80s Food Week: Little Debbie

McKee Foods - Little Debbie logo
McKee Foods – Little Debbie logo (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Little Debbie is real- I swear!

At four years old, Debbie McKee, granddaughter of McKee Foods founder O.D.McKee became the namesake of McKee Foods’ new family snack cake packs in 1960. Down to the straw hat and checkered shirt, little Debbie McKee was portrayed by artist Pearl Mann and made to look slightly older for the finished product.

Oatmeal Creme Pies,Nutty Bars, Swiss Cake Rolls….om nom nom. All these favourites came in multi-pack family sized boxes under the Little Debbie name and went on like wildfire. And seriously, who didn’t blow a quarter of lunch money here or there on one of those giant Zebra Cakes after school? In high school I remember completely subsisting on these through the week from the school store (erasers? who needs erasers?).

English: Little Debbie Zebra Cakes, made by Mc...
English: Little Debbie Zebra Cakes, made by McKee Foods. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Did any of these make it into your lunchbox?
Fudge Brownies
Cosmic Brownies
Devil Cremes
Fancy Cakes
Zebra Cakes
Swiss Rolls
Chocolate Chip Cakes
Banana Twins
Devil Squares
Cloud Cakes
Strawberry Shortcake Rolls
Banana Pudding Rolls

English: Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme Pies, sho...
English: Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme Pies, shown whole and split. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Boston Creme Rolls
Frosted Fudge Cakes
Cocoa Cremes
Marshmallow Supremes
Oatmeal Creme Pies
Star Crunch
Raisin Creme Pies
Fudge Rounds
Chocolate Chip Creme Pies
Marshmallow Pies- banana or chocolate
Gingerbread Cookies
Donut Sticks
Bagged Mini Donuts
Honey Buns

English: A Little Debbie Cosmic Brownie, by Mc...
English: A Little Debbie Cosmic Brownie, by McKee Foods. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Pecan Spinwheels
Mini Pies- Lemon, Chocolate, Apple or Cherry
Nutty Bars (a personal favourite)
Fig Bars
Peanut Butter Crunch Bars
Easter Basket Cakes – vanilla or chocolate
Be My Valentine cakes
Be My Valentine iced brownies
Fall Party Cakes
Fall Tree Cakes
Christmas Spice Cookie Wreaths
Christmas Tree Cakes
Christmas Tree Brownies

Now for the Fun Stuff:

English: Little Debbie Nutty Bar, shown split ...
English: Little Debbie Nutty Bar, shown split in half (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Some varieties of Little Debbie Snacks aren’t sold nationwide- Huffington Post has a review of some of the rarer types.

Little Debbie has featured in the lyrics of a couple of songs – Camel Walk by Southern Culture on the Skids, and the Little Debbie Snack Cakes Song by Larry Weaver

Little Debbie was a sponsor of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. Between sundown on Fridays and sundown on Saturdays the pit crew covers the Little Debbie logo and wears non company clothing as  part of their contract with parent company McKee Foods who are founded and run by Seventh-Day Adventists. Seventh-Day Adventists are a Christian Protestant denomination who venerate the Sabbath during that time and refrain from work/secular forms of recreation.

Fan of Cosmic Brownies? LifeMadeSimpleBakes can show you how to make these fabulously authentic clones in your own home.

Little Debbie
McKee Foods


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