Talk:Hostess Potato Chips

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Miscellaneous Comments[edit]

I grew up in Vancouver, and we moved east to Northwestern Ontario in 1973. We had no Hostess chips in British Columbia, the main brands there being Old Dutch and Nalley's. As I recall, I first started seeing Hostess chips on sale in eastern Manitoba as we made the trip.

By that time, Hostess chips were already available in more than three flavours. Ketchup and Sour Cream and Onion were already established, as was Roast Chicken (which everyone used to rave over), Dill Pickle, and Pizza. The other available flavours were Salt and Vinegar, Plain, and Ripple.

The distinctive colours were: Ketchup (Red), Sour Cream and Onion (Light Pastel Green), Roast Chicken (Dark Brown), Dill Pickle (Dark Green), Pizza (Tri-coloured Red White and Green like the Italian Flag), Salt and Vinegar (Golden Yellow), Plain (Blue), Ripple (Darker Blue).

Other flavours would come out later in the 70s, including Bacon (Reddish Brown).

One thing not mentioned is that the original Hostess bags (or at least the ones in the 1973 period up to sometime in the 80s, as I recall) were foil.

I actually worked in a Gas Station that stocked Hostess chips in a Hostess wall rack (three vertical lines, chromed, with a series of clips attached, connected at the top and bottom with a bar of metal running horizontally under these three lines, with a blue on white logo panel at the top), so I am quite sure about the available flavours -- I stocked that rack enough times, let me tell you.

Sometime in the early to mid 80s, Hostess got into the tortilla chip business with a product called "Taquitos", which came in two flavours -- a taco flavour, and a Nacho Cheese flavour, which mirrored the same product that Old Dutch was producing. Taquitos were vile. First of all, they tasted like chips that had gotten soggy and stale first and the flavouring was on there in clumps. They were horrid, and I don't know anyone who actually liked them.

Around the time Frito Lay got into the picture, Doritos were launched in Canada. I can remember buying a bag of Nacho Cheese Dortios in early 1989 in Thunder Bay, Ontario, and opening them up only to find that they were Taquitos being sold in Doritos bags. Ick! This eventually changed, but not for at least a year, assumably while Frito Lay was working on expanding the Hostess factory.

Glenn From Winnipeg (talk) 18:14, 18 August 2009 (UTC)

The Munchies as Mascots[edit]

Under the "Frito Lay" section of this article, it is suggested that the Munchies were created as mascots for Hostess as an attempt to increase the brand's visibility during their 1990s, however, the sentence following that one indicates they were already the mascots through the 1980s. The article would seem to be contradicting itself.

It is possible that there was a new and different ad campaign using the Munchies in the 1990s which was different from the ads of the 1980s, but this would need to be explained more clearly. Spock35 (talk) 19:18, 31 December 2007 (UTC)


I'm pretty sure that Ketchup-flavoured Hostess chips were introduced in the mid- to late-1960s. I remember them distinctly since they were pretty disgusting -- a big disappointment considering that Hostess's other versions --- Plain and Salt-and-Vinegar --- were fabulous. Modern-day chips are just not the same; I still dream about them... —Preceding unsigned comment added by Atanovic (talkcontribs) 21:09, 18 February 2008 (UTC)

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