A last word on the distribution of the Eucharist:
[96.] The practice is reprobated whereby either unconsecrated hosts or other edible or inedible things are distributed during the celebration of Holy Mass or beforehand after the manner of Communion, contrary to the prescriptions of the liturgical books. For such a practice in no way accords with the tradition of the Roman Rite, and carries with it the danger of causing confusion among Christ’s faithful concerning the Eucharistic doctrine of the Church. Where there exists in certain places by concession a particular custom of blessing bread after Mass for distribution, proper catechesis should very carefully be given concerning this action. In fact, no other similar practices should be introduced, nor should unconsecrated hosts ever be used for this purpose.
Rome got word of practices like “children’s communion,” in which cookies might be distributed at Mass. I confess it’s one of those practices I ridiculed in my younger days. In one place in my region, liturgists howled at the passing out of sugar wafers. But we also recognized the problem with “artificial” bread, namely pre-cut hosts. Sugar wafers instead of bread? Sounds like a problem with at least two faces to me.
I don’t know if “confusion” is the most accurate term as used in RS 96. I would characterize it as well-intentioned, but deeply misguided.