Not many people realise how dangerous it can be.
Hands up who’s heard of the game Chubby Bunny.
I know about this game, not only from playing it myself, but from my five-year-old daughter talking to me about it. You and an ‘opponent’ take turns placing marshmallows in your mouth, one at a time, saying ‘chubby bunny’ each time and counting how many you manage to fit in.
Whomever fits in the most, wins.
If they don’t gag or choke first.
Normally the biggest problem with playing the game, remembered from my limited experience, is dribbling.
“So can we buy marshmallows Mum,” she asked after finishing her explanation of the game. “Then we can play Chubby Bunny”
“Hmm, let me think about it,” I said to her, as we drove to the grocery store.
“When she says ‘let me think about it’ she means no,” my ten-year-old son stated. Smart boy that one, smart boy.
Chubby Bunny is not just a waste of perfectly good marshmallows, it is disgusting because it requires you to spit all the marshmallows out at the end. There are just way too many to chew and swallow. If you do try and swallow, or laugh, or cough, you can choke. Yep, choke on marshmallows. So why do kids play this potentially dangerous game? For the same reason kids do most dangerous things...because it looks like fun and because other kids are doing it.
There are lots of YouTube videos showing people playing it, even one featuring One Direction's Harry Styles and Niall Horan, during an interview with YouTube star Zoella. Even Gwyneth Paltrow who was challenged to the game by chef Jamie Oliver.
People have died playing it.
In June of 1999 a little girl named Casey Fish, 12, died playing the game at a school fair in the US. The instructor overseeing the game had allegedly momentarily left the room. Her distraught parents spoke to Oprah about that fateful day. She choked and subsequently suffocated to death. Then in 2006 Janet Rudd, 32, died after playing the game at a fair in London, Canada.