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. Sources: Little Debbie Wikipedia  McKee Foods  
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