Lollipops now offered in breast milk flavor
If you haven’t heard, breast milk-flavored lollipops may just be the new rage in toddler snacking. And this new and shocking trend in marketing breast milk-flavored products is apparently not new.
Last year, a shop in London started selling breast milk ice cream. Now, an Austin, Texas-based candy company is offering breast milk-flavored lollipops.
If you find the idea unsettling, you’re not alone, but perhaps you may be put at ease by knowing there is actually no breast milk involved. The makers of the new treat say the lollipops only taste of breast milk and are really made from artificial and other natural ingredients.
In an interview with ABC News, the company owner, Jason Darling, said he came up with the idea after noticing his friends could easily calm their fussy infants with “just a few drops of breast milk.” He said in order to make sure he got the flavor just right, he asked some of his hip friends if he could try their breast milk. And they said yes. Then a group of scientists worked their magic and voila—the lollis are now on the market.
Darling says by going this route, the lollipops can actually hold up during the candy-making process. Plus, he says it would take “way too much breast milk,” to keep the treats in stock.
Apparently the idea of the breast milk lollis is a huge hit for many. After putting the candy on his website, Darling sold several thousand in just a couple of days. And sales continue to pour in.
Minus a few hiccups here and there—like bloggers who have weighed in on how gross they think the idea is—Darling says his company, Lollyphile, is making the most of having the world’s “most interesting and innovative candy.”
This new twist of flavor is pretty much a 360 from the company’s other candy options, which are primarily for adults. The website offers flavors like chai tea, maple-bacon, pomegranate and even alcohol-flavored lollipops. All of the lollis, including the new breast milk option retail for around $2 to $10.
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While I think it is great that we have found something for the little ones to be calmed, I think it is wrong that we have this as an option. Not only are there artificial flavors and ingredients which I believe is wrong to give at such a young age, but how do we know that by giving the child a flavor that should be available for only the process of development, that can cause issues with development? If the child continues to want the breast milk flavor, this may cause the child to have potential anxiety disorders and trouble detaching themselves from the mother or comfort that the flavor provides. I’m all for finding something that can easily calm a child, but whatever happened to just being a parent and having to take care of your child instead of giving themselves something just so you don’t have to hear them fuss? After awhile the sucker should have been taken away from them…what will they give them then? Our society seems to think that everything out there just needs a quick fix, when in reality that may very well be the problem. Parents should be parents and if you can’t take care of a child w/o giving them something just to make them behave better, maybe the parenting skills need to be observed instead of what to do to make the child better. After all, they are young and need the structure but it will be hard to give them that when the parents have no structure of their own….