There's Nothing I Wouldn't Do for a Good Old Fashioned Ding Dong!


New Ding Dongs

Ding Dong Song - American Soldiers looking for some fun...hilarious!

Smoking was untra cool baby...

Creature Feature with Dr. San Guinary

Interesting "Firsts"

1879 - Nestle made the first chocolate bar

1900 - Hershey chocolate bar and Chicklets gum

1904 St. Louis World's Fair - Ice Cream Cone invented

1921 - The first fast food chain - White Castle

1928 - Sliced Bread!

1952 - The first Mr. Potato Head introduced

1954 - TV dinners go on sale for .98 cents

1958 - Frisbee was pattented

1963 - Fist Disco is opened "Whiskey A Go Go" in LA

1966 - First Star Trek episode aired

1968 - The Big Mac introduced for .49 cents

1969 - The first color television commercial aired in Britain (Birds Eye frozen vegetables)

1970 - Hamburger Helper

1971 - First Star Bucks is opened in Seattle

Note: I was reading the Katy Winslow series by Truckstop Sally and Katy was making a good old fashioned dinner of fried chicken, okra and tomato slices. I started thinking about how much better food used to be. Maybe it's just in my imagination as much as Katy Winslow - but just about everything in my childhood memories was made better and tasted better.

I was born in 1967 so the majority of my childhood memories are of the 1970s. Ding Dongs were my favorite treat. They were wrapped in foil and were so delicious. The reason for the tin wrapping was to keep the treat from melting in a lunch bag. The new ones are individually wrapped but they seem much drier and the filling doesn't seem as "majestic." I bought a box of Ding Dong's just to see if there have been any improvements since I last bought them. There haven't - in fact - I swear my Ding Dong looked smaller.

Sodapop in the glass bottle

Coca-Cola was the very first cola mixed with carbonated water. In 1886 pharmacist by the name of John Pemberton was just messing around, mixing things up when he came up with a carmel colored concoction. He marched down the road to Jacob's Pharmacy, combined it with some carbonated water, a smile and Coke was the new "it." It was the REAL thing.

In 1971 they began to bottle in plastic. In 1980, the price of sugar skyrocketed so Coca Cola products were injected with 50% fructose corn syrup and 50% sugar. In 1985 Coke introduced the "New Formula." No one wanted it and it was a huge set back for the label.

Some of my favorite memories were of scouring the alley ways and neighborhoods for the glass bottles so we could turn them in for the deposit. We bought lots of penny candy for collecting those bottles and stayed out of trouble doing it.

Penny Candy & Dime Stores

I don't think there is any candy that you can buy for just a penny any longer. There were dime stores in the city which have risen with inflation and are now called "Dollar Stores." Penny candy would be displayed in a glass case and a shiny nickle or dime would buy plenty. Licorice whips sat on display next to the huge glass jar of sour pickles.

Smoking was so cool even the kids did it! Candy Cigarettes! Parents and children could enjoy a smoke together for fun times. They even came out with gum cigarettes that you could blow into and "smoke" would come out the end. My personal favorites were Winstons.


Television when I was a child, was discouraged except for certain, preapproved shows. Now I don't know what my folks were afraid of exposing me to back then.....television was much more tightly regulated. There were no remote controls or rewind buttons. I am sure it nearly killed us but we had to change the channel each time - leaving our cozy spots on the davenport. If you weren't there to see it the first time - you missed it. Frosty The Snowman, Rudolph, The Wizard of Oz - all aired one time each year. It was a family event. We enjoyed it together - quiet during the movie and we talked during commercials.

My favorite show was aired on Friday night. I had to beg my parents to allow me to watch it. It was "Creature Feature" hosted by Dr. San Guinary! Sometimes they would have a double feature! I would lay on the floor of our apartment and try to keep my heavy eyelids open because I knew I would be mad at myself the next day for missing the end of the movie. The show would often feature Vincent Price movies. It was the highlight of my young week

In the clip I included - they discuss how television was really fun back then. Dr. San Guinary was a local celebrity. He would show up for almost any cause around Nebraska and Iowa and make an appearance. His comedy was very risky for those times and he would adlib the show - making innuenduos that almost ended up on the floor because they were too racey for those times.


I remember when there were party lines. This meant that there was one phone line for a whole road or neighborhood. You would pick up the rotary dial phone and listen for a second - if the neighbor was on the phone you were supposed to respect their privacy and hang up quickly and wait your turn. Sounds like a good idea but the party didn't last long. Everyone knew everyone else's busniess. Women would be shouting, "Thelma! I know you're on there now hang up and mind your own business!" or "You have been on that phone for hours now hang up and give someone else a turn!"

