Published September 28, 2012
With season one of TLC's “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo,” behind us and more promised holiday episodes on the way, this may be a good time to look at some of the zany and often cringe-worth ways of Honey Boo Boo (aka Alana) and her parents "Mama" June Shannon and Mike "Sugar Bear" Thompson.
No doubt money is tight, and the Thompson-Shannon clan sure know how to stretch a dollar. Extreme couponing Mama June gets food on the table for a miraculous $80 week.
Honey Boo Boo's eating habits are a sight to behold. We've learned that she has a fondness ribs, chicken, "fat cakes' (packaged snack cakes) -- and that fan favorite: roadkill. And while the nutritional value of these dishes raises more than a few eye brows, they're none-the-less, memorable.
In the Sept. 12 episode, Mama June and Honey Boo Boo whip up some “sketti,” otherwise known as spaghetti, topped with a sweet sauce of one part ketchup and one part margarine. (Let’s face it, we’ve all added a little ketchup to our dishes at one time or another.) The sauce is clearly a family tradition, handed down to Mama June, who proudly proclaims: "I was raised on the ketchup."
Go Go Juice
First a regular on TLC’s “Toddlers and Tiaras,” Honey Boo Boo’s infectious energy helped create the spin off “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.” But that energy came with a big helping hand from her so called Go Go Juice, part Red Bull, part Mountain Dew. According to Good Morning America, a bottle of Go Go juice contains as much caffeine as two cups of coffee.
Mama June's response to accusations of revving her kid up with more caffeine than some adults can handle is classic. “There are far worse things… I could be giving her alcohol.”
To raise funds for an upcoming pageant, Honey Boo Boo wants to sell lemonade. But first she needs to make a batch --and gets some help using Mama June’s secret recipe. The coveted ingredients: lemon juice from a bottle and an ungodly amount of sugar.
“The secret is a lot of sugar and a lot of lemon juice. The lemonade has got a good five pounds of sugar and like 2 gallons of lemon juice,” says Mama June.
Incidentally, the Honey Boo Boo Lemonade stand, that was set up by the road, sold out and raked in decent $25 at $.50 a cup.
Check out more from Honey Boo Boo in the kitchen.