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beets vs. chocolate ice cream

I swear, my husband (Matt) and my 2-and-a-half-year-old daughter (Alice) had this exact conversation this evening.

Matt: Do you want beets, or chocolate ice cream?
Alice (enthusiastically): Beets!

I am not making this up.

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  1. I believe you! I'd almost always rather have beets than chocolate ice cream myself. Though I am not sure why one would have to choose... :-)

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    1. re: susancinsf

      True, it doesn't have to be either/or. In fact, I think she would have been happy to combine them, but I'm not sure I could have handled that... Matt informs me that he did seriously consider offering her both at once, "but the idea seemed too nauseating."

    2. I once had an amazing chocolate muffin with beets in it. The beets really highlighted the richness of the dark chocolate. Hardly a muffin though, but I didn't complain.

      1. Reminds me of when I was young and staying at a friends house. I was offered a choice of liver or steak. They were shocked when I chose liver.

        My older sister didn't like steak, so wanting to emulate her, I didn't like steak. But I really did like liver.

        1. Salty versus sweet. Easy choice for me. Give me an appetizer instead of dessert any day.

          In addition, I don't crave chocolate... :(

          1. Excellent! More chocolate for me.

            1. I'd choose the beets in a heartbeat, myself, since I don't much like chocolate. But (and I don't have kids, so I probably don't know what I'm talking about) professing amazement that Alice chose the beets might teach Alice that it's weird to like beets, and normal to like chocolate ice cream. And that would be bad, no?

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              1. re: small h

                Have no fear. We didn't tell her we were amazed, we just laughed and told her she was a good little nosher. We're pretty careful not to present foods as good or bad -- we just give her what we think is good and act like we expect her to like it. Usually she does.

                She'd already had a helping of beets, so that was probably why she chose them -- they were in front of her and she wanted more!

                1. re: jlafler

                  Oh, good. Anyway, beets are pretty much the candy of vegetables. So maybe it's not so, um, weird.

              2. Hmmmmm What about beet ice cream with chocolate sauce?
                what doya think?

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                1. re: GodfatherofLunch

                  My sister (the original beet fiend) has made some pretty good beet sorbet. But I don't think it'd go well with chocolate sauce.

                  1. re: jlafler

                    We have a wonderful lady who sells cupcakes and cakes in our neighbourhood. She makes a delicious red velvet cake with cocoa and red beets fro the colour. So you never know, it might go well with chocolate sauce...

                2. Wow. Good for you for raising such a remarkable soul. I myself have been known to utter "I'd rather have all my toenails pulled out one by one than eat beets". My DH would disagree. There's a saying in his family (he is the youngest) "The baby's got to have his beets" that I hear on every holiday. It always makes me laugh. I'll make them for him, but only cause I love him :)