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Oh, Sweet Elixir

Tuesday, 28 June 2011

For six years, I ate the same thing for lunch: one peanut butter and jam sandwich, a baggie of chips, and three Hydrox cookies. And for the price of a dime, a half-pint carton of milk. Packed in the requisite metal lunchbox. (Favourite? Charlie’s Angels.)

Note: not jelly, but jam.

There is a hierarchy where spreadable fruit is concerned. Far-and-away, it is preserves that best preserves the integrity of the fruit while managing to be spreadable as well. Next is jam. While not as fruitful as preserves, jam still retains a goodly portion of fruit. Jelly? Well, good as a last resort. Too jiggley and wiggly for my palate. Doesn’t spread well and barely resembles anything with any nutritional value.

Alas — my favourite flavour is grape…and grape is not available as a preserve.

Anyway, I ate my P and J sandwiches, and aformentioned accoutrement, each and every day (sans a field trip) simply because it never occurred to me to ask for anything different.

Different rules for field trip days. Lunch boxes weren’t permitted on field trips. Most likely because the teachers had enough trouble keeping track of their charges. To be responsibile for lunch boxes on top of that was asking too much. DadGiraffe had a supply of brown paper bags, kept on top of the refrigerator, for just such occasions.

Away from school grounds, buying milk was not an option. And though a tinfoil-encased can of soda was offered as a special treat on field trip days, the year one thousand, nine hundred, eighty-one saw the release of self-contained elixir known as Capri-Sun.

Capri Sun was an amazing product. Made from juice concentrate, the 6.75 silvery pouch was, in my mind, a miracle of physics; trapezoidal when full, yet rectangular when flat. With a flared bottom, this amazing container was able stand upright when placed on a horizontal surface. AND…it came with a straw.

I had never seen anything like it.

With a price point that far exceeded the ten cent milk that we kids consumed four days a week, Capri Sun was not destined to be a daily drink. [Early release on Thursdays meant lunch at home.] It was, however, perfectly priced to be an occasional offering.

Like on field trip days.


Remembe(RED) is a memoir meme. This week’s prompt was about a memorable school trip. In order to keep it tightly written, a limit of 600 words. Despite some amazing choir tours and field trips to Disneyland and other places, the first thing that came to mind was the silver pouch. As always, constructive criticism is welcomed!

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. Tuesday, 28 June 2011 6:37 am

    This? Is so me. it all comes down to the delish, doesn’t it?

    Also? Love the lunchbox. And the angels. And the jam.

    XO

  2. Tuesday, 28 June 2011 7:15 am

    Great tasting fun when you punch open one.

  3. Tuesday, 28 June 2011 7:07 pm

    I not only remember these, but I have a large supply in my fridge right now. In fact, when I had to be on the road yesterday, I raided the kids’ supply so I wouldn’t have to bear the exorbitant prices of drinks on the road!

    (Tiny typo: able TO stand upright)

  4. Wednesday, 29 June 2011 2:46 pm

    Okay, I was clearly robbed. I carried that tin foil-wrapped can of soda in my paper bag on field trips. Never saw a Capri Sun or anything like that.

    Sigh. I can still taste those warm black cherry soda burps.. 😉

  5. Wednesday, 29 June 2011 6:32 pm

    this took me back! I had a metal Wonder Woman lunch box, and Capri Suns were a rare (& special) treat for me, too. Most days my mom packed milk in my matching Wonder Woman thermos.

    And I completely agree on the jam vs. jelly front. I made my own strawberry preserves for the first time last year and they were AMAZING. I need to do it again. Yum. Strawberry preserves are my fave.

    😉

  6. Wednesday, 29 June 2011 6:55 pm

    This was marvelous. I just had a flashback to my 6th grade trip to Mystic Seaport and most of us w/ foil wrapped soda and a lucky few with the mysterious and exciting Capri Sun.

  7. Sunday, 3 July 2011 11:54 am

    This brought back so many memories for me!! I too grew up on Capri Sun, there was something so magical about that soft metallic package, wasn’t there? My favorite packed lunch treat was chicken soup in a thermos. Tuna sandwiches were another fave, wrapped in foil and placed next to a half-frozen drink to keep it cold. Makes me want to go pack a lunch and take a field trip! 🙂

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