Recently I decided to gather the ingredients for an interesting cookie recipe. The cookie recipe is from the Momofuku’s Milkbar Cookbook, and I found it on a favorite blog – Just a Smidgen. Here’s the post for Momofuku Funfetti Cookies. Thanks Smidge.
One of the unique ingredients needed was liquid glucose. I wasn’t sure where to find if, so while I was grocery shopping I started my search. My regular grocery didn’t have any, but as I was going past a large natural food store, I thought I’d check there. I went to the customer service counter to ask about the glucose. The clerk said she thought I would find it in the baking section, but she offered to call the office to confirm. She called, I waited, and then I got the bad news. The clerk said, “We don’t carry glucose because it is really bad for you.” I explained that I just needed a little for a cookie recipe, and really it was just a form of sugar. She repeated, rather loudly, “But it is really, really bad for you, and that’s why we don’t carry it.” Give me a break. I’m not planning on drinking the stuff! (The recipe uses only 2 tablespoons!)
Perhaps I was feeling oversensitive, but I was quite insulted by the way I was treated at Community Natural Foods. I think that the clerk’s condescending attitude was completely uncalled for – especially considering that she was pleasant and helpful until she had called the store office. I felt like I was asking for illegal drugs or some other form of contraband. I didn’t really give a lot of thought to why a shop would or would not carry glucose, I just stopped by because it is very close to my regular grocery store. I’m not sure I’ll ask for help there again. It might be safer to just wander the aisles looking for products on my own. I was going to purchase a few other items that day, but decided to put them back and just leave the store. I was somewhat embarrassed by what had happened.
I decided that glucose was probably available as a Wilton cake decorating product, and went to a Michael’s Craft Store to continue my search. Success. Not only did they have the nasty glucose, but I was able to purchase it without reprimand. I haven’t baked the cookies yet, but when I do decide to bake, I have all my ingredients on hand. I need a little more time to get over the trauma.
In case you’re wondering what all the fuss was about, here’s the culprit:
Note the single ingredient listed – corn syrup. I’m willing to admit that corn syrup is not the healthiest item a person can ingest, but you shouldn’t have to feel like a felon if you buy it!
I can think of a couple of ingredients that I might be reluctant to buy, but glucose isn’t one of them.