So I was in Wal-mart not too long ago, when I saw these brownie flavoured vitamins from Once-A-Day, and I immediately thought of the chocolate laxatives from Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator. As many of you are likely unaware that there even is a sequel to to Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, let me just say that at one point the Oompa-Loompas sing a song about the dangers of taking medicine out of your parent's medicine cabinet without permission.
The protagonist of the song is seven year old Goldie Pinklesweet, who eats a whole bottle of chocolate pills from her Grandmother's cabinet. The pills turn out to be insanely powerful laxatives, the girl nearly dies, and because she can never get the laxatives completely out of her system she has to spend seven hours a day on the toilet for the rest of her life.
This is what this actual product immediately made me think of. Regardless of this association, which I admit most people probably won't make, does the fact that these pills are chocolate not increase the chances that children will gobble down a whole bottle? It probably won't kill them, but I'm pretty sure 50 adult multi-vitamins at once isn't good for you.
Plus, how sad is it that a product like this is even necessary? We have to make our health products taste like junk food to get us to take them? The gummies kind of made sense, since I at least consider chewing pills more comfortable than swallowing them whole, but this is an abomination. Candy and medicine just don't mix. I hope these things do get taken off the market because some toddler downs a six week supply and Bayer gets the crap sued out of them.
Hopefully the child in question won't suffer the same long term side effects as Goldie Pinklesweet.