Welcome to the Thursday food "nooooo." That's "nooooo" as in "no way", "no they didn't", or "no one in their right mind would buy that."

I stumbled upon today’s “nooooo” at my local grocery store. They’re eggs. With Mickey Mouse on the carton and tiny little Disney characters stamped on to each egg. They are no better than the regular eggs right next to them, but they cost $.70 more. They aren’t organic, they aren't free range, they are just eggs.

Now, I don’t know about most kids, but my kids wouldn’t be able to tell you what our egg carton looks like. And as for the character stamps on each egg, when you give a child an egg to eat, it’s usually out of the shell.

What would be the possible justification for spending more money on these eggs? Is it the fact that there are no hormones added? That means nothing. Hormones are not approved in the U.S. for chickens. No poultry or eggs contain added hormones. Is it because the hens are fed vegetarian diets? That's not necessarily a plus for the hens. They aren't naturally vegetarians (worms are meat, you know).

Are there children out there that won’t eat eggs, but if someone shows them that The Little Mermaid is stamped on the outside of the eggs, they may change their minds? Are there grown ups that just like to throw money away? (“Well, yes silly Robin, of course there are,” you’re thinking. “How else do you explain $3 cups of regular coffee?”) This is ridiculous.

So I say “nooooo” to wasting money, to stamping Donald Duck on an egg, to trying to trick kids into eating this way. If you’re going to spend extra money on eggs – go for the free range or organic ones. That way you’re money is doing good. 

Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.

Thursday food "nooooo": Disney eggs
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