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natewrites Oct 25, 2010 04:49 PM

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?

  1. blue room Oct 31, 2010 12:05 PM

    That's easy-- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swDzAP...

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    1. re: blue room
      mrbigshotno.1 Oct 31, 2010 03:50 PM

      Right on!!, Man, that Ann Miller was something!

    2. mrbigshotno.1 Oct 31, 2010 11:50 AM

      I liked all the pretty much PUC ones from years past:
      "That's a spicy meatball" Old Italian guy and his dutiful wife.
      The middle aged Mexican guy laughing about Del Monte tomato sauce.
      Frito Bandito
      "How 'bout a nice Hawaiian punch" (They remade it 20+ years later where he does'nt actually hit anybody. Oh brother.
      "Wednesday is prince spaggetti day, Antoneeeee!"
      It's Shake N Bake Daddy, and ah hepped"
      And others:
      "Who made the salad?"
      Old Bert Lahr and the Lays potato chip ads.
      Teaberry gum.
      Sunbeam Bread with the little girl jammimg a whole slice with jelly in her mouth.
      One of the major peanut butters that "wouldn't stick to the roof of your mouth"
      All the RC cola ads from the '70's
      Hamms beer ads. "from the land of sky blue waters", great ads, terrible beer.

      I'm rambling here, days gone by......

      1. boyzoma Oct 29, 2010 12:09 PM

        How about "more Ovaltine please".
        Donnie & Marie singing the Hawaiian Punch song

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          just_M Oct 28, 2010 01:40 PM

          Max Headroom for New Coke - catch the wave! ah so totally 80's

          1. AmyH Oct 28, 2010 01:13 PM

            Just last night I was singing:
            "Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don't...
            Almond Joy's got nuts, Mounds don't...
            Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don't!"

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              beachmouse Oct 28, 2010 08:23 AM

              Budweiser's 'Whassup?" commercials, with bonus points for the Whassup-wasabi one.

              Molson's "I am Canadian"

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              1. re: beachmouse
                just_M Oct 28, 2010 01:38 PM

                Spuds McKenzie for Budlight - people went crazy for that dog!

              2. kattyeyes Oct 26, 2010 05:37 PM

                Another all-time fave: "Martini & Rossi on the rocks--say yes! YEAHHHHHH!"

                To think we used to sing all these liquor jingles on the playground. HA HA HA!

                While we're at it, what happened to all the McDonaldland characters--The Fry Guys, The Hamburglar, The Grimace, Mayor McCheese, Big Mac (wasn't he a cop?!)? I miss when their apple pies were fried, too, for that matter!

                1. kattyeyes Oct 26, 2010 02:03 PM

                  "Come on over, we're having a party. Madria Madria Sangria!" Not only did we used to sing this on the bus when we were kids (!), I thought the wall across the river from my town that had COME ON OVER painted in large letters had to do with the sangria commercial. HA HA!

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                    chileheadmike Oct 26, 2010 01:48 PM

                    La Choy makes Chinese food SWING American

                    The San Francisco Treat

                    Its Shake N Bake and I heeeeaaallped

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                    1. re: chileheadmike
                      kattyeyes Oct 26, 2010 02:04 PM

                      That La Choy line inevitably gets stuck in my head if I even see a can of bamboo shoots or whatever...I am SUCH a child of the 70s.

                      1. re: chileheadmike
                        mandycat Oct 27, 2010 12:28 PM

                        "Its Shake N Bake and I heeeeaaallped." Not that I ever considered buying Shake N Bake but, if I had thought about it, that repulsively winsome little moppet would have dissuaded me.

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                          NellyNel Oct 27, 2010 12:37 PM

                          Wow - we used to LOVE Shake & Bake when I was a kid!!

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                            KaimukiMan Oct 27, 2010 10:33 PM

                            i thought she said "heepped", annoying yet intriguing, a little girl at the very eve of women's liberation, learning to be a fast food homemaker. kinda sums it all up don't it?

                            I couldn't find it on you tube, just some of the follow up commercials. Not that I was that dilligent about searching it out.

                            I also liked the oscar meyer weiner commercials... "oh i wish i was...." is that right or is it even correct? I wish I was or wish I were????

                            1. re: KaimukiMan
                              just_M Oct 27, 2010 10:57 PM

                              Oh - who could forget the Oscar Meyer wiener? I still remember having one of those little plastic wienie whistles! And of course all the naughty or just bizarre riffs.

                              1. re: just_M
                                kattyeyes Oct 28, 2010 06:03 AM

                                What a kick to see the wienermobile go by, too...I know I've seen it at least once. Would love to take it for a spin for sure!

                                No way, you had a wienie whistle?! That's just wrong. ;) TEE HEE!

