Sneaky grocery shoppers: how to use stickers

Fruit and veg stickers aren’t always up to date. Lots of fruits and vegetables have their own slightly different symbols for vitamins, minerals and colour, but we can’t be sure the stickers on the packet we’re about to eat are up to date.

In the case of carrots, that is a pretty straightforward thing to do. They all have a carrot icon. Sure, there are some different types of carrots. But they all contain carrots, and they all have a carrot icon on them. Unless the carrots are specifically made with a particular vitamin, there’s no need to look at what the carrot symbol is for.

Fruits, vegetables and nut stickers offer some advantages over stickers. It’s easier to remember what the fruit or veg symbol means. You can rip and eat the stickers. And using a different sticker to a ‘taste’ is actually a lot quicker than using an emblem, which can take far longer than a mere label to peel off.

Although you can use ‘taste’ stickers, what’s interesting is the different sticker families. Which one works best for which fruit?

Kimberly’s Nut Stickers

The symbol here is for orange and cranberry apples. I have eaten orange apples on countless occasions with zero clue that these were red. This is probably because they aren’t orange at all. The only colour that they appear to be are their names.


This is much more complicated.

Just looking at the bags, you can see Walnuts are on there, but it’s possible that you may have picked up some Pineapple olives on the way. If so, here’s what I’d do:

I would look at the fruit next to it

I would lift the fruit out

I would then look at the olives

Then I would roll each up and eat them

Since you won’t notice them and don’t need to look at them for nutritional purposes, they’re just there to be eaten. That sounds like a really good idea, I’d recommend it. But be warned, wrapping the olives and then unwrapping them can be a bit tricky.

Fruit Shoot

This is not a good example to be using. The upside is the symbol is completely round, and doesn’t show any gaps, so it’s easy to find.

The downside is the fruit won’t look quite as nice as a real fruit does. Also, the logo is going to be more angular with your garden gnome pointing straight up in the air. So pick your own poison, then continue reading…

Milk Chocolate

These are small cubes, so they’ll be smaller than the actual boxes (if that’s what you like). But they are the same as your normal milk chocolate. There is an upside to this: they are really easy to find if you’re familiar with the ones you’re meant to be eating.

Barry’s Tea Stickers

These are exactly the same as tea rings, but they’re shaped like tea leaves.

There are lots of cereal bowls out there full of cereal circles, carrot sticks and cake circles (plus a fair few Froot Loops rings and other forms of jelly). But none of these stones, logs and sticks are a true tea ring or cereal rock or biscuit rings. If you don’t know the difference, you can use all three as spokes in the same situation, because these signify tea.

Barry’s milk chocolate should look similar – the oval shape is supposed to be a ring. And that is the same as a ball of coal and a rotten egg. It’ll be hard to distinguish, unless you really are paying attention. Unless you aren’t, and you’re the adult in this story.

Check out your own fridge for what stickers you’re using. And feel free to throw those out, because they’re a waste of time, space and money!

You can purchase these instruments for yourself on the FRUIT AND VEG stickers page, via

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