Drink Skratch Because It Really is Made from Fruit Jun 6, 2014


When you ask Jon from Skratch why their “Lemons and Limes” flavored drink mix is pluralized, he’ll tell you because it takes more than one lemon and one lime to make it. Now, the concept of sports drinks or hydration mixes containing fruit shouldn’t be that foreign to most of you, but the reality is, a lot don’t. Instead, they’ll contain “natural” flavors, which may be natural, but in reality aren’t fruit.

I love raspberries and the Skratch Raspberry mix is a favorite of mine, but it always tasted a bit different than my other raspberry flavored drink mixes. It wasn’t as overpowering. The main reason being, Skratch is actually made from raspberries and my *gasp* other mix is from other “natural” flavors.

As I quit using other hydration mixes, the actual, real, raspberry mix tastes worlds better and the other mixes started to taste like ass. Coincidentally, that’s where “natural” raspberry flavoring comes from. Ass. A beaver’s ass. No shit. Well, yes, shit. Well…

Castoreum is an all-natural additive used in perfumes and food flavoring. It’s the anal gland of our flat-tailed friend, the beaver. You’ll actually find it e-v-e-r-y-w-h-e-r-e. In fact, unless it says “raspberries” in the ingredients, you’re *definitely drinking beaver ass. Pucker up baby!

I know this sounds like an advertisement. It’s not. I buy my Skratch from my local shop and have never taken a dime from them to say any of this. I just don’t want you sucking down the butthole of a beaver when you hydrate.

Drink Skratch, don’t drink beaver butt.

*maybe not definitely, but most likely

  • Jacob Felton

    Puttin butthole juice on blast!

    • I feel like I saw something about this on Ren and Stimpy as a kid….

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  • Adam Miller

    Yep. “Natural” and “artificial” flavors are still chemicals, they just get made in different ways. Basically, “natural” flavors are extracted, while “artificial” flavors are synthesized.

    Eric Schlosser, in ‘Fast Food Nation:’

    “A natural flavor is not necessarily more healthful or purer than an artificial one. When almond flavor — benzaldehyde — is derived from natural sources, such as peach and apricot pits, it contains traces of hydrogen cyanide, a deadly poison. Benzaldehyde derived by mixing oil of clove and amyl acetate does not contain any cyanide. Nevertheless, it is legally considered an artificial flavor and sells at a much lower price. Natural and artificial flavors are now manufactured at the same chemical plants, places that few people would associate with Mother Nature.”

  • Aaron


    I just want to say thanks for all you’ve taught me over the years. I used to be one of these ignorant, frugal dudes who didn’t understand why things cost what they did, and thought anything expensive was just for people who were trying to be fancy. I never took much time to think about the ramifications of producing and buying cheap shit.

    You have educated me, and many others I think. Granted I’ve had a few hard lessons in buy-nice-or-buy-twice with my bikes but these days I think about every purchase I make, whether it’s bike related or not. I think about where it was made, and why it costs what it does and a lot of that consideration can be directly attributed to this site, right here. You’ve fielded so many “___ dollars for a fucking ___?!?!?” type comments over the years, but is it just me, or do they seem to be coming less often these days? I never made a comment, though I definitely used to be one of the outraged ones. But gradually I came around–it all came together for me with your visit to China, I think.

    So thanks. You are doing great things with this site. You inspire and you teach.
    Aaron, in Oakland.

  • Alan Norman

    Ummmm, I halfway thought this was a joke, I wonder how many lbs of beaver shit i’ve eaten over the years.

    • Beaver butthole is not a joke. Our rodent friends’ glands top Canada’s export list each year. Poor little buck-tooth, tree munching, cuddly friends.

      • Alan Norman

        I’m……fn speechless…..That being said, I’ve always loved scratch labs, now even moreso.

      • Alan Norman

        And thank you for not feeding me beaver ass.

  • According to Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Castoreum), the annual food industry consumption of this ass-juice is pretty low, around 300 pounds. I’m not sure it’s as prevalent as you might think… Which is a good thing I guess?

  • Gavin Adkins

    Suggested edit: change “you’re definitely drinking beaver ass” to “you might be drinking beaver ass”. While some raspberry flavouring is beaver ass, some of it is a synthetic reproduction of beaver ass. Don’t want to see Skratch’s competitors lawyering you on what is a pretty awesome post.

    • No one’s gonna lawyer me. I didn’t name anyone… ;-)

  • Keith Gibson

    Orange is a great flavor also.