Our New York child went with cousins to one of the many soft-serve yogurt-add-your-own toppings places in Poughkeepsie this weekend. Florida child introduced her father and I to such establishments two years ago. We quickly learned that self-serve frozen yogurt in twelve flavors plus a choice of 33 toppings are not a friend of this compulsive foodie.
The price you pay for this dessert is based on the weight of the serving. You extrude as much or as little as you want from the machine. Trust me, that stuff comes out fast. Even if it didn't, the containers are sized to encourage you to plop more into the bowl. These 'bowls' are two cup size. Then the toppings vary in weight and range from whole berries to cut fruits to gummie bears to cookie crumbles and sauce toppings.
What if, instead of by the weight of the food, they based the price of your serving on the weight you are likely to gain by eating your portion? What if they based price on the calories in your bowl? It is never going to happen. Would it put these places out of business or would it help consumers better limit their portions and add-ons?
I would have thought, nah. However, when I am in NYC, where restaurant chains are required to post their calorie listings, it helps me to make better choices and avoid some things all together and it has nothing to do with the price of the food.
Can 'food taxes' work in the land of keeping the pounds off?