Friday, October 17, 2008

Popcorn Balls

A parent sent popcorn balls to school for her child's snack day. I was so very excited because Popcorn Balls brought back great memories to me.. My aunt made the best popcorn balls ever. I was hoping that the kids enjoyed them as much as I did when I was there age... But there was a huge problem. These things were as hard as a rock and tasted nothing like I remembered. I reluctantly passed them out and began to take pictures of all the hilarious faces they were making as they tried to eat these rocks.. their teacher gave them.. One of the said, "Silly Teacher, this isn't funny, I am hungry."

Okay, so far so good. Not to many problems going on right?


Then it started to get a little harder. Look at their scrunched up noses and squinty eyes. They were seriously trying to get a good bite... It just wasn't happening..


I haven't laughed so hard in such a long time.. I loved how hard they were trying to eat these things I really talked up.. I told them how much I loved them when I was a little girl.

We ended up throwing the popcorn balls over the fence.. I am sure the squirrels were happy.. If they didn't break their teeth.. I pulled out the ever faithful graham crackers and all was right with the world again..

This isn't the first snack catastrophe that I have had in my classroom.. One month not everyone sent snack so I went to the store to refill the snack cabinet.. I picked up a jar of pickles. I thought that would be fun.. You know that big ones you get at the movies.. Well one week when we were studying the letter "P" I pulled out the pickles and my aid began wrapping them in napkins and passing them out.. One kid yelled, Yowee Teacher, these are hot! I thought he was just disappointed we weren't eating oreos.. I said, "No they are not, sit down and eat your snack." Then all the kids starting saying teacher these are so hot. I looked at one little guy and his eyes were watering. I picked up the jar and lo & behold, in the smallest print I had ever seen the words very hot were written above Dill Pickles.. I felt so horrible..
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89 comments:

Celine said...

Oh boy! Those pics were priceless!!
And I'm sorry but I had to laugh at the hot pickles part! lol

Cecily R said...

Those popcorn balls looked WAY too perfect not to be hard as rocks...

LOVE LOVE that you took pics of all those kids trying to be so polite!

Lacey in the Sky said...

Oh my goodness... these pics are hillarious! I can't stop giggling at those little faces!

sunnyaquarian said...

Sounds like quite the day! Their faces are priceles!

Carol said...

How funny is that. You have a way of capturing regular everyday life and making me smile. Thanks!

Mamarazzi said...

GREAT post!

love the spicy pickles...funny!

Kelly said...

Little #22 might just be the cutest kid I've ever seen.

Amy said...

Note to self: Don't have mouthful of coffee while reading Becky's posts.

LOL!:)

Hearing you play up the popcorn balls, they must have been thinking that teacher's teeth were as strong as a beavers. LOL!:)

The looks on their faces is hysterical!

I almost spit coffee all over me and my computer screen when I got to the part about the very hot pickles.

Thanks for making me laugh this morning!

Have a great day!
God Bless,
Amy:)

SondreLyn said...

That cracks me up! Seriously funny stuff! I love it when we think something will work, and it doesn't. Reminds me just how imperfect I am! Those popcorn balls looked seriously hard! I have seen those in the store and had no idea how hard they were!

The pickle story was just as funny. That is seriously something I would do.
Them: "But Momma (or Teacher), it burns!"
Me: "No it doesn't."
Funny stuff!

The White Family said...

Did anyone lose any teeth? That post was so funny because I thought the same thing when I tried them the first time. No wonder the houses in the neighborhood get egged when they give out popcorn balls for candy on halloween night. :o) TGIF Becky!

Robyn said...

lol, those must not be the ones I remember either. The hot pickles cracked me up.

Mojito Maven said...

OMG I LOVE POPCORN BALLS...YUMMY!!!!!!!!!!!

rachael said...

love this post...i can totally imagine those little ones trying so hard to eat the popcorn balls! great pics :)

Lindsey said...

Those pictures are precious!!! Also, I tagged you but you don't have to play!

Sarah said...

Those pictures are so cute! I will be sure to steer clear of those popcorn balls. :)

Glamorous Life of a House Wife said...

POPCORN BALLS ARE MY FAVORITE! Oh I love them. I especially love the kinds with color on them - ya know what I'm takling about? I used to love getting these when I went Trick or Treating.

Rebecca Taylor said...

I've never had a popcorn ball!!! :) The pictures were adorable, and I love the pickle story!

valerie said...

I just love when you share your classroom stories. That is hilarious about the pickles!

I have a very funny story about one time when the kids in my class told me "Jessina" had a rat in her purse. I was like...."Ok, ok..." thinking it was just a little stuffed mouse. No, it was a real,live mouse (rat...whatever....it was alive!). I think her brother had it for a science project or something??) We had to call her dad to come get it. He walked into the other side of the building where the preschool is and the director knew nothing about the situation. The dad said, "I came to pick up the rat." Too funny!!!
I have another not-so-funny one that someone brought one day. I'll save it for another day.

I love the looks on the kids faces eating these popcorn balls.

Thanks for sharing!

Rachel said...

I can't believe the Hot Pickles...tooo funny!

