Why banana candy doesn’t taste like banana

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There is a myth that one variety of banana tastes a lot like artificial banana flavoring. We tracked it down to investigate if it is as “banana-y” as the myth claims.

Have you ever eaten a Laffy Taffy and thought, “Wow, that tastes just like a banana!”

We didn’t think so.

But apparently, there’s one variety of banana that’s not far off from its candy counterpart.

In this episode of Reactions, we got our hands on that hard-to-find-variety and others to investigate which banana tastes the most like artificial banana flavoring

Reactions is a video series produced by the American Chemical Society and PBS Digital Studios.

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