The Wrong Applesauce

Thumper caught a cold from Rerun (his first cold, poor baby), so he’s not sleeping well at the moment.  Which means I’m not sleeping well.  Which means that I’m exhausted in the mornings, and that means that we’re always running late.

I was packing Ane and Tad’s lunches yesterday morning, and was asking Ane what kind of fruit she wanted in her lunch.  Tad’s menu rarely changes.  His standard school lunch is a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, an applesauce cup, milk in his thermos (or a juice box, if it’s Friday), some kind of cracker or crunchy snack (usually Pirate’s Booty), and then some kind of treat.  I asked Ane if she wanted applesauce, and then Tad piped up.  “Mom, can I have applesauce?”

I held up the applesauce cup.  “Yes, Tad, it’s right here.”

“No, applesauce.”

I stared at him.  “This is applesauce, Tad.”

He stared at me as if I had said something incredibly stupid, and then talked to me as if I was deaf.  “No, applesauce.”

I stared back at him.  “This IS applesauce!”

“No, the green one!”

I then realized what he was trying to tell me – and why he hadn’t been eating his applesauce all week long.

This is what I had been sending him.  This is a Target-brand, all-natural, no added sugar applesauce cup.

Target applesauce

And this is what I usually send him – Tree Top applesauce cups, purchased in bulk at Costco (also all-natural and no sugar added).

Tree Top applesauce

And then I tried explaining until I was blue in the face that the Target applesauce was STILL APPLESAUCE and it tastes JUST THE SAME and if I took it out of its cup and put it in a bowl in front of him, HE WOULD EAT IT WITHOUT A QUESTION.

And he just as firmly told me that he NEEDED the GREEN applesauce.  The Target applesauce doesn’t say applesauce on the lid.  He will NOT be fooled.

And when I was done trying to explain this to him again, he gave a big sigh and looked at me.  His look said, “You poor deluded woman, you can’t even figure out what applesauce to buy.”

And then he said, “Mom, can I just have a banana instead?”

He got the banana in his lunch.

We stopped at Costco after his speech therapy session yesterday afternoon, and I handed him the bulk box of Tree Top applesauce cups.  He kissed the box, gave a huge sigh of relief, and said, “THAT’S IT!  That’s my applesauce!  Thanks, Mom!”

Ane shook her head, and said, “Don’t worry, Mom, I’ll eat the other applesauce cups.”

I know she will, and that the applesauce won’t go to waste.  But… seriously.  This boy.


When I told Grandma about the applesauce, she said, “You’d better hope Costco doesn’t stop selling that Tree Top applesauce!”

I said, “I can always buy it somewhere else.  Or I can buy a green Sharpie and just write ‘applesauce’ on the Target cups.”

Somehow, I don’t think that would pass scrutiny, so I won’t try it.

So much for me thinking that he’d become more flexible.  Apparently, you can mess with his schedule, but don’t mess with his applesauce.

4 Responses to “The Wrong Applesauce”

  1. Ressis
    October 10th, 2013 02:18

    Have you done a blind taste test? For all you know Tad has a discerning palate and there really IS a taste difference.

    Or you’re raising a brand-snob. No generic crap for him!

  2. Deanna
    October 10th, 2013 08:59

    He’s a label snob. He would eat it if there was no label involved.

  3. Aunt Lynda
    October 10th, 2013 09:13

    This could be a lot worse. But you know that. Glad Anne will eat the applesauce!

  4. Oddball
    October 10th, 2013 13:19

    Save the as many lids to the “green” applesauce. Then when Costco does stop selling it, take off the lids to the “wrong” applesauce and reapply the lids you have saved. Or start giving it to him a reused able container. Start by showing him you are putting the green applesauce in then over time you can make the switch and he will never know.