18 responses

  1. Robin
    Saturday, July 10, 2010

    I would love to know the answer to your question but I have no clue. I do know that the woman eating said bon bons should also be watching soap operas.

  2. Poppy
    Saturday, July 10, 2010

    I’ve heard it all my life, and I predate Peggy Bundy (at least the character, not the actress).

  3. Poppy
    Saturday, July 10, 2010

    Also, I just used that expression with Dawg yesterday because he was going to try to make it easier for me to be able to watch TV in the cool room of the apartment, the bedroom, and I replied “just hand me my bonbons and I’ll be all set” then refused the idea of moving our TV to the bedroom.

  4. Sybil Law
    Saturday, July 10, 2010

    That ad is hysterical!
    Bon (French) comes from bonus, Latin. I actually got that far on my own (thanks, all those years of Latin).
    Other than that, I got nuthin’, and I ain’t googling the shit out of it, either.
    I said ain’t.
    I was drinking, whatever.

  5. Charie Daniels (TBU)
    Saturday, July 10, 2010

    Speaking of Mind Stickers and TAB … an old aussie commercial …

  6. mare
    Saturday, July 10, 2010


    and as proof:

    South ‘n France Presents: The History of Bon Bons, An Almost Entirely Fictitious Account Inspired by and Adapted From: uncyclopedia.org

    Origin: The term “bon bon” comes from a phrase uttered by the Greek Goddess, Eurynome, Goddess of All Things, when she created these delectable chocolate confections, thus making perfect order out of the Chaos she formerly reigned over.

  7. Blondefabulous
    Saturday, July 10, 2010

    I dunno where it came from, but I now even when I was home with the kids, I never just sat around eating bon bons. I was cleaning, doing laundry, cooking, shuttling kids back and forth from school, etc etc etc! When the hell was I gonna sit around and stuff my face???

  8. Robin
    Saturday, July 10, 2010

    This commercial (and all of the “Mind Sticker” commercials are hilarious.

    By the way, Bon Bons are not very tasty. I would rather have a bucket of chicken or some cheesecake.

  9. Shelli
    Saturday, July 10, 2010

    That video is just wrong. And creepy.

  10. Finn
    Saturday, July 10, 2010

    Wow indeed.

    I have no idea where that expression came from, but I am certain it predated Peggy Bundy. The fact that she ate Bon Bons was part of the joke.

  11. Faiqa
    Saturday, July 10, 2010

    The expression came from the mouth of some patriarchal bastard who was attempting to devalue the traditional precepts of feminine sphere of influence. Ahem. I DO NOT EAT BONBONS ALL DAY YOU JACKASS.

  12. B.E. Earl
    Saturday, July 10, 2010

    This is the second time in two days I’ve been challenged to find something out and come up short.

    The Internet…she fails me.

  13. cat
    Saturday, July 10, 2010

    When I was in grade school, my neighbor’s mom was mean and lazy and would sit around all day watching her “stories” (soaps) and eating bon bons. We would often hear her screaming from next door, “Paul, did you eat all my bon bons?! I’m going to kill you! Where are my bon bons?!” So that’s always what I think of when I think of a woman who sits around eating bon bons.

  14. elfenkate
    Saturday, July 10, 2010

    Most likely it just a French term coined for the wealthy who had little to do but indulge in treats that the poor couldn’t afford. And yeah, bon bons are icky.

  15. whall
    Saturday, July 10, 2010

    What, you don’t have the “Ask Cliff Clavin” iPhone app?!?!??!?!

  16. muskrat
    Sunday, July 11, 2010

    Because my balls are often referred to as “bon bons” and all women want to stay home with my balls.

  17. Kristin
    Sunday, July 11, 2010

    Yeah, it predates Peg. I’m a history teacher and no, I’ve never looked this up. But my gut reaction goes to the Victorian Period (1850ish-1920ish). Women were placed on a pedestal during that time period, as keepers of all virtuous and blah blah blah. BUT during this time frame, middle class and upper class women did NOTHING but sit at home. You want fascinating? Go look up upper/middle class women ailments around 1900. But you were on target about the vaccuum cleaner…the Victorian Period coincides with Industrialization and new products were touted as making life easier on women (who didn’t do squat anyway).

    Bon bons? That’s French, so it’s possible there was a snide little remark toward French women, upper class, like Marie Antoinette and her ilk, doing nothing of importance but sitting on their derrieres and eating bon bons.

    And there’s your Cliffs Notes History Lesson for Sunday morning. Mind you, I have not looked a darn thing up to verify this so DO NOT quote me on Jeopardy. Just my initial reaction.

    I bet I just bored the crap out of you and you had asked a rhetorical question…that’s us history geeks for ya. We live to show off :)

  18. Karen Cole
    Thursday, October 7, 2010

    Bon Bon’s were an actual type of Ice Cream sold by some ice cream company that I don’t remeber ’cause I was young and didn’t pay attention. I remember my mom using the phrase ‘watching TV and eating BonBons’ refering to being lazy and pampering yourself. I am trying to find a picture of the package BonBon’s used to come in but have had no success.

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