AIBU to think that Heston Blumenwhatsit is having a terrible influence on the kids!!

(59 Posts)
SallyBeth Tue 27-Nov-12 21:14:41

I'm just watching Heston on channel 4, where he is designing a sweet shop. As part of this, he went into a school, and had a big conversation with the kids about how lovely sweets and chocolate are, and then got them to design their perfect sweet. AIBU to think that this was a terrible idea? If my DC were in that class, and came home talking all about how great sweets were, and how they wanted chocolate and sweets, I would be fuming! Surely this is a pretty irresponsible thing to bring into the classroom?!

KenLeeeeeee Tue 27-Nov-12 21:15:58

I don't think kids need much encouragement to think sweets are great. YABU.

squeakytoy Tue 27-Nov-12 21:16:44

grips are thataway >>>>>>>

kinkyfuckery Tue 27-Nov-12 21:17:28

But sweets are lovely. As a treat. Surely he wasn't suggesting otherwise?

ISeeSmallPeople Tue 27-Nov-12 21:17:37

What? He brought them imagination!

squeakytoy Tue 27-Nov-12 21:21:41

I suspect OPs kids have never been allowed to watch Willy Wonka..

goralka Tue 27-Nov-12 21:25:13

yay for Heston and his sweetshop!!

Hulababy Tue 27-Nov-12 21:25:30

We had a "chocolate" day at school last year - y1 class. It was one of the creative curriculum days and was the chosen subject. Children learnt all about all things chocolate - history, science, cooking, they wrote about chocolate, did maths about it....etc. they also designed their own chocolate and its wrappers and talked about marketing. They loved it! Oh - and the end of it, they got to taste chocolate too smile

There is nothing wrong with sweets and chocolates every so often. No one, not even Heston, is advocating eating sweets all day every day.

PickledInAPearTree Tue 27-Nov-12 21:26:24

Argh! Sweets are nice! Argh!

SallyBeth Tue 27-Nov-12 21:33:18

But if you are trying to avoid the pressure to feed your DC refined sugar (and this is a lot of pressure - this thread alone shows that!), it doesn't help to have sweets and chocolate made acceptable and exciting in the classroom. I'm all for kids using their imaginations, but there are many other, better foodstuffs that they could design instead!!

MissCellania Tue 27-Nov-12 21:34:20

Uhuh, because they kids had no idea that sweets were nice. They could have designed broccoli instead?
get a grip! hmm

goralka Tue 27-Nov-12 21:34:20

mmm yes lentil and spinach soup so yummy...

PickledInAPearTree Tue 27-Nov-12 21:35:04

Sweets are acceptable and exciting as a treat.

That's why.

Hulababy Tue 27-Nov-12 21:35:34

I see no reason for banning the idea that sweets and chocolates exist and can be nice from the classroom.
If parents chose to not allow their children sweets and chocolates that is for them to do - and just because they appear in a classroom doesn't mean that parents can;t do so - they just explain to their child their own reasons themselves.

SneezySnatcher Tue 27-Nov-12 21:37:00

The parents will have been asked if their children could be filmed for tv and what it would entail. If they didn't want their kids to take part then they wouldn't have let them.

Get a grip.

PickledInAPearTree Tue 27-Nov-12 21:38:16

Mumsnet is the place that joy forgot this evening.


Children need to learn the concept of treats. What else pretend that sweets don't exist?

TheCrackFox Tue 27-Nov-12 21:40:06

Unless you live in a cave your DCs already know that sweets and chocolates are nice.

squeakytoy Tue 27-Nov-12 21:41:36

Refined sugar may look like crack cocaine, but it actually isnt.

Teach your kids that sensible amounts of sweets and chocolate are not harmful, and they wont feel inclined to go stuffing their faces behind your back the moment they escape your constant clutches.

SallyBeth Tue 27-Nov-12 21:45:14

Ok, I'm actually finding some of this pretty offensive. I know that refined sugar isn't crack cocaine, and my DC are not in my 'constant clutches'. I don't think that avoiding sugar and promoting fresh non processed food is a negative thing, and I can't quite believe that that is what some of you are saying.

I brought up what I thought was a valid concern, and just wondered if any of you felt the same. Apparently not.

littlewhitebag Tue 27-Nov-12 21:49:02

You are correct - we don't feel the same! Sweets are delicious and most kids know this. Heston is not peddling sweets he is just using his imagination and skill to make extraordinary creations!

Sparklingbrook Tue 27-Nov-12 21:50:17

Heston is a world class knob whatever he does TBH.

nokidshere Tue 27-Nov-12 22:01:29

Its a one off surely?

I cook and serve up nutritious healthy meals to up to 12 children every day, but one day a year (at easter) we have no real food and have a chocolate party instead.

I make chocolate pizzas, chocolate cakes, biscuits, chocolate covered haribo etc etc - they talk about it all year and cant wait for it to come round again. But they still eat all the healthy nutritious meals I cook for the rest of the year.

yes yabu!

