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Forbidden Cheese Curls

Remember the pottery I just got?  Well.  It was packed in something that very closely resembles white cheese curls.  Patrick told Elf, Emperor and G that they should go try them!
Mmm... forbidden cheese curls... mmm...
G just chomped away and spat the gunk out in the trash after he realized how un-tasty it was.  Elf started in on the, "Mmm! Crunchy!" thing just as I was entering the room.  All I could think was, what do they spray their packing materials with?  Everyone had to rinse their mouth and generally knock it off/listen to me yell for a bit.  Elf was kicked out of the room for over an hour.   I'm just grateful no one swallowed these things.

I was upset most particularly at Patrick and G (what with their being 18 and almost 17) for trying these "curls," but I couldn't very well kick them out of their own room.  I removed the box.  I'm still not sure what to do with these "curls."  I think there must be a place to recycle them in town somewhere.  In the past we've recycled the old-fashioned "peanut" type things at the postal shop near McDonald's.  I'll have to dig through the box and make sure no half-bitten ones are inside before I try this getting rid of packaging materials trick again...

Emperor had no consequence.  Why?

See, he's allergic to milk... so... he didn't go try the cheese curls.  Smart boy.

I am going to turn into my father soon.  When my brother and I were riled as kids, he would frequently dispense such gems of wisdom as, "Stop ramming around!" and "Pick up a toy and play with it!" and "Knock it off!"  Add, "Don't eat the cheese curls!" to the list?  And I will be practically him.

On the one hand, I'm REALLY MAD at my kids, who should know better!  On the other, these "curls" really do have a very similar look and texture to cheese curls. I can't imagine we're the only family that has gone through a similar experience.


  1. I'd drop a quick line to the Polish Pottery place and just let them know how very tempting their packing material looks to kids. You've given them a LOT of business, the least they can do is ask that some nasty blue dye be added to their 'puffs' so they do not look like a familiar snack food.

    1. I'm going to at least let them know and be more careful in the future. I wouldn't - and don't imagine they often - think children would want to eat these... not the first thing that comes to mind, but now that it happened to us I'm sure we're not the only ones.

  2. A lot of places use biodegradable packing stuff - you might see what happens if you put one in water.

    1. Does "biodegradable" mean "not recyclable?" This stuff gets littler in water but doesn't disappear entirely.

  3. Maybe there is something to the term "plastic peanuts" that's displayed in the UPS shipping store :)

    1. They are useful for feeding the plastic elephants at the zoo, aren't they? :)

  4. Nope, none of mine have ever tried to eat them!
    I hope you find the right place to dispose of them.

  5. None of my kids ever tried to eat packaging, but we didn't have those "cheese curl" types back then either.

  6. I could totally see that happening at my house. Totally! And I love the "pick up a toy and play with it!" That is awesome. I will be using that next time little miss 4.5 is "bored."

  7. Well, my kids have never done that but they are driving me crazy in the messy department. Lord have mercy. By the way, whatever happened to the option to follow comments? I used to love using that all the time.


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