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Does anyone else jump at the chance to teach their kids something new?
Our oldest daughter is a four year old learning sponge right now, and I’ve been trying to keep up with her desire to know about everything.
One of her favorite things to learn about is the world. We read books about different countries and cultures constantly. She loves trying out phrases she learns in other languages on friends and family members. (My mom thought she was speaking gibberish recently when she enthusiastically and cheerfully said, “no problem!” in Hebrew in response to her crayon breaking. Always the optimist, that one. :))
When I heard that one of her absolute favorite after school snacks, Pepperidge Farm Goldfish crackers, had come out with limited-edition Colors crackers that use colors sourced from plants like red beet juice concentrate and turmeric, I knew I had the chance to add some extra learning to our after-school snacking.And since Goldfish crackers are always baked with 100% real cheddar cheese and contain no artificial flavors or preservatives, they are a snack that I can feel good about serving her.
So how did we learn about the world with Goldfish Colors crackers? By learning what kind of plant gives each cracker its fun and vibrant color—and then learning about where that plant came from!
I’ll break it down for you by each color:
Ingredients: The red Goldfish crackers are colored using a mix of red beet juice concentrate and paprika extracted from sweet red peppers.
World Connections: Sliced pickled beet is used in Australia to make traditional Aussie Burgers. Paprika is a spice seen frequently in Hungarian dishes.
Ingredients: The green Goldfish crackers color comes from watermelon & Huito juice concentrates mixed with extracted Turmeric.
World Connections: Watermelon (one of our family’s FAVORITE snacks) is believed to have originated in Southern Africa. In fact, watermelon seeds were actually found in King Tut’s tomb in Egypt! Huito (pronounced “wee-toe”) is a colorful fruit is native to South America and the Caribbean. Turmeric is a colorful spice that is used commonly in many South Asian and Middle Eastern cuisines.
Ingredients: The yellow Goldfish crackers color comes from extracted Turmeric.
World Connections: Turmeric is used in South Africa to give boiled white rice a beautiful golden color (which is equally as beautiful in the yellow Goldfish crackers!).
Ingredients: Our subtle blue crackers come from Huito and Watermelon juice concentrates.
World Connections: Huito comes from a plant that grows in the rainforests throughout South America and southern Mexico. Although Watermelon originated in Africa, it’s enjoyed all over the world today! In the United States, we traditionally enjoy watermelon in the summer months, particularly around summer holidays like The 4th of July.
That’s it! A fun, colorful snack + a little time chatting and checking out the globe = a little more knowledge in that beautiful growing brain. I consider that a win/win in my book. 🙂