Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Sweet tooth?


This afternoon I stopped in at Wild Oats Market in Bend, Oregon. This market caters to health and environmentally conscious shoppers and is wildly popular in this community. The produce is attractively displayed, the meats and fish are allegedly of superior quality and the shelves are stocked with almost every imaginable "green" product. As I finished eating a strictly organic walnut salad with light balsamic vinegar dressing, my eye caught the above pictured display.
Does the expression "over the top" mean anything to you? I understand marketing, but really "organic candy" brought to us from "Yummy Earth." My tummy starts churning at the idea of saying to my granola-addicted friends. Yeah, that's a lollipop I'm eating, but its gluten free, fat free, USDA-approved organic, and it's made from "real fruit extract", so I'm cool. Now the reason there are so many boxes on display is that this manna is actually Halloween fodder. Parents can feel good that this year that little Brittney may come home with fewer tootsie rolls. What a good, wholesome holiday it will be! Look I am all for ridding society of bad stuff like refined sugar and preservatives. I understand the arguments, but then why do I feel some business is capitalizing on the pretense that eating the right lollipop represents a higher ethic? I wonder if the sweet little treat is "kosher?" Somehow we will lick our way into becoming better human beings or are we all "suckers" at heart? (Btw. Lollipop is spelled incorrectly on the sign.)

8 comments:

Sylvia K said...

What a hoot! I love it! I do think people in our corner of the world do indeed go "over the top" with the health kick -- and while I do try to eat healthily, I think you have to use a little common sense. And, no, I truly don't think we will lick our way into becoming better human beings -- that will take more than kosher treats! Great post, Lee! Hope your week is going well -- so far.

Sylvia

tapirgal said...

This is so funny. I wonder what the actual sugar content is. I'll bet it's exactly the same as the "bad stuff" :-)

Unseen Rajasthan said...

This is really funny !! I agree with Tapir Girl...Unseen Rajasthan

Small City Scenes said...

I hear ya, Lee. To me it's like saying 'vegetarian pork chop'. Was the pig the vegetarian?

A movie would be fun but the jujubees would pull my fillings out. LOL MB

Rinkly Rimes said...

Here in Australia it has been announced that very often 'green' and 'organic' don't mean a thing! We're lambs led to the slaughter!

cieldequimper said...

You are right! It's exactly the same. The only difference over here would be that they use organic cane sugar or honey as sweetener and that the fruit extract wouldn't have been chemically sprayed. So there *is* a difference, though not for the teeth...

B SQUARED said...

Organic candy, isn't that an oxymoron?

Jacob said...

Maybe it means that organic candy can be eaten in church during the singing of hymns...assuming of course, that the church has an organ...