My brother enjoyed Spiderman pancakes and Superman eggs when we went out to brunch growing up. I've heard of parents telling their tots that broccoli florets are lil trees and carrots are the Easter bunny's candy, but have never called them by another name to my own kids. The results of a Cornell study may have you calling cucumbers "flying torpedoes" and spinach gratin "brilliant brain-food." One report said:
When 186 four-year olds were given carrots called "X-ray Vision Carrots" (they) ate nearly twice as much as they did on the lunch days when they were simply labeled as "carrots." The Robert Wood Johnson-funded study also showed the influence of these names might persist. Children continued to eat about 50% more carrots even on the days when they were no longer labeled. The new findings were presented on Monday at the annual meeting of the School Nutrition Association in Washington DC.
Apparently the apple doesn't fall far from the tree, since an adult study also proved that descriptive menu names increased the sales of certain basic entrees. Does your family have inventive names for foods?