Blue raspberry flavor

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A cup of blue raspberry Italian ice at the Taste of Chicago festival

Blue raspberry is a manufactured flavoring and food coloring for candy, snack foods, syrups, and soft drinks.[1][2] The flavor and color do not derive from any species of raspberry.[1][2] According to one expert, the flavor profile of raspberry was developed using "mostly esters of the banana, cherry, and pineapple variety."[2] Sugar is commonly used to create taste appeal for the blue raspberry flavoring.[2]

Food products labeled as blue raspberry flavor commonly are dyed with a bright blue synthetic food coloring, such as brilliant blue FCF (also called Blue #1) having European food coloring number E133.[3] The blue color was used to differentiate raspberry-flavored foods from cherry-, watermelon-, and strawberry-flavored foods, each of which is red.[1][2]

Blue raspberry flavor and color were first used in the United States in 1958 to add interest to snow cones.[2] Regulatory agencies, such as the US Food and Drug Administration, provide guidelines on artificial flavors and colors for manufacturers out of concern for consumer safety,[4] and have approved the use of blue raspberry as a safe ingredient since 1969.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Matt Soniak (November 10, 2015). "What is a blue raspberry?". North Dakota State University. Retrieved April 8, 2022.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Michael Y. Park (August 1, 2016). "What even Is blue raspberry anyway?". Bon Appétit, Condé Nast. Retrieved April 8, 2022.
  3. ^ "E133: Brilliant Blue FCF". Food-Info. 2022. Retrieved April 8, 2022.
  4. ^ "Overview of Food Ingredients, Additives & Colors". US Food and Drug Administration. February 6, 2018. Retrieved April 8, 2022.

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