Does your child's school still let you make cupcakes?

United States
November 15, 2008 10:21am CST
When I was a child we were allowed to make homemade cupcakes to bring to school for our birthday and other holidays. Since I've had children they've had a new rule. Anything brought in for the kids has to be store bought. I need 4 dozen cupcakes on Wednesday for my twins birthday. I could make them cheaply, probably about $5 total for the 4 dozen. But instead I have to buy them, and they aren't cheap. The cheapest I've seen is $5 a dozen, and that is for plain cupcakes. The character ones are more expensive.
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@camomom (7535)
• United States
15 Nov 08
That's just dumb. If you were going to poison the kids, you could still add it to the store bought ones. I'm sure that's part of the reasoning behind it, otherwise it just doesn't make sense.
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• United States
15 Nov 08
The store bought ones are sealed, and have to be sealed when brought in. Of course who's to say you can trust the store these days? So much selmonella and food poisoning, they probably have a better chance of getting sick off store bought food than off home made food.
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@camomom (7535)
• United States
15 Nov 08
I agree. Someone could still poison them if they are sealed. I'm sure they don't inspect them for needle holes or to see how well sealed they are. Just my observation. I'd rather have homemade foods given to my children.
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@kellys3ps (3726)
• United States
15 Nov 08
We are allowed to bring homemade cupcakes, but I know there are many schools that require store bought.
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@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
15 Nov 08
We are actually encouraged to bring in homemade treats. What is the reasoning with the rule at your school? Is it because of children's allergies? So they can see the ingredient listings? Is it to insure healthy preparation? Seems veeeerry expensive to me.
• United States
15 Nov 08
All the schools in this area have had this rule for over 10 years. I think the main reason is to make sure that the food isn't poisoned and the kids won't get sick off it.
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@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
15 Nov 08
Wow. I think that's just a bit overly cautious but I guess those are the rules you have to work with. My son really likes icecream sandwiches and I have brought those in for a birthday treat a couple of times. Kroger sells smaller ones that come in a larger package and it made it more reasonable to purchase than the bigger ones. My kids classes were always so large that I would have had to go broke buying the larger ones. For little kids, they were just the right size. They have a freezer in the teacher's lounge and were more than willing to keep them in there till they were to be eaten. Ice cream at school is always a surprise.
• United States
15 Nov 08
That's not a bad idea. I'll have to ask my kids if they'd prefer cupcakes or ice creams. Knowing my kids... one will say cupcakes while the other says ice cream, lol.
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@rocketj1 (6960)
• United States
21 Nov 08
Thanks for the best response! Did you get to bring the treats in already? How did it go?
• United States
21 Nov 08
Yes it was yesterday. I brought ice cream sandwiches for my daughters class, and cupcakes for my son's class. The kids enjoyed it.
@1grnthmb (2063)
• United States
15 Nov 08
Tje schools in this area refuse to let people bring homemade goodies to school. I think it is wrong. They say it is for safety issues. But how many children have you ever heard of being harmed by home made treats. Some of it is also because their is no lable on what you home bake so they do not know the allergy issue. But then would it not be just as simple to require that parents who bring treats state the ingredients as to whether or not the contain allergens.
• United States
16 Nov 08
That's true. I mean my kids will be eating the same treats, would I be stupid enough to poison my own kids? Well I suppose some parents are, but this is a small community, so I don't see it happening, and I'd be fine with my kids eating someone else's homemade treats in this area. Also the teacher's could keep a list of the student's allergies just to be safe.
@gemini_rose (16257)
15 Nov 08
I am not sure but I do not think so. I think that they have to be store bought because of all the allergies that are about so they can read on the packets what exactly has gone into them. I would never make any anyway, I mean I can cook in fact I am pretty good at cakes, not blowing my own trumpet it is about the one thing I can bake! But I would die if I saw someone eat one and heard them say it was horrible or something!
• United States
15 Nov 08
I don't care much about what children think of my cooking or baking. I know kids are finicky eaters.. not my kids, but some kids are. I would bring in my own if I could, only because it's cheaper. I would do half chocolate and half vanilla so the kids could choose which kind they wanted. Instead I'm stuck paying a lot more for whatever the store has to offer, and they store doesn't always have a great selection.
@halynn (1809)
• United States
6 Dec 08
No, everything has to be store bought & unopened when brought to school. It is expensive to buy things store bought. Although i can undertand where they're coming from too.
• United States
16 Nov 08
Many schools where I teach require the foods to be store bought. One reason is because if a child has an allergic reaction, the ingridient list can be pulled and given to someone so they know what was in the food. Two, they don't like things that are done at home because they're not sure exactly what goes into it and they're always afraid now about the health content. It doesn't make any sense to me but you can't do much about it.
• Canada
16 Nov 08
Nutrition may have something to do with it, but I know all the schools here in Hamilton absolutely do not let homemade food in the buildings. They are even strict with their lunches, because of peanut allergies. No PB sandwiches, no cookies, muffins...nothing at all that could have come in contact with nuts. They also tell you not to feed them peanut butter on toast in the morning. Sounds a little extreme to most people but I think that if it were my child deathly allergic to nuts I would take extreme precautions as well. Cant blame them.
@kaui_808 (191)
• United States
16 Nov 08
It's not my child (he's only 6mos) but my niece's school does allow homemade food brought in. She goes to a small christian school in Hawaii, where the families are all very involved. But when I was in school, which was a public school in Oregon, homemade wasn't allowed either. It's a toss up it's cheaper to make it at home, but do you really trust another person you really don't know to prepare your kids food. On the most part I'd say yes but your always thinking about the one time or the little slip up that could occur. But in all reality it could also happen with store bought too!
• United States
16 Nov 08
I think it's because of kids allergies. Like peanuts. Some of those are deadly if you aren't careful. I actually think it's a good idea. Better than having some kid in the hospital.
@ravinskye (8242)
• United States
16 Nov 08
Our school still does. I wasn't sure if I could because they made a big thing about sending healthy snacks for the kids too school. But when it was my daughters birthday I checked and they said it was fine to send cupcakes. I baked them for her class and it wasn't a problem. I guess they are worried someone will poison the kids or something.
@lilybug (21145)
• United States
15 Nov 08
When we lived in the city my son's school would not let you bring in homemade treats. He started at the school he currently attends a few days before his birthday a few years ago. I asked the teacher if we were allowed to bring in homemade treats or if they had to be store bought and she said homemade was fine. She thought it was odd that his old school did not allow it.