I took a survey of my pantry, just checking out the standard items that I grew up eating and have kept on buying. I found a few that I honestly didn't know were "edible food like substances" to quote In Defense of Food. Syrup, for example. Oh, I had no idea. I thought we were eating maple syrup, the kind I saw as a kid seeping into buckets hanging from trees. Turns out Aunt Jemima is Corn Syrup, High Fructose Corn Syrup, water, cellulose, gum, caramel color, salt, sodium benzoate and sorbic acid, artificial and natural flavors, sodium hexametaphosphate. Ok, so now there's pure maple syrup in my fridge. :) I know, syrup isn't exactly a health food anyway you look at it, but with the cost of better maple syrup, I can guarantee we're eating pancakes more sparingly. :)
What are some "edible food like substances" YOU have discovered in your pantry?