Katie Holmes explains Suri's X-rated candy
March 31st, 2011
03:29 PM ET

Katie Holmes explains Suri's X-rated candy

Katie Holmes got more than she bargained for when she visited a Big Apple ice-cream parlor with 4-year-old daughter Suri. The actress tells talk-show host Ellen DeGeneres that what started as an innocent mommy-and-me day out ended up an X-rated adventure.

"Recently, I took her to get ice cream in New York at this place called Serendipity that we go to all the time. It’s for kids. The clientele is children," Holmes says on Friday's episode of the "Ellen DeGeneres Show." "We go in and we are waiting for a table and she grabs some gummies that are boy-part gummies. I was horrified."

Boy-part gummmies?

"P-e-n-i-s gummies," Holmes clarifies. "I said, 'Oh, Wow those aren’t Swedish Fish.' They are called p-e-n-i-s gummies and they look like it. She was holding the box and I was like 'OK, Wow, we don’t need that right now.' Because I thought if I said, 'Put that back!' and then she’s going to say, 'What is this?' And I really didn’t want to have that conversation."

Holmes admits she had no idea the shop carried such controversial candy.

"I was like, why are they selling these here? This is for kids," she says. "And then it was on the cover of a magazine that I’m giving her those gummies!"

soundoff (96 Responses)
  1. Paris

    IWith Tom Cruise as her father I doubt if the gummy debacle will be the most embarrassing thing that happens in Suri's life.

    April 22, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Francine

    All she had to say was "these are not candies for you put them back since they are for mommies and daddies" and that's the end of it. She's the mom she decides what is best for her and does not need to give her explanations or justifications, but I do agree her story is BS and I get the feeling she was just doing damage control.

    April 20, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Lennie Ross

    Woopse Katie! Don't you think you're getting her started down the wrong path a little early there? 🙂

    Lennie Ross

    April 19, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. SGT J

    Are we really still calling her a movie-star? She is the wife of a movie star.

    April 14, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Nyx

    I think the most ridiculous part of the story is that this woman is afraid of explaining what a penis is to her child. And why is she spelling it out? Is she not capable of actually stating a technical word for part of the body?

    April 14, 2011 at 3:54 am | Report abuse |
  6. James Fernsale

    Well, she should be shocked. She hasn't seen a real one since she's been with Tom Cruise.

    April 12, 2011 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Annunaki

    Can't imagine the impact to her theton level. Did anyone get photos of her with her portable e-meter when she left the shop?

    April 12, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Carrie

    Katie Holmes stinks as a parent. Suri is going to end up on drugs or worse – you HAVE TO SET BOUNDARIES and kids NEED THE WORD "NO!" Grow up Katie and give your daughter a life!

    April 12, 2011 at 7:44 am | Report abuse |
  9. Susan

    Well, since Katie has never seen Suri's daddy's p-e-n-i-s, it would be difficult
    for her to explain to Suri. And, by the way, the name S-u-r-i, it's in Cruise.
    Cruise – take off the first and last letter, mix up, you have "Suri". Mystery solved.

    April 11, 2011 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Statement

    Aren't all religious folk easily controlled dimwits?

    April 11, 2011 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ep to

    As a scientologist (they should be cited for fraudulent misrepresentation), it's a given that she's somewhat of an easily controlled dimwit – nice to to look at, but don't use long words when talking to her. But then look at what she married.

    April 11, 2011 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Stacy

    Ridiculous, if you don't want your child to have something...ummm say no and take it away. Seriously that easy. If she asks why say we are here to get Ice cream not candy or if you already told her you could get candy tell her the truth (Penis is not a bad word for goodness sake) or simply tell her you don't like this candy so either get something else or nothing. Some parents need to get their kids out of the drivers seat already and yes I have kids 2 with a third on the way. No means no around here.

    April 9, 2011 at 10:14 am | Report abuse |

    All of this would be avoided if Kate could just form the word NO with her lips. How about just telling the child "NO, PUT IT DOWN!"

