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Oct 25, 2010 04:49 PM

Old Food or Product Commericals that You Miss?

The other day, out of completely nowhere I remembered a few old margarine ads (BTW, you NEVER see margarine ads any more).

The two that I can think of was:

"If you think it's butter, but it's not, 'It's Chiffon."

Then the "Duh, duh, duh, da!!!!!" And it was an Imperial Margarine commerical. The idea was you'd take a bite of something with Imperial Margarine on it and a king's crown would mysteriously appear on your head!

What old food/products can you remember now that you miss from childhood?

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  1. "Munchy, cakey, nice and flaky outside,
    rich and gooey, yummy chewy inside....
    I also liked the big pitcher of Kool-aid busting through the signboard....
    Oh, and "my people call it maize." I thought that Native American lady was so beautiful and exotic that I can't even recall what she was trying to sell me. Clearly a corn or corn-oil product, though.

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    1. re: mamachef

      mazola margarine

      and i hate to admit it, but i loved the (politically incorrect) frito bandito. so sad there was really no way to 'fix' that.

      1. re: KaimukiMan

        Likewise, my fondness for Big Chief Big Wheel who used to share the screen with Twinkie the Kid!

        And mamachef, I can still hear it in my head, "Maize...what you call corn." ;)

        While we're at it, "How'd ya like a nice Hawaiian Punch?!"

        I miss and have never found on YouTube the "Please don't eat all the morsels" commercial for Nestle Tollhouse Morsels where the guy is singing his head off in the kitchen and then realizes he has company. From the 80s, maybe?
        "Please don't eat all the morsels...please don't eat 'em all...'cause if you eat all the morsels, your cookies will be bald!"

        1. re: kattyeyes

          "Maize...what you call corn." = Wow - yes- I remember that!!
          But I do not remember the Nestle ad at all!

          I always remember the Harveys Bristol Cream commercial - "it's downright...Upright!"

          and the Rice-a-Roni "San Fransico treat! ads!

          Katty - thought of you Saturday - "GoodFellas" was on....

          1. re: NellyNel

            Hey, NellyNel! You'd have loved the Nestle one...wish I could find it. But that is so hysterical you thought of me re "our show." HA HA HA! I still need to make that Easter pie requiring Crestor, too. ;)

            1. re: kattyeyes

              ha ha ha!! "our show" - you sound like my family!!!!

              yes! Easter pie!
              Well - Christmas is coming - i want to try my hand at struffuli this year!

        2. re: KaimukiMan

          Mel Blanc rocked. I really miss him. Btw, if you listen to the Bandito's voice, you'll realize that it's the same one Blanc used for his utterly un-PC Mexican character on the Jack Benny show. You know, the one whose tagline was, "Si. Si. Sue," in resposne to a series of questions.
          (No, I'm not that old. I just love the classic comedians.)

          1. re: rockycat

            What character was that? The one I remember from that show was Mr. Kitzel, the hot dog vendor.

            1. re: mucho gordo

              "One of Blanc’s most memorable characters from Benny's radio (and later TV) programs was “Sy, the Little Mexican,” who spoke one word at a time. The famous “Sí” routine was so effective that no matter how many times it was performed, the laughter was always there, thanks to the comedic timing of Blanc and Benny"

              1. re: rockycat

                Yes, now I remember that character. What I remembered most about Mr. Kitzel is the accent and the jingle: "Pickle in the middle, mustard on top......"

                1. re: mucho gordo

                  Mr. Kitzel was voiced/performed by Artie Auerbach, not Mel Blanc, but yes, the pickle bit was his.

                  1. re: rockycat

                    WHAAATTT!!!!! I'l be damned. I never knew that. How could that be????
                    Thanks for straightening me out, rockycat. I learned something today.

        3. re: mamachef

          You need to see this again and listen carefully. You have the words wrong but

          Fig Newton -

          There were lots of Kool Aid commercials where the Kool-Aid guy busts through walls, fences, signboards. YouTube is great for this stuff! Check out this early Kool-Aid commercial.

