We're almost finished with the worst part of winter in Colorado. In just a few weeks, everyone will be on the lookout for the first day of spring on March 19th, followed by Easter's arrival on March 31st.

You probably already see Easter candy lining store shelves around Grand Junction as Coloradans get ready to fill Easter baskets with lots of sweet treats. One popular Easter treat is catching heat over an ingredient after a concerning review from Consumer Reports.

95 Rock logo
Get our free mobile app

What Popular Easter Candy Could Cause Cancer?

I have seen Peeps Easter Candy around every Easter holiday as far back as I can remember. There is always a friend or coworker who has a stockpile of brightly colored marshmallow candies nearby once the first day of spring arrives. Did you know that most marshmallow peeps contain an ingredient that is a known cancer-causing carcinogen?

What Ingredient Could Cause Cancer?

The cancer-causing ingredient in Peeps is Red Dye Number 3. Multiple studies have shown this ingredient causes cancer in animals. According to Consumer Reports, Peeps products that contain Red Dye Number 3 include Pink Marshmallow Chicks, Peeps Pink Marshmallow Bunnies, Peeps Lavender Marshmallow Chicks, and Peeps Lavender Marshmallow Bunnies.

This Ingredient Has Been Banned Before

Red Dye Number 3 was banned by the FDA for use in cosmetics way back in 1990. Doesn't it seem strange that some companies are still allowed to use this ingredient? In 2024, Peeps and thousands of other products, still use Red Dye Number 3 as an ingredient in food. The FDA requires this ingredient to be printed on product labels.

Peep's parent company responded to the article from Consumer Reports. You can find it here.

LOOK: 25 Counties with the Highest Cancer Rates in Colorado

Which counties in Colorado have the highest cancer rates? Using data from the CDC, the following counties in the gallery below represent the highest cancer rates in the Centennial State. Keep scrolling to see if your county is on the list.

Gallery Credit: Wesley Adams

KEEP GOING: Stars Who Were Diagnosed With Cancer

Cancer doesn't discriminate when it comes to age, gender, nationality or celebrity status. Below, here are some stars who have been diagnosed with cancer.

Gallery Credit: Jacklyn Krol

MORE: 12 Popular Food Items Gone Forever at Colorado Stores

Several companies are making room for new products in 2024 by discontinuing some items that may include a few of your favorites. Keep going to see 12 items discontinued from Colorado stores and restaurants in the year ahead.

Gallery Credit: Wesley Adams

More From 95 Rock