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McDonald’s Japan adds purple shakes to their menu

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By Casey Baseel, SoraNews24

It was only a week ago that McDonald’s Japan introduced its new lineup of extra-matcha green tea dessert drinks. In the fast-paced world of Japanese sweets, though, you’ve always got to be getting ready for the next flavor, and, in this case, the next color.

So while the green tea items remain on the menu, they’ll soon be joined by purple McShakes. In the past, McDonald’s Japan has offered such fruity shake flavors as white peach and Hokkaido melon, which might have you thinking these are grape concoctions, but the star ingredient is something else entirely.

The new McShake is actually flavored with murasaki imo (literally “purple potato”), a type of Japanese sweet potato with a vibrant violet hue.

Murasaki imo are at their most delicious in autumn, which is why McDonald’s is unveiling the drink now (plus decorating the bottom of the cup with autumn leaves). As an added bit of seasonal appeal, it won’t be long until Halloween, a celebration Japan has embraced in a big way over the past few years and is locally associated with the color purple, like with the purple chocolate French fry sauce, purple pancakes, and purple potato salad we’ve seen in years past.

The Murasaki Imo McShakes are priced at 120 yen for a small and 200 yen for a medium. They’re scheduled to go on sale Sept 26 and will be available for a limited but unspecified time, but there’ll be at least a bit of overlap that’ll let you drink them on the same day as Starbucks’ crispy sweet potato Frappuccinos.

Source: McDonald’s via Japaaan

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And the chemical name of the artificial coloring is 3 pages long. No thanks!

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Reckless, you really need to read beyond the headline.

“The new McShake is actually flavored with murasaki imo (literally “purple potato”), a type of Japanese sweet potato with a vibrant violet hue.”

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And for any doubters, here’s a couple of terms to do google image searches for the glorious purple sweet potatoes and things made of them. 

紫芋

 紫芋パウダー

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I avoid any food with blue coloring in it, (purple is red and blue mixed for those who do not know lol), after making candy in my home country and in Japan, 7 years in total. When mixing colors into the candy, any color that got on your skin would wash off very easily... except blue.

It would stay on your skin, being absorbed, for DAYS. Nothing would wash it off.

Terrifying.

If it does that to your skin what does it do to your insides?

So ill pass on this thanks Maccas.

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Being fast food there are bound to be artificial colors and sweetners in it....

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Best avoided. For the sake of your health.

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