Food of the Seventies, Ring Dings

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Chocolate covered, small round chocolate cakes with cream in the middle. Wrapped in gold foil with a blue Ring Ding logo. About 10 came in a box, and they were a favorite in my metal Barbie lunch box.
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Andrea - June 05, 2007 - Report this comment
Does anyone remember there being a Peanut Butter Ring Ding. Not a Funny Bone, a Ring Ding that had peanut butter inside.
dave - January 17, 2008 - Report this comment
Yes. They were called Ring Ding Jr. I believe and they were awesome!!!
THE DAD - March 29, 2008 - Report this comment
What happened to the milk chocolate ring dings with the vanilla cake inside. That is the one that I am pining for.
Gerry O - September 07, 2008 - Report this comment
Does anyone remember back in the 60's the Original Ring Ding before it became a junior. It was sold as a single in cellophane but it was 3 times the size of Junior cost about 15 cents if I remember correctly. Had chocolate coating over a suzieq type horizontal vanilla cake with creme circled in the cake? No there's some comfort food lol
Michi - September 24, 2008 - Report this comment
In the 70's when I went to high school, I would buy a Ring Ding every day at lunch for 10 cents....and those were HUGE compared to the ones they have today.
Jack - October 01, 2008 - Report this comment
Does anyone remember the song that the little boy sang as he pined for a Ring Ding?
Marie - October 10, 2008 - Report this comment
YES, I remember the bigger sized rings dings from when I was a kid but none of my friends believed me that they used to be bigger than the current smaller sized ones. Thank God for this site so I may now prove them WRONG !!!
hoopsdave - October 12, 2008 - Report this comment
I grew up on Ring Dings in the Bronx. There is nothing better than a Ring Ding. I would love to find a place in Tampa that sells them. I bought four boxes last week when I was in South Florida.
Ellen - December 15, 2008 - Report this comment
The original Ring Ding that came in the individual cellophane package was about 3 inches in diameter and the cake was much more moist. There was a white cardboard underneath it that you could hold onto while you ate it and not get the chocolate on your hands. I really miss those!
Rhody - December 30, 2008 - Report this comment
getting back to the original question... does anyone remember the ring ding with peanut butter on the inside? ..not a funny bone, but a peanut butter ring ding.. maybe it was just for a limited time?... i remember them coming in a gold foil but cannot find any proof of this online.. can anyone help ?
Leigh - January 29, 2009 - Report this comment
I hear you.. I remember going up to my neighbors when I was younger and she bought them just for us.. She use to tell us not to bring the other kids in the neighborhood otherwise she'd have to give out the regular ones. I've been looking everywhere for them and My kids think I'm nuts.
Jody - March 28, 2009 - Report this comment
I remember back in the late 60's and early 70's there were both Yodels and Ring Dings covered in WHITE CHOCOLATE and inside had CHOCOLATE CREAM!! Man those were the best. My best friend and I would get a box of each and go to the College Football game in town and eat the entire 2 boxes..then get home and be sick!! But it was the best!
Betty - April 07, 2009 - Report this comment
I was just discussing Ring Ding Jrs with my friend and they are no longer called Jrs. I lost A bet. I lived near a Drakes Outlet and I would get on a regular day 4 boxes of 12 for 1.00!! On a day or 2 old day 10 boxes!! Lucky for me they relocated. I got sick too. I was happy I didn't get worms... Just being gross !!WHAT MEMORIES!!
Bobby - May 25, 2009 - Report this comment
This may be of interest to Ring Ding and Yodel lovers. http://retrobobby.blogspot.com/
Scott - July 29, 2009 - Report this comment
I loved Ring Dings and still do. Weren't they wrapped individually in pseudo tin foil. When I walk past them now in the supermarket I look at the boxes longingly. Need to keep the weight down. Oh the pain..I could scarf down a box in 15 minutes easy.
lily - August 22, 2009 - Report this comment
i remember the song...... ring ding, ring ding, wish i had a ring ding........... it sure brings back old times
Annemarie - September 01, 2009 - Report this comment
Wow! It's nice to see others who feel the same way about Ring Dings. They were my favorite back in the 60s. I would buy for for $.10 and just savor it. If I only had a nickel, I would get a Devil Dog. These are now sold in the vending machine here in NYC for $1.25 for a small package of two. The Ring Dings still taste good to me, but the Devil Dogs are not what I remembered.
David - September 02, 2009 - Report this comment
Shemp, what's a Ring Ding? It's a chocolate cake. Yeah? With lots of creamy stuff. Yeah? And chocolate frosting all the way around it. Even on the bottom? Yeah, on the bottom too. Sure do wish we had some now. Hey Shemp, you know what? I've got some money. Come on, let's get some. Yeah. Oh, boy there they are. (They eat them) Ring Ding Ring Ding, wish I had another Ring Ding.
drew458 - September 10, 2009 - Report this comment
Jack - "chocolate cake on the top and the bottom and the middle is delicious creea-m! Ring Dings are better than anything Ring Dings are better than anything!" That the tune you're looking for? And yeah, they were the size of a hockey puck. Not the cheap little pretender sold today.
