Musings: Favorite Childhood Food

Today’s topic is: “Do you have a favorite food from your childhood that you still eat today?” 

When I was growing up, my parents were back-to-the-landers who despised all things commercial, especially food. We grew a lot of our own vegetables, ate tofu, tried to substitute chocolate with carob (whose color, by the way, is the only characteristic remotely similar to chocolate), and bought boring sugarless cereals like Puffed Millet, Puffed Wheat, and Grape Nuts. If you’ve never tried puffed millet, imagine tiny styrofoam balls floating in milk. We weren’t allowed to add white sugar, but thankfully, we could put honey on our cereal. (Truth be told, I still enjoy Grape Nuts with honey.) I remember visiting our neighbors, Adam and Jill, and jealously watching them spoon white sugar onto their Corn Flakes.

So on the rare occasions that we were given store-bought goodies, they made quite an impression. The most memorable for me is Fig Newtons. Do you remember this picture from my Mud Season musing? That, my friend, is pure childhood bliss.

I can’t imagine that I would still like Fig Newtons if I hadn’t grown up with them. After all, there are far superior cookies out there (homemade chocolate chip cookies with no carob in them for starters). But I still buy them anyway and give them to my young daughters in hopes that someday they will look back at their childhood and have fond memories of Fig Newton cookies too.

 

 

Please share your favorite childhood food in the comments.

~ Phoebe DeCook

P.S. ~ Speaking of food, be sure to check in tomorrow for the next PhoebeDeCook.com giveaway!

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