Chinese translation is Fish Puree or Slurry!
I then wanted to know how they make the tops of the stick the bright colour that they are?
It says no artificial colours so I was a little intrigued.
So good old wiki helped me out as the ingredients states that Carmine is used.
Carmine, is produced by boiling certain types of insects in ammonia! Yes I did just say insects. In fact it is a cochineal scale.
Not only that but I went on to read that this process and colourant is also used in yogurt and certain fruit juices!
Not too sure that I will be eating many more of these from now on, hope I haven't put anyone off!