Good times!

If you had told me then, that I would be driving around chatting on the phone while I drove down the street in my SUV I would have laughed my head off.

Maybe I ate too many red M & M's but sometimes when I am dealing with the network crashing or the cell phone battery going dead, I wish for a simpler time. When I could go to the dime store, grab a pack of Kool's and a two pack of foil wrapped ding dong's and hurry home on my bike with the banana seat before the street lights came on. If it was a weekend night, I could stay up late, listening to 45's on my record player while I waited for the double feature.

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A stroll down memory lane, Good one! When you were born I was in college so my childhood didn't even hae Ding Dongs. But I did scrounge for bottles to buy penny candies even back in the 50's!


marellen 5 years ago

Fun hub for sure. Life back then was sure simpler and more easy going. I was 15 when you were born and can relate to everything you miss from the 70's. I don't think Ding Dongs were a fav of mine. I liked twinkies the best... Thanks for sharing....

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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Peter - thank you so much! Scrounging for bottles was so much fun! We all had our "spots" we called! Lol I wish my kids could stay busy looking for coke bottles but these days it would be darned dangerous!

Thank you so much for the read and the comments!

Marellen - Thank you so much! Twinkles were first sole in 1930. I loved them too and they do not taste the same. I just bought a box to see and they taste spongy now:) I can't imagine how many caleries were in the old ones but they were so good!

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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Thanks for the memories! I was ten when you were born. But I remember all this great stuff. There was nothing like digging in that cold coke cooler and grabbing a coke. Tasted so much better back then. I used to like staying at my Grandmothers house on Sunday nights because she would let me stay up and watch Bonanza (I had a huge crush on little Joe (Michael Landon). Oh and The Ed Sullivan Show when the Beatles were on for the first time. I could go on and on forever here. Great Hub RH!

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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Susan! It makes me laugh thinking about those days. Remember how they would display cokes in those deep coolers with ice? Loved them! I loved Michael Landon too - and we watched Bonanza - and later - Little House on the Prairie:) prime time! You could go on forever and I'd keep laughing - or you could write a hub for me to link! Lol

Thank you so much!!

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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Oh forgot one my first concert in Seattle I think the tickets were 7 or 8 dollars and I saw Edgar Winters. Imagine how many concerts we would go to now if the tickets were still that price. :)

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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

No kidding! My first concert was Nazareth in December - around 1984. It was like $17.00 for a ticket and the must wear was Levi's! Lol yeah I wouldn't miss any for that price. Journey is playing Wenesday night at Verizon. Dave doesn't like to go during the week and it's not Steve Perry so I'm skipping but I would love to go to that too!

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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

The last really good concert I went to was Bruce Springsteen and I paid 120.00 a ticket. Sheesh what a difference from the 70's. Journey would be a great show.

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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

I know! The kid Rock tickets were like 135 but I didn't think it was too bad because it was on the floor - and not all the way in the back either. I had 2nd row for AC/DC in the '80's - that was awesome but a couple years ago Dave got me 2nd row to Tom Petty! It was like he was singing to me all night;) we made eye contact! Lol

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neeleshkulkarni 5 years ago from new delhi

jesusss real you scared me. am i glad a ding dong is something you eat. not knowing the name and seeing your name against a hub asking for a ding dong i was wondering what had happened to you.

am i glad i was wrong!!!!!11

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Daffy Duck 5 years ago from Cornelius, Oregon

Nice hub RHW. A window into the past. If teenagers read this they wouldn't believe it. :)

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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Tricked you Neeleshkulkarni! Haha! You crack me up;) I'm so glad you read it to find out you were wrong! Lol thank you so much for your hilarious comments as always!

Daffy - you know it! When my kids say they are bored - I tell them go play video and be glad you weren't me. I played with dirt! Lol.

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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

You are so right, Kelly, Ding Dongs today aren't half as good or as large as they used to be. Do you reember Moon Pies, too. And how about that penny candy that consisted of long strips of paper with small round hard candy fastened to the paper. Whenever you put those little candies in your mouth, you also ingested some of the paper but that was the price you paid.

Thanks for a fun stroll into the past.

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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Drbj! I do remember moon pies - this man lived in my apartment complex and he worked for that distributer - he had a pantry with boxes of all 3 flavors - Banana was my absolute favorite! I get them at Cracker Barrel sometimes. I also remember the candy you are talking about - weren't they called Dots? Yummy paper!

Thank you so much for the read, comments and additional fun memories:)

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Austinstar 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

Remember the little wax candy coke bottles that you chewed and they had the little bit of juice or cola inside? I totally adored those!

