Spaghettios seems like they've been around forever, but they're Gen Xers, too. They came out in 1965, just in time for me to later be born and pretty much live on them for most of my childhood.
Tasting them today, I can see why I liked them, but I can also objectively admit that they're pretty awful. Sweet, bland, gummy...but I loved 'em. Easy to heat up, easy to clean up, and to my kids' palate, deeelicious.
The kind I never did like though were the kind with added meatballs. The added hotdog pieces, well, those were pretty good -- I'm not a moron. But the meatballs had a funny, off taste to them. And I realize how ridiculous it is to get all foodie-judgy about Spaghettios, but there you go. I actually liked Raviolios better.
Of course, Franco-American hit the jackpot with their "Uh-oh, Spaghettios!" slogan. It's used in this ad, for the meatball variety, which oddly features a giant can of the stuff riding a carousel. The three-martini lunches ad men had back in that era really surface in the work sometimes.
Yes, that's Barry Manilow singing the jingle!
Were you (are you) a Spaghettio fan? Or do you find it hard to hear someone say "uh-oh!" without automatically adding "Spaghettios!", even if just in your head?