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Kids Eat the Darndest Things

David Hammond | Jul 17, 200212:10 PM

I was reading through Jim Leff’s epic “Massive Potato Chip Rundown,” and he relates how, as a youth, he made his own potato chips. My youthful kitchen experimentation was not so ambitious, though perhaps more bizarre. At some point, I realized that I liked the flavor of orange and chocolate, so I started combining the two flavors in myriad ways: I drizzled Hershey’s chocolate sauce over fresh-cut oranges, pressed Toll House semi-sweet chocolate morsels into candy orange slices, and, somewhat more grotesquely, swirled Nestle’s Quik into my orange juice.

I was thinking of such naïve culinary adventurism last night when my youngest daughter and I decided to invent a new snack. We both like bacon and celery, and she always orders satay when we’re eating Thai, so I know she savors the pork/peanut combo. What we did was we cleaned and cut some celery, smeared it with peanut butter, and wrapped it in bacon. We both enjoyed this unusual snack: nut complements swine, meat balances vegetable, and it's weird (a plus). We don’t have a name for it yet, although Goober Pig on a Stick is currently under consideration.

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