a spoon full of sugar helps the medicine go down

A spoon full of sugar helps the medicine go down is a term used when speaking of something sweet or rewarding helping with an unpleasant taste or situation. It dates back to the movie Mary Poppins, when it was used in the literal sense of adding a spoonful of sugar to medicine that didnt taste very good. In the modern day, it is a cliche used for using something sweet to help with things that may be unpleasant.