The half-eaten frosted Pop-Tart with sprinkles sat on a napkin on the cashier's stool.
I was second in line at the fish market and when I stepped forward, the Pop-Tart popped into my line of sight.
It was undeniable ... the shape, the color, the size ... it was a Pop-Tart.
"It's been a long time since I've had a Pop-Tart," I said to the cashier.
"Me too," she said. "It was gifted to me by a friend."
We both laughed.
"Is it from a bakery?" I asked.
"No, it's real," she said.
And we laughed again.
I asked if it was real because there are bakeries that recreate nostalgic favorites ... like the Ring Ding A Ling at one of my favorite local bakeries. Ring Dings were a rare, favorite treat when I was a kid ... especially when they were wrapped in foil.
Tomorrow is Comfort Food Day and while a Pop-Tart might not be my first choice ... and guessing from the cashier's laughter, unlikely to be hers either, we both enjoyed the nostalgia it generated.
What are your comfort food favorites?
Seems I've got a hankering for a Ring Ding ... foil or no foil.
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