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Chocolate Cake For Breakfast?

Thinking about Bill Cosby's bit about giving his children chocolate cake for breakfast and his wife's resulting reaction, makes me wonder. Have any of you fed your children (or yourself) something for breakfast that your spouse (or parent) had a "negative reaction" to?

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  1. Being currently at about 310lbs I've probably had just about everything "inappropriate" for breakfast at some point in my life. The one that got the ire of my parents the most, back in the day, was my "kegs and eggs" beer omelettes.

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    1. re: jrvedivici

      I have to agree with you about inappropriate breakfasts. I eat lunch early, usually, and I'm not actually hungry before then, but if I eat breakfast, and I don't do it often on weekdays, it's gonna be something other than dry toast and a half a banana. Not necessarily with the whole smorgasbord, but it would be an omelet, or chicken fried steak (the ones at work on Wednesday are tasty and nice and small, but satisfying), or a quesadilla or menudo or an omelet or a couple of fried eggs or three. Or dim sum on a Sunday- that's a meal that will last until the next day as far as I'm concerned. So sue me.

    2. It didn't get a negative reaction from anybody but the most bizarre thing my son ate for breakfast was, all one winter, sweet potatoes. We had bought a bushel of them and he loved them. I had to leave for work before he had to get up for (senior high) school so I would put a big sweet potato in the oven to bake and when he got up it would be ready. He would eat it busted open and filled with butter and brown sugar and have three or four glasses of milk with it. Did not seem the worst thing for him to have in his stomach as he set out in the snow---but...unconventional.

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      1. re: Querencia

        Doesn't seem to me like a bad thing to eat at all. In fact, I may try that. I love sweet potatoes. The more I think about it, the better it sounds- fiber, vitamins, minerals, fiber, natural sweetness, wow. I'm going to the store tomorrow and get a few sweet potatoes for my breakfasts. I can take them to work and gobble them down there.
        Thank you for that suggestion.

        1. re: Querencia

          Funny, Querencia, I did this during my Senior year too! Except I topped mine with a dollop of plain yogurt and cinnamon in addition to the butter. So comforting.

        2. "Daddy's great - he gave us chocolate cake!" I love that episode!

          Sr. Swanky gave me a hard time the other day for giving my boys hot buttered mini pretzels for breakfast. I told him, "Think of them as savory waffles!"

          1. Occasionally, when the mood strikes, I eat a couple of tins of sardines for breakfast, with good mustard.

            This freaks the living daylights out of my H.

            1. Take said chocolate cake, put it into cupcake form, replace frosting with chocolate chips, and then mega-size it and call it a muffin. Now it's a legitimate breakfast!

              1. Not breakfast, but I did feed my nephew a bowl of black olives and plain m&ms for lunch. My mother gave me a disapproving look and shook her head, but his parents didn't seem to mind.

                1. My mother still remembers her H.S./college boyfriend who ate ice cream for breakfast.

                  Hey it's milk and calories!

                  (But she married my dad....and thus I grew up eating eggs and pancakes)

                  1. Class B Cosby bit! Still enjoy it.

                    About 10 years ago, a dear friend asked us to "house" her wedding cake (top tier) in our freezer while she & the hubby went on a month long honeymoon. When they returned they decided they didn't want the cake after all-told us to dispose of it. Well...why toss perfectly good wedding cake!

                    I fed my nieces for a week with wedding cake. They love their Auntie J.

                    While attending college and house sharing one roommate nabbed a job on the pie line at Delicious Orchards and was keeping most of us in the house well fed on broken pies their pie dept could not sell. Good times :) pie for breakfast (lunch and/or dinner).

                    1. 50+ years ago in Whitehouse Station, NJ, many of our "breakfasts" (especially on weekends) were supplied by Scottie, the one-legged baker, who made the absolute best crumb cake and "sticky" buns as well as world-class hard rolls. Totally acceptable, it wasn't much of a reach that years later a big hunk of chocolate cake or, better yet, a large slice of strawberry-rhubarb pie would be consumed with coffee for the morning meal. These days, I still do it if available. Lately, I've been into the TastyKake Peanutbutter Kandy Bar Kakes or Biscoff Crunchy spread on toast. The only negative reaction would come from my doctor.......if he knew about it.