                                Ooh, also remember Mac Tonight--that giant moon for McDonald's back in the late 80s? I swear I saw it/him in Elizabeth Park (in Hartford)when I was in college and no one believed me. He was in a Mustang!

                                1. re: kattyeyes
                                  just_M Oct 28, 2010 01:32 PM

                                  I never got to see the wienermobile - bummer !

                                  When I was young my Gran worked for an advertising agency or something that did promotional stuff for Jefferson Airplane/Starship - Starkist and Chicken of the Sea and a bunch of others so she would bring us these weird promotional items like the wienie whistle and I remember having a chicken of the sea alarm clock, the traditional kind w/bells on top.

                                  I do remember Mac Tonight - I believe you kattyeyes! Mac did drive a mustang and a college town is the perfect promotional place. That would have been so cool to see!

                                  I think that is when McD's and BK were trying out that seated service and fancier meals for the evening. I don't know who's brainchild that was, but it was just weird. At our BK they had table clothes and silverware then they served your food in a basket. And your server tonight will be the same teen with an attitude problem you saw behind the counter now shoving your food at you - just weird!

                                  1. re: just_M
                                    kattyeyes Oct 28, 2010 01:44 PM

                                    What a cool job your Gran had! And what a funny alarm clock..."Ask any mermaid you happen to see..."

                                    Thank you for validating my Mac sighting. :) Tablecloths and silver, too, at BK? That's not just weird, but comical (as is your closing sentence, HA HA)!

                                    1. re: kattyeyes
                                      just_M Oct 28, 2010 02:41 PM

                                      Ha Ha, it really was funny! Not surprised at all that it didn't take.

                                    2. re: just_M
                                      KaimukiMan Oct 28, 2010 08:27 PM

                                      that was a short lived experiment, varied by region. here in hawaii it was only burger king, and the only difference was they brought the tray to your table, when they could remember who you were, most of the time they walked around yelling out order numbers, a real addition to the overall ambience and dining experience.

                                      1. re: KaimukiMan
                                        just_M Oct 28, 2010 09:14 PM

                                        It was short lived. I was in SoCal at the time and do remember wondering why they didn't have those little number triangles like Carl's Jr. , it was all really odd.

                                        1. re: KaimukiMan
                                          mandycat Nov 1, 2010 03:02 PM

                                          I've been following the adventures of Burger King for decades, purely as a fascinating business case. They've been tinkering with ad campaigns, jingles, giveaways, discounts, menu offerings and, (who knew, table service forever. The last (ever) BK I visited was one in rural Georgia, where in desperation we stopped on the last leg of a long drive. There was one poor schlump behind the counter taking care of orders and another languidly pushing a mop around. The rest of the crew, including what looked like a manager puffing on a foul-smelling cigar, were clustered around a table piled high with dollar bills. Gambling proceeds? Drug loot? Ransom money? We didn't wait to find out. Between the creepy employees and the filthy tables we left without ordering.

                                        2. re: just_M
                                          Barbara76137 Nov 21, 2010 03:47 PM

                                          "sorry, Charlie" (Starkist tuna). I had a Charlie the Tuna lamp. I also had a Green Giant umbrella that was clear with a big green hand.

                                    3. re: KaimukiMan
                                      chileheadmike Oct 28, 2010 08:04 AM

                                      My parents used to load my brother and I in the Ford Country Squire station wagon, complete with wood panelling, and drive us from Kansas City to LA to visit relatives. I used to sing that Oscar Meyer Weiner song over and over for hours to drive my brother nuts. Good times.

                                2. coll Oct 26, 2010 01:28 PM

                                  Even though I was way too young to drink, I loved the Ernest and Julio Gallo commercials when they were riding their horses through the grapevines. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yfukSh... Wow commercials used to be so long....

                                  Oh and El Exigente on his burro. "The demanding one." Can you tell I loved horses when I was little?

                                  Oops, just found out that El Exigente was a different person than Juan Valdez, who is the Columbian coffee grower that rode a burro. Hey I was just a kid!

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                                  1. re: coll
                                    Eric in NJ Oct 26, 2010 01:35 PM

                                    I always liked the goofy Aussie guy doing the Outback ads "Yeah I'm a Vegitarian, but I eat beef"

                                  2. goodhealthgourmet Oct 26, 2010 01:14 PM

                                    - Bumble Bee Tuna
                                    - Dr. Pepper
                                    - Honeycomb

                                    - Coca-Cola - the ad with Mean Joe Green & the little kid
                                    - 7-Up - the "crisp and clean and NO caffeine" ads with Geoffrey Holder

                                    does the "this is your brain on drugs" PSA count? it *was* eggs in a skillet ;)

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                                    1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                                      just_M Oct 26, 2010 01:26 PM

                                      Ask any tuna - you happen to see - whats the best tuna? - Chicken of the Sea

                                      and who forget our brains on drugs - iconic :)

                                      1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                                        mom22tots Oct 27, 2010 12:19 PM

                                        That Mean Joe Green ad is what I thought of when I read the OP. One of my all-time favorites!

