Why do kids like to dunk foods so much? I have a couple of theories. For very young kids, I think it’s a way to indulge their natural curiosity about interesting textures and color combinations, a kind of culinary equivalent of finger painting if you will. For older kids, the goal is more utilitarian – dunking is a way to instantly combine two flavors that are better together than apart. Chocolate chip cookies in a glass of milk and a French fry in a puddle of ketchup are two examples that come to mind.
I was thinking about this universal love of dunking while I was in the supermarket recently searching for my older daughter’s favorite brand of ranch dressing. Despite eating plenty of vegetables when she was younger, once she hit her teens, she stopped pretty much cold turkey. The only time she eats them now is when she first dunks them in ranch dressing. Read More