When I opened my daughter’s lunch bag last night to stick her food thermos into the dishwasher I found this!!!! Someone as a joke had put it in her lunch bag (or maybe they were hiding it to pretend they had eaten their lunch!)
I really do not want to sound righteous, or smug, or snobby or cruel, truly I don’t, BUT SERIOUSLY; do parents really put this in their kid’s lunch bag??? I also don’t want to write a thousand words on how gross this round and spongy looking thing appeared, or how easy it is to make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich – isn’t it obvious to anyone. Let’s not even comment on how awful the name of this packaged junk is!
I am going to make my argument practical and straightforward. We all agree that we love our children, and want to give them the very best nutrition money can buy; yes. Two things come to mind right there; good nutrition and money. I will stick to that, and even up the ante and use ALL ORGANIC INGREDIENTS for the sandwich I am going to compare this pre-packaged sandwich to, (by the way, Smuckers tout that it comes frozen and you pop it into the lunch bag in its frozen state and it is all thawed by lunchtime).
Organic ingredients are a luxury as far as I’m concerned, BUT, maybe you can afford organic after all!
Below I have broken down the ingredients and price per lunch serving of a Smuckers Uncrustable Peanut Butter and Honey Spread Sandwich and a Peanut Butter and Honey Sandwich made by Mom/Dad
LUNCH FROM SMUCKERS: $2.10 (2 uncrustables totaling 4 oz)
WHEAT BREAD: UNBLEACHED WHOLE WHEAT FLOUR, WATER, WHEAT GLUTEN, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, SOYBEAN OIL, CONTAINS 2% OR LESS OF: SALT, DOUGH CONDITIONERS (DISTILLED MONOGLYCERIDES, SODIUM STEAROYL LACTYLATE, DATEM, ENZYMES [WITH AMYLASE, LIPASE, ASCORBIC ACID, CALCIUM PEROXIDE, AZODICARBONAMIDE, WHEAT STARCH]), YEAST.
PEANUT BUTTER: PEANUTS, DEXTROSE, SUGAR, MONO AND DIGLYCERIDES (PALM AND/OR SOYBEAN OIL), CONTAINS 2% OR LESS OF: FULLY HYDROGENATED VEGETABLE OILS (SOYBEAN AND/OR COTTONSEED AND/OR RAPESEED), SALT, MOLASSES.
HONEY SPREAD: CORN SYRUP, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, WATER, HONEY, CONTAINS 2% OR LESS OF: PECTIN, NATURAL FLAVOR, CITRIC ACID, POTASSIUM SORBATE (PRESERVATIVE), CARAMEL COLOR, CALCIUM CHLORIDE.
LUNCH FROM MOM/DAD: $1.02 (made with 2 pieces of bread cut in half)
ORGANIC WHEAT BREAD: ($3.99 – $o.26 per slice)
Ingredients: Organic Whole Wheat Flour, Water, Organic Cracked Wheat, Organic Brown Sugar, Organic Wheat Gluten, Organic Wheat Bran, Yeast, Organic High Oleic Sunflower/Safflower Oil, Sea Salt, Organic Vinegar, Organic Oat Flour, Organic Molasses, Cultured Organic Wheat Starch, Organic Barley Malt, Ascorbic Acid, Natural Enzymes.
ORGANIC CREAMY PEANUT BUTTER: ($3.99 for 16 oz jar – $o.28 per serving)
Ingredients: Organic Peanuts, Organic Palm Oil, Organic Sugar, Sea Salt.
ORGANIC HONEY: ($4.99 for 16 oz jar – $0.22 per serving)
Ingredients: 100% organic honey
To break it down a little further; if you used the whole loaf of bread to make peanut butter and honey sandwiches for lunch, you would be able to make 7.5 sandwiches costing $7.74. You would STILL have HALF of the peanut butter and honey LEFT (so all you would have to do is buy another loaf of bread and you are good for 7.5 more!)
For 7.5 servings of Smuckers Uncrustables, the cost is $15.75
Even if your argument is that you don’t have time, look at the rest of the equation. Mom’s sandwich is ALL ORGANIC AND NATURAL and the alternative sandwich is LOADED with ARTIFICIAL INGREDIENTS AND CHEMICALS! And the sad part is, you are paying twice the amount of money for that! Maybe, people don’t think too deeply when it comes to the morning rush, but it sets a trend of bad eating habits and lines the pockets of people who couldn’t care less about your kids, (except how much money they can generate from them). If you cannot change the habit of giving your kids convenience foods for lunch, at least try to find something healthier and more edible, and stop conditioning your kids to like processed food. It will start them down the wrong road for life. I’m kind of tired of the “you don’t understand my life” debate – I could go there too.