New York City schools apparently have no bake sales because the nutritional value and ingredients of homemade goods cannot be defined. So a city panel is voting tomorrow on new rules that would allow students to sell fruits, vegetables, and the 27 packaged items approved for vending machine sale. When's the last time you knew how many calories or grams of sugar were in a banana? And correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't the level fluctuate depending upon factors such as ripeness? Granted, bananas are probably better for you than chocolate chip cookies, but who would want to buy Spicy Sweet Chili Doritos for a fundraiser? Aren't you more tempted to buy things from bake sales because the treats are homemade? I guess they made this rule like nine months ago, and now they need to bring some fundraising back due to the poor economy. Want my opinion? Bring back the cookies, cupcakes, and brownies too. There's a New York Times' article about this, which can be read here. The most ridiculous thing is the photo they ran with it:
Bacon chocolate chip cookies? S'mores brownies? Seven layer cookie bars? What kind of yuppie bake sale is this? Certainly not one taking place in a New York City public school.