At the end of a long day, Janet wants to relax and cozy up with a ... wait a sec - they're gone! Janet scrounges and looks, but can't find her secret treat? Had the kids eaten them? The husband. She doesn't know, but if she doesn't get her fix soon, someone's gonna pay!
Comfort Food - a favorite food item that a character will often turn to in moments of stress or anxiety as a means to self sooth and provide ... comfort. It can take the form of a common commodity or a bizarre dish. It's a downright obsession!
It would be wise to stock up on your favorite confections, whatever they are. They're harder to come by during a zombie apocalypse ...
"Hmm ... Twinkies ..."
Comfort Food results after eating certain kinds of foods, frequently, as a child (homemade or storebought), which then develops into an euphoric, nostalgic state each time a bite is taken. If someone hasn't had this food in a while, it can smack them like a blast from the past.
Chocolate is universally accepted as Comfort Food, given its healthy properties (unlike the milky, sugary variety), making its appearance frequently in stories and the desks of authors who write them. It's enough to lift any foul mood after a brief visit from dementors ...
"I need a King-Sized Hershey after this ..."
Characters have to eat. Food plays an important part in stories. They can say a lot about a character. Be it a simple treat, a glazed cruller, or something random, like a jelly bean and pickle sandwich, if it makes the character feel better, it served its purpose. Or, if that food item is taken away or hard to find, desperation can be quite ... delicious!
And since it's election day, you know we'll be munching ...
How you given your characters Comfort Food? What do you like to eat that relieves what ales you? Did I make you hungry?
I'm David, and real men get cheesburgers - not medical treatment.