Tuesday, July 18th, 2006
Kraft Pimento Spread: the Perfect Toddler Drinking Glass
At 25 months, my daughter has graduated to drinking from juice glasses. There is pride in her face when using a real glass just like Mom and Dad.
Granted, she only uses a glass at the dinner table.
For all other applications we have plastic Playtex DrinkUp Cups in case of tipping accidents. Update in May 2008: We are still using the pimento glasses with my daughter, but for baby #2 we plan to alternate with Klean Kanteen sippy cups to completely avoid health issues associated with plastic.
We started this adventure with two juice glasses from the awesome four-piece Anchor Hocking Barnyard Animals set. I picked up half the set for a quarter at a garage sale. I wanted more, but Anchor Hocking has discontinued the line and I found only one web retailer still selling the glasses, for $20.
This frugal father checked several brick ‘n’ mortar retailers and googled for less expensive toddler-size juice glasses, but came up empty. No one even offered plain glasses the same size as the Anchor Hocking set (2.25 inch diameter and a 4.5 inch height).
After a couple hours of online research, my wife decided to mention that when she was a kid, her grandmother served juice in pimento jars. Hmmm.
Five ounce Kraft Pimento Spread jar:
- Perfect width for tiny hands to grasp (2.25 inch diameter).
- Short, so it’s less likely to be tipped and dropped (3.5 inch height)
- Thick, sturdy glass
- No winding lid grooves. There is only a lip (visible in the photo) that the plastic lid slipped onto.
- The jar stands straight like a normal drinking glass, without a tapered end
- In a spill, we lose at most a third of a cup of milk (my typical fill amount as seen in the photo)
If any dentists are reading, rest assured we sparingly give our daughter juice. We’re heavy into milk and occasionally water, and brush two to three times a day.
Kraft Pimento Spread, and several other varieties of Kraft spread, can be found in the cookie or potato chip aisle of a grocery store. A jar cost me $2.69. I found several empty jars for 25 cents at a thrift shop. The shop probably thought it was selling canning jars.
Caper jars may also work; I found two small sizes in the peanut butter and jelly aisle.
Updates from May 2008:
Kraft Pimento Spread is now $3.50 a jar. Ahh yes, rising food costs.
A Thinga-reader e-mailed to report that Hormel Dried Beef jars are similar or identical to the Kraft jars. Look for them where Vienna sausages and sardines are sold, usually in the same aisle as beans (if your store classifies beans as “ethnic food”).
My daughter has used the Kraft jars for two years without breakage. They were a great investment and don’t leach chemicals like some plastic sippy cups do. Meanwhile, the Anchor Hocking Barnyard Animal glasses only lasted a month or two before being shattered.