    April 7, 2011 at 12:47 am | Report abuse |
  14. CaptainFactual

    Actually, Serendipity is a chain and have locations in NY, Las Vegas, etc, and it is NOT a children's restaurant. I have no idea where this Katie Holmes idiot got that idea, but she couldn't be more wrong. In fact, one of the stores in NY was in trouble with the health department a while back because of issues with rats and roaches. She just needs to go back to being a Scientologist puppet and shut her mouth about things she knows nothing about (which would be EVERYTHING)

    April 6, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Bonnie

    Come on, she negelected to give the real reason she didn't take it away from Suri. It's been mentioned more times than not, in alot of magazines, that her hubby, Tom Cruise and her give in to Suri. They always say that they let her make her decisions about most everything. She's took young for that responsibility, and she's just spoiled rotten. Clothes are one thing, but X-rated candy?.........Please. You're the parent, do your job

    April 6, 2011 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Chris

    Serendipity 3 is not a 'kids ice cream parlor'. They do have terrific sundae's and other frozen treats, Frozzzzen Hot Chocolate mmmmmmmm, but it was never intended as a place for kids.They do sell a bunch of different knick knacks from those gummy's to shaped ice cube trays.
    She should have been paying attention to Suri to see what she was getting into. And also maybe start paying attention to her surroundings.

    April 5, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
  17. who cares?

    wait, who cares?? hahah this is entertaining, you guys don't need to start debates about parenting. obviously, don't give your child penis gummies. whether she did or not, who cares. if you happen to, then go have a baby over it. literally.

    April 5, 2011 at 1:35 am | Report abuse |
  18. mr_creosote

    She should have brought Tom instead. He would love to pop those in his mouth.

    April 4, 2011 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  19. GoRoGo

    What a bunch of idiots. It's not "X-rated" just because it's shaped like a penis.

    April 4, 2011 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Chelsea Itson

    Serendipity is NOT a children's ice cream place. I believe Katie in that Suri picked these up. And if Suri were my child, I probably would have just given them to her. Why? Because to a 4-yr-old, if you don't make a fuss over it, they're nothing more than gummy candy to a child. Jeez. Why is everyone so pent up over it? Oh, that's right, it's Katie.

    Word of advice to Katie: Find a Cold Stone Creamery. Much more child friendly.

    April 4, 2011 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Lucy in SC

    What caught my attention was that she didn't want to simply say "put it back" because then the child would have asked why and she didn't want to have that conversation. Well who's the adult? Who's in charge? Whatever happened to because I said so!!! That is where parents screw upm thinking they have to explain EVERYTHING right there and then and the kids HAVE to understand and agree right there and then? Yes I have kids (3) and they knew from the time they were very young that "Because I said so" means it is not up for discussion right now. Period.

    April 4, 2011 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Kat

    Wait though- Bill Clinton has been there..... it must be family friendly http://www.serendipity3.com/history.htm

    April 4, 2011 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
  23. ron

    Cannot believe I just wasted 10 min. of my life reading this lame story and bs comments.

    April 3, 2011 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
  24. DrWookie

    Um...Serendipity 3 is not really a "Children's Ice Cream Parlor"...the whole novelty shop at the front of the store is mostly "nostalgic" type things for adults (including many dirty things like those candies)

    If she had been there before...she would have clearly known that.

    April 3, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  25. OhioBuckeye

    As with any other celebrity news, any teeny tiny facet of their day-to-day lives get blown in and twisted out of proportion to sell headlines. Hell, if it were my kid, I probably thought it would have been funnier than hell. If course I'd switch the gummy penis out with a loli or something, but it still would be funny.

    April 3, 2011 at 9:20 am | Report abuse |
  26. Targeted Individual

    Watch a Pre-January 8th copy of Inception. Listen closely when the actors say imagine, reality, and safe, or point pistols. You'll hear the words, Loughner, offin' her, part of the word Giffords, and much more. Some say they hear, do it.

    April 3, 2011 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  27. NonPCrealist

    Are Sciencetologists not allowed to say 'penis'?

    April 3, 2011 at 9:02 am | Report abuse |
  28. NYCAnnie

    I have been there. The front of the store is almost like Spencer's, with lots of gag and novelty gifts. The little candies that same for PMS on the jar, or edible underwear. Yes, they sell penis and boob shaped gummies. And it's so narrow, it's not like you can keep your kids away from the counter...it's a tiny hallway where you wait for a table. I feel bad that THIS was news. Poor Katie...it could have happened to anyone.

