So, my worst suspicions were confirmed today with a quick Google search while having lunch today. Unlike Cornish Gamehens, which are actually chickens bred to be smaller, baby carrots are in fact full-grown carrots whittled down to size to appeal to the American snacksense. Because, you know, we'll eat anything modular. To be precise, according to USA Today:
"They're grown-up carrots cut into 2-inch sections, pumped through water-filled pipes into whirling cement-mixer-size peelers and whittled down to the niblets Americans know, love and scarf down by the bagful."
Awesome. I don't like them any less, of course, but it was still neat to know. Interestingly as well, an entire pound of baby carrots only has 200 calories. Crazy.