Katie Holmes explains the Penis Gummis incident: “I was horrified!”


A few weeks ago, paparazzi got some photos of Suri Cruise holding up a box of Penis Gummis, gummi candies shaped like penises (see photos here). Everybody was all “ZOMG, Suri is just like her daddy!” and “Katie is a horrible mother who gives her child penis-shaped candy, for shame!” Anyway, Katie appears on Elle DeGeneres’s show today, and she talks about the dreaded gummi penis incident. Katie actually sounds like a real mom here:

It’s not always easy being Suri’s mommy. Katie Holmes knows that she’s under a microscope as an actress, wife to Tom Cruise — and mother to Suri, who turns 5 this month.

Already famous for her jet-set lifestyle, couture kiddie clothes and her attachment to a pacifier, Suri unwittingly caused yet another stir a few weeks ago when she was photographed — in the arms of her famous mom — clutching a box of X-rated, phallic candy.

Holmes, 32, opened up good-naturedly about the photo fracas during a Thursday appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show.

“Recently, I took [Suri] 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,” explains the actress, who plays Jackie Kennedy in the new ReelzChannel miniseries The Kennedys. “We go in and we are waiting for a table and she grabs some gummies that are boy part gummies. I was horrified.”

(In pics that stormed the web, Suri checked out a colorful box of “Penis Gummies,” featuring drawings of anatomically correct chewy candies.)

Continued Holmes sheepishly: “P-e-n-i-s gummies. I said, oh wow those aren’t Swedish fish. . . They are called p-e-n-i-s gummies and they look like it.”

Holmes spotted the controversy immediately. “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.”

The Dawson’s Creek alum was upset that Serendipity was even selling such a raunchy treat. “I was like, why are selling these here? This is for kids. And then it was on the cover of a magazine that I’m giving her those gummies!”

“I was like, ‘Oh my god, no.’ We put them back.”

[From Us Weekly]

I get it. Kids pick up everything, and Suri probably only saw the pretty colors or that it was “candy”. That being said, I would have loved if Katie had told this story with the punch line, “So I took them from Suri and went to pay for them. Tom loved his gift!” Alas. But seriously, there’s enough stuff we can yell at Katie about, the Gummi penis incident just seemed like a cute kid story that could have happened to anyone.



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  1. Lady Jane says:

    Um, is the ‘cock blocker’ in the background of that top pic also at the place that is for kids? Sheesh. Dodgy.

  2. Falula says:

    Is that second photo of the Serendipity trip as well? What the heck is a Cock Blocker? Is Serendipity like Spencer’s Gifts with ice cream? I’m so confused.

    I agree, Kaiser, that there seem to be a lot of unpopular parenting decisions happening in this family but a preschooler picking up a box of candy is not a big deal.

  3. Hollowdoll says:

    I love that COCK BLOCKER is the picture. That is my new nickname for Katie.

  4. Delta Juliet says:

    A store for kids? LOL In that second pic I see a pair of skimpy undies and a box of something called “cock blocker”

  5. Delta Juliet says:

    I guess we all posted at the same time lol

  6. Kaiser says:

    LMAO!!! I didn’t even notice the “cock blocker”!!! That’s hilarious. And yes, that photo is from Serendipity too!

  7. Kezia says:

    Exactly delta Juliet, I think Katie has confused an adult store with a cake shop!

  8. texasmom says:

    I guess they were in the “raunchy candy” section by mistake…

  9. brin says:

    LOL….”I’ll have a hot fudge sundae and and a cock blocker to go”.

  10. sasa says:

    What kind of a store IS that?

    I don’t think it’s a big deal in the first place, I think I would laugh my ass of if I suddenly realized my kid’s gummis are penis shaped, but I’m really curious what kind of a store that is.

  11. Rita says:

    I understand all the confusion here. The penis shaped candies are the cock blockers. In the world of gummy erotica, one inserts the candy in that hole in the end of a real penis (manually or orally, that’s why their sweetended). Stale cock blockers can swell due to humidity and one might have to use a mechanical insertion technique to firmly secure the cock blocker….like a hammer. Hammer with care or the purpose of the cock blocker may become moot.