I don't like popcorn let alone popcorn balls...I know I am weird...when I was pregnant I forbade my husband to pop it...couldn't stand the smell...every now and then I will eat a piece because it's there but the taste does nothing for me and I hate that it gets stuck in my teeth!

Deb said...

oh these are a hoot! anybody lose a tooth? my kids are always so disappointed when these end up in their treat bags. homemade is probably the key.

Susan said...

Oh my goodness! I would have laughed too, but what in the world did that mom make the popcorn balls with?
The pickle story is funny too.

One Wired Woman said...

That is so funny!! My aunt used to make awesome "soft" popcorn balls when I was a little girl.

I taught for years and my worst snack day was when a little girl brought in unpeeled oranges for snack. I could've screamed!!!! Arrrggghhhh!!

Have a great day!!

Jill :)

Elaine said...

Ok that is just too and really, really sad. Those poor kids missed out on how yummy popcorn balls are. I sure hope they are not to afraid to try a good one...

The pickels cracked me up too, by the way.

Lindsay said...

How funny are those pictures!?! You had me rolling with the dill pickle story. The image of a bunch of kids doing their best to gnaw down a bunch of jalapeno pickles is a hoot!

Tiaras and Tantrums said...

I saw those at Walmart yesterday!

Rebecca Jo said...

The pictures are HILARIOUS!!! I cant imagine those tasting good at all! As soon as I saw the picture I immediately thought - there's no way these things can taste as good as the home made ones! Maybe you can do that with them one day & let them see what a REAL popcorn ball tastes like. But those are MESSY! The kids will like that! Those faces are the best!

Lindsay said...

Oh that is hilarious! I wonder if the mom got them on clearance...LAST year! LOL.

Jonny's Mommy said...

Their little faces are priceless!

Poor kids! But hilarious story!

I was cracking up!

You sound a little like me. I've done some odd things like this myself.

CrackerJacks said...

I remember those when I was little. Those were the primo item to get...I never got one.

I love the photos of the kids trying to eat one. So cute and funny!!

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Grand Pooba said...

Ha! That is so funny! Your kids are so cute and they look like they are trying so hard!

I'm seriously envious of your job, that would be so much fun being a teacher to those little ones!

April said...

That is too funny! I love how aggravated they all look trying to chow down on the popcorn balls! LOL

Living in the moment... said...

oh my goodness! HOT pickles. That is hilarious. Their faces are so cute when trying to bite into those popcorn balls. What a cute class!

Annikke said...

That was a great story -- love the pictures of those poor kiddos trying their hardest to bite into that!

The pickle thing is hilarious too! Did you get the poem I emailed you?

Katie said...

yum popcorn balls! my mom makes the best!

i'm going to have to get some of these. :)

Megan said...

hahahha I love the hot pickles story!!! SO funny..haha Cute pictures! I have never seen/heard of popcorn balls. Have a great weekend!

koopermom said...

That is great! Those poor kids...
I tried to make homemade popcorn balls last year and failed miserably. They wouldn't stick together. Good to know NOT to buy the prepackaged kind!!

AVT Coach said...

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Hannah Noel said...

HAH!! That's great lol

I miss my Great Aunt Emma's popcorn balls!! (or was it my Great Aunt Bessie??.....)

echoeve said...

I love the story about the pickles but the popcorn balls hee hee.

thanks,

Melissa said...

Oh my...this is too funny...i am sitting here laughing so hard--to myself at the looks on the kids faces; and just imagining what they were saying!!! he-he :)

You are such a good teacher...

angie said...

Love your new fall make over!

Discursivelyhappy said...

I just bought a pack of these for my son's bday party! I am sure I will have similiar pics to share!

Good N Crazy said...

Hot Pickles Teacher, That's what you are!

The popcorn balls are hilarious.

Faith said...

Oh my goodness! That is so funny about the pickles...poor little guys!

lmerie said...

The popcorn ball shots are great!

It's not food, but I ordered the movie Jamangi from Half.com. It came quickly in the mail, we opened the movie and inserted it in the VCR, hit play and sat down to enjoy - problem though. It was in Spanish! I never did find on the box where it was a spanish edition though. . . .must of have been in real small print! hehe

Kim said...

I absolutely loved popcorn balls growing up. I had a neighbor that made them every year for halloween. It's a shame that you can't make homemade stuff for school anymore.

Honey Mommy said...

Those pictures had me giggling!

MamaGeek @ Works For Us said...

HA, I used to LOVE those things. I think they've gotten harder over the years. What fun shots!!

Ruby Red Slippers said...

That was so funny! I was laughing at their faces! I remember popcorn balls too-my mom made them--We need a recipe somebody!!!

Jamie @ Baldwin Bungalow said...

Those little faces are PRICELESS! Haha. I loved your pickle story, too! :)

(I love Oreos, but some days a pickle just sounds REALLY good! My MIL makes the BEST homemade pickles!)

Kelli @ Gohn Crazy said...

*ROFL* The pickle story is HILARIOUS! Oops!

The popcorn ball pictures are too funny. I hope the squirrels enjoyed them. ;)

Miss Anne said...

Haaaa!

Kids are hilarious.