Sparklingbrook Tue 27-Nov-12 22:04:42

Plus don't forget that children get a bit older, go to High School and have pocket money and may horror of horros buy sweets and chocolate. shock

SaggyOldClothCatPuss Tue 27-Nov-12 22:07:36

Heston Blumenthal is a highly annoying twunt! HTH!

missymoomoomee Tue 27-Nov-12 22:10:24


Sparklingbrook Tue 27-Nov-12 22:11:53

And he sucks tampons between courses.

Heston is an artistic genius IMO!

pigletmania Tue 27-Nov-12 22:15:16

Yabvu love HB, he's like a mad scientist for food.

pootlebug Tue 27-Nov-12 22:19:00

Ah yes, 'refined' sugar. You'd think it wold be all nice and lah di dah with a name like that wouldn't you?

I get really pissed off with all these people withering about refined sugar. Sugar is sugar...and all carbs end up that way. Pretending there are more worthy sugars than others is just bullshit, IMO. Have a look at some glycemic indexes and see how much faster weetabix is absorbed by the body than Dairy Milk. Rice cakes are very fast acting carbohydrate - yes, even those organic baby ones. what is your take on organix nutritionally useless fake wotsit corn snacks OP

GreenyEyes Tue 27-Nov-12 22:19:00

Have Heston and George Michael ever been seen in the same room huhmm?

One for you all to think about there

Sirzy Tue 27-Nov-12 22:19:14

Sweets and sugar are acceptable.

Nothing wrong with children thinking about foods they enjoy. Nothing wrong with them wanting to eat them either.

SallyBeth Tue 27-Nov-12 22:29:51

Fine I'm being unreasonable. Thanks to you all for being so bitchy honest.

AmberLeaf Wed 27-Feb-13 22:35:06

Would wine gums be ok?

idshagphilspencer Wed 27-Feb-13 22:37:02

Or wine?

rocketeer Wed 27-Feb-13 22:42:40

Sallybeth, wine ok, sugar bad?

numbum Wed 27-Feb-13 22:44:12

Sweets for children are bad but going to work pissed is ok....

Ach, you've been gently ribbed for being mad as a chicken.

<proffers a Hotel Chocolat praline>

<snigger at getting knickers in twist over kids having a sweetie lesson>

My kids would LOVE this sort of lesson.

Sounds ace.

<snatches Lauries proffered choccy>

<ner ner nerner ner>

Have a very apposite biscuit

cory Wed 27-Feb-13 23:18:51

Commander, I do hope that's not a chocolate biscuit shock

countrykitten Wed 27-Feb-13 23:35:58

SallyBeth I think that you may be over reacting here a little as regards the actual activity. I agree with you however that sweets, chocolate etc are crap foods and should not be promoted. MN always amazes me as it is full of silly people peddling the line that sweets (crap) are 'treats'.

kinkyfuckery Wed 27-Feb-13 23:38:25

Necro-posting much?

pigletmania Thu 28-Feb-13 00:24:52

Yabvu lighten up

OldMacEIEIO Thu 28-Feb-13 00:33:46

SallyBeth is right, sweets are evil and rot your teeth and your brain, in fact they are a red line. If my kids dont watch it, I'll divorce them.
Unless they buy me some choccies for mothers day

MamaMumra Thu 28-Feb-13 05:50:22

Sparklingbrook - Heston is a world class knob whatever he does TBH

Made me laugh, it's how I feel about him too.

MamaMumra Thu 28-Feb-13 05:54:14

Oooh, old thread....

ripsishere Thu 28-Feb-13 06:46:05

I'd have loved to see that programme. i think Mr B is a hunk o' spunk.

MrsSchadenfreude Thu 28-Feb-13 06:55:26

YANBU. I cannot tell you the difficulties he has caused with my two. They clamour constantly for snail porridge and egg and bacon ice cream, and DD1 throws a complete tantrum if I serve the wrong wine with it. It's shocking the effect he has had on them. We can never go back to fish fingers and spag bol now. sad

MrsSchadenfreude Thu 28-Feb-13 06:56:05

Rip - I think you are confusing him with Hugh F-W...

ripsishere Thu 28-Feb-13 07:09:27

Either, neither Mrs S. Although they can't hold a candle to my loverly Ade.

fluffyraggies Thu 28-Feb-13 07:12:35

3 month old thread

lottie63 Thu 28-Feb-13 07:17:40

Pootlebug - the voice of reason! Hurrah for some sugar sense

Sailormercury Thu 28-Feb-13 07:32:29

O noes refined sugar!

AmberLeaf Thu 28-Feb-13 08:21:33

fluffyraggies this thread was revived because the OP had a very long thread about turning up for work drunk, which was all a 'joke' apparently.

It was odd that she felt rolling up to work pissed was ok, but was having a hissy fit over HBs sweets!

I love HB btw. As do my children.

pigletmania Thu 28-Feb-13 08:34:25

He's great brings out the inner kid

mrsjay Thu 28-Feb-13 08:47:43

yabu it was sweeties not crack sweets are nice children like sweets and im sure if those children had never had sweets they would have looked at him blankly and not responded, as I said sweeties are not crack confused

ripsishere Fri 01-Mar-13 00:21:18

<ah> nods.

ComposHat Fri 01-Mar-13 02:57:29

Encouraging kids to eat sweets is like encouraging a dog to sniff other dog's bollocks.

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