Category Archives: Food and Drink related ads!

May the 1982 Wilton Yearbook of Cake Decorating be with you

The Wilton Yearbook of Cake Decorating 1982 had been on TVTA’s ‘to get’ list for a few years …

Mainly because of this cake-tastic Star Wars ad …

Star Wars ESB cake pans, candles, molds and toppers. The Wilton Yearbook of Cake Decorating 1982. US.

And this …

Star Wars ESB cake toppers. The Wilton Yearbook of Cake Decorating 1982. US.

But the US baking publication also serves up some other interesting pop culture goodies …

Like these …

And these …

And these …

And these …

Then there’s this cheestastic and delightful happy family in the kitchen ad … hotdog! I think they’re making a happy lion cake …

And … You’ll be a baking star …

And finally, Wooof’s favourite, a most adorable big cat big cake cover … it’s the happy lion …

Right, we’re off to find our aprons and chef’s hats for a round of happy lion cake making in the TVTA kitchen. Until next time, you can have your cake magazine but don’t ever eat it, and remember kids … a lion is not just for Christmas but forever. Thank you for sweetly decorating with us 🙂


Cake-tastic… four new Hostess Superhero ads

Heading straight to TVTA’s Hostess Twinkies, Fruit Pie and Cup Cakes collection are these four fab ads featuring feisty face-offs between Batman VS Catman, Hawkman VS Golden Raven, Green Lantern VS a giant ice boulder, and Green Arrow VS a broken tram.

US. Weird War Tales. 1980.

US. Weird War Tales. 1980.

US. Weird War Tales. 1980.

US. Weird War Tales. 1980.

Nutella, it’s a jungle out there…

Just got back from the supermarket with our ‘three-jar-only’ rations of Nutella, both eyes intact and no bones broken. Was a good trip today. Maybe tomorrow not so lucky.

French supermarkets these days, it’s a jungle out there…

The Nutella French supermarket brawls

Pif Gadget. 1977. France.

Nutella Poem

Nutella, Nigella, your nuts have a nuance enrobed in palm oil

Rush for nuts, aisles smeared in irate blood and nuts that are crushed

Underfoot, tut, tut, zut! Leap over yellow signs that say Sol Glissant

Nuts, Nigella, cook me up your brunch of nuts Nutella

Black dress, black hair, let’s split then call 18 pour les pompiers

Nuts, palm oil nuts, Nigella, Nutella, it’s a 24 hour gastronomic countdown to

cut price markdown meltdown supermarket aisle showdown smackdown

Downtown Intermarché, Lidl, Carrefour, Aldi, Super U, Super you

You got Nutella, 3 packs, and all your limbs intact, nuts, pots and pans

Casserole, nuts Nutella, Nigella palm oil, je suis la, j’ai faim, oui, mais calmez vous!

(love never ends) We’ll always be together, together in Nutella dreams

France. Pif Gadget. 1981.

France. Pif Gadget. 1976.

Italy. Topolino. 1978.

Non-toy ad Tuesday: office cats and the munchies

“Be careful of what you put into your mouth.”

Interplanetary Federation Supermarket Customer Advice Proverb.

A TVTA Food, Drink and Snack special report!

Most office cats are content to work the bare minimum – catch mice, make tea, answer the phone, that type of thing. Not so Wooof… TVTA’s faithful feline has just spent the past three weeks down in the archives searching for vintage adverts and other retro paperwork goodies!

Any luck? I asked him as he emerged from the basement dressed in dust, cobwebs and, bizarrely, a 1980 R2-D2 Thermal Underoos set.

Yes, replied the cat, I have enough ads to keep us busy the whole of the summer. He showed me the tartan suitcase which he had lugged up the stairs. I opened it. It was full of vintage adverts. Excellent.

There are no clown adverts are there? I asked him.

Goodness, no, replied the cat.

Only, the last time we made a Non-toy ad Tuesday post, I seem to recall some very disturbing images of clowns and other odd stuff.

Don’t worry, said Wooof. It’s completely clown-free. I’ve checked. There’s nothing odd at all. Just perfectly normal food, drink and snack adverts.

