Created By: CastingCrowns on February 20, 2013

Rice Cakes Are Terrible

Rice cakes are terrible and only eaten by people who are forced to while on a diet.

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Gotta go on a diet? Don't let yourself be forced to subsist on rice cakes! They are hard, flavorless, and have no nutritional value. Nobody chooses this as their chosen diet food- usually somebody has forced them to eat them. Expect jokes comparing them to coasters, as well maybe a joke about "putting a little something on them for flavor", which is usually something like cheese or bacon. NO ONE eats rice cakes of their own choosing.

Examples: The Simpsons- Homer goes on a diet, and Marge gives him rice cakes. She tells him to put something on them for flavor, and Homer loads it up with cheese, ham, bacon, and such, topped off with an olive. I have seen this on several sitcoms (mostly in the 90s), Home Improvement being one, I think, and at least a couple stand up comics, but can't remember more off the top of my head. In older shows such as I Love Lucy, celery was used for the same jokes. This is a "thing", right?
Community Feedback Replies: 12
  • February 20, 2013
    I think your examples need to be organized and the description needs to be tweaked a bit, but I do have an example:

    Newspaper Comics
  • February 20, 2013
    More general trope name suggestion: Diet Food Tastes Lousy.
  • February 20, 2013
    Fitting the more general version of this trope (suggested by the proposed title Diet Food Tastes Lousy):

    Live-Action TV

    On an episode of That 70s Show, Red must go on a diet after having a heart attack, and when Kitty serves the usual meat-and-potatoes fare to the rest of the family, she gives Red a plate of what looks like overcooked green vegetables. Red looks at it with disgust and says, "this isn't food, this is what food eats!"
  • February 20, 2013
    I remember (amazing some of the crap I remember) a funny cereal commercial in the 70s or 80s, where they depicted the competition as a generic-looking box labeled "Health Pellets" (probably reflecting the general trend of "health food" products at the time not being very tasty)--implying the advertised cereal had just as much nutrition but tasted a lot better. Too bad I can't remember what cereal was being advertised. Anyone else, by remote chance, remember that one?
  • February 20, 2013
  • February 22, 2013
    Foxtrot: Roger goes on a diet. His wife thoughtfully allows him to have a strawberry with his rice cake on account of having had a bad day.
  • February 22, 2013
    Homer Simpson again: He is forced to eat grapefruit halves. But all he does is apply a lot of sugar on it, lick the sugar off, and throw away the uneaten grapefruit.
  • February 22, 2013
    Earlier Foxtrot example: Roger is complaining about how dry and raw his throat is and earlier that week he had been pushed into exercising, but in that strip it turns out to be caused by rice cakes.
  • February 22, 2013
    Yup, it looks like If It Tastes Bad It Must Be Good For You. I don't think singling out one food is enough for a subtrope.
  • February 22, 2013
    ^ Added my example to that page. I agree, that one pretty much covers this.
  • November 6, 2013
    Family Guy: Peter is trying to lose weight and attempts to eat a rice cake because of it only to spit it out. In a characteristic cut-away, an evil Chinese man knowingly mentions [Peter] does not like rice cakes to have a jingle play: "Ricey ricey rice, no-one likes rice cake".
  • November 6, 2013
    Rice cakes are terrible? Try telling that to the Japanese. :P

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