And candy cigarettes-hell, I was addicted to 'em.

dj7it 5 years ago

My first concert was 1976, tickets were $5.50, $6.50 and $7.50.

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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Austin - I loved those little wax bottles! So fun - and they had next to nothing in them. Yeah - I had to have my pack a day:) Looking back - I wonder who made those smokes? You wouldn't think that Phillip Morris was grooming future smokers, eh? lol

Oh and you also reminded me about Banana Flips! I loved those - in fact I still love anything banana flavored.

Dave - Those were the good old days - when a person could afford entertainment. Now you have to spend a mortgage payment for a good night out:) I also remember that it would cost us .28 cents in gas to drive the 10 miles home from high school!

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brsmom68 5 years ago from Alberta, Canada

I am a year younger than you; this Hub has brought back many memories. We had a neighbour who used to listen in on our calls; plus she could spend forever on the phone. I used to love the chocolate bar called a Wig Wag; does anyone remember those? They weren't very big, but the mix of chocolate and caramel was perfect. Great Hub; voted up!

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Austinstar 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

Yea, banana flips were my all time favorite. Weird that I love all things banana flavored but I had a serious phobia to the real deal for several years. Full blown panic attacks whenever I was in the same room with a banana. I'm over it now and make the best banana pudding dessert ever now!

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50 Caliber 5 years ago from Arizona

All good stuff and memories even though I was 18 years ahead of you we still did much the same. Twinkies had banana creme in them too, 50

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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Brsmom68 - hi and thank you so much! I bet the party line was no party for you either! I do not remember that kind of candy bar. I probably missed out too because candy used to be so much better too! Thanks so much for reading and the fun comments!

Austin - I am so glad you got over it because bananas are so awesome! I've heard of lots of phobias - don't really think the fear is about the real object we attach it to sometimes. It's a red herring! Hey you should post the recipe - but it sounds familiar did you? Yum!

Hi 50 Cal - I twinkles too! I do have some great memories - being a kid then was awesome. I loved to go outside in the morning and pick a city bus to get on and ride where ever I wanted for a quarter! Lol. I miss those days sometimes. Thanks so much for commenting Dusty;)!!

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TheManWithNoPants 5 years ago from Tucson, Az.

What a great hub. Bringing up the good stuff. I still love the taste of water from the garden hose. It was the malted milk balls that did it for me by the way. Do they even still have those? Probably went away with garden hose water. I really enjoyed this kiddo! Up, awesome, and beautiful!


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Spirit Whisperer 5 years ago from Isle of Man

You are a romantic at heart and this hub is a masterpiece. Thank you for sharing these sweet and innocent memories.

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The Frog Prince 5 years ago from Arlington, TX

You got 5 Stars here RHW. I don't suppose you remember the days of a RC Cola and a moon pie, maybe a little before your time. Or when you could get in the Saturday afternoon matinee for 6 RC bottle caps. Times have changed and will continue to change.

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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica

Ding Dongs are cream filled cakes, right? If so, we called them Kiss here in Jamaica. A few years ago they were taken off the market. I was so mad, I kept looking for the cakes and just couldn't find them. There is a substitute called a weenie that doesn't taste quite so good and doesn't have the cream inside.

I really hate those people who stopped making the Kiss/Dingdong!

I thought the bubble gum cigarettes were a bad idea.

I like your little bit of history, I learned a few things today.

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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Jim! It is so fun to think about those days - it was just so much simpler then. And kids weren't learning tons of stuff on the Internet either. We went to the good ole library! Thanks so much for the fun comments as always!

SW - you always see right through me - I am a romantic at heart. I love simple moments, poetry, wine corks from special bottles of Champagne - fireworks on the 4th of July and dancing in the park;)!! Lol.

Frog - thank you so much! I do remember RC Cola for sure - what about TAB? LOL I did go to matinee shows but do not remember how much it cost. The first movie I ever saw was Jesus Christ Suoer Star! In Nebraska when it first came out:) gosh thanks for triggering that memory! Fun. You're so right - that's the sad thing about time - can't be bottled or saved really.

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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Cardisa! Yes they are the cream filled chocolate cakes! That is horrible they stopped making your favorites! I've never heard of Kiss cakes but have you tried to find them on the Internet? I was able to get some of the old retro candy and I sent a box to my friend for her birthday! LOL she was born in the 1960's so I thought it would bring back sweet memories:) thanks so much for reading and commenting!

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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Who remembers cracker jacks with little prize inside every box. I think they still make these but not sure that you still get the prize.