  12. Cora says:

    Are those edible undies under the “cock blocker”?

  13. guesty says:

    I don’t understand why they’re selling those particular candies.

  14. Jackson says:

    I have to agree with Katie on this one. The bigger deal you make, the bigger deal the kid makes – and then to be in front of the cameras when it happens. But is that really a shop geared toward kids with that kind of stuff in it? Doesn’t make sense.

  15. Dana says:

    I think there are edible panties under the cock blocker!

  16. jessica says:

    there are also some kind of panties in that pic with the cock blocker… wth???

  17. Quest says:

    WTF are “cock-blockers”/”penis shaped gummies” doing in a kid-friendly store. This can not be a store for kids with these kinda items on sale.

    Serendipity specializes in awesome (but pricy) deserts and their clientelle are not focus for kid those are not kid products

  18. Sloane Wyatt says:

    Yucky. What kind of parents take their 5 year old to a cracked out Cracker Barrel that has an adult novelty section in the FRONT of the store?

    Turn around and leave already. Little Suri would have been fine with another candy store.

  19. Kayleigh says:

    But doesn’t Scientology think that their kids are little adults trapped in a small body? Lets give the kid (I mean adult in a kid body) an adult response to what those are, come on.
    Also, that is no damn ice cream shop. By “ice cream” did she mean “adult store who sells ice cream flavored bikinis”?

  20. MeriJaan says:

    Ice cream shop/sex store…what next?

  21. Mia says:

    Forget the cock blockers, why didn’t Katie address the fact that she had her 5 year old out at midnight? That child should have been asleep, then there wouldn’t have been pictures of her picking up P-E-N-I-S shaped candies.

    Wtf, Katie? She’s a grown ass woman. Why is she spelling out penis? I know it’s been a while since she touched one, but damn girl…Be a bit more mature about the subject.

  22. missy says:

    Even if the store is not exclusively for kids, the point is that it’s a normal store/restaurant. Most people would assume that an icecream/candy shop is kid friendly unless it’s specifically labelled as an “Adult” store. It’s not like she was taking her daughter to a sex shop or something!

  23. EdithP says:

    That’s not Serendipity’s, really, is it? Who from NYC can tell us.

    I think it’s her Daddy’s closet.

  24. Miss Marie says:

    The child looks possessed. Just saying.

  25. Bellatrix says:

    Someone should tell Katie that stores advertising “fresh balls of cream” are not necessarily (if ever) children ice-cream parlours…

    However, this could have been some great PR scheme by Katie Holmes. She might have done this à la Lilo: strategically place product for it be snapped by the paparazzi and shown worldwide. In which case, we’ll have to admit that homegirl’s smart! (I suppose even Tom Cruise may at some point start running a little low on cash)

  26. Quest says:

    If you are a “regular” at any establishment/business (just saying) you will be aware the environment and the products (ie. cock-blockers, edible undies, etc) carried by same once you regularly visit it, so I would not assume that a REGULAR patron don’t know the types of items on sale (especially where kids are concern and given that you are a REGULAR customer)

  27. EdithP says:

    That’s true, Bellatrix — let’s hope Katie doesn’t get confused about facials, too.

  28. Stephanie says:

    This was a HILARIOUS story! I laughed my ass off. She really sounds like a real person here.

    On the flip side, did it occur to any one else that she must have been really distracted or drugged up not to notice what she was looking at? Edible panties? Cock blocker? Penis candy??? Is that just me?

  29. Stephie says:

    This whole story is just too funny! (cock blockers, hahahaha!)

  30. lolas says:

    Cock blocker. Just wanted to add it was the first thing I saw. Sorry, this is a kid’s candy store??

  31. lilred says:

    LOL @Rita: thanks for the lesson I was wondering how that worked.

  32. original kate says:

    i read this headline as tom cruise holding penis gumm-is, and thought it was akin to coitus interuptus. imagine my disappointment it was about suri & candy.

  33. Sigh. says:

    Wasn’t part of the problem was also the late hour (around midnight, I thought) she was with her 5 year old buying “treats” as well?