        4. Coco wheats coco wheats can't be beat. Its the creamy hot cereal with the coco beats. to be big and strong have lots of fun eat coco wheats everyone!

          1. "I feel like Chicken Tonight..."
            I hear that in my head everytime DH asks me if I can make chicken.
            And no, I've never, ever tasted it.

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            1. re: iluvcookies

              Ah! I still sing it whenever I "feel like chicken". In my head, of course. :o)

              I remember having it in the early 90s in my youth, and it was...horrible. Sauce was thick, yet translucent-ish at the same time. Flavor was too sweet, yet too salty... We, of course, ate it with white jasmine rice. Granted this is from a 15+ year-old memory of how it tasted, but I remember my siblings and I telling our mom that it really was not worth buying a second time. But I also remember going to the supermarket and still being intrigued by the sauces every time. Ha!

              For some reason, I can't think of many food jingles from the late 80s/90s off the top of my head. I guess after a certain point, they just stopped trying.

              1. re: yfunk3

                Sounds like they needed a better chef and a less talented jingle writer :)

                1. re: iluvcookies

                  Amen! One of the most prolific jingle writers of all time was Dick Marx. I worked with him in the early 80's in Chicago. I moved to LA in 1982 and Dick moved there a few years later "to retire". He was busier than ever up until his death in the late 90's doing records and motion pictures.

                  He wrote the La Choy jingle as well as "Double your pleasure, double your fun, with Doublemint, Doublemint, Doublemint gum". He also did a number of McDonald's commercials. I'll think of more later.

            2. Didn't the Chiffon one have something to do with "you can't fool mother nature" ?

              I think my very favorite was the "I'd like to buy the world a Coke" commercials. All the hippies drinking coke in perfect harmony :-)

              All the cereals like Coco Puffs, Trix and Boo Berry (things not allowed at home until the yuppie years and by then I didn't like them)
              "I want a POP - Pop - pop, I wanna Shasta!"
              And the one with the kids wheedling an invite to dinner at the house w/Stove Top Stuffing "its better than potatoes"
              Oooh and I can't forget all those Skippy commercials w/Annette Funicello. But I like Jif better.
              I think I spent too much time watching TV :-)

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              1. re: just_M

                Oh, yeah, the Coke ad. That was actually a beautiful commercial.

                1. re: natewrites

                  That Coke ad was a pretty big deal in the advertising world. It was first a radio spot and radio stations got 'request' calls to play it on the air, a first for a commercial nation-wide. The TV spot was shot outside of Rome. The young people lip-syncing the song were mostly from embassies. The song was later rewritten with no mention of Coke and was a hit record in both England and the United States.

                  1. re: John E.

                    my memory could be loopy but didn't they have a later revival of the original that had a VW bus with a peace sign and a blond girl with a head band tied on? Maybe late 70's early 80's?

              2. That's the first commercial that popped into my head. That actress was perfect for the role. Was it Suzanne Pleshette?

                PS--Do beer commercials count?

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                1. re: Perilagu Khan

                  Beer ad? Bring it on!

                  For everyone's nostalgic enjoyment:


                  “How many licks does it take to get to the center of a tootsie roll pop?”


                  “It’s not nice to fool Mother Nature!”

                    1. re: natewrites

                      Just recently, that tootsie pop commercial came on during one of the shows my kids were watching. They liked it just as much as I did when I was a kid!!

                      1. re: natewrites

                        Hamm's beer: "From the land of sky blue waters, {waters}" w/the the Hamm's bear.

                      2. re: Perilagu Khan

                        You mean the Chiffon Margarine "Mother Nature" one? I don't think so, but she reminded me of one of the leads in the 1970's TV movie, The Stepford Wives, not the star, but the one who does end up a robot. I don't think they're one and the same actress though.

                        1. re: natewrites

                          That would be the glorious Paula Prentiss.

                          1. re: Parrotgal

                            Paula Prentiss--she was awesome. But I'm not sure if she was the actress who played "Mother Nature." At any rate, the two actresses remind me of each other!

                            1. re: natewrites

                              Actress Dena Dietrich played Mother Nature.