As a kid, I always loved getting to go to the grocery store because it usually meant I would get a free cookie by the baker or a slice of salami (my favorite type of meat) by the deli. When I found out I was pregnant, I honestly looked forward to the day I could take my kid to the grocery store and see her experience much of the same. We eventually did go, she eventually got that first sample, and I inevitably wondered what toddlers think while getting free samples at the grocery store. I mean, I can see why, to a toddler, this magical moment could seem a bit strange. You aren't home, there's no table or high chair and there's a stranger offering you delicious food. What's really going on, here?
When my daughter received her first free sample at the grocery store, her face lit up. She wasn't entirely sure what I was trying to give her, at first, but she quickly warmed up to it. That first sample was a win, mostly because her second favorite "treat," a cookie. Some samples she's had at the grocery store she has definitely enjoyed, while others have been a miss (which helps me figure out what to get her for snacks, and what I can take a pass on).
With so many new smells and different foods to look at, the grocery store can appear either scary or exciting to toddlers, I'm sure. However, when it comes to free samples, most children will probably be thinking the same thing, along the lines of, "More yummy food? Yes, please!" Of course, they probably have some additional thoughts, too, which I've took the liberty of assuming. Here's what I think a toddler is probably thinking when they get a free treat at the grocery store: