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Did your school lunches always come with a dessert?

Asked by Dutchess_III (28046 points ) 3 months ago

This was asked on fb by one of our own, so I thought I’d ask it here. I was in elementary school in the 60’s. I do not remember them providing any desserts with our lunches. Today, though, as far as I can tell, they always provide dessert with lunch. Why do you think this is, and what has changed?

Why do some people even think we need useless, high calorie desserts?

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muppetish's avatar

I was a child in the 90s. Our lunches at school always came with a “dessert”—usually fruit leather, apple sauce, or the occasional-coveted frozen fruit bar. We never received higher-caloric desserts like ice cream, cookies, or cakes. I took bag lunches to school and the oreos my mom packed me were high currency on the play ground~.

I think it’s good for kids to have a bit of sugar, especially if they are going to burn calories on the playground after lunch, which we often did. However, I think it’s more important that they have fruit or yogurt rather than something packed with calories and sugars.

jonsblond's avatar

Yes, they did. I went to school in the 70s and 80s.

Here is the September lunch menu for my daughter’s elementary school. The only sweets I can see are fruits and a chocolate graham cracker.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Link was not found @jonsblond.

This is 1968, when I was in 6th grade. (That’s me, Valerie Henson, and my mom on the right.)

Dutchess_III's avatar

I wonder how much of recess is spent playing on portable video games now?

muppetish's avatar

Gameboys were forbidden at school entirely when I was in elementary. Cell phones were forbidden to be out, even during lunch, when I was in high school. I don’t doubt that they aren’t similarly restricted for elementary school students.

zenvelo's avatar

I guess you could call it dessert, but we had it every day with the school lunch. Too often it was jello.

SavoirFaire's avatar

I went to school in the 80s and 90s, and my school lunches never came with dessert. They were available to buy at an additional cost, however.

ucme's avatar

Yes, at least we could have one if we wanted.
I liked me some jam roly poly, but I never once placed spotted dick in my gob.

longgone's avatar

Yes. Rice pudding, yogurt (canned) fruit or ice cream, usually.

jonsblond's avatar

Hmm. Sorry about that Dutchess, it’s working for me. Everything on the menu is whole grain with lots of fruits and veggies. There are no desserts offered.

Children are not allowed to have portable video games at school. They play sports or play on the playground during recess.

fluthernutter's avatar

Our lunches always came with some kind of dessert. (I was in grade school in the 80’s.)

Fruit salad, those triangular push pop thingies, apple sauce, chocolate pudding in these little crunchy edible cups, etc.

livelaughlove21's avatar

Dessert, useless? Ha, I think not.

I do believe there was always a dessert type of thing offered with our school lunches, but they weren’t super high calorie desserts like chocolate cake or something. Fruit, pudding, tiny cup of ice cream, etc. Nothing that isn’t perfectly acceptable for someone to eat without becoming overweight. Kids are overweight because of what they eat at home, and the lack of physical activity they get there.

Oh, and kids can’t bring portable games to school and play on them at recess.

cazzie's avatar

Sometimes, with our hot lunch program, there would be some type of dry cake or rice pudding. My favorite was tinned fruit. We would walk through the line and if the hot food didn’t appeal, there was a table out on the floor filled with bread and peanut butter and other sandwich stuff. This was back in the late 70’s early 80’s.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Already determined that they can’t play games at recess.

OpryLeigh's avatar

I had school dinners when I was in Primary school (from the age of about 7/8 to around 11 years old) and I remember there being dessert. It wasn’t always unhealthy though, we usually had a couple of options but fruit and yoghurt were on every days menu and (if memory serves me) on a Friday there was also chocolate cake with or without custard if we wanted it. I don’t think that having the option of cake once a week is a bad thing but I don’t think I ever chose it as the yoghurt (vanilla) was my favourite.

Dutchess_III's avatar

From what I remember our school lunches were pretty sloppy and no one cared if we liked them or not, and no one cared if we ate them or not. My favorite was that hamburger gravy that would probably be banned today.

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