More Schools Ban Cupcakes
Holiday parties to substitute fruit, other 'healthy' treats to replace banned sweets
By Colleen Barry,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 17, 2007 10:16 AM CST
Jody Hall of Verite Coffee, "Home of Cupcake Royale," is surrounded by the popular edibles, Monday, August 9, 2004. Cupcakes are being banned from more classrooms.   (KRT Photos)
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(Newser) – Holiday parties in classrooms around Chicago won't be covered with red and green sprinkles this year, the Chicago Tribune reports. More and more schools are banning cupcakes in favor of "healthy" things like fruit skewers fashioned into reindeer antlers. It's part of a national trend to make special-occasion snacks consistent with the healthy-eating message and more nutritious school lunches.

The driving force behind the bans is concern about the nation's obesity epidemic, but widespread food allergies have also helped fuel classroom restrictions. "We know three parties a year won't make or break a child's nutrition status, but we're trying to be consistent and safe," said a nurse.