It all happened one day as I relaxed on the couch relaxing after a long day when a friend called and asked what I was doing, I said, “I’m lying on the couch watching Oprah and eating bon-bons. She questioned, what’s a bonbon? I went on to explain it’s just an expression my Mom always says in reference to relaxing doing nothing.
The Oprah addition was added to put a real girl, chic or female spin on the phrase and yet my mother does love Oprah. In fact many men love her too, so they can join the bon-bon eating and couch relaxing while watching Oprah movement.
What is a Bon Bon Chat
Derdriu, I am not certain about all origins of this candy, I actually have tried them and do not like them, I am not much on sugar. No I have no Louisiana French in my genealogy, I am Scottish, Irish and Cymry or Welsh.
katiem2, This isn't based on anything I know for a fact, but somehow the expression makes me think of southern, not northern, North American French-influenced culture. Do you know if there are New Orleans origins to "eating bon-bons"? Do you have Louisiana French in your genealogy?
Burntchestnut, I love coconut, My Mom occasionally would get Bon Bons and my sister and I loved the pretty pastel colors. To this day it's a fond memory. :)K
My dad loved bon bons and sometimes we kids got to have a few (in the mid 1960s). I haven't had one in many years.
Mira, that sounds wonderful, being Scottish we adore our tea time. I can imagine the fondant bonbons making for a delightful tea time. :)
:) Fun expression. I used to have fondant bonbons at special occasions in Communist times. There wasn't much fancy food around, and so these fondant bonbons with instant coffee were truly special.
Brenda, Thanks, I know my Mom's been saying it since I can remember.
That expression has been around probably before Oprah and I were born. I think it also implies a person of privilege, i.e. someone who doesn't have to work and can sit around relaxing all day eating bon bons.