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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

They do still make the boxes with "prizes" but they used to be way more fun - trinkets and such. Now it's either a tatoo or a joke - paper. What about when they sold Wonder Bread and it had stickers and stuff in there? Or cereal boxes with secret codes! So fun Susan! I still love the cracker jack and buy it in 3 packs.

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Truckstop Sally 5 years ago

Great hub! Thanks for the Katy Winslow nod! One of my favorite food memories is hard candy at Christmas - those fancy curly treats. I also remember seeing Cinderella once a year. I thought she copied her hairdo from my Mom -- wound up on her head at the ball. Ha!

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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Sally! You are so welcome! After all, I got this great hub idea:) I remember the candy you mean and I loved it too - not the hot ones:) That's so funny you thought Cinderella's hair was a copy of your moms! I remember thinking things like that too - that song - "Did you happen to see the most beautiful girl in the world" I used to think he was singing it about my mom! LOL Too cute - thanks for everything!

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Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

Wowy Kelly you were really bringing back the memories- how could anyone forget the candy cigs!- and then there were the tv shows. The Wizard yeah, you always knew a commercial was next when the Lion jumped through Oz's window after being scared by the wizard. Lots o fun and mems on this good one! Thanks Semi!

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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

This was so beautiful. As you know that I am not live in US and I learn much from you. Thanks for share with us. I love this hub and you made this with good presentation. Well done, my friend. Vote it up! Have a nice weekend...


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Alastar! Right! The Wizard of Oz was my personal favorite! Every year for Halloween I would dress up like the Wicked Witch of the West! Every single year. I did love the candy cigarettes too - but I think itmwas a terrible message to send to kids:) thank you so much for the read and comments!

Hi Prasetio - thank you so much! I am so glad you liked it. Interesting too - I suppose it is nothing like your childhood. That would make an interesting hub too!

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Sharyn's Slant 5 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

Ha ha ha ha Kel,

As you would say, "I loved it from the title." ;)

Seriously, about Ding Dongs . . . my partner's father used to work for Hostess. Ding Dongs were a staple in their house years ago. Everyone in that family says that are not the same as they used to be! So I believe you!

When I was a kid, we used to walk to "Sally Ann's" corner store near my Grandparent's house. (I can't believe it but Sally Ann's still exists today. I don't think it's the same though. The owners carry guns now and I believe Sally is long gone. Hmmmmm!) Anyway, they had a penny candy display. Grandpa would give us a nickel or dime to get tons of candy. Well once, I accidentally dropped my coin in the floor grate and I could not get to it. I was heart broken and ran all the way back crying. For some reason, that silly incident always comes to mind.

And oh, party lines. HA I remember feeling like I was being really BAD listening in on my neighbors conversation. How funny!

As usual, this was fun Kel!


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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Sharyn! thank you so much! You are so funny - Sally Annie's got her guns:) LOL Yep lots has changed hasn't it. I miss that penny candy - we lived in the city when I was younger and there were candy stores on every corner. It was heaven!

Those party lines would never fly now would they? OMG - doesn't that seem so crazy now? Sharing a phone with the whole neighborhood! ha! thanks as always for your fun comments!

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breakfastpop 5 years ago

Thanks for the ride down memory lane. There i a candle place in PA ,American Candle, that still has all those penny candies. Those were much simpler times.

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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Breakfastpop! I'll have to look that up on the net! I found some of the candy I loved on Amazon but only a few things. It was so much simpler and how funny we didn't realize it then! We thought we so so tech savvy:)!

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Guanta 5 years ago from New York City

Hi Real Housewife, what an excellent trip down memory lane. I loved Dind Dongs, even in my late twenties I would buy a pack so that I could have a treat at the end of the work day. I too miss the simple life, if I could I would love to buy a tv, bring it home and plug it in and get rid of the $300 plus expense of cable, HBO all of it. Thanks for the reminders.

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epigramman 5 years ago

...when you write about life and living you make it a special place to be - because you are that kind of special writer who writes purely from the heart and that wonderful mind of yours always willingly follows .....and we are your lucky readers to be able to share this journey with you.

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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Guanta - I just didn't know if my memories were better than reality or what?! I know those ding dongs were much better:) and to think - I was about 15 when MTV came out - I just didn't see how it could get any better than that! Haha! Thank you!

Epi - if only I could string words together as artfully as you do - you can say in 3 words what it might take me a page to express the same thought.......thank you so much for that compliment!! I really appreciate that! A smile is priceless - isn't it?

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Chatkath 5 years ago from California

Used to love Ding Dongs RealHousewife. No, the truth that is I still do, must confess, I love my sugar! Sometimes they taste better than others though, since I do try and watch my diet these days, maybe it's the guilt. Either way, what a great memory, voted up and awesome - ding dong!

