Favorite Link of the Week: The New York Time’s article, “The Extraordinary Science of Addictive Junk Food” is fascinating!  Especially the article’s discussion of the “sensory-specific satiety” principle and how various food enterprises came up with incredibly profitable, and successful food products, including the infamous Lunchable box.

My mom used to always pack our lunches (thank you for that, mom!)—unlike most kids at school, my favorite packed lunch consisted of the following:  plain pasta topped with Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, unsweetened applesauce, Tropicana grapefruit juice, and hopefully, Gushers, Shark Bites or Fruit by the Foot.  I was obsessed with all fruit snacks. 

Meanwhile, my friends around me would be breaking out their Lunchables and Dunkaroos. I was incredibly jealous at the time and thought that they were the coolest things in existence.  I believe I was able to convince my mom to finally buy me one Lunchable—not the questionable ham, cheese, and cracker variety–but the “DIY-Pizza” version, which was totally more my style.  Talk about thrilling! 

Even though spreading what is essentially ketchup on soft, spongy “pizza crust” and loading it with un-melted processed cheese was sort of fun in theory (heck, you get to play with your food, which is probably every teacher’s worst nightmare!), it tasted pretty revolting.  I realized, almost immediately, that my own packed lunches were far superior in taste—even if they weren’t all that cool.  In fact, if I was packed that very same lunch up to this day, I’d be a pretty happy camper…

What was in your school lunchbox?  

(Image Source: Grant Cornett for the New York Times)