Chef Boyardee and the Atari 2600 are Perfect Together

Modern me, would not have put Chef Boyardee pasta and the Atari 2600 together before I spotted this ad posted by Plaidman (his Flickr presence is awesome). But in 1984, I would not have thought for a second that Atari did not go perfectly with just about anything. We were in the midst of the video game crash, but in my household we were still riding high on the VCS wave. Anything could have went well with Atari back then, especially pasta from a can, which is the prefect meal to eat when you need to get back to a round of Asteroid on the living room tube.


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3 thoughts on “Chef Boyardee and the Atari 2600 are Perfect Together

  1. plcary says:

    That’s great! I wonder how many they sold with that promotion? At the time that must have been a pretty good price, especially if you like canned pasta.

  2. I love that small print addition, “For only $10.00 more ($49.95) you can substitute the best selling Pac-Man cartridge ($25.00 value) instead of Asteroids.” I’ve said before I actually kind of enjoy the Pac-Man game for 2600, I don’t love it or anything but it’s not the worse game I’ve played of course…I wouldn’t trade it for Asteroids though. :)

  3. Glad you enjoy my flickr page! I found this ad recently and it inspired me to play some Atari the other night. I’d have eaten some Pac Man pasta too, if I could go back in time and get some. If you like long lost foods, check out my blog at

    Last post was about Pac-Man pasta! I’d love to get some discussions going over there about our favorite foods of the past.

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