                      1. Our son is decidedly a non breakfast food kid. His typical breakfast is leftovers from dinner and is partial to spaghetti and meatballs, beef and bean burritos, leftover steak or burgers. I doubt there is anything my husband could feed him that I would have a negative reaction to, even cake. On his birthday every year he does get ice cream for breakfast.

                        When he was about 3 1/2 he had a huge bowl of haggis for breakfast. He then asked for seconds "with eggs, mom". When I asked what kind he said "just egg" so I cracked an egg over the haggis and a he ate every bite. My husband did raise an eyebrow about the raw egg but got over it.

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                        1. re: foodieX2

                          Oh hell to the yes on leftovers- that's the best breakfast ever, in fact this morning I was hoping there were a couple of Costco cooked ribs left over, and thought I found some- alas, it was a bag of the bones. Sad face is me. I would have gobbled them down as soon as I got to work. Leftover pizza, pasta, casserole, enchiladas, wow. Great breakfasts, all.

                        2. I was single when I did this, but I used to frequently have oatmeal chocolate chip cookies for breakfast. Hey, it had oatmeal in it, and that's breakfasty right? Pretty sure my SO would judge me if I did that in front of him haha!

                          Then there's the usual stuff like cold leftover pizza.

                          I personally don't see an issue with chocolate cake for breakfast. Many breakfast foods are sugar bombs anyway... so how is that different than say, coffee cake or danish?

                          1. Chocolate Cake For Breakfast?

                            Yes, please.

                            1. A friend has eaten oatmeal with a scoop of ice cream on top for years. Hey, milk and sugar, right? My next door neighbor, raised on a farm in Central Illinois, serves - very occasionally, she laughs - leftover cake "if there ever is any!" in a bowl with milk on it for breakfast, which is an old family habit, she says.

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                              1. re: lemons

                                Haha - that's exactly how a dear friend of ours eats his cake. Others skeeve it, but I think it's perfect breakfast fare!

                              2. Angelfood cake with fresh berries, under the theory it has more protein (egg whites) and probably not much more sugar than cereal.

                                As a kid, cold chicken Rice-a-Roni.

                                1. Hi, PH:

                                  It's a sign of mental health to occasionally have a slice of coconut cake or pecan pie. Chocolate is beyond all possible bounds of decency ;)


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                                  1. re: kaleokahu

                                    I used to have a slice of pecan pie while the last piece of mom's lasagna was reheating with a little water in her small Revereware skillet. Maybe a Coke and a smoke for dessert.

                                  2. dinner leftovers; hot or cold noodle soup; cake; apple pie; cookies. Basically, everything that I eat (or most things that my kids had) would cause my MIL angst.

                                    1. About a month and a half ago, my husband and I had chocolate cake and ice cream for breakfast on my step-daughter's birthday. She had school and then was going to her mother's house for visitation, and wouldn't be back until bedtime.

                                      DH was actually surprised that I went along with it, but he was all for it.

                                      1. Whenever I make a tiramisu, if there's any leftover I look forward to having some for breakfast. With coffee. Yeah, I know coffee's IN IT but I also drink coffee WITH IT. You got a problem with that?

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                                        1. re: pdxgastro

                                          Oh my gosh -- no problem at all! That's friggin' brilliant!

                                        2. Pie. Any pie that is left is always eaten for breakfast.

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                                          1. re: JudiAU

                                            Plus 2 for pie! The secret of course is to game it so you are the first one downstairs.

                                            1. re: JudiAU

                                              Breakfast pie is the best! One of my favorite things about the Friday after Thanksgiving...multi-course breakfast of different pies.

                                              1. re: debbiel

                                                Breakfast the day after Thanksgiving is always pumpkin pie. That's a healthy serving of vegetables!

                                            2. Strangely enough, it was my grandma who introduced me to the "birthday privilege" of cake for breakfast---the day after your birthday, you get to have leftover cake for breakfast.
                                              My husband thinks this is a little strange, but how is cake significantly different than donuts or pastry for breakfast, at least in terms of nutrition?

                                              1. definitely a no no in my house