Ingredients in (vanilla) ice cream when Mom makes it:

Whole milk

Heavy cream


Vanilla extract

Ingredients in packaged ice-creamish product when same Mom breaks down & gives into media-inspired, culturally-influenced whining child:




Corn syrup

Skim milk



Cookies pieces: enriched wheat flour (wheat flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), sugar, palm oil, cocoa processed with alkali

High fructose corn syrup, caramel color, chocolate liquor, salt, leavenings (sodium bicarbonate, monocalcium phosphate, ammonium bicarbonate), corn starch, soy lecithin.

Mono & diglycerides

Carob bean gum

Cellulose gum


Vanilla extract

Artificial flavors

Vitamin A palmitate

White coating: coconut oil, sugar, nonfat milk powder, whey, soybean oil, partially hydrogenated coconut oil, soy lecithin, titanium dioxide for color, vanillin

Cookie crumb topping: bleached wheat flour, sugar, vegetable oil (canola oil and hydrogenated cottonseed oil with citric acid as a preservative), cocoa processed with alkali, caramel color, corn syrup, chocolate liquor, salt, baking soda, corn starch, soy lecithin, artificial flavor.

Chocolate flavored-coating: coconut oil, sugar, cocoa, chocolate liquor, why, whole milk, powder, cocoa butter, soybean oil, cocoa processed with alkali, soy lecithin, salt, vanillin

Cone: Bleached wheat flour, sugar, molasses, partially hydrogenated vegetable oil (soybean and/or cottonseed) with mono & diglycerides, salt, soy lecithin, caramel color.


Boy, it is tough being a mom in this century!*  You need degrees in chemistry, economics, political science, and nutrition just to read the wrapper on a food-related snack item.**


Well, better get off the keyboard and into the kitchen because you know what they say:

Life’s too short not to eat better dessert!***




*I’m sure George Washington’s mother did not have these issues.

**Don’t forget the reading glasses!

***Or is that just me?


PS, Happy Mother’s Day! 😉


Further reading:

Pandora’s Lunchbox: How Processed Food Took Over the American Meal; Melanie Warner;Scribner; New York, NY; 2013.

Salt, Sugar, Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us; Michael Moss; Random House; New York, NY; 2013.


Copyright 2013, Lori Fontanes