How To Get Your Kids To Eat The Heels Of Bread

The heels of a loaf of bread—those end pieces that are all crust on one side—are just as good as the rest of the loaf. But good luck explaining that to a four year old. Instead of trying to convince them, just make their sandwich inside-out, and they’ll never know.

This trick has been fooling the children in my family for years. Don’t let them see you make the sandwich, of course. Turn your back to them, all nonchalant, and make the sandwich like so:

  1. Spread the peanut butter and the jam on the crust side of the heels. (You can make other sandwiches this way, too, of course.)

  2. Stick the sandwich together.

  3. If the edges look a little funny, just cut them off. If your kid likes the crusts cut off, or if they get excited about sandwiches cut into shapes, you’re golden.

This is the most pure and honest way to fool your children, I tell myself, because there’s no nutritional or other difference between the heels and any other slice of bread. Their pickiness is just a preference for one texture over another, and if they eat the sandwich without objection, then nobody is harmed by this clever, evil hack.

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