Fear Factor Taste Challenge: Halloween Edition
November 08th, 2018
Halloween had extra flavor to it at Bobier Elementary School this year, as WaveCrest Cafe hosted a very special Fear Factor Taste Challenge event for the Broncos. Students were invited to taste six food items, and those who tasted all of six were rewarded with a special sticker attesting to their bravery.
The Fear Factor Taste Challenge is a popular way to engage students, inviting them to try foods that may be new to them and even find new favorites. Most of the items are seasonally grown fruits and veggies that are offered on salad bars at all Vista Unified elementary schools. For this year’s Halloween visit, the WaveCrest team came up with a special and unique slate of food to try . The menu for the event was:
Monster Teeth (roasted garbanzo beans)
Zombie Eyes (rainbow carrots)
Werewolf Claws (red bell pepper spears)
Scabs (dried cherries)
Jack-O-Lantern Surprise (fresh pumpkin)
Brain Stew (overnight oats; oatmeal, milk and apple sauce)
As with most all of the taste challenge events, students were eager for some items and more hesitant to try others. But as the tasting continued each item found a group that declared it their favorite. Many were surprised to learn that carrots come in a variety of colors, yet maintain a consistent taste. Others learned that peppers can be sweet, as the fresh bell peppers gained many new fans. Roasted garbanzo beans were also a new pleasure for many, and students talked about using them on salads instead of croutons to give some extra crunch.
The activity is a fun and approachable way to talk with students about the benefits of trying new things. It also gives an opportunity to talk with students about WaveCrest Cafe’s Farm 2 School program, and learning where their food comes from, as we continue to expand the number of local and regional family farms where food is sourced.
A letter about the event was sent by the school’s principal later in the day to alert parents and families to the activity and the lessons learned. Included in the letter was a link to a photo album on the WaveCrest Cafe Facebook page, and an invitation to learn more about our nutrition program. There’s no word yet on the menu for Halloween 2019, but Fear Factor events continue to make their way to Vista Unified schools throughout the year. Keep an eye out for one near you!