Multiman 5 years ago

Totally voted up, being older I have a lot more memories of times when gas was literally 12 cents a gallon in South Carolina during the gas wars pf the sixties.

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Ruchira 5 years ago from United States

Aha...your hub made me go back in my old days when things were so not complicated and simple :)

loved it!!

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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Chatcath - I know I love sweets! It is awful but we havento live a little right? Now go have a sweet treat! Haha! I do those old ding dongs and imsuspect that once people really started paying attention to calories etc., a bunch of ingredients changed in the good stuff. Thanks so much for you great comments!

Hi Multiman - thank you very much! I do remember when it cost 28 cents for our group to drive home from school. If we were all broke we would be counting pennies so we didn't have to ride the bus:) good times!

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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Ruchira - isn't it nice to think about some of those things? While life has become less complicated in some ways - it is overcomplicated in others. Life did not seem so difficult then even without our more modern inventions. In my wildest dreams I would never have guessed what life would be like now:) Thank you so much!

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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

This was incredible. I wish I could go back to times much simplier. Now a days... those products taste worse, are smaller sizes and cost more money... just think of those hostess cupcakes. Have you tried one of those recently? They are bad as the ding dongs. Although I will admit the swiss cake rolls are still good.

It is amazing how things change... sometimes it is for the better, and sometimes it takes something like this to make us remember what were were missing!

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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

You said it BBG - I could never have guessed or dreamed up the changes that have taken place. I did just buy a box of those hostess cupcakes! For the sake of research (haha) I have recently bought a box of each kind of Twinkies, Ding Dongs, Cupcakes and Ho Ho's - the twinkies taste like a sponge - cupcakes do taste like plastic covered nothing like cake substance -. I do think the swiss rolls are the best too - they are more moist or something. Maybe the filling to cake ratio is more balanced?

How did I dare to miss the opportunity to use the words "Ho Ho's" in my hub? lol

opinionduck 5 years ago

In NY it was Ring Dings

but I liked Yankee Doodles best...

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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi opinionduck! I heard that those are the same things - they couldn't use the name Ding Dong there because of legal issues. I have never heard of Yankee Doodles - I'm going to google that. What the heck did I miss out on? Thanks so much for the read and the comments!

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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

You know, nowt hat you said it... I am surprised you missed the opportunity to use Ho Ho's in your hub... although it would have been great in the title as well... lol! BTW - have you tried the strawberry swiss cake rolls... those are the bomb... at least they were about 20 years ago! I can not vouch for them today! LOL

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zzron 5 years ago from Houston, TX.

Cool hub, the title reminds me of this 1972 song.

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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

BBG - I don't even remember the strawberry ones but I love strawberries! They probably suck like the rest of it now! Haha! I love strawberry. Cheesecake ice cream now! Especially because it is so hot - but every time I eat it - it makes my throat itch like crazy! I don't know why but I really have to be crazy to keep eating it!

Hi ZZ - omg! I haven't heard that song since '72!!! I love it! I do have that song pop into my head every once in a while - and I just shake my head and laugh cuz if I sang it aloud - I'd probably get arrested! Lol. Good one ZZ!!

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zzron 5 years ago from Houston, TX.

Thanks I thought you would get a kick out of it!

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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

I did - I used to sing that song when I was little and momma always acted kinda funny about that! LOL

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Jennie Demario 5 years ago from Floating in the clouds

After reading this title I thought you would need to be 18 or over to read this hub LOL. kidding kidding of course. This was a fun read. Funny how much things change. Can't even imagine what's still in store for our future.

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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Haha! Hi Jennie Demario - yes I was a bit deceptive in the title:) but you are right - I can't imagine what is next! I couldn't have dreamed up all the modern things we have now - skype? Wow! Thanks so much for the read and great comments!

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invitationwrite 5 years ago

I thought you would get a kick out of it!

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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

It is so funny! And really since we are on the subject of how times are a changing!

I was thinking about the Chickets gum and Boston Baked Beams! I think it used to be more fun to be a kid.

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Cogerson 5 years ago from Virginia

Hello fellow 1967 child, I have lots of the same memories that you have....I am from the class of March of my the movie of the week.....usually on was always a hit a James Bond movie...and the whole family would watch it together....back then no cable, DVDs or net had to wait until network tv would show the movies like Mary Poppins, Sound of new fans every year it was shown on tv...great hub...voted up and awesome.

