Fizzy Lifting Drinks

Day 4 - Fizzy Lifting Drinks Oranges - #doodlewash

When I think of the word “fizzy” it always reminds me of another Charlie, namely the one from Roald Dahl’s book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I’m a huge fan of Dahl and this book is filled with an insane number of incredible inventions that astounded me as a child. My favorite one was the Fizzy Lifting Drink that lifted you into the air and gave you the ability to fly, which was, and frankly still is, a dream of mine. The only way to control the flight without floating away entirely was to burp your way back to the ground. As a little boy, this was pretty much the coolest… thing… ever! It involved both flying and permission to burp as loudly as you like in order to navigate your flight properly. What’s not to love about that?! I used to pretend I was soaring above the clouds just to burp myself back down again, but this habit was quickly dispelled by my mother, who feared I’d practice flying in public.

“They fill you with bubbles, and the bubbles are full of a special kind of gas, and this gas is so terrifically lifting that it lifts you right off the ground just like a balloon…”

–From Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl

Of course, in the movie version it was all quite dramatic as Charlie and his Grandpa Joe are soaring into large steel fans and nearly floating to their death. But they’re saved by burps and all is well.  Charlie’s burps were these tiny little sounds that made me giggle every time. The entire story is rather dark, but that’s part of the fun of Dahl’s humor. The Oompa-Loompas were perfectly terrifying in the film with their glowing orange faces while singing their dastardly catchy songs. I’m referring to the original 1971 Gene Wilder version, of course, and not the weird remake they sell with it. That version is still one of my favorite movies and I remember being so excited as a kid when it would be on TV. Okay, yeah, the main character was also named Charlie so that made it even cooler. I often imagined how wonderful it would be if I had been that Charlie and got my own amazing chocolate factory.

I realize now, those magical drinks were to blame for my current obsession with sparkling water and bubbles. I love it when we go to Paris each year, as in every restaurant we go to, they always ask if you’d like sparkling water. This is simply how life was meant to be. A couple Christmases ago, Philippe bought me a cool looking red SodaStream machine to make my own sparkling drinks. I love it! The color makes it seem that much more magical and more like a little art piece sitting on the counter in the kitchen. No, it sadly doesn’t make me float up in the sky like a balloon, but it does make me incredibly happy. I still get that lovely feeling of my spirits rising, so now that I think about it, perhaps my childhood dream came true, and I can now finally make my own fizzy lifting drinks.

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 Day 4 - Fizzy Lifting Drinks Oranges - #doodlewash

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17 Comments
  1. Jacob 12 months ago

    This drink might not make you fly, but nevertheless looks full of fizz and lift to me! I’m still excited when I see the film on TV, especially as this whole escapade gifts us the ever delightfully terrifying “YOU GET NOTHING!” explosion toward the end!

    • Author

      Hehe!! I know right?! It’s sooooo dramatic! I love that film. It’s such an amazing piece of storytelling. And I equally love that we can agree on many things, even if not, ice cream! lol 😉💕

      • Jacob 12 months ago

        Haha! This ice cream saga really troubles you, doesn’t it? 😛 Admittedly it is that way with most people when they find out. I’ll have to keep mentioning it just to wind you up 😉

  2. jmnowak 12 months ago

    I luv plain sparkling mineral water too, for the burp + refreshment factor. I luv that movie version too. Lots of morals, of course, but I don’t mind. Your glass of fizz looks delish charlie! 🥂

    • Author

      Thanks so much, Janina! 😃💕 hehe… yeah, that movie had a lot of morals going on, but it was definitely made more palatable by the burps. lol

  3. Rediskot 12 months ago

    My love for Tim Burton’s films and my crush on Johnny Depp combined didn’t make that weird movie any better for me. I’ve only read the book before I watched it, and the entire film seemed very off somehow. Your post and lovely drink drawing made me both very thirsty and curious about the original movie, which I’m hoping to watch soon.

    • Author

      Thanks so much!! 😃💕 Oh, I’m so glad you agree! Yeah, that movie was just off… didn’t seem to get the story at all. Definitely watch the original!!

  4. jopamhworo 12 months ago

    That’s great Charlie.

  5. shellypruittjohnson 12 months ago

    I love this picture and the essay about how Charlie and the Chocolate Factory inspired this. Thank you so much for this charming post and your beautiful pictures.

  6. Ellie 12 months ago

    But how does Philippe feel about your burping? ; ) Wonderful Doodlewash and great memories of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Thanks!

    • Author

      Yeah, burping is okay in this house…. even our dog Phineas does it. Actually, his are the loudest which is both cute and rather awkward. lol Thanks so much! 😃💕

  7. Sharon Bonin-Pratt 12 months ago

    I absolutely love your orange fizzy water drink – it’s that vibrant orange color I adore and it’s so inviting. I drink plain water most often, though if someone wants to spike my drink with fizzies, I’ll take it. Fizzies floating up my nose – yes!

    My younger son posted a short video of his 9-month-old daughter getting her first taste of fizzy water. She sips a tiny bit, then shivers as her eyes pop open, then she grins and leans down for another drink. Repeats the shiver, eye-widening, and grin. Her dad asks if she likes it and she says, “Yeah,” then leans over for more. It’s like she can’t stand the sensation of fizzy water but she can’t resist it either. It makes me cry from laughing so hard.

  8. Sandra Strait 3 months ago

    As a Charlie and the Chocolate Bar fan, did you try to find a golden ticket by eating as many Wonka bars as you could? If memory serves right there have been two or three real-life contests involving those bars. I never cared for them, thank goodness, so I wasn’t tempted.

    • Author
      Charlie O'Shields 3 months ago

      Yeah, I’ve never been into chocolate bars, so I didn’t partake in those challenges. hehe I honestly think I just had that little kid ego of thinking how cool it was the character was named Charlie. 😊

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