What do Whoppers (maltese balls) and spray snow have in common?
Posted by aonomus on December 30, 2009
The two ingredients in common are calcium carbonate , and sorbitan tristearate (surfactant). Spray snow uses calcium carbonate as the ‘snow’, and sorbitan tristearate as a surfactant to allow it to mix with the water in the can so it can be sprayed out. In Whoppers, the calcium carbonate is likely a texture modifier, while the sorbitan tristearates use is unknown.
Spray snow MSDS: http://www.chaseproducts.com/msds/4969000.pdf
Note: while these two products have ingredients in common, I am not trying to falsely claim Whoppers are toxic. This is merely a casual observation that I made after I was bored enough to read the MSDS for spray snow, and recently read the ingredient list on my box of chocolate. Also from what I can ascertain, the spray snow isn’t terribly toxic either, although I suspect it would taste *horrible* (and also the propellant would be flammable, obviously).