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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Cogerson! A fellow hubber from '67! That is so funny -really would you ever have dreamed the technology would be so advanced now? I was really impressed when I got a princess phone with a double line:) lol MTV - oh and the introduction of the VCR? I was amazed. And yes - we only had channel 2, 4, 5, 9, 11 and 30 - with those horrible commercials:) (Ancient Chinese Secret? Libby Libby Libby on the Label Label Label?) ha ha Thanks so much Cogerson for taking the trip down memory lane with me!

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dawney 5 years ago from California

So this was a great hub and as I read everyones comments my smile got bigger and bigger as I too started to remember all those little things that made my childhood memorable. I wanted to marry Scott Baio and religously watched Happy Days. I couldn't wait for those special times of the year when I could watch The Wizard of Oz or Its the Flying Pumpkin Charlie Brown on TV. You were the cool kid if you had your hands on a package of Pop Rocks. I tried to show my kids Rudolph the Red Nosed Raindeer and Frosty the Snow Man cartoons and they just didn't get it! Thanks for the trip.

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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Ha Dawney! That is so funny - I have tried to watch movies from my childhood with my kids and they think they are boring! Scott Baio was a hotty - I had those posters on my wall! I loved the Fonz and Ralph Malph and I just think TV was great back then. What about The Waltons? That was prime time! Thank you for reminding me of that!

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poetvix 5 years ago from Gone from Texas but still in the south. Surrounded by God's country.

We are still addicted to Ding Dongs in this house and I can't express how many days I long for a simpler time. This was wonderful. Thank you for sharing.

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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi poetvix! Ha! Thank you so much! I don't eat them much because all I can think about are the old ones:) crazy isn't it? How complex life has become? Thanks so much for reading and commenting:)

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tlpoague 5 years ago from USA

Thanks for bringing back memories as a kid. I loved going to the dime store for candy and remember 'smokin' the cigs. Those were the days. I have to second the motion that there are days I wish for a simpler time. I once told my children that if techno crashed I would be a happy camper. They looked at me like I had eaten too many nuts. Great hub!! Love it!

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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thank you Tip! Haha! I bet my kids have given me that "you've eaten too many nuts" look a million times! Lol. Oh but yes - I do think things can be just so crazy now! Thanks so much for reading and your hilarious comments!

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Manna in the wild 5 years ago from Australia

I'm amazed at that cigarette - song ! Was this supposed to be positive advertising? What about the line 'puff yourself to death' and the wheezy coughing near then end?

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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Manna - I know! and having Fred and Barney smoke while the girls mowed the lawn?! haha! I found some others that were pretty disturbing too from that era!!

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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

I'm writing a hub about what the filling in a twinkie/ding dong is made of. So if you want to continue enjoying these snacks...don't read it as it will ruin your desire for these yummy treats:)

Your hub is full of charming memories and great information. I had no idea coca cola started using sugar replacements because of the high cost of sugar. Bookmarking this article. Would like to bookmark you!

All I'd have to do is click with my mouse and there you'd be. Take good care of yourself...Rated a big UP!

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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Vocoalcoach!! You always make me smile from the outside - in:) lol I do not eat much of that stuff anymore and I can't wait to read yours! My uncle Mick thinks that all the fillers that are used in foods are what is causing American children to be more obese that in history.....interesting?

I did love thinking about all those old things - and hearing the old "I'd like to teach the world to sing - in perfect harmony!" ha! So like you:) Thanks as always for your awesome (I wish I could rate them up!) comments!

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Astra Nomik 5 years ago from Edge of Reality and Known Space

I didn't even know what a dingdong was until I read this. I just thought it was a slang word for a row or disagreement or something. Gee, I feel like a kid reading this, even though I'm 26. (Laughs.)

I do know about Twinkies, American's in my job eat them and talk about them a lot for some reason. They were advertised in Marvel comics years ago. I wonder are they still in them?

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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Astra - too funny! I guess I just thought everyone knew what a Ding Dong was! LOL - well you should try one sometime if you get the chance - chocolate cake:)! I'm not sure if Twi lies are in the comics but they are alive and well in the stores! They are not as good as they used to be either....but cake is cake! Haha!

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Barbsbitsnpieces 5 years ago from Napoleon, Henry County, Ohio, USA

@RealHousewife...Even though I go back a lot further, this was a hoot to read, way back to the 1970s! Nice job!

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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Barbsbits - thanks so much! This was really fun to write! I'm glad you liked it too!

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Danette Watt 5 years ago from Illinois

Hello from across the river in Illinois! I was born in 1956, and can remember all this. Yes, life was much simpler back then in many ways but it also had it's disadvantages. I remember party lines but also when someone called long distance, someone would yell "Be quiet, long distance!" as if the people actually had to shout through the lines to be heard. I also remember the "code" we had, which I'm sure many other families had. If you drove somewhere which would entail a long distance call to tell family you arrived safely, you dialed and hung up after one ring. My folks wouldn't get charged then since no one picked up.

