Thursday, July 25, 2013

From the Snack Aisle: Koo Koos, Razzys, and Googles

Products: Koo Koos, Razzys, and Googles
Company: Dolly Madison
Years: 70's

I love the Peanuts Gang. I also love junk food. When you put the 2 things together, you get 8 year old me quickly handing over his hard earned allowance money to buy Zingers and fruit pies with Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Peppermint Patty, Linus, and the rest of the gang adorning the packages. (you also get fat, but that's a tale for another time).

Starting in the 60's and working through the 70's and 80's, Charles and Dolly have been working together to promote their cartoons and snacks to kids. Everyone loved Charlie Brown. Everyone loved cream filled snack cakes. It was a win/win for both of them (and a win/win for this fat kid too).

But the snacks I'd like to focus on today are the cupcakes: Koo Koos, Razzys, and Googles.

I am not sure the exact timeline for these snack cakes, as I've heard anywhere from early to mid 70's, but like 95% of all the great food items, they seem to have been discontinued right around the time of my birth. And before you go blaming me, my therapist keeps telling me, "It's not my fault", and I tend to agree with her.

Koo Koos were essentially Ding Dongs, or King Dongs, or Big Wheels (if you will). Chocolate covered chocolate cakes with a cream filling. Charlie Brown graced the package. Yum.

Razzys were a Yellow cake version of the Koo Koos, covered in a raspberry flavored coating. Lucy was on the front of this package (and it looks like she's bitching about something ......again).

Googles were.........well.........I have no idea. I can't find a single thing about them when I searched Google (yes, I Googled Googles). Did these actually exist in the wild? Were they cut from production lines before they made it to store shelves? Supposedly they were a yellow cake in a white frosting, the albino brother of the Koo Koo. I can't explain why the frosting looks like camouflage. Could you only eat Googles while hiding in the woods? Is this why I've never seen one? Anyone? And what IS the true meaning of Christmas? Linus?

If anyone out there knows anything about Googles, please let me know. I'd also like to hear your memories of these or any other delicious Dolly Madison snack cakes. This is the kid of stuff I miss from my youth. And if Doc Brown ever comes back with that time machine, I promise you that I will go back to the early 70's, fill a bathtub with Koo Koos and Razzys (and possibly Googles), and lounge in it.

Possibly crying.
But ultimately, smiling.


  1. Those Koo Koos look just like Hostess Ding Dongs.

  2. My dad's favorites were the Googles were my dad's favorites! They were vanilla and what you said looks like camo is actually cinnamon bits. They were okay but Koo Koos were best - much better than Ding Dongs - creamier. When Hostess went out of business, Dolly Madison brought out some kind of Choco cakes as a replacement - those are actually Koo Koos.

  3. FINALLY! I have proof these existed. I used to have a general store across the street from my house and as a kid, these were awesome for my sweet tooth. The Charlie Brown ones were the best. Less waxy than Ding Dongs and more moist cake like. The filling was larger and sweeter. So good.

  4. Dolly Madison products were and still are (the few that remain) way better than the Hostess ones. KOO KOO's were slightly larger than DING DONGS and the chocolate cake much better. Never saw the Razzy's or Google's that I remember. Sometimes I get the Zingers - chocolate & vanilla - at the 99 Cent Only Stores. Again the cakes are so must better than the Hostess counterparts. Wish they were more readily available. In fact, found this site trying to locate where they are being made and if I can order any!

  5. There were more. Pup Cakes were a lemon version of Razzies and Snoopy was on the package. These lasted the shortest of them all. There were also Zingers, I think with Linus and another with Violet but I can't remember what they were called. After a while they all turned up in a twinky shape and were all called Zingers. Dolly Madison cakes were always better than Hostess, until Hostess bought them out.

    My favorite vending machine snack cake will always be Langendorf's Banana Dreams. All are lost to history.

    1. OMG Langendorfs Banana Dreams were the best, I'm glad someone finally remembers them besides me!!!

  6. Googles (picture of Linus on the wrapper) were my favorite after school snack, vanilla cake with cream filling, glazed with icing, toasted coconut sprinkled on top. These were moist and much better than Hostess cup cakes.

  7. Googles were my favorite, Koo Koos second followed by chocoalte Zingers. So much better than Hostess. Why can't we have nice things?

  8. Googles were my favorite, Koo Koos second followed by chocoalte Zingers. So much better than Hostess. Why can't we have nice things?

  9. I remember well the Googles, KooKoos, Razzies, and Pupcakes by Dolly Madison. The lemon PupCakes and the raspberry Razzies were my faves! Zingers were good too, but I think that Mickey's Banana Flips were the best of all. Great Shakes were another great product of the late '60s/early '70s, along with Whip 'n' Chill, Gorilla Milk, Rice Krinkles, and Chipos.

  10. I ❤️d these (razzys / zingers ) so much that I named one of my twins MADISON 🤗 & I named my other twin girl CASSIDY 🤣 Guess who that was after......

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  12. I cannot find any proof these existed, but I guess they were basically the Googles. But in the 80s during high school I used to buy Kookoos for a snack after lunch, but they were not round. They were square and were white cake with filling and had the white frosting and little bits of what I guess was coconut or something. Kinda like what the google were, except they were called Kookoos and were square, not round. I cannot find any pictures of these at all. But I ate them for all of my high school years! Anybody remember those????