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People Are Complaining These Oreos Turned Their Poop Pink

Photograph by Maura Wall Hernandez

'Tis the season for the Easter basket treat you either love or hate: Marshmallow Peeps. And now, Oreo has turned them into a limited-edition sandwich cookie flavor.

But that's not why they're in the news. (Although, we did an unofficial taste test and can confirm they're pretty tasty.) And yes, they're the same bright pink color you expect from Peeps, so they'll turn your tongue pink, too. But since they landed on store shelves in late February, people have been taking to Twitter to complain these cookies are also turning something else pink: their poop.

The company issued a statement that said the vibrant pink creme centers are made with a food coloring known as FD&C Red Number 3, an ingredient approved by the FDA.

"Certain foods can temporarily color the tongue and inside of the mouth," the statement said. "This is common with brightly colored products such as ice pops, gelatins and drink mixes, as well as with certain fruits and vegetables, including beets and cranberries. Such foods can also temporarily color stool."

Let's be honest, though. If you're eating enough pink Oreos to turn your poop pink, you might want to rethink some of your choices.

But if it's too late for you and you've got pink toilet stains, might we suggest a toilet-cleaning tip? One cup of baking soda, one cup of vinegar and some scrubbing, followed by a flush or two, should do the trick. If it's really bad, let the baking soda-vinegar mix sit in the bowl for an hour before you scrub.

Some of the other limited-edition Oreos of the past had colorful creme centers, as well. Remember the red-and-white candy cane Oreos available only during the holidays? People didn't seem to have too many complaints about those.

In any case, we're happy to report that with our unofficial, internal taste test, there were no colorful side-effects. But then, we didn't eat a whole package at once.

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