I’m still on my quest to read through the entire 1980s run of The Amazing Spider-Man. In the early 80s issues, I found several Hostess ads. These are my favorite type of comic ads as they are comics in themselves. I do mourn since Hostess cakes are now no more. But I still have to delight in these ads as well because I realize now that they not only made me drool for Hostess, but they also shaped my view of life (as so much of the early 80s media did). I really thought that I would someday foil a robber by dropping a pack of Twinkies in his hand. I know now that I am more likely to be the robber who is so foiled. But even if that somehow happened, I think I’d be happy.
I was thinking about what foods I would like for lunch today and like most nostalgic people, my mind turned to foods that I cannot find anymore. I wanted a Hostess Pudding Pie – A delicious vanilla with chocolate crust would really hit the spot right now. Since that is not going to happen (all I have been able to find is the chocolate ones), I needed to satisfy my craving with some online reading about them. First to set the nostalgic stage, this wonderful wrapper scan from the 1980s that was posted by Waffle Whiffer.
and of course, one of the commercials for this great product:
Were you or are you a fan of the Hostess Pudding Pie? Are you satisfied with the chocolate or do you miss the days of variety? The TMNT ones are of course a whole other ball of wax.
In 1937, Dolly Madison Snack Cake creator Roy Nafziger said that they were “Cakes and pastries fine enough to serve at the White House.” I could not agree more, while perhaps not as popular as their cousins at Hostess or even Drakes, the Dolly Madison Snack Cake has always been a first class sugar snack.
I bring Dolly Madison up because it is one of those foods a lot of people think have been discontinued, but I assure you the IBC bakery is still churning them out. If they are not at you local supermarket, they probably just don’t carry them in your area or your store Manager does not realize the demand. Ask your store manager to pick them up or you can email the IBC website and see if they have a retail store list.
Even better, if you got wheels, you can check your local IBC Bakery Outlet and pick up some Iced Vanilla Zingers today.
Need to get in the mood for some cakes? Check out these classic commercials:
The singing construction worker defying stereotypes is always a popular commercial standby and it works pretty well for Dolly Madison Apple Pies.
As does the new wave 1950s diner.
Of course no one moves product like Charlie Brown and Snoopy. Beware the Zinger Zapper!
Of course when all else fails, you can always dress up kids as an angels and devils and have them compete for the soul of your overweight snack crammed consumer.