If you have kids, opening up a bag of cookies means opening up a flood of questions: "What is that?" "Where'd you get that?" "Can I have some?" "Can I have it all?" "Can that be my dinner?"
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It's Evil Week at Lifehacker, which means we're looking into less-than-seemly methods for getting things done. We like to think we're shedding light on these tactics as a way to help you do the opposite, but if you are, in fact, evil, you might find this week unironically helpful. That's up to you.
NO! You deserve to eat your snack in peace, but sometimes, that takes some strategic planning. You need some good hiding places - or some good "stories".
Here, parents reveal their ways of concealing chocolate and snacks from their kids when they don't want to share:
"I had frosting last week. I told her it was spicy sour cream and ate it right in front of her."
- Elizabeth K.
"My son was hospitalised for a tree nut allergy, so since he was three, I've just told him that snacks (that I didn't want to share) have nuts in them. Then he doesn't bug me or want them."
- Chasity B.
"You know those frozen pea bags or even salad packs? I hide them in there.
- AnaHITA N.
"I palm the cookie/candy/whatever in my hand, pretend to pick something up that dropped under the table and stuff my mouth really fast."
- DoROTHY Y.
I've got Reese's Pieces, a Hershey's bar and some Oreos in the rice cooker.
- Michelle E.
"I say it has coffee in it. 'Oh this is coffee candy, you won't like it.'"
- Erin J.
"I would hide chocolate in the bathroom in an old tampon box."
- Reddit User Sonia72quebec
"I put the big bag of Chicago mix in with the school supplies. They don't go near that cupboard all summer."
— Reddit user Brother_P