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• O.D. McKee sold
the very first Oatmeal Creme Pie in early 1935.
The popular snack was used many years later to launch
the Little Debbie brand.
• The Little Debbie
brand was born in 1960. Company founders, O.D. and
Ruth McKee, named the product line after their granddaughter,
• The first Little Debbie snacks were
sold in a carton of 12 and had a retail price of 49
cents. Twelve cakes would have cost 60 cents if sold
• The Little Debbie® bow tie has
been in use continuously since 1963. A graphic artist
decided a red bow tie would look great on the packaging
and placed it just above the die-cut opening that was
on all of our cartons at the time.
there are more than 150 varieties of Little Debbie
• The top-selling varieties
of Little Debbie snacks are Oatmeal Crème Pies,
Swiss Cake Rolls, Nutty Bars Wafer Bars and Honey Buns.
Debbie snacks are made by McKee Foods, America’s
Family Bakery. With our corporate headquarters in Tennessee,
we also have plants in Virginia and Arkansas.
Debbie snacks are sold in all 50 states, Canada and
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• If you lined up all the Little Debbie snacks
that have been sold over the years, they would cover
9.9 million miles – enough to circle the earth
almost 400 times!
could fill the Globe at Epcot Center in Disney World
744 times with all of the snack cakes Little Debbie
has sold since 1960.
• Little Debbie snacks
have orbited the earth on the space shuttle, traveling
more than 17,500 miles an hour. Little Debbie snacks
have been a standard pantry item on space shuttle missions
for many years.
• Little Debbie Fudge Brownies
were one of Elvis Presley’s favorite snacks.
Saban, head coach of the University of Alabama, eats
Little Debbie Oatmeal Creme Pies each day.
first national Little Debbie commercial from the 1980s
featured comedian and impersonator Rich Little rapping
while posing as Jack Nicholson, George Burns and Crocodile
Dundee (Paul Hogan).
• Little Debbie currently
has more than 1 million Facebook fans and close to 20,000
followers on Twitter!