You’re not lying?

I’m not lying. Now get scanning. We’ve deadlines to meet!

Righto, I replied.

——  ——  ——  ——   ——   ——

Cue sounds of scanner…


sounds like…


Stur stur smag!


Stur stur smag!


Stur stur smag!



Denmark. 1983.

In other disturbing news,

TV Cereal Killer caught on film.

Denmark. 1988.

Salty Spunk liquorice lozenges hit the streets…

Denmark. 1977.

Victory V. Suck it and see.

UK. Running. 1986.

Superman action strip colouring contest with Trebor chews.

UK. Star Wars Weekly. 1979.

Snit dig en Cool burger!

Denmark. 1984.

Philips kitchenware 1980s style!

UK. Mobil Gifts Catalogue. 1986.

Frisk! Stimorol chewing gum.

Denmark. Anders And & Co. 1986.

Frisk! 80s!

Denmark. 1984.

M&M’s. The milk chocolate melts in your mouth not in your hands.

US. X Factor, 1987.

US. Legion of Superheroes. 1984.

Tonimalt. French malt drink favourite with Ulysse 31 (Ulysses 31) promotion.

France. Journal de Mickey. 1983.

Another gloriously nonsensical Hostess Superhero ad! This one’s going straight into the collection Hostess Superhero ads

US. 1976.


UK. Prima. 1987.

Tom and Jerry get licked!

Denmark. 1983.

So eighties!

Denmark. 1988.

Soft drinks galore!

1. Fanta. Denmark. 1978.

Fast forward a couple of decades later…

Absolutely Fabulous.

2. 7UP. Denmark. 1977.

3. Coke. UK. 1979.

4. Pepsi-Cola. Denmark. 1978.

And finally, we end this post with a giraffe. It’s not often we can say that. Or this…

5. Schwip Schwap!

If you are interested in learning more about food, drink and snacks then why not visit your local supermarket where many examples can be viewed free by the public. Don’t forget to take along your pencils and a sketch pad in case you wish to make notes and illustrations for your school project. Or why not ask the supermarket manager if you can snap a few photographs! He or she will only be too happy to oblige and may even throw in a few treats for you to take home to your parents. This post has been brought to you by TVTA and the Interplanetary Federation Supermarket Customer Advice Bureau. Best before Feb 2223. This is a free-range post and no animals were harmed. Just Ewoks. Recycle the carton when finished. Enjoy responsibly.


Tony the Tiger Frosties ads

By Kellogg’s – Life Magazine-page 133, Public Domain,

Kellogg’s Frosties is a breakfast cereal introduced in the United States in 1952. Tony the Tiger has been the brand’s mascot since its introduction, and has the catchphrase:

“They’re Grrrrreat!”

Tony is always drawn wearing a red bandana around his neck, which is sometimes plain red, can sport the name ‘Tony’, or is chequered with circles – as seen in early renditions like the Life Magazine pic above. In the first advert below, Tony can be seen wearing a spotted bow tie – perhaps in honour of his “roaring reporter” role.

I’ve always liked Tony as a breakfast mascot, he seems a friendly sort of Tiger who would probably organise lots of tiger dinner parties, and not only play the part of perfect host but keep peace between the likes of Shere Khan, Tigger, Tigress, Richard Parker and any other famous tigers you can think of!

Enjoy the ads, they’re grrrreat!

UK. Planet of the Apes. 1976.

Denmark. Anders And & Co. 1981.

Denmark. Anders And & Co. 1987.

Denmark. Anders And & Co. 1986.

Denmark. 1988.

Denmark. 1986.

Denmark. 1984.

Denmark. 1982.

Denmark. 1986.

Five new Hostess Superhero ads

Cousin Betsy the Plant Lady… A pleasant gallop on the waves… Cuckoo cuckoos… Creamed filling worthy of the Gods… it can only be the wacky superhero world of Hostess Twinkies and Fruit Pie adverts!

US. Kull. 1976.

US. Marvel Premiere 50. Alice Cooper. 1979.

US. Claw the Unconquered. 1978.

US. The Warlord. 1977.

US. 1978.