Frank - October 05, 2009 - Report this comment
I just want you all to know that I really did extensive research. Followed the Dead right up until the Fish period, followed technology from Cobol on AS400 to linux, lived in Boulder, Eugene, Austin, had a mustang, a civic, then a merc. For the record RING DINGS ARE BETTER THAN ANYTHING. RING DINGS ARE BETTER THAN ANYTHING. Anything. Do you hear me?
Gary W - December 08, 2009 - Report this comment
When I was a little kid around 1970, I distinctly recall a white ring ding with chocolate zig zag stripes. Am I imagining this?
former ny'er - February 09, 2010 - Report this comment
I am here in the south pining away for a ring ding or anything drakes for that matter! I stock up when I go home. Little Debbie's are NOT the same-neither are Ding Dongs-taste like wax!
al - April 27, 2010 - Report this comment
Does anyone remember when RING DINGS were full sized and sold as a single? This is before they were converted to Ring Ding jr.s Man!! were they good!!!
Spin - June 11, 2010 - Report this comment
And Ring Dings were coated with a dark chocolate. Not like the milk chocolate on a Ding Dong, maybe they still are now. Sadly I moved away.
nutballgazette - July 25, 2010 - Report this comment
Back in the 60's and 70's there was the Ring Ding as others said, and then Drakes came out with Ring Ding Jr's, They were wrapped single in foil and was a lunch box item, Side note, Hostess and Drakes are made by the same company but Drakes Yodels and Ring Dings are better than Ho-Ho's and Ding Dongs
marty d - August 16, 2010 - Report this comment
i remember back in the 60's & 70's going to the deli & buying the big ring ding a can of cott soda & one bazooka joe bubble gum for just a quarter. my favorite ring ding was the one made with the yellow cake. i think it was called a boston cream ring ding. does anyone remember the really big drakes coffee cake. it was the size of a regular cake. kids nowdays don't know what they are missing.
ibstubro - September 07, 2010 - Report this comment
I'm looking for a copy of the black and white commercial? I heard it was rather creepy and I want to SEE it! HELP!
mike q - October 28, 2010 - Report this comment
the ring dings of the sixties were better than todays. i used to buy a ring ding, ice cream and mile for lunch for .35.
GH - November 29, 2010 - Report this comment
There were 2 sizes the smaller ones like you have today that you could by in a box at the food store and there were the bigger ones that came in vending machines and I think smaller stores like a 7-11 type store and were wraped in blue foil with the logo in the middle.
Tony M - January 04, 2011 - Report this comment
I REMEMBER THOSE DELICIOUS RING DINGS. THE USED TO WORK IN A GROCERY STORE ACROOS MY HOUSE MAKING $20.00 WEEK. I USED TO OPEN A BOX OF THE RING DINGS JR THAT CAME IN A GOLD ALUMINUM WRAPPER AND THE REGULAR SIZE 3" ONES AND EAT AWAY. THE RING DINGS OF THE 60'S AND 70'S TASTED DELICIOUS, THE CHOCOLATE WOULD MELT LIKE BUTTER AND THE WHITE CREAM TASTED AWSOME. *** SAD TO SAY THAT TODAY THE RING DINGS ARE MADE SO BAD THAT IF YOU DIP THEM IN WATER THE CHOCOLATE WOULD PROCTECT THE CAKE INSIDE,BECAUSE IT LOOKS LIKE THEY NOW MAKE THEM WITH CHOCOLATE FLAVOR WAX. YOU CAN HOLD THEM IN YOUR HANDS FOR LONG AND THE CHOCOLATE FROSTING WILL NOT MELT. I WHICH THEY WOULD MAKE THEM LIKE THEY USE TO.. LIKE AS SOON AS YOU OPEN THE WRAPPER OF THE RING DING THE CHOCOLATE FROSTING STARTED TO MELT QUICKLY, AND I LOVED THAT.
RockyS - January 12, 2011 - Report this comment
Oh man, I'm ALWAYS asking people, was it just me or did you have to hold that ring ding with 2 hands like a hamburger back in the day?? People tell me it's just my perception because I had little hands, but no. They WERE huge!
Dave - March 18, 2011 - Report this comment
In the 60s while delivering papers,I would stop at the deli and buy a LARGE ring ding and soda for 20 cents,but they also made cup cakes shaped like upside down cones with the tops cut off ,does anybody remember them??I thought they were the original ding dongs???
Kevin - April 11, 2011 - Report this comment
As great as the original large ring dings were, I have to say that the mini ones had a taste advantage in that the cream to cake ratio was optimized.
RobbieBob - April 16, 2011 - Report this comment
Back in the late 60's, I remember Ring Dings being much, much larger, and all individually wrapped in either silver or gold foil, which was a challenge to get off on a warm day. But then again, licking the foil was always a treat! I also remeber the cake being much more moist and "richer", and the dark chocolate coating could easily be peeled off if you weren't careful opening the wrapper. The little ones they try to pawn off as Ring Dings today were originally Ring Ding Jr.'s, but they don't taste as good as I remember. Maybe if we all wrote and asked them to come out with a special edition for all of us Ring Ding lovers, based on the original size, specs, and packaging? I'd willingly pay top dollar for a box of those.
