I've spoken a lot here about how my husband and I work to strike a reasonable balance in terms of the foods our kids eat. We do what we can to make good, healthy - yet relatively fun - options available to them, in a convenient way, but at the same time don't fall to pieces, rending our garments, if they occasionally have some M & M's, or donut holes. My philosophy, generally, is that if I make this big, dramatic deal about this kind of stuff, it'll only make it more alluring. It is, essentially, the Bad Boy Principle, made popular by The Fonz, as well as George Costanza, in that Seinfeld episode from a thousand years ago. Essentially, what I want to avoid is a situation wherein Those M & M's are wearing wee metaphorical leather jackets, revving their tiny metaphorical motorcycles in front of my house.
Before I fall down a rabbit hole of potential new band names (the first one being The Metaphorical Motorcycles), I did want to admit to the fact that despite the above, I do have a few deal breakers. You know, those foods that, try as I might, I just can't handle, and - unlike The Fonz - about which I am totally not cool:
Any sort of sour spray/liquid-typecandy -- Why does this exist? Is it solely to ruin my life? My kids recently got this sour candy spray stuff in a holiday basket. It is literally liquid sugar, with what is undoubtedly some extreme cavity- accelerating sour power thrown in for good measure. Obviously, my kids thought it was the best thing they had ever seen in their lives, and occasionally ask me what happened to it. (What happened to it was that I had to create a diversion involving some sort of jig, in order to toss this into the trash.)
Lollipops the size of one's head - I am actually sort of okay with lollipops, since I may have tricked myself into believing that the ones I let my kids have (those HFCS-free Trader Joe's pops made from fruit) are, if not HEALTHY, at least not the worst candy treat in the world. (See above for that.) Every now and then, however, a lightsaber and/or human head-sized swirly-whirly lollipop finds its way into my house. Everything gets sticky, including my ceilings, somehow, and these pops! What is it about them? They. Never. Get. Smaller. Never again!
Cotton candy and gumballs - No.
What about you? What are your food "deal breakers" for your kids?