Friday, June 18, 2010

Funky Food Friday: Carnation Instant Breakfast

Oh, this commercial is so '80s it practically has a popped collar. Remember Carnation Instant Breakfast ("you're gonna love it in an instant!")? I thought they stopped making it, but it seems to be all over the Web still.

I have no idea why we thought drinking a glass of what was essentially chocolate milk was a good breakfast replacement, but we loved the stuff. It looks a lot like Slim-Fast in retrospect, although I never heard that it was exceptionally low-cal. Though I guess if you just had a glass of milk for a meal, it's lower-cal than eating, say, a Denny's Grand Slam. (No one says "low-cal" any more, do they? It's all about the low-fat and the HFCS-free.)

But you've gotta check out the ad. The '80s hair on the first chick! The chunky businessman who drinks it while ironing his pants! The last girl, who serves it to herself in a wine glass while putting on the most hideously 1980s patterned stockings!

I kinda wish I had a glass of it right now.



5 comments:

Ana Maria said...

...I remember it, it was delicious! They don't make it anymore, do they?...

Deanna said...

Do you remember these? I remember eating them in the late 70s. They were so great!

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I thought I had died and gone to heaven because it was like eating a candy bar for breakfast! (This was before the onslaught of granola and other breakfast bars later on.)

Wendy said...

I loved the Carnation Breakfast Bars! BRING THEM BACK!!

Tom said...

Oh my God, you just brought back every memory of every time I had to have teeth pulled and couldn't eat solid food for a day or two.

Anonymous said...

I don't get it??? With a product as great as Carnation Instant Breakfast bar (from the 70's/ 80's) Why did Carnation discontinue it? And even worst, with all the chatter about them (from folks of our generation) why won't Carnation bring them back? I called Carnation with no success and want to start a petition for them to relaunch the product.
Anybody with me? :-)