80s Food Week: Little Debbie
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?).
Did any of these make it into your lunchbox?
Chocolate Chip Cakes
Strawberry Shortcake Rolls
Banana Pudding Rolls
Boston Creme Rolls
Frosted Fudge Cakes
Oatmeal Creme Pies
Raisin Creme Pies
Chocolate Chip Creme Pies
Marshmallow Pies- banana or chocolate
Bagged Mini Donuts
Mini Pies- Lemon, Chocolate, Apple or Cherry
Nutty Bars (a personal favourite)
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:
Some varieties of Little Debbie Snacks aren’t sold nationwide- Huffington Post has a review of some of the rarer types.
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.
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