  34. Rita says:


    You may have a point in speculating that it’s her daddy’s “closet”. That would explain the man being in the picture.

  35. Johnny Depp's Girl says:

    I’m sorry but I dont have to explain to my 5 yr old why I dont want them to have something. I’m the parent..

    See that’s the problem Katie, you say your in a kid friendly store but the cock blocker is hanging inches from your face, your daughter is carrying around penis candy and you are on Ellen’s and you spell penis????? You are messed up girl..

  36. Bonfire Beach says:

    There is a candy store in Atlantic City, NJ called Sugar that I would essentially say is for kids; however, they also sell raunchy candy/gag gifts in a certain section. They have those same edible panties, penis gummies, boob gummies and even have a men’s version of the panties called a peppermint posing pouch. LOL!!! Yes, I spent time browsing there. This Serendipity store sounds a lot like that.

    This whole thread is hilarious.

    EDIT: Look at the guy in the picture. He’s fascinated! The look on his face is priceless. I’m dying to know what he’s looking at. Gummi Boobs perhaps?

  37. Isabel says:

    Look at the other products on the shelf…”Cock Blocker”? Edible panties? They’re higher up for a reason…lesson learned, I’m sure. :) I’m glad Katie was able to respond to it. She sounds completely human. Now we don’t have to sit around speculating about how Scientology means that Suri can have penis candy whenever she damn pleases.

  38. 80sgirl says:

    I see edible panties int he cock blocker picture too!

  39. orion70 says:

    I’ve never been to Serendipity, but what I knew of it and a look at their website doesn’t suggest that their clientele are primarily children, unless kids are into sauteed chicken livers and blue cheese burgers with their ice cream. A click on their shopping shows they also sell perfume and candles. The decor doesn’t look particularly kid-friendly either. They’re not Dairy Queen, unless i’m missing something here.

  40. TeeTee says:

    uh yeah, I’d be more worried that she still sucks a pacifer at almost 5 yrs old instead.

    poor Katie!

  41. Racheal says:

    Edible panties on the shelf, too, in the second picture.

    All kids do socially inappropriate things occasionally. My kids have done stuff just as embarrassing, like my 3 year old cherubic looking son asking the librarian where the “f*cking books on f*cking dumptrucks” are.

    Glad to see Suri and Katie are human.

  42. Cheyenne says:

    sasa: What kind of a store IS that?

    Serendipity is supposed to be an upscale family restaurant. What they are doing selling stuff like this is beyond my comprehension.

  43. Leticia says:

    Johnny Depp’s Girl, well said. Couldn’t agree with you more.

  44. Melanie says:

    Katie reminds me of my mom. She is adorable but a little naive. Let’s just hope little Suri doesn’t run circles around her like I did my sweet Mom.

  45. Alarmjaguar says:

    I understand her not wanting to make a big deal of the fact that the candy is penis shaped, but why the spelling out of penis? It is a pretty natural thing.

    I have almost three year old twins, and to be fair, they are boy-girl, so they know all about penises and vaginas. In fact, they are at that stage where they identify everyone they meet in that way: “Joe’s a boy; he has a penis”…good times.

    maybe she should have used this as educational moment. Let’s hope Suri isn’t like my grandma who didn’t really know what happened during sex until the day of her wedding!!

  46. LadyBert62 says:

    Well if no one else is, I am shocked that a store that invites and wants children has this type of products for sale and obviously at kid eye and kid grab level. I am not liking this store.

  47. sasa says:

    Let’s hope Suri isn’t like my grandma who didn’t really know what happened during sex until the day of her wedding!!

    lol Poor grandma. Maybe Suri will think penises are the size of gummis and one should always address them as p-e-n-i-s. I know I was shocked the first time I actually saw one in action. Just speaks about how (too) uninformed I was.

  48. lucy2 says:

    I’ve been there a couple of times, and it’s been a mix of adults and some kids. I know their counter is full of all kinds of stuff, but it’s always been so crowded I never noticed what it was before – it’s all bright and colorful, I would have assumed it was toys and candy for kids. Guess not all of it!