Fun read down memory lane, thanks for sharing.

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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Danette - hi over there in IL! How fun - my mom remembers "the code" phone numbers and laughs about how there was the joke if someone asked for your number that you didn't like - it was "1234 Riverside - Jump:)" lol. And rotary phones with the party lines really gave life another dimension!

I also used to do the ring once or twice and hang up for different reasons. Now that was being resourceful:) I would often use that with my parents while I was out - even being in the next town would be long distance charges. So I'd give them three rings when I needed a ride home for example.

Thanks so much for reading, commenting and making me laugh even more!!

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Cagsil 4 years ago from USA or America

Okay, I really didn't need the walk down memory lane with regards to these different products. LOL! However, having said that, there are a lot things you covered in this hub that brought up so many different aspect I've managed to live through. I enjoyed Ding Dongs too when I was a kid and it was one of my favorites. I had fun with the candy cigarettes too. :) This was definitely an awesome hub and voted it up! :)

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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thanks Ray! I used to be a smoker. Got kicked out of the blue jays for it:) lol Thank you so much for voting and commenting!!

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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri

Oh my gosh, Kelly, if it weren't for the two years separating us (I was born in '65), I would swear we were separated at birth. I long for those simpler times. DING DONGS - they were a real treat in their foil - not like the dry ones you describe in the plastic packing today. This may sound strange, but right after you mentioned Ding Dongs, you talked about soda/pop. I loved snow days because that meant my brother who lived in the country but owned a tire shop (snow meant good tire business) would come in to spend the night with us. He always brought Ding Dongs and Coke! I was in Heaven!!

It was the same for me with the tv... I remember when Three's Company came on and my mom had reservations of letting me watch it because Jack was pretending to be gay in order to live with Janet and Chrissy... Not a problem today, but back then, WOW! What a ground breaker. She finally let me watch it because she wanted to watch it too. LOL

My Grandma and Aunt were on a party line... Sometimes there was tension; sometimes it was caused by me. LOL But Grandma always wanted me to tell her what I heard once she caught me, yelled at me so my Aunt could hear, and made me get off.

I LOVE THIS HUB! You captured so much in it that took me back. I would have never believed I was going to be driving a SUV with a cell phone with me at all times or communicating with a dear friend whom I have so much in common with on a little box with a tv screen and a fancy typewriter keyboard. UP AND ACROSS AND SHARED!! THANK YOU!!

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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

I love this, Real! I was born in 1966, so I'm familiar with so much of this. Party lines--we had an old lady up the hill was on the phone all the time!!! And our phone was a rotary phone. My dad still has one! :-) I love Ding Dongs and coke in a bottle. Did you put peanuts in the coke? I always bought the latest 45s and still have some of them. Great hub! Many votes, including funny, of course! Awesome! sharing!

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Rusticliving 4 years ago from California

LOL... I LOVEEEEE Ding Dongs (hiding them from my mom) And don't let my mom fool ya... she's had a ding dong or two in her days! LOL Love the hub sweety! (((hugs))) voted up and shared! Lisa

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Turtlewoman 4 years ago from California

I loved, no wait...still love Ding Dongs. The health freak in me tried to replicate a healthier version of that chocolate cake awhile back. I'm still working on it. Thanks for reminding me! Voted up and fun to read.

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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Oh Susan! That is SO funny! I loved Three's Company! Jack, Janet, The Ropers? Hahaha it was very racey for the times though - and I remember being told NO you can't watch THAT show even for the Sonny and Cher show! (you DO remember - don't you that she was the first woman to show her belly button on that there TV box? Well my grandpa did know and he said it was TRASHY and they called the television "the boob tube.". I asked why and Grandma said because everyone just sits around doing nothing and staring at it like a boob!" hahaha! She was MAD! Lol. They thought it was the beginning of the demise of this country. In fact, my grand pop really reminded me of Archie Bunker and I WAS allowed to watch that one!! Lol. I did not like it because Archie was crabby:) lol

Thanks so much - I love looking down memory lane...those days were fun! Sweet and simple:). Good times!

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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey Vicki! lol Those were the days weren't they? I remember when they came out with the first push button phones? They were so modern! lol

I have heard of people putting peanuts in coke but no one ever did that where I lived...I may have to give it a try! I loved the 45 records - I even rember the 78's! I think we had some blusey jazz music:) lol

Thanks so much - I am glad you enjoyed a little trip down memory lane:)

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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Lisa! Ohhhh your mom isn't fooling me! You have to get up pretty early in the morning:0 lol I am no spring chicken doll! lol lol

Hugs right back to you gorgeous:) Thanks so much for the votes and shares!!