    April 3, 2011 at 3:50 am | Report abuse |
  29. OC25

    Funny moment, but nothing meaningful to it. Kids pick up stuff in stores, kids see things, they want them, without even knowing what they are.

    As it's just gummi, the only injury she'll suffer is her teeth.

    April 2, 2011 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  30. annoyed

    i'm sure the kid is scarred for life.......she and this story is stupid....some one should put a boy body part in her mouth.

    April 2, 2011 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  31. huh?

    @ peaceword – I'm guessing your comment is an April Fool's Joke?

    April 1, 2011 at 10:09 pm | Report abuse |
  32. peaceword

    . . . "I was like, why are they selling these here? . . . "And then it was on the cover of a magazine that I’m giving her those gummies!"
    . . .The Magazine and its staff "LIBELED" ("Libel" is when a party defames an innocent person in print) both Kati Holmes and her daughter, Suri. Kati Holmes has grounds for suit to recover "damages" to her career and recover "damages" to her daughter by the store clerk and owner of the store. She likely has a Claim against the manufacturer of the Penis Gummies for drawing attention of Pedophiles toward small children in possession of a symbol that attracts Pedophiles who would "NOTICE" and follow small children in possession of such "candies."

    April 1, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
  33. alex


    April 1, 2011 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Scootah

    Who cares

    April 1, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  35. ice cream is for adults

    Katie loves penis. She used to be hot indie film naked chick before she went cuckoo mainstream with lil Tommy. She's just passing on her pleasures to her child. But have the talk already, Katie, geez. As an aside, it is a heads-up for rich mommies who want to take their kids to chichi ice cream places – maybe it's NOT targeting kids, pay attention, lalas!

    April 1, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  36. AsIfIt Mattered

    You're wrong. They do.

    April 1, 2011 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Tif

    Katie Holmes’ gets the side eye. You have to be kidding me, if you think for one second I would believe that shenanigans. Just fess up, Katie, you gave her the damn 'penis' gummies.

    April 1, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  38. wyl

    Wow! What a day out! Katie dear, just stay home and get busy with http://www.thedailytramp.com .. and don't forget about Tom. He will like it for sure!

    April 1, 2011 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Clete

    I don't think this place was scientology approved...or else the gummies might have been real.

    April 1, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
  40. GW Snark

    Suri is gonna be more phucked up than Chas Bono or McKenzie Phillips. Really a shame.

    April 1, 2011 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Timme62

    I'd be more worried that Suri is still using a pacifer at 5 years old. That and the fact that Tom Cruise is her father.....

    April 1, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  42. tom cruises

    Finally someone got it right. THANK YOU Jessie

    April 1, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  43. Allison

    Serendipity is not a "children's ice cream parlor" first of all.
    Second, what is the big deal? She didn't have a real penis in her mouth, it's just gummy candy.

    April 1, 2011 at 9:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Jessie

      Yeah, for those of you who don't know, Serendipity is not an ice cream parlor, they have all sorts of desserts (you may have heard of frozen hot chocolate). Anyway, as part of the eclectic charm, they have gag gifts all over for you to buy...including a Trailor trash barbie (pregnant wearing wife beater and having cigarette) to yes, penis candy. They have you wait at the front by all these gag gifts before you go in, so its very possible Suri just grabbed one. As Katie said, better to not make a big deal of it, or the little girl will want to know more.

      April 1, 2011 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  44. Croco3

    One can't seriously be surprised by the crazy antics coming out of that household. Poor Suri, and I say that for the 1000th time. Imagine her seeing this article 5 years from now (scripta manent, baby!!), when the whole world is teasing her about sucking a sweet wiener and mommy and daddy can't explain themselves, 'cause they'll be locked up in an insane asylum somewhere. (Sorry for the last one, Suri! It's for humanity's sake!!)

    April 1, 2011 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  45. Bill & Ted

    Got them out of Mommy's purse. They're Katie's pacifier, since Tom won't share his with her. 'bout the same size, though, dudes.

    April 1, 2011 at 6:15 am | Report abuse |
  46. anon

    She's not telling the truth on this one, just Google Serendipity in NYC and you'll see they don't wouldn't carry those. Call them and they'll tell you that. She probably brought those p-gummies from home, a gift from Tom since they were made from a mold of his own p-e-n-i-s.