  49. orion70 says:

    LadyBert, gauging by the photo above, the “adult” items weren’t at kid’s eye or grab level. Suri is in her mother’s arms.

  50. Sassy says:

    Kid-friendly store? With cock blocker (whatever the fuck that is) and edible panties? Ha. OK. Ice cream and novelty sex stuff. How innovative! ;)

  51. yes! says:

    Really bad example.
    Big difference between socially embarrassing and downright wrong!
    your 3year old should not know that word and if he/she does then you are doing something mighty wrong!

  52. Eve says:

    @ Mia (and others):

    Wtf, Katie? She’s a grown ass woman. Why is she spelling out penis?

    Maybe she was afraid her husband would sprout from the floor if she said “P-E-N-I-S” out loud.

  53. Greta says:

    Out of towners, Serendipity has been there for decades! It is priced to an adult market, and if kids are there with parents (mine was there when she was young), parents know very well how to strategically block the view from kids. What is Katie smoking to not hold her kid away from such adult items? Maybe she doesn’t know how to read.

    The biggest issue here is not a NYC establishment that caters to an adult crowd, but a mother who acts like it’s normal to have a kid out at midnight. Who does that? Why? And what kind of adult spells penis? I doubt Ellen asked her these questions.

    And who pointed out that Scientologists let their kids do whatever they want, so if Suri wants phallic gummies, why does Katie say no? I mean, the boundaries are simply bizarre in their world.

    When is Katie going to ride with Tom into that special place the special Scientologists go? Have those two got an un e-metered cell left in their brains?

  54. Bill Hicks is God says:

    Gummy Erotica?? Now I’ve heard everything.

    LOL @ Eve, hilarious visual – Thumbelina sprouting from the floor.

  55. Ally says:

    I happened to catch “The Gift” (2000) last night. One of the weirdest casts ever assembled.

    Cate Blanchett
    Katie Holmes
    Greg Kinnear
    Keanu Reeves
    Hilary Swank
    Giovanni Ribisi
    Gary Cole
    J.K. Simmons

    ??? All playing some cheesy Southern gothic, which it looks like Medium might have been based on. And Katie flashes her B-R-E-A-S-T-S.

  56. Catherine says:

    If they go there all the time, does Katie NOT know they have these candies? In an entire ADULT section? How can this place be all for kids with candies like this? She is off her freaking rocker. Any responsible adult picks up on that crap right off, not once their kids are photographed. Talk about damage control.

  57. borderlined says:


    Judgmental much? You can’t control your child’s surroundings at all times and even if they never hear a word from you they may hear it when they are away from you (which happens all the time). In that situation, you don’t get to correct them until they say it to you, which often will also be in front of others.

  58. jamie says:

    it’s candy!BFD.WHO CARES?i was allowed to eat candy cigs and it wasn’t a thing.she didn’t know what they were so what’s the big deal?

  59. Anna says:

    Serendipity is an ice cream shop/restaurant, not a kiddie shop. While lots of kids go there, I’d imagine the majority of their clientele are people in love with John Cusack and wanting to relive his romance with Kate Beckinsale in the movie Serendipity. It’s the same store.

  60. Sigh. says:

    @ Ally

    “And Katie flashes her B-R-E-A-S-T-S.”


  61. Alarmjaguar says:

    @ sasa they are a little disconcerting the first time you see them in action:)

  62. Rachael says:

    O.k. I was tracking with Katie until she tried to claim that Serendipity is “for kids. The clientele is children.” Uhhhh … NO. Serendipity’s clientele is NOT specifically children, I’ve been there many times before. I’m not saying that it’s meant ONLY for adults, but it’s certainly not AIMED at children. It’s more of a general audience. If she wants to go somewhere aimed specifically at kids then she should be going to some place like Dylan’s Candy Bar, NOT Serendipity. Serendipity has had “naughty-ish” gag gifts at the counter for as long as I can remember.

    I certainly don’t blame her for not noticing what Suri was picking up because that is bound to happen every now and then, but the part where she claims that Serendipity is aimed towards kids is most definitely wrong.

  63. Sue says:

    I’ve been to Serendipity last summer and before I went I check out the reviews and katie comment made me think of one I came across.

