What foods transport you back to being a kid? For me, chocolate pudding pie is high on my list. My grandmother made one using Jell-O Chocolate Pudding topped with fresh whipped cream; each needing to be beaten with her hand mixer, thus giving me and my sister two beaters one of each flavor to lick clean. Another is fried okra… a southern staple at most big family dinners. My grandfather got me to start eating this vegetable, by calling it pop-corn. Boy was I surprised the first time I went to the movie theater and discovered what they called popcorn. To this day, I don't like movie popcorn, I like mom's!
Sometimes foods remind me of my childhood because they were kid-oriented dishes, like Fruit Loop & Coco-Pops - both sugar filled cereals with little nutritional value. I also loved Animal Crackers & Cracker Jacks, another sugar high treats. And I can’t forget Campbell’s Chicken & Stars soup and PB&J’s… I think I lived most of grade school eating peanut butter and grape jelly sandwiches… and if it was a little bit smashed from being in the bottom of my knapsack– so much the better!
My most memorable food was my Dad’s secret nighttime snack… vanilla ice cream with his secret chocolate topping… I would always stir it until completely mixed, like a thick soup and then I would slowly eat it one little taste at a time, so it would last forever. As I grew older, I discovered Dad’s chocolate topping was Hershey’s Chocolate Sauce. But to this day, I remember his secret chocolate kid treat.Other times, my favorite kid’s food will take me back to a certain place, like a great-aunt’s dinner table or a best-friend house. So tell me…
What foods or dishes take you back to being a kid?