Walking into Whole Foods on the Bowery the other day it was hard not to notice how the store had been decked out for the holiday season. Chestnuts, Cranberries, Brussels Sprouts, Sweet Potatoes and Yams were on hand in abundance. Immediately as you walked through the door on the left is the sweet potato/yam section and there in the midst of all these beautiful tubers are dozens of plastic boxes of marshmallows. Just like the pilgrims used to eat….or was it the Indians that introduced the marshmallows to the pilgrims? I always forget that part of the story.So then I turned the corner and saw the apple display, this time with containers of “house made” caramel sauce, because you know, apples aren’t really good just on their own.
I know people make something with yams and marshmallows at Thanksgiving so why not have them close to each other, it just bothers me because, well shouldn’t we be discouraging people from eating marshmallows and yams? And apples and caramel…if they had fresh-baked apple pies with them I’d have no issue, caramel in this instance is like a dip and suggests to me that somehow apples could benefit from being dipped in sugar….am I being crazy? Let me know in the comments.