By Nathan Fisher
Dirt Cake from Lunchables is billed as one of their "lunch combinations" and contains three elements — gummy worms, frosting (specifically, "Chocolate Flavored Marshmallow Creme") and chocolate cookie crumbs — each in its own compartment.
The "Serving Suggestion" pictured on the package showed a worm being dipped into the frosting and then the cookie crumbs, so that seemed to be the general intent of the product. But I suppose you could ignore the suggestion and eat it any way you want.
As this is a snack intended for children, I interviewed a nearly-four-year-old (Tommy) and a two-and-a-half-year-old (Griffin) as they encountered Dirt Cake for the first time.
Before we dig in, what do you think Dirt Cake is going to taste like?
Tommy: I think it's going to taste like sweet things!
Griffin: And it's going to taste like real worms!
Tommy: No, not real worms — gummy worms.
Griffin: No, real worms! [Has his first taste...] Oh wait, it tastes chocolatey.
Tommy: Flies taste like mud! Do you like to be kissed?
Tommy: Well, I don't like to be kissed ever.
Griffin: It's not actual worms — it's gummy worms. But I don't like the red bits [of the gummy worms].
Tommy: Griffin, I tasted the red bit and it was yummy!
Griffin: I do not like the red gummy bit.
Tommy: Oh, I'm sorry to hear that ... does [your little brother] Baby Mason want some?
Griffin's dad (on Baby Mason's behalf): No, but thanks.
[Griffin gets in trouble for throwing his bowl of dirt cake.]
Tommy: Candy worms are yummy worms! I also like "trouble cake." It's like dirt cake but you only get to eat it when you get in trouble like Griffin.
[Griffin escorted away for nap time.]
Tommy: The cookie crumbles are like rocks, so I call this part the "rock cake" and the other part the "mud dirt worm cake." I want to tell Nana and Papa that I just had a Dirt Cake, which is gummy worms, chocolate pudding and cookie crumble!!
Did you like Dirt Cake?
Would you want to eat it again?
Tommy: Yes, I would like to eat it again. Do you have some I can have now?
No. How much should Dirt Cake cost?
Tommy: Maybe 2891.
I don't understand. 2891 of what?
Tommy: No, just 2891.