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.