Good idea, just too bad they were hard and gross!

The pickle story is hilarious/sad too!

:) have a great weekend!

Insane Mama said...

Too funny, my mom used to make popcorn balls, I don't recall them being that hard to eat.

stefanie said...

So funny! I want to be in your class.

Liz said...

That is TOO funny. Look at their little faces... so adorable.

West Family said...

Priceless! the pictures captured the whole thing perfectly! Both great stories! I was laughing so hard I was crying!

Heather Bug said...

Becky, I love reading your blog! Those kids faces are hilarious!!! I am laughing so hard at the very hot pickles!!! I bet you are all the kids very favorite teacher! Is Hillsdale a Bible college? I hope you have the most fabulous weekend ever!!!

Michelle said...

Great pictures Becky! I used to love popcorn balls when I was a kid.

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sassy stephanie said...

Oh man, I am laughing with tears in my eyes. Cracking their teeth on popcorn balls and hot pickles? Sounds like you better hide from CPS for awhile!

La Pixie said...

good gosh, those pics were funny! I especially liked the last one of the boy holding the popcorn ball with his mouth.

and I loved the pickle story!! HA what sweet, obedient kids that ate the spicy pickles!! LOL poor kids.

Jennifer said...

So funny! I've seen those popcorn balls a million times at Wal-Mart and have thought about trying them...but not now!! Thanks for the heads up Becky! Those poor kids and the hot pickles! I hate hot pickles!! LOL

Jennifer said...

The faces they are making - absolutely priceless. Thanks for the laugh girl. (o:

Mrs. S said...

I saw those popcorn balls at Wal-mart the other day. I wondered if they would be any good. I think I may stick to homemade ones.

Lottifish said...

Haha, I love the thought of these kids eating these spicy pickles. Too funny!

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Sandy Toes said...

That just cracked me up! What great pictures! I hate those popcorn balls..they always taste stale!
-Sandy Toes

Chris said...

Oh man! That was FUNNY! I'm going to be thinking about that all night!

Amy said...

Ha Ha! LMAO I am seriously laughing so hard my stomach hurts! How precious are those faces and you set that up perfectly!!!!

MLC's Mom said...

I will never look at popcorn balls the same way!!! The pictures where hilarious!!!

He And Me + 3 said...

OMGosh I am cracking up at your stories. I swear when I taught preschool and kindergarten, I had a story or 10 every night for my dear husband. We were forever laughing at my school stories. Too funny!

Coloradolady said...

Oh my...this was so funny...I'm sure not funny for the kids. I just loved Popcorn balls as a kid, my grandma made the best ones I had ever had...but the ones you buy at the store...not so good. Poor little guys.

I am visiting from the SSS and what a delightful time I had visiting your blog. I will be back and clicked to follow. Have a good weekend.

Hollie said...

I haven't laughed this hard in a long while!!! Those pics were hi-lar-i-ous!!!
The kids did not seem to thrilled with the popcorn balls and didn't even try to fake it. hahahahaha
too funny.

thanks for that!!!

lisaschaos said...

Too funny! I love the scrunchy noses! And the pickle story is a big oops but it sounds like you've given the kids some days to remember. :)

MommyWizdom said...

OMGosh, you had to call it Popcorn Balls and Pickles!

I hate to think how long those popcorn balls have been sitting on a dark shelf somewhere... yick! It's probably good that they couldn't eat them.

And I'm sooooo sorry about the pickles. It is a funny story though :-)

Kellan said...

That is so funny and those pictures captured exactly how hard those popcorn balls were - Ha! I love popcorn balls too!

Have a good weekend - Kellan

Straight to Your Hart said...

LOL...the gobb stopper popcorn ball..anybody lose a toothie??!! Those kids look so cute..A+++++++ for effort!! They sure look perfectly round though....tehe

Kmommy said...

LOL!! Poor kids!! But at least they appear to be having lots of fun with the popcorn balls! And the pickle story is too funny!

Momisodes said...

Those pics are wonderful! I loved those as a child :)

Kelsey said...

I loved eating those and I was thinking, "oh, I should order some from the internet of that brand." Good thing I didn't!

Love the pics, they're priceless!

Casey's trio said...

Okay, The pickle story is hilarious:)

SuperCoolMom said...

Oh My Goodness! I am writing EXACTLY what Lacey said! We were laughing OUT LOUD. Too Funny!

That kid gnawing on his is the best!

Carrie and Troy Keiser said...

that would be terrible.... yucky popcorn balls! BUt is sure made for some funny pictures!
The pickles, um yeah that was bad! poor kiddos! :) {I'm a pickle disliker}

Sweet Simplicity said...

Those pictures are hilarious! So funny!

Laura@Storytellin' Mama said...

I'm laughing so hard... great post of your classroom snack disasters!!

Kimber said...

Oooohhhhh, poor babes. That's actually a funny story about the pickles.

latree said...

very funny!!
looks like they're eating golf balls!

Working mum said...

Love those popcorn balls! Never seen anything like it before.

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Rebeckah said...

Those popcorn ball pictures are HILARIOUS! Oh my gosh! I am rolling on the living room floor laughing so hard : ). What a fun blog!