This ingredient is found in so many foods, especially sweets. This is HARAM, but it makes you wonder why they use such ingredients. Its basically a colour!
The cochineal (// koch-i-neel or // koch-i-neel; Dactylopius coccus) is a scale insect in the suborderSternorrhyncha, from which the crimson-coloured natural dye carmine is derived. A primarily sessile parasite native to tropical and subtropical South America and Mexico, this insect lives on cacti in the genus Opuntia, feeding on plant moisture and nutrients.
The insect produces carminic acid that deters predation by other insects. Carminic acid, typically 17–24% of dried insects' weight, can be extracted from the body and eggs, then mixed with aluminium or calcium salts to make carmine dye, also known as cochineal. Carmine is today primarily used as a food colouring and for cosmetics, especially as a lipstick colouring.
The carmine dye was used in Central America in the 15th century for colouring fabrics and became an important exportgood during the colonial period. After synthetic pigments and dyes such as alizarin were invented in the late 19th century, natural-dye production gradually diminished. Health fears over artificial food additives, however, have renewed the popularity of cochineal dyes, and the increased demand has made cultivation of the insect profitable again, withPeru being the largest exporter. In Mexico, some towns in the state of Oaxaca are still working in handmade textiles.
Other species in the genus Dactylopius can be used to produce cochineal extract, but they are extremely difficult to distinguish from D. coccus, even for expert taxonomists, and the latter scientific name (and the vernacular "cochineal insect") is therefore commonly used when one is actually referring to other biological species. The primary biological distinctions between species are minor differences in host plant preferences, in addition to very different geographic distributions.
Cadbury 5 Turkish Delight Cake Bars (seasonal) (cochineal)
Cadbury 6 Double Chocolate Mini Rolls (cochineal)
Cadbury 6, 10 Jam Mini Rolls (cochineal)
TIC TAC LIME/ORANGE - (Contains cochineal)
TIC TAC ORANGE (Contains cochineal)
TIC TAC CHERRY PASSION (Contains cochineal)
NOTE: Some of the Tic Tacs are Halal, so you will have to check the ingredients first.