These carrots were created, back when stores wanted their produce to look less organic and more uniform, as a way to avoid wasting oddly shaped regular carrots. According to the World Carrot Museum, the farmer who came up with them also tried out a round version called Bunny Balls but for some reason those weren’t a hit.
Now the question: Are they bad for you? The short answer is no. At some point an urban myth sprung up about baby carrots being soaked in chlorine (a potentially dangerous carcinogen in large amounts) as part of the process of transforming them into nuggets. It was suggested that the whitish color that develops when these carrots have been sitting out was actually chlorine residue. This has been debunked so kids and pregnant ladies can snack away!