sugar nazis, oh and gray and navy m&ms!

April 1, 2009 |  Category:   baked goods + desserts

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Did you know that M&Ms come in gray (gray!!), dark blue, lavender, purple and turquoise? We went to Dylan’s Candy Bar in the mall in the burbs over the weekend (yeah, I know, the mall!) and saw the full range of colors. The gray just about killed me.

So we told the girls that they can pick just one thing at the candy store and can you guess what they picked? I LOVE that out of the whole store, they chose the smallest lollipops as their special treat. They weren’t tempted by Pez, peeps, chocolate bunnies, large suckers or even these M&Ms. They just went for the tiniest Dum Dum lollipops and were totally happy as clams. We’ve trained them well, ha! Most people assume that the girls have real sweet tooths and that they probably eat a lot of cookies. They do love sugar (they ARE kids), but we’ve kept a tight reign on the sweet stuff to the point where I feel like we’re sugar nazis at times. No juice, except at parties, and the occasional cookie or ice cream, but certainly not everyday.

Aside from the fact that they just don’t need all that sweet stuff, the real reason behind the sugar stinginess is because we don’t have dental insurance. If cavities are preventable to any degree, then I’m going to make sure that the girls are good brushers, flossers and moderate sugar consumers. I know from first hand experience how much dental work can be and I was once reduced to tears when handed a bill at the dentist. I’ve got a mouth full of cavities, almost all of which I got under 10 years old and most of which I got filled without any novacaine. Needless to say, I’d love to spare the girls and my wallet that headache.

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  • Becca April 1, 2009 at 3:13 am

    This is exactly how my mother was with me. Even though she has an NHS dentist (a rare thing to come by these days as in the UK so many dentists go private!) her teeth have cost her thousands. As a kid I was rarely allowed cakes, juice etc. My mothers also an amazing cook so I never had the junk that most of my cousins seem to practically live on.
    Despite her best efforts I seem to be making up for lost time, now I’m in my 20’s an love to bake so it’s jam tarts for breakfast for me!

  • Danielle April 1, 2009 at 4:13 am

    Wow! What great colours… never seen M&M’s like those before… (and being a huge fan of gray I am very impressed by the gray too!)

  • selkie April 1, 2009 at 6:30 am

    They say it is the Flouride rinse that helps alot: I used to get my kids to take a mouthful and I’d see how high I could count before they spit it out, sloshing it around the whole time….. Good habit to get into early.

  • Sarah April 1, 2009 at 7:30 am

    I used to work very close to the M&M store in Times Square and we always went there to get colors in whatever theme we felt went with the day (or mood or so-and-so’s birthday party). I spent way too much time in there creating color combinations. But hey, it was on company time.

  • jennifer April 1, 2009 at 8:08 am

    Grey is my favorite color! Now if only they came in charcoal as well…

  • Stella April 1, 2009 at 10:43 am

    I love going to the M&M store in Times Square just to see all the colors! I don’t particularly like them, but I like to match up different combos.
    Excellent training with the girls! 🙂 My mom was like that with us, and I never really missed the soda and stuff. Fruit was a great sweet treat!

  • gizella April 1, 2009 at 11:23 am

    Good for you, and that is my plan too. I have a host, large ouchy host full of cavities, crowns etc from my addiction to skittles and slurpees, which my mom didn’t manage at all. I have not given my kid juice at all, and lately,I was the mom who at a party for a 2 year old didn’t let her have the candy encrusted chocolate cupcake. She didn’t seem to mind actually

  • Karin April 1, 2009 at 11:33 am

    I felt the need to comment when I saw that someone mentioned fluoride rinse. You have to really be careful with fluoride, there is a lot of research that is being done regarding the safety of fluoride. We have a lot of fluoride in our drinking water already and I would be especially careful with letting little kids use a fluoride rinse. (I would do some research first)

    Ok, sorry, just felt the need to share. Oh, and I also like the gray m&ms…I like them paired with the light blue. Although I don’t really like m&ms…but I would be tempted to eat them in those colors. : )

  • selkie April 1, 2009 at 12:25 pm

    ouch: you are right about flouride. My kids are in their 20’s, and it was recommended back then, because we did not have flouride in the water (well water).
    Scary….

  • shelley April 1, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    I had to comment, because I too, never had novacaine as a kid (and lots of cavities)! What’s that all about–the old school way of filling cavities? Anyway, love your blog!

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  • moggit girls April 1, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    Love m & m’s – just did a post on ’em today!

    Joy (and Janet)
    http://www.moggit.blogspot.com

  • Jenna April 2, 2009 at 9:17 am

    shelley, you too?? What is that about with the no novacaine. I have never heard anyone else with cavities filled that way. I was traumatized by the dentist forever, not to mention all the other dental work I’ve had (4 root canals). I have bad teeth and I suspect the girls might too since it’s genetic, I assume. That’s why I am so anal about the low-sugar policy.

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