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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Turtlewoman - I will never be able to replace anything healthy with the old Ding Dongs:) lol I think it is probably just better in my imagination - hey! You should tell yourself that next time you try to compromise - just close your eyes and PRETEND it is a Ding Dong! lol You know how they say hold you nose and you won't taste bad medicine? Don't believe that either:)

Thank you so much!

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nybride710 4 years ago from Minnesota

I was born in 1968, so I'm right there with you. Fun read! Thanks for the memories.

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Lord De Cross 4 years ago

Awww!I cannot believe guys won't comment so often on these precious moments in a lifetime. I had my share of Star Trek and Will Robinson. Coke was my favorite, even though Pepsi wanted to be the 'it' thing for the new generation. Before those VHS, we used to play those 8- track tapes. Even before your time...5 years I believe, we used to see Daktari and Combat! Boys will be boys! You did pour your heart my friend. Nice to see you around. I cannot believe this hub was 8 months old!


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HawaiiHeart 4 years ago from Hawaii

Ding Dongs are my absolute favorite treat from Hostess!

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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey nybride! That was a GREAT year to be born - we had some fun times in our kid hood huh? lol Thanks for taking the drive with me!

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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Lord!

My mom and my uncle loved watching Star Trek! I didn't understand what was going on but I loved the costumes:) lol

I so remember 8 track tapes! I remember when there was no such thing as VHS - heck MTV didn't even erupt until I was 15 and I thought I had died and gone to Heaven at that! I remember our first microwave and VCR..I do not remember Daktari but I was playin' in mud:) lol

Yeah this is an oldie! lol Great to see you!!

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Charlotte B Plum 4 years ago

Oh this was such an enjoyable read, and although I am not from that era, I really loved just reading about life like it was before - so different from today! I really feel like eating a ding dong now!

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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

I miss Ho' Ho's too. There is nothing even close to them nowadays. I remember most of these too. I miss Saturday morning cartoons and the simplicity of Atari. Thanks for a wonderful stroll down memory lane! :)

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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey Charlotte - well I'm actually glad you aren't older:) lol. But it's too bad you can't just go back and visit that time for just ONE whole day! It WAS so different! We played OUTSIDE all day with kids and the only time ques for us were the sun and moon...the street lights were the international curfew alerts:) haha

It amazes me how I would just run wild all day - no one knew where we were...I used to hop on the bus and go down town and back when I was like in 3 and 4th grade! Crazy isn't it? But I had a ton of fun!

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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey Tammy - I did like the nice fresh HO HO's - and you can totally tell they changed the recipe:) lol. Thanks for traveling down that road with me - it's always fun to really remember how different life was for us. And my goodness - so simple compared to now! Our poor kids!

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LadyMar 4 years ago from Oklahoma

I grew up in the 1950's and 1960's. I remember Twinkies and Hostess Cupcakes which were good. Coke was best ice cold in a glass bottle and I still think so.

Mini wax bottles with the color drink was good and what I thought tasted good were the red wax lips. Couldn't swallow the wax but chewing them was yummy. Of course, Crush Orange soda pop and Grapette soda pop in glass bottles.

In 1976 my husband, my son, my parents and sibling and my in-laws saw Elvis in concert on July 4, 1976, tickets were $12.95 each :-)

What a fun Hub. Good work, Real Housewife. :-)

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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi LadyMar - wow you look crazy good for growing up in the 50's and 60's! And - you do know what I mean - everything was better!

I loved those wax lips! And they did last forever - gosh I wonder now what could have been in them? Oh well - didn't kill us!

Pop in the bottle - was outstanding. You could go into the gas station (maybe a phillips 66 or Skelly's ? and get them ice cold from the vending machines ...loved it.

I have a vintage poster in my bedroom of Janice Joplin - it is a concert advertisement when she was with Big Brother and the Holding is from March 8, 1968 and the price of a ticket was $3! If you wanted to splurge - it was $5! hahaha!

Thanks so much for the fun comments and read!

James Boner 2 years ago

1966 was my debut on planet Earth, so I know much of what you speak. As I write this Hostess has gone out of and then right back into business and sadly the products, including the beloved Ding Dongs (they were my favorite as well. ) are vastly inferior in quality and too expensive. thanks for the trip down memory lane.

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RealHousewife 2 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi James...I do miss those hostess products...! Thank you!

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