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                                          jmckee Oct 28, 2010 10:57 AM

                                          "Dooooooctoooooor Pepper! Soooo Miiiiiiisunderstooooooood......."

                                        2. Perilagu Khan Oct 26, 2010 12:58 PM

                                          Loved the old Miller Lite commercials ("Tastes great! Less filling!"), with Dangerfield, the pool players and all the old NFL stars. Great comedy.

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                                          1. re: Perilagu Khan
                                            Tonality666 Oct 26, 2010 01:05 PM

                                            "Schaefer is the one beer to have when you're having more than one."

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                                            Blush Oct 26, 2010 12:48 PM

                                            HP Sauce "makes beef sing". My family can still be heard singing this one sometimes, 20-odd years later.

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                                              Tonality666 Oct 26, 2010 12:41 PM

                                              Those who grew up in the New York area in the '60s will remember "Don't cook tonight, call Chicken Delight!"

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                                                just_M Oct 26, 2010 01:03 PM

                                                My mother swears that Chicken Delight is *the* thing that convinced my tardy self to be born! I have no idea what it was like but if its anything like KFC I can see why I wanted out ;-)

                                                1. re: Tonality666
                                                  mucho gordo Oct 27, 2010 02:22 PM

                                                  I remember that in CA, too. Their ribs were the best around at the time.

                                                2. Perilagu Khan Oct 26, 2010 06:46 AM

                                                  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
                                                    natewrites Oct 26, 2010 11:15 AM

                                                    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
                                                      kattyeyes Oct 26, 2010 01:58 PM

                                                      YES! "The world may never know!"

                                                      1. re: natewrites
                                                        mom22tots Oct 27, 2010 12:16 PM

                                                        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
                                                          Barbara76137 Nov 21, 2010 03:42 PM

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

                                                        2. re: Perilagu Khan
                                                          natewrites Oct 26, 2010 11:19 AM

                                                          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
                                                            Parrotgal Oct 26, 2010 02:20 PM

                                                            That would be the glorious Paula Prentiss.

                                                            1. re: Parrotgal
                                                              natewrites Oct 27, 2010 04:32 PM

                                                              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
                                                                jmckee Oct 28, 2010 10:56 AM

                                                                Actress Dena Dietrich played Mother Nature.

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                                                          just_M Oct 26, 2010 12:03 AM

                                                          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
                                                            natewrites Oct 26, 2010 11:17 AM

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

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                                                              John E. Oct 27, 2010 09:45 PM

                                                              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.

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                                                                just_M Oct 27, 2010 09:57 PM

                                                                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. iluvcookies Oct 25, 2010 06:17 PM

                                                            "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
                                                              yfunk3 Oct 26, 2010 06:21 AM

                                                              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.

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                                                                iluvcookies Oct 27, 2010 06:39 PM

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

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                                                                  Barbara76137 Nov 21, 2010 03:57 PM

                                                                  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.

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                                                              Minnesotan Oct 25, 2010 05:36 PM

                                                              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. mamachef Oct 25, 2010 05:20 PM

                                                                "Munchy, cakey, nice and flaky outside,
                                                                rich and gooey, yummy chewy inside....
                                                                The BIG.FIG NEWWWWWTONNNNN!
                                                                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
                                                                  KaimukiMan Oct 25, 2010 07:46 PM

                                                                  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
                                                                    kattyeyes Oct 26, 2010 01:56 PM

                                                                    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
                                                                      NellyNel Oct 27, 2010 12:00 PM

                                                                      "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
                                                                        kattyeyes Oct 27, 2010 12:47 PM

                                                                        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
                                                                          NellyNel Oct 27, 2010 12:57 PM

                                                                          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
                                                                      rockycat Oct 28, 2010 06:30 AM

                                                                      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.)

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                                                                        mucho gordo Oct 28, 2010 11:20 AM

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

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                                                                          rockycat Oct 28, 2010 12:40 PM

                                                                          "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...Sy...sew...Sue” 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
                                                                            mucho gordo Oct 28, 2010 12:45 PM

                                                                            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
                                                                              rockycat Oct 28, 2010 01:01 PM

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

                                                                              1. re: rockycat
                                                                                mucho gordo Oct 28, 2010 01:18 PM

                                                                                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
                                                                      Dee S Nov 2, 2010 12:45 PM

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

                                                                      Fig Newton - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UyI3IL46yq4

                                                                      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. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TppRjk...

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