    April 1, 2011 at 5:17 am | Report abuse |
    • As If It Mattered

      You are wrong. They do sell these and other novelty items, and you clearly don't have children.

      April 1, 2011 at 3:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Susan G.

      And that's why 45 of them fit in a tiny bag!

      April 6, 2011 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  47. izzy heartstring

    i dont think they were p e n i s gummies..there are these gummies that are lighthouses but when sideways they look.... yeah. i'm guessing it was those kind of gummies...also it's new york novalty candies like that gotta be every where for the more adult client...like adult humor in kid movies

    April 1, 2011 at 1:39 am | Report abuse |
  48. Kay/Kay/Kay All The Way

    I see those Scientology freaks have brainwashed Katie. Why else would she make such a ridiculous claim? Anyone with an ounce of common sense knows that didnt happen.

    April 1, 2011 at 1:31 am | Report abuse |
  49. Sunshine Girl

    What a great PR stunt! Everyone knows that a well known childrens eatery is not going to habe penis shaped candy sitting out on the counter. Come on people! I cant believe that anyone would actually fall for that? And anyways a 4 yr old shouldnt know what a penis is/looks like. If she does Id say theres some kind of sick problem there. right?

    April 1, 2011 at 1:28 am | Report abuse |
    • nymom

      When she was four, my niece knew what a penis was. She knew that was the "real name" for a boy's pee-pee and that's why boys could go pee standing up. No big deal. BUT SHE NEVER ATE PENIS SHAPED CANDY! Shame on Katie for not going to the local Friendly's or what ever they have in LaLa Land.

      April 2, 2011 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Helion

      Wow, I seriously hope you don't ever have children. A four year old shouldn't be made to feel ashamed of normal human anatomy. Seriously, if she has a baby brother are they going to ask her to shield her eyes when they change his diaper? You're an idiot!

      April 3, 2011 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
  50. teddy pendergrass

    Or you can call it a dangalang. As in: That big fat ho keeps a trying to touch my dangalang. If she dont quit im not givin her a ride home in my hoopdie.

    March 31, 2011 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
  51. teddy pendergrass

    The correct terminology is weiner. Not penis.

    March 31, 2011 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  52. www.monogrammedeverything.com

    LOL! OMG too funny!

    March 31, 2011 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Sunshine

    Their worried about Suri seeing a penis shaped gummy candy, but their not worried about that Scientology cult brainwashing their daughter? Come on now, how stupid does Katie think we the public are?

    March 31, 2011 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Unknown

    It is perhaps possible that her story is honest. I believe most parents would be capable of re-directing their daughter to a different type of candy on the spot. I also believe that type of "candy" would not be sold in a candy store for kids. I think she needs to either monitor her daughter more closely, or that which she releases to the press...or both. "Me thinks, she doeth protest too much!"

    March 31, 2011 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
  55. PG

    It's not just a "kids' store". It's a restaurant. They sell a lot of different things up front which is where people stand while waiting for a table. BTW: Is Holmes so immature she can't even say PENIS?

    March 31, 2011 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Lace


    March 31, 2011 at 7:08 pm | Report abuse |
  57. anMari

    The only implausible part of her story is that Serendipity is a kids ice cream parlor. Serendipity 3 is a restaurant that's main focus is yes ice cream & dessert. They also serve an ice cream sundae topped with 18 ct gold. Not so far fetched that they would have p-e-n-i-s gummies.

    March 31, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Superhiro

    Meh, her religion doesn't seem any less silly than any of the other religions.

    March 31, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Klsteele

    Who cares? The kid is doomed anyway. Mom was a Catholic girl and then married that fool and converted to his cult religion. Amazing what money can buy. First a soul, now mom is hunting for a penis that is acceptable and functional.

    Non-catholic from her hometown.

    March 31, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Weihana

      Mega wealthy parents.. never having to work a day in your life.. future entertainment career likely already lined up for her... Somehow I don't think Suri is going to have a bad life.

      BTW all religions are cults, I don't see why theirs is anything special.

      March 31, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Maya

      Yeah, because Catholics never do anything bad to kids.

      The only difference between raising a kid as a Christian and raising one as a Scientologist is that the former brand of brain-washing is cheaper and and makes them more acceptable to society.

