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The Goldfish Diet

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The Goldfish Diet

This post may contain affiliate links. Read full disclosure policy here.This post is intended to be humorous. I do not recommend feeding your child a diet solely of Goldfish, however yummy they may be! Pepperidge Farm® provided me with a sampling of their products to facilitate this post. All opinions are my own. Pictures courtesy of Pepperidge Farm® .
Some days, all my toddler wants to eat is snacks, specifically Pepperidge Farm® Goldfish.

I blame Target.

We are in there on a daily weekly basis and it seems like every other aisle has a special Goldfish display. Really?

It isn’t enough that I avoid the snack-food aisle when I’m there with my daughter…now I have to skip over the grocery section altogether?

Have you ever come across this with your child?

Goldfish Target Display

It’s right on the aisle for anyone toddling by to see. Right at her little eye level. Look at those ones on the bottom. Special springtime pastel-colored goldfish. Irre-freaking-sistible.

Not cool, Target.

So we grab a few bags, because hey- they’re on sale 3 for $5! And then that is all my child wants to eat for the next several days.

Thankfully, there are now so many different varieties, it is possible to feed her a full day’s worth of complete meals just out of Goldfish.

I call it “The Goldfish Diet.”

Rise and shine, kiddies!

breakast tag

For breakfast there are two yummy options: French Toast or Honey Buns…but with no mixing, baking, or clean-up for Mom!

Breakfast Goldfish

lunch tag

For lunch, Pepperidge Farm® has pizza on the menu. Unfortunately, they don’t deliver. But they are ready right from the bag, so no need to heat the oven!

Xtra Cheesy Pizza Goldfish

There are several varieties of pizza-flavored goldfish, including plain Pizza, Xplosive Pizza, and my favorite- Xtra Cheesy Pizza Mix-Up Adventures.


For that time when it’s not quite dinner but the little ones are pestering you for food, there are several flavors of goldfish that will make excellent appetizers. You can have quite the spread with a plate full of Cheddar, Parmesan, and Pretzel Goldfish. How fancy!

Goldfish Appetizer

dinner tag

And when they say, Mom, can we have Goldfish for dinner, too? 

Now you can say YES, because Pepperidge Farm® recently introduced Goldfish Mac & Cheese! There are four flavors: Butter Parmesan, Cheddar, Cheesy Pizza, and Nacho Cheese.

goldfish mac and cheese


Time for the best part of every meal…dessert! There are a seemingly endless supply of dessert-flavored Goldfish. These are some of my favorites:

dessert goldfish

Congratulations! You’ve made it through a day of both adhering to your toddler’s picky palate and serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner!

Have a nice cup of Hot Cocoa Goldfish and relax. Oh and if a certain someone wakes up still hungry in the middle of the night? Never fear- S’mores Goldfish are the perfect midnight snack 😉



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  • Sarah @ Finnegan & The Hughes
    March 14, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    My favorite is pretzel, since I was little. Hayley loves smokes but OH I want to try the cinnamon buns

  • Susan
    March 14, 2014 at 7:34 PM

    Wow!! I never knew there were so many flavors!!

  • Jen
    March 14, 2014 at 8:30 PM

    Ryan pretty much lives on goldfish and chicken nuggets. Great giveaway!

  • Kelly Moran
    March 14, 2014 at 10:30 PM

    The Cheddar Bacon Puffed Goldfish are my fav!

  • Allison
    March 15, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    I’m sure my favorite will be smores if I ever get to try them. I’ll have to swipe some of Lilly’s.

  • Lisa
    March 15, 2014 at 7:36 PM

    I love cheddar flavor blast!

  • Vivian
    March 16, 2014 at 7:34 PM

    I love any cheesy flavor. My son looooves the pretzel ones.

  • Misty Lunceford
    March 19, 2014 at 8:06 PM

    My favorite goldfishes are Rainbow!

  • virginia weaver
    March 20, 2014 at 3:12 AM

    xtra cheddar

  • missy sands
    March 20, 2014 at 5:16 AM

    my favorite is pizza, but cant wait to try the vanilla

  • Juliea
    March 21, 2014 at 11:52 AM

    the pizza ones thanks for the giveaway

  • tara pittman
    March 21, 2014 at 11:56 AM

    I like the pretzel ones the best.

  • ColleenMarie
    March 21, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    My favorite type of goldfish are the pretzel goldfish!!

  • ellen beck
    March 22, 2014 at 1:36 AM

    I LOVE the pizza goldfish flavor but they are hard to find! I can find them sometimes in HyVee sometimes not but I adore them.

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