Taste tests are small samples of food, served separately from lunch, that introduce a food’s flavor, texture, and smell. Students try a small bite of something, then vote on whether they liked it and would try it again.
Taste Tests are important because:
- Fussiness about food is a normal part of a child’s development. Young children naturally distrust new things.
- New foods need to be introduced to kids anywhere from 7 to 15 times before they can decide if they like it!
- Taste tests are a low-pressure way to create adventurous eaters and encourage a culture of trying new foods.
Read more about taste tests and watch this video to learn how to host a successful taste test.
Remember to survey students about whether they liked the taste test. Here is a sample survey: