Tuesday, April 16, 2013

N is for Nestlé Nostalgia

Happy Tuesday, friends!

Admittedly, today's bit of inspiration probably comes off as a bit strange. It's kind of like one of those Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon games—sort of. ☺

Here goes: As a child, I loved Nestlé Quik. I couldn't get enough of it. I'd drink it; I'd put it on ice cream. When I got older, I'd sometimes put it in coffee. I thought it was great. But in another way, it was very, very bad. I think—no, I know—that it started my chocolate obsession.

Nowadays, chocolate is something I need, and not in powder form. Oh, no. I want the hard stuff: the Cadbury and the Hershey's and the Lindt. My waistline begs for mercy, and still I crave milk chocolate and dark chocolate. I'll even eat unsweetened baking chocolate. (It's actually quite good!) The only chocolate I don't care for is white chocolate, which technically isn't even chocolate at all and shouldn't be sullying chocolate's good name—but I digress.

So I know what you're thinking: Dana, your A to Z theme is about things that inspire you. How in the world does "Nestlé Nostalgia" fit in? It's a good question. Here's your answer:

If it weren't for Nestlé Quik, I wouldn't be a writer. (How's that for dramatic? ☺) Seriously, chocolate is my writing reward. Chocolate drives me to create—to eat chocolate, I must create—so therefore, I find chocolate to be very inspiring.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is why Nestlé Nostalgia is on my list of things that inspire me.

Now please enjoy this nostalgic Nestlé Quik commercial. It's glorious in all of its cheesiness!



My daily haiku is up at the Pulitzer Remix site. You can find it here. Thanks again to everyone who has been reading and commenting. I love writing haiku, and I'm having a great time with the project. Your support means so much!


Wishing you all a wonderful Tuesday. ☺

74 comments:

  1. Chocolate is a great reward. I use it too.

    Also, white chocolate is a derivative of chocolate. It's not as tasty or as good for you but it is related.

    Heather

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    1. I knew I wouldn't be the only one!

      Yes, I realize that white chocolate is a derivative of chocolate, but since it doesn't contain the cocoa solids, I don't consider it to be chocolate at all. :)

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  2. Ha, now I have an excuse to eat the rest of the Easter Egg that is lurking on the top shelf!

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    1. Do it! It's your reward for a hard day's writing. :)

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  3. What a yummy inspiration! i too am a chocolate fan....I think my obsession started with Ovaltine.... :)
    I still buy it and my kids drink it. I like this inspiration a lot.

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  4. i think chocolate is inspiring too and i love kevin bacon ;)

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  5. Oh my goodness! The metal pop-top lid! I had totally forgotten :)

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    1. I remember using a spoon to pry it off. Ah, the good old days. ;)

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  6. Haha! Good "N" choice...coz ya can't drink it slooooooow... :-) And I think there be a lot fewer writers if chocolate didn't exist! :-) Have a good Tuesday, Dana!

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    1. I have a feeling you're right about that!

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  7. Your photo does not shout your waistline line is crying out for mercy. Now chocolate I can leave the stuff alone but my oldest son and my wife crave the stuff. Mind you he did bring me back a Hershey bar and I nearly threw up How can you eat that stuff I can't say it passes for chocolat at all. Had to go out and buy a Cadburys fruit and nut to get rid of the taste. I will admit that I won a prize and got a certificate from Cadburys once for an essay I wrote on Chocolate, mind youI was 10 at the time. Must see if I can find it.
    Oh yes you can keep Kevin bacon

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    1. Your comment about Kevin Bacon: LOL ☺

      Yes, Hershey's is definitely an acquired taste, but it's something we Americans are used to. :)

      Congrats on your win. A certificate is great, but I think a lifetime supply of chocolate would have been even better. :D

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  8. I loved that stuff too when I was a kid!

    Kathy
    http://gigglingtruckerswife.blogspot.com

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    1. After writing about it, I'm starting to crave it. I might have to pick some up this week—for the kids, of course. ;)

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  9. Chocolate = best. reward. ever.

    Seriously, I use it for a reward ALL the time! Probably because my sweet tooth is the size of a small country.

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  10. I remember Quik too. Also a lovely thing when I was tiny, that came as a liquid in a plastic shape with a screw-cap. There were strawberry and banana versions whose shapes were of the fruits, but 'chocolate' didn't have a recognizable shape...
    I agree that Hershey's is horrible. I had to spit out the only Hershey's kiss I ever tried. If you're brought up on European chocolate, the other stuff just isn't!

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    1. Yes, Hershey's is an acquired taste for some. It's very American, and in general, we love it. Our differences make the world go round. :)

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  11. Aw, the bee cheered me up after the 'saddest sound I know.'

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  12. I love chocolate but I've never liked drinking chocolate milk or hot chocolate. Weird, I know!

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    1. I'll drink hot chocolate if it's the only chocolate in the house. :)

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  13. haha! I had totally forgotten about this commercial . . . However! Believe it or not yesterday I WAS singing "N E S T L E S, Nestles makes the very best . . . chocolate!"

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    1. I remember that jingle! Love it. ☺

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  14. I just LOVE chocolate. So much. I don't care for much other candies, but chocolate gets me every time :D

    Happy Tuesday!

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    1. Same here. I can take or leave other candy, but I need chocolate. :)

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  15. How funny! I find chocolate to be very inspiring, too!

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    1. I knew I wouldn't be the only one!

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  16. Gosh, I remember that Nestle's bunny.

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    1. Oh, yes. :) I think my three-year-old would find him cute.

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  17. Now THAT is the MOST creative justification for being a Chocoholic I've ever read. Works for me! With a bit of editing you can work this into Letter O for obsession...Letter P for powder and Q for...QUIK. There ya go...done for the rest of the week. Your welcome!!!!

    My Letter 'N'...Needle Nests
    Sue CollectInTexasGal
    AtoZ LoneStar Quilting Bee

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  18. You've inspired me to try Nestle Quik in coffee. Duh -- I'm sure it's just like a powdered creamer. Who knew?

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  19. I always keep my stash of big packs of Cadbury- for inspirarion!

    Nas

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    1. Chocolate is a very inspiring thing. :)

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  20. I agree with you on the white chocolate thing. A chocolate obsession isn't a bad thing unless you start harassing people for change on the street to buy a candy bar.

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  21. That commercial really takes me back. Reminds me of Saturday morning cartoons.

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    1. Yes, back in the days of the good cartoons. I remember them well. :)

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  22. Nice write for N..... A real chocolate thing anyway...have a nice day.:)

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    1. Thanks, Murthy. Hope the rest of your week is great. :)

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  23. I bent so many spoon handles prying off that lid, and then the gobs of powder floating around until you got to the bottom where they all settled...Blast from the past!

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    1. Great memories! I kind of wish they still had those cans. :)

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  24. It's important to know what motivates you!

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  25. Good girl! I eat way too much chocolate. I'm trying to cut back. It is tough!!!

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  26. I'm with ya! White chocolate is NOT chocolate. And chocolate IS needed in order to be creative, celebrate, nap well, whatever. :0)
    from The Dugout

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  27. Man! Nestlé quick was the bomb diggity when I was little!!

    Hugs!

    Valerie Nunez and the Flying Platypi

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  28. I can't eat dark chocolate! I like milk chocolate and white chocolate, just not dark. Add peanutbutter to it, and I'll smack anyone who tries to take it away. haha But thats a good idea. Maybe I should only eat junk when I write something.

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    1. Confession: I just ate a ton of chocolate, and I didn't write more than a couple of lines of poetry so far today. Shhh... ;)

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  29. Your wonderful post put a big smile on my face, and it reminded me of a movie I loved many years ago...The Big Chill...
    Michael: I don't know anyone who could get through the day without two or three juicy rationalizations. They're more important than sex.
    Sam Weber: Ah, come on. Nothing's more important than sex.
    Michael: Oh yeah? Ever gone a week without a rationalization?

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  30. Okay...there is the one BIG thing you and I have in common. I love chocolate...I do not like white chocolate...well, maybe when it is covering a pretzel and there is no real chocolate around. I still will drink Nestles, but I try not to over do it...because I need to fit in my summer shorts :)
    Happy N Day!

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  31. I have to agree, white chocolate... ick. :)

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  32. What a lovely haiku today. We could use a little summer in Chicago today.

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  33. Happy was the day when they announced chocolate was good for you. I knew it all along, of course, but it helped hearing it from the "professionals".

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  34. Great post! As, chocolate lover its good to know about it.. Yay! I'm gonna eat one bar right now:) Thanks for sharing Dana:)

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  35. Loved Nestle Quick as a child in the Philippines but when I got here (U.S.) ..seems to have lost that special yumminess. My taste buds changed cuz that's how it's been for many food items.

    Love, love chocolates!!

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    1. I kind of wish I'd lose my taste for chocolate. It's good, but it's so, so evil at the same time. :)

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  36. And it goes so well with coffee after a day of teaching. ;')

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