What Middle School Kids Like to Eat: Smurfs

Middle schoolers have an unequivocal favorite food - and I'll bet you've never heard of it.

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By David Hammond

Earlier this week, I posted about Jo Snow, a new line of snow cone syrups that could change the way you think about this traditional shaved ice condiment. In keeping with this week’s coverage of snow cone production and usage, I’m pleased to report on an emerging food trend that’s taking place right here in our village.

Last week I was invited by Julian Middle School to do a series of Career Day presentations to their students. I talked about my job as a food journalist for Wednesday Journal, the Chicago Sun-Times and WBEZ. Several times I answered the question I get asked most often: What’s your favorite restaurant?

I never have a good answer for that question because on any given day or in any given mood my favorite restaurant could be fancy French or street-vended Mexican.

The middle schoolers I spoke with, however, had an unequivocal favorite food: Smurfs.

Sold at Lindberg Park, I was told, Smurfs are snow cones (raspberry blue, I’m guessing) with Sprite added.

According to the kids in the classes I spoke with, this after-game snack is “the most awesomest” thing one could ever eat.

I’ve never had a Smurf, though I definitely will do my best to get to Lindberg Park to try one. Have you ever eaten a Smurf, and can you add any further data points about what seems to be an Oak Park original?

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