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As a child, it was chicken noodle soup. Not the Campbell’s variety, the Lipton one, with short little noodles and the flavor packet that dissolved in boiling water. My kids loved ramen — longer noodles but also a flavor packet.

Best of all is dark chocolate, the darker the better. When I am in need of comfort, that's where I go.

For many years it was ice cream, coffee chip, mocha fudge, anything with a combination of coffee and chocolate flavors. Eaten right out of the carton, winter or summer.

But best of all is dark chocolate, the darker the better. Truffles, croissants, muffins, cake, or a plain old chocolate bar. When I am in need of comfort, that’s where I go.

 

RetroFlash / 100 words

 

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Characterizations: right on!, well written

Comments

  1. John Shutkin says:

    Just a delicious RetroFlash, Suzy! And your fetured image is equally mouth-watering. Thanks for sharing your history of comfort foods with us in just a few well-chosen words.

    And, for the record, I, too, preferred the Lipton chicken noodle to the Campbell’s, even if it was slightly more labor-intensive to make for a little kid. But I depart with you on coffee — never liked it or the flavor in other foods. De gustibus….., right?

  2. Laurie Levy says:

    Your featured image makes me want to go to our local homemade candy store, which I know sells chocolate truffles. I can also be comforted by ice cream. But I know I have to ration myself and try to balance comfort with gaining weight, which will not comfort me at all.

  3. Coffee and chocolate–two of the main food groups!

  4. Khati Hendry says:

    Your description of comfort food resonates with me. Chocolate has some chemical components that make people happy, and even some that are good for the health in small amounts. Or so we rationalize, especially taken with the coffee which also has some reported health benefits. Any combination of salt, sugar, and fat can be pretty yummy, but not really a recipe for health, so I go with the old adage of “all things in moderation, and moderation in all things”.

  5. Marian says:

    I’m with you, Suzy, with my preference for coffee/chocolate ice cream, which I now get in a coconut-milk versions. I’d forgotten about that Lipton chicken noodle soup–thanks for the reminder. And awesome song title for the Flash. Can’t get it out of my ears.

    • Suzy says:

      Thanks for appreciating the song, Mare. Apparently George wrote it for his buddy Eric Clapton, who was quite a chocoholic. Since Ed and Molly are both lactose intolerant, we love to eat coconut milk ice cream, which is delicious and very creamy.

  6. Suzy, dark chocolate is one comfort food I think we all love – and supposedly it’s a healthy choice – as long as there’s some portion control in play. Ah, there’s the rub!

  7. Betsy Pfau says:

    Chicken noodle soup was always good on a cold day, but often was eaten when I was sick, so has that connection. But ice cream and chocolate – yes, please.

    I confess to main-lining a bag of Lindor dark chocolate truffles last week. It took me two days to eat the whole bag. They weren’t as beautiful as your photo, but boy, were they satisfying. Your Flash is sweetness itself. You will be pleased to know that we have TWO very good ice cream shops around the corner from our Vineyard home, and the cafe where I frequently pick up muffins or scones for breakfast also has chocolate croissants. Fun awaits.

  8. Love that photo, Suzy, and I love how your song titles sometimes take me down one rabbit hole or another! I wasn’t familiar with this one, although once I listened to a recording I of course recognized the song. Kind of amazing that it warrants a fairly long article on Wikipedia…lots of interesting anecdotes and controversy.

    Believe it or not, I always thought they were saying “green tangerine”!

    • Suzy says:

      I may have thought it was green tangerine as well – sounds pretty much the same as creme tangerine. My favorite line of the song is “Coconut fudge really blows down those blues.” Fits with the idea of comfort food.

  9. Thank you for reminding me of the comfort of the Lipton (little noodle) version, but the Campbell’s, thickened by saltines, was my go-to, and still is. As to chocolate, many of the people closest to me have and had the chocolate mojo (chocolate bars were always disappearing as if by magic), but not so much me (I have a salt tooth), but I relished reading your fondness for dark chocolate and your sweet recitation of your best choco ice cream flavors.

    • Suzy says:

      A salt tooth? That’s a great term, which I’ve never heard before. I sometimes have a craving for salt too, and can power through a bag of Doritos or Goldfish. But not when I’m in need of comfort.

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