I saw this Vegetable Pate in my local Whole Foods back in January. I’d heard of vegan pates being made, so I checked out the ingredients. I saw none of my buzzwords, like rennet or gelatin. However, I did see a word I wasn’t familiar with: Aspic.

Now some might wonder why I didn’t whip out my smartphone and google it right then and there. Yeah, well…I just had to go the old fashioned route and ask. The woman behind the counter didn’t know what it was but said it wasn’t meat. So I bought a small piece.

I’m glad I had the good sense to write it down and search it when I got home. I’m also glad that the manager obliged in taking it back.

Don’t go through the same hassle. Add Aspic to your buzzword list and do the research before you buy.