      April 2, 2011 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  60. Jen

    I agree with you Superhiro. Like you said, why would a "kid friendly" store sell that kind of candy? It sounds strange to me.

    March 31, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Superhiro

    Why would a kids store sell penis gummies? Can a kids store even sell penis gummies even if they wanted to?

    March 31, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  62. JP

    I'm not a fan of Holmes so much - as an actor or otherwise - but her story sounds plausible. If you've got kids, you know they have an uncanny ability to zero in on things that are sure to embarrass...unfortunately for Holmes and other celebrities, the paparazzi are there and eager to capture such moments on camera. Besides, if you're skeptical, call the store in NY and ask them if they sell "P-E-N-I-S gummies".

    March 31, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • sae

      @JP – you are absolutely correct. and for all the people who are commenting like a person, celebrity or otherwise would really expose their kid to something like that, shame on you. you shouldn't judge.

      April 3, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  63. paolo

    How does she even know what those things are ? She has never even seen Toms.

    March 31, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Superhiro

    @Be Quiet that is also quite plausible.

    March 31, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Be Quiet

    They weren't from the store. She lifted them from Tom's private stash.

    March 31, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Superhiro

    Yea, I don't buy that a kids' ice cream parlor would've just had those on hand

    March 31, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Yeah Right

    Placing the blame on an Ice Cream Parlor? Hmmm...

    March 31, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • darling

      This says it all......You've very obviously never been to Serendipity. It has been around for years and visited by famous clientelle since it's opening. They have a lot of random stuff at the entrance while you wait for a table. I remember going there as a kid and thinking it was so magical because you could order ice cream the size of your head. ALSO they made Oprah's 'Favorite Things' episode a few years ago for their frozen hot chocolate. Amazing little restaurant, very eclectic, but I am surprised they would have indecent items at kids levels. ..... I think it's sad that paparazzi would even waste their time to take a picture of this innocent child...

      April 6, 2011 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  68. lac

    i cant believe she would want that kind of media attention.

    March 31, 2011 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Superhiro

    Yea probably, I just don't buy the story she gave. I think she had that candy lying around the house and didn't know Suri had it when she left.

    March 31, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Head Diva In Charge

    She probably thought it was funny like any mother would. Then she realized that there were cameras there. Game changer.

    March 31, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • GetAGrip

      Agreed! Seriously, EVERY parent goes through some awkward, hilarious exchange like this...most of us just don't have people with cameras following us every waking moment we're out of the house. Give the woman a break.

      April 22, 2011 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  71. Superhiro

    I gotta say that sounds a lot like BS to me.

    March 31, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • LenaZen

      Actually, I believe this because it happened to me. When I was 10, my mom took me and some friends to Serendipity. I guess our moms thought it was a kid place too. It's actually a tranny ice cream parlour. There is a tranny Ken doll in the window and it just gets weirder inside. My mom didn't know what to do either so she just pretended she didn't notice. Years later she found out that my friends and I had noticed and were just as weirded out as she was. But it only took us one visit to learn this place wasn't for kids. Not sure why Katie says she goes all the time.

      April 1, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lyn

      There are some supposedly castle shaped gummy candies that look like penises when you hold them at a certain angle. I can't remember what store I saw them at but I remember thinking at the time that they should sell candy like that in *adult* stores rather than regular grocery stores. After a closer look at the packaging I realized they were supposed to represent castles but I still thought they looked like penises.

      April 1, 2011 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Specter

      Pisz poor parenting...she got caught being a crazy scientologist and doesn't know how to explain it away.

      April 4, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • heather

      @Lyn – unfortunately it says on the bag P – E – N – I – S gummies so that shouldn't be an excuse.

      April 4, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • MrsFizzy

      That's hilarious ...a tranny ice cream parlor & she had no clue, thought it was perfectly normal! (hmmmm....)

      April 5, 2011 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Realness

      Didn't Katie Holmes marry Tom Cruise??? Well looks like we have the answer to why she would go to a Tranny Ice Cream parlor. I'm sure Tom introduced her to the place. lol

      April 7, 2011 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • L. Ron Flubber

      The kid loves shlong now. It's been imprinted–especially the black licorice

      April 17, 2011 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |

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