Snack Time – Part 1: Red Fingertips and Dry Noodles

February 14, 2010 at 9:10 pm 2 comments

Most kids pick up bad habits from their friends. They learn swearwords or lose their manners, or some other such thing. Me? I picked up strange, special, (and generally-unhealthy) snack ideas living in Micronesia.

The worst one was eating Kool-Aid powder. We would open the little packets, dunk our pointer fingers in, and lick the contents off. This resulted in a red fingertip (we seemed to only ever get cherry or strawberry packets) which was impossible to hide. The stain would set into the skin and stay there for at least a day, sometimes two. My mother always knew what I’d been doing.

Perhaps equally as bad (or maybe even worse) was eating uncooked Ramen noodles.

Kids would smash up the square bag of hard, pressed noodles, then tear off the top of the seasoning pouch, and dip the pieces into the powdery flavouring. I actually only did this once or twice, as the crunchy noodles tasted weird to me. However, I did latch onto the concept of licking the seasoning off your finger (same process as with the Kool-Aid).

Now however, I know the implications of a high-sugar, high-sodium, and high-preservative diet, so I’ve discontinued those habits. However, to this day, whenever I make Ramen soup, I always lick a fingertip or two of the seasoning, just for old times’ sake.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Amy  |  April 1, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    Hehe, yup. I do the exact same thing with the Ramen noodle seasoning! But i think the Kool-Aid is way to sweet for me. Great job! 🙂


    • 2. sarahmunn  |  April 1, 2010 at 7:33 pm

      Thank you for all your comments Amy! Interesting that you do the same thing. =)


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