Chocolate Syringes are Not a Good Idea for Kids
by Nancy Kislin, LCSW, MFT, Parenting Educator
In the midst of a national opioid crisis the last thing we need is for our kids to be desensitized to drugs and drug culture.
Just when I thought I had seen it all with trends targeting kids, I learned about the Chocolate Syringe.
What is a chocolate syringe?
A large, plastic syringe that is filled with liquid chocolate and marketed to kids.
These are a training ground for young adults to become anesthetized to syringes, all while luring them into getting a “shot” to alter how they are feeling. Let’s be real – consuming a large quantity of chocolate will alter how you feel – a “sugar rush.”
Not to mention that the kids gather in a bar like setting to order their chocolate “shot.”
What does this drill into their heads? Hanging out at a bar, feeling like you have to “improve” or alter how you feel to have a good time, being comfortable with syringes?
One famous chocolate-themed restaurant posts on their menu & website “Get Addicted, Be Happy” while describing their ganache-filled chocolate syringe.
Many parents will remember the candy cigarettes we pretended to smoke when we were growing up. Many countries have banned them, concluding that they would encourage children to smoke real cigarettes.
The natural conclusion is that chocolate served in these syringes is just as likely to normalize drug paraphernalia and possibly promote children to use drugs one day.
We can’t ignore the enormous social issues facing so many children in America.
Kids see other teens and adults on TV and YouTube drinking alcohol—and lots of it!
They see kids in their school bathrooms and locker rooms vaping nicotine and weed.
Kids even recognize that most adults they know are stressed out, anxious, and use alcohol and weed to make them feel better. If adults do it, why shouldn't they do it?
Kids still need to be protected from things that just don’t make good common sense. There’s no need to desensitize them to more of the harmful influences they will likely encounter at some point in life.