Fancy some Pork Lard?

So the other day I was munching on some cookies.
Plaza del Sol Cinnamon Hearts imported from Spain, for the record.
After eating 3 or 4 of these small cookies, my eyes wandered over to the list of ingredients on the box.
And what is listed as third ingredient ? Pork Lard.
In a panic, I looked up "pork lard", and although I already could have told you what it is if I weren't in a state of shock, to my horror I read that it's... pig fat. Right off the pig. "Lard can be obtained from any part of the pig as long as there is a high concentration of fatty tissue", Wikipedia says.
I was munching on pig fat.

It's like if you cut off the fat from your body and cooked it up into your food. You're eating the fat from a creature's body. And in your cookies.
How SICK is this?! Why mix PIG FAT into innocent little cookies?! 

I felt like throwing up. I felt like the world had tricked me!

Now doesn't this just look DELICIOUS? Is your mouth watering at the sight of these blobby lumps of FAT? YUM!

I was quite shocked and traumatized from this whole experience, as you can probably tell.
And I'll definitely be checking the ingredients in my cookies from now on.


  1. Ewww! Hope you're feeling OK now.

  2. Reminds me of when I bought rice cheese (rice milk cheese) and it still had casein (the protein in milk) in it. I was thinking, "What's the point?" (even though I know it's more geared towards people who are lactose intolerant). I feel your pain. Sometimes I get too lax reading the ingredients list and a situation like that snaps me back. Sorry about your pork lard experience.

    1. That brand of lactose free cheese should find a way to substitute the casein... they probably would sell more, since vegans would be able to buy it too!
      That must have been frustrating.

  3. YUCK. Poor you. Poor pigs : (

    1. I know right? I can't possibly think of a more horrible reason for dying then to get my fat cooked into cookies.

  4. If everyone read the ingredients first, no one would buy packaged anything. Sad fact.
    Susan Joyce

    1. Susan! You're back! :)
      Hope you had a wonderful vacation!

      I agree. The first ingredients on most packages would probably be sugar, glucose syrup, or corn syrup...

    2. Ugh... Even if I'm not vegetarian or anything, I'm suddenly not that hungry anymore!