John J - May 04, 2011 - Report this comment
I definately remember the ring ding jingle, it went like this... "Ring Ding, Ring Ding, wish I had a Ring Ding, and his cartoon friend would come up and say, "Hey Sam, whats a Ring Ding?" Sam would respond "its a chocolate cake, creamy in the middle, and it has chocolate frosting all the way around it" his friend would say "even on the bottom?" Sam would say "yea on the bottom too, and you can buy them at the store" Then Sam would eat the ring ding and sing "Ring Ding, Ring Ding, wish I had another Ring Ding!" And no theyey were chocolate cake, not white cake, unless they had a special version in some areas :)
Frank S - May 29, 2011 - Report this comment
John J. The other kid would say , "sure do wish l had some now " the Sam would say , you know what ? , l got some money and the other kid would say , come'on then lets get some , yea !
Bob G. - June 08, 2011 - Report this comment
Does anyone know of any existing Ring Ding commercials from the 50's/60's? I remember one commercial where two boys in paper hats are rolling back and forth in large metal cylinders wishing they “had a ring ding”. And then saying… Hey “I got a nickel”. And then off to the store to buy a HUGE ring ding, and yes you needed two hands, and yes they only cost a nickel at one time. Then at the end after polishing off the Ring Ding, while they are lamenting their empty hands, one says “Ring Ding, Ring Ding, Wish I had another Ring Ding!” I’d love to see that commercial!!
Sara - August 20, 2011 - Report this comment
I also remember the peanut butter Ring Dings (not Funny Bones). They were soooo good, wish I could still find them.
greg - April 18, 2012 - Report this comment
Does anyone remember Golden cake ring dings and cupcakes?
Susie - May 09, 2012 - Report this comment
YES, Leigh, I remember ring ding juniors that had the peanut butter in them. I was just looking that up because someone told me they never had peanut butter but I remember. Yes, how about Devil dogs?
Bonny Mello - July 25, 2012 - Report this comment
The ring ding jrs are not as good as they used to be. Everything used to be darker. And the only good ring ding was sthe single pack, where you go one big one. quality gets cheaper as years go on.
R.J. - November 16, 2012 - Report this comment
In the late seventies, early '80s, Ring Dings were it. Its cool to see how many people have such good memories about this scrumptious treat!
Grotto - November 19, 2012 - Report this comment
There was a commercial in the early '60's. A couple of kids wearing triangular hats made out of newspaper walking/crawling through these huge tubes singing "Ring Ding! Ring Ding! Wish I had a Ring Ding!
mary roach - March 18, 2013 - Report this comment
Please please please bring back the DEVIL DOGS AND RING DINGS. I want the ones that HOSTESS MAKES. There are no other kind that taste like those are best. Please bring them back.
Danny B - April 06, 2013 - Report this comment
Go to Youtube and search: Classic Drake's Ring Ding TV Commercial The kid playing Dracula. Classic!
Rocky T - April 06, 2013 - Report this comment
Here's the link to that Ring Ding Commercial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NtQCDsQpguM
tony vecchione - June 25, 2013 - Report this comment
"ring ding , ring ding ,wish I had a ring ding ,Sam , whats a ring ding - " its a chocolate cake " yeah " and in the middle there's all frosting..... does anyone know where we get hear that commercial , NOW THATS OLD !!!!
Lou - July 15, 2013 - Report this comment
Originally 4 inches in diameter and no more than an inch thick. Came on a white square piece if card board and wrapped in cellophane. Bought them at the corner store for about 10 - 15 cents. Chocolate cake filled with REAL cream and covered in dark chocolate mmmmmmm-MM. Dang I miss those!!
Lou - July 15, 2013 - Report this comment
Oh yeah, almost forgot, They were made by Drakes Cakes, along with devil dogs and funny bones two more of my favorite among several more treats the company made. Again I REALLY REALLY miss them!!!
Les - September 27, 2013 - Report this comment
Does anyone remember drakes creme cups?they were like choc cupcakes but upside down with a thin coating of choc and cream inside,2 in a pack....
Al - March 03, 2014 - Report this comment
Anybody that knows Drakes Cakes especially the Ring Dings back in the day when they individually wrapped each one in foil. That's when they used mostly natural ingredients and the tasted great but now they taste horrible
michael - March 28, 2014 - Report this comment
I remember the creme cups but didn't remember their name. They were composed of the same stuff as ring dings but in a different shape.
Patrick - March 29, 2014 - Report this comment
Hostess no longer makes Drakes cakes. The Drakes cakes are made by McKee since the end of 2013. McKee also makes Little Debbies cakes. So far I have tried the new Ring Dings and Coffee Cakes. In my opinion they do not compare in taste and quality to the old cakes from Hostess. I never did like Little Debbies, and unfortunately it seems to me the McKees are making the Drakes cakes into another sub-standard cake line.

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