    By Alwaysjlove on 6/20/2009

    “I waited 3 hours in the rain for them to tell me they don’t allow strollers. I spoke to the manager and he said NO STROLLER. I asked if he discriminates again children and he openly said YES!!!! DON’T WASTER YOUR TIME!!!! As a real NYC resident I can tell you if you want great frozen hot coco and a fun experience go to Dylan’s No line, no waiting, no rude staff.”)

    I still went because I have no kids so how can Katie say “the clientele is children” when clearly it’s not and when I went there were only 2 kids in the restaurant at that time.I came across a lot of these reviews when i was looking up Serendipity; now Dylan’s is a place that is very kid friendly and for kids. Here is the link for the review in case you feel I’m making it up.


  64. Confuzzle says:

    Why can’t she say penis?

  65. Isa says:

    If she was worried about making a big deal about it she should’ve just said, “You’re not getting candy because we are already going for ice cream.”

    Or, (almost) every parent’s favorite–”Because I said so.”

    As for her spelling out penis, she may have been afraid she was going to get censored. I’ve heard several celebrities ask if they could say (insert word here) on television.
    If I am not mistaken, different shows/networks/advertisers censor different words.
    It may get confusing.

  66. Mtn Girl says:

    @ Greta and Catherine – I agree.

    If Suri is used to being out late at night and leading an unconventional lifestyle while her parents socialize and pose for the latest photo op, then why not pick up a box of penis gummis? The box was in sight and easy reach – I imagine Suri gets bored to tears AND tired of being carried for the billionth time!

  67. orion70 says:

    @ Sue, I know those are not your words but I have a real hard time believing anyone would wait out in the rain for three hours with a child in a stroller, and if they did, they have bigger issues than not getting some ice cream. Someone’s being a drama queen.

  68. Missfit says:

    As we all know..the cock blocker is pretty obvious and stands out in the photo. lol It seems to me, in my opinion, that Katie was standing there already looking at some stuff. If she wasn’t standing there, then Suri wouldn’t have grabbed the gummies. Katie should be honest and say…well I was in that section looking for a something something for me and Tom and then Suri grabbed the candy,lol. She was probably looking into getting the cock blocker for Tom, bwahaha, lmao. I couldn’t stop laughing at that blocker thing for the longest time, ha ha.

  69. Crash2GO2 says:

    @Mtn Girl: I take it you don’t have children of Suri’s age? They love to be held, and you love to hold them. As long as you can. It’s only natural.

    Childrens’ physical contact with parents is so underrated in America…. *sigh*

  70. Emily says:

    “boy parts gummies” LMFAO! Jeebus.

    I’m not sure what sort of restaurant has a lolly section like this one seems to, but here in Melbourne, there used to be a chain of stores that sold sort of novelty stuff, lots of cartoon merchandise, that sort of stuff, and they used to have an adult section that was never policed by the staff. I remember going in with my friends and giggling over all the “boy parts” and “girl parts” shaped food.

  71. The Bobster says:

    Kiddie stores sell gummy dongs? How about gummy twats?

  72. MaudeLebowski says:

    They did not get the kneecaps right on that spawnbot. Back to the lab.

  73. Mtn Girl says:

    @Crash – I already raised mine and still am around children of all ages frequently. Up to two or three years of age children like to be carried around, by four, not so much. I agree with your last sentence and wonder what kinds of situations a child deals with to make them still want to be (or have to be) carried around at age five.

  74. JenJen says:

    This new REELZ channel looks like it is owned by Tom Thumb- dedicated to his boring wife and her “achievements”. They knew she would probably not get another job if “her” Kennedy movie didn’t air. It’s on Sunday night at 8, if anyone cares. I will watch just to see her painful facial expressions and horrible acting for a laugh.

  75. Paige Bradley says:

    I read once that the “church” of scientology believes that children are not to be told no, ever. I’d say Suri ate those penis gummies…Katie too, they reminded her of her husband lol. She picks out her clothes and does her own hair and wears high heels…looks like a ragamuffin most of the time. LOL on the Knees comment.