I can't believe how different my kids were as far as liking particular foods. One absolutely loved mashed potatoes, while the other would gag at the thought of trying them. Making school lunches could be a nightmare if you were in a hurry. "No mayonnaise...mustard please!...just the plain yellow kind....crusts removed...extra jelly... grape only...did she get more chips than me?!".....yada, yada. Easter baskets and Christmas stockings consisted of one with assorted chocolate, and another with fruit candies, like Starburst and Skittles. I laugh at what I do, because growing up, this "food whining" would never have happened at my house. The house rules were, "try it even if you don't like it, eat what you take, and you get what you get."
I'm sure many of you had a favorite food that still makes you smile. It's even more special when you know you can buy these same goodies today for your own kids. The good stuff will always be around, like M&M's, cheeseburgers, ice cold milkshakes and caramel corn.
Let's get nostalgic.
This is my top ten list of childhood foods I remember loving. Maybe these will take you back. (Like "Dave's Top Ten", we'll start with number ten):
10. Fruit cocktail (I would drink the syrup right out of the can....gross)
9. Cherry jello (with the fruit cocktail added after I drank the syrup)
8. Corn on the cob (I liked using the little corn-shaped holders)
7. Blue freeze pops (giant sized ones, a foot long. I would ride my bike with one in my teeth)
6. Kool-aid (any flavor, sometimes just ate the powder like a pixi-stix....gross again.)
5. Barnum's animal crackers (loved the little box with the string handle)
4. PDQ drink mix (little chocolate pellets would float to the milk surface...yum)
3. My mom's coconut-pecan chocolate cake (gooey and delicious)
2. Fluffernutter sandwiches (still make 'em, still eat 'em)
And my number one all time favorite childhood food memory:
9. Watermelon (I got A LOT of heat for not liking this one. I think it was the seeds.)
7. Scooter Pies (especially the strawberry ones.....made me.....flinch. Go figure though. As previously stated, I love fluffernutters)
4. Chipped beef gravy on toast (in my house, this was a Thursday night staple. I won't go into details what the appearance, taste and smell were like, but I had a dog, and she wouldn't eat it. The army called it S.O.S. for a reason.)
3. Sugar Crisp cereal (I don't know, I just didn't like it. There were brownish puffs, and they floated, and turned my milk tan.)
And the number one, least favorite, most hated childhood food of mine (drum roll pleeeze):