I’m always looking for an excuse to eat dessert. In fact it’s a priority.
So with my ongoing desire that began oddly at a funeral, I found my purpose in life.
As I gazed down the long dessert table in the reception hall I was reminded of the temper tantrum I had earlier when my mother informed my siblings and me that we were going to a funeral. As a child of seven I had never attended one, not sure what they were all about but I knew it meant we had to go to church to pray.
I remember people crying during the service and I felt sad too, but nothing prepared me for what was waiting in the hall. And certainly nothing prepared me for the three words I heard in front of that long table that changed my life, forever.
As I gazed down at this endless most amazing table loaded with pie, cake, cookies, brownies and cupcakes, my Irish aunt whispered, “eat dessert first.”
Right then and there I realized this must be a divine intervention because a miracle was surely taking place and boy am I glad I can take part in it!
Eat dessert first, hallelujah!
My entire family, brother, sisters and all their children have grown up biding by those three words. Russ didn’t get it at first, so it took awhile but eventually he came around. I knew I could turn him.
My family favorite is pie, and we aren’t real picky other than there must be enough for leftovers, because leftovers become breakfast the next day. It’s a family tradition.
I never dreamed there would be an entire month devoted to eating dessert but now that I know that October is National Dessert Month I have to continue on my quest that began so many years ago.
By the end of the month I will again ration my dessert indulgences until the next family get together, party, holiday or pie month at Marie Calender’s.
I never thought I’d say this, but I’ve been eagerly awaiting a specific gum release.
That’s right I’m excited about gum.
Remember that meal replacement gum Willy Wonka was developing? Well, Wrigley is taking a page out of the Willy Wonka cookbook and new on the shelves is Dessert Replacement Gum!
I’m not a big gum chewer but I will make an exception.
I made the rounds and finally located the “Mint chocolate Chip” and the “Key Lime Pie” flavors. This dessert gum is not your ordinary gum. Mint chocolate chip tastes like a bowl of ice-cream, and the key lime pie flavor is tart and creamy with a graham cracker chaser.
This gum really could replace dessert, if you were watching your calories. The question is, “will natural reaction kick in and you will swallow your gum after a couple of chews”?
The problem I have is the words dessert and sugar free don’t go together. It is a little weird, but overall I am impressed at Wrigley’s ability to make the gum so appealing to the palate.
I can make do with the Mint chip, Key Lime Pie and Strawberry Shortcake dessert replacement gum for now, as long as they keep working on new flavors –like McDonalds’s Butterfinger McFlurry. A three calorie stick of gum that tastes like a McFlurry? Oh, I’d be so there.