Food of the Seventies, Spoon Candy And Hamdingers

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Spoon Candy: Pudding/ice-cream that you mixed together and froze, after topping with a chocolate sauce. Hamdingers: hamburger patties made from ham instead of beef. (Might have been a Milwaukee, WI only product though.) (Ahh, Wacky Packages!)
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Lindee - October 12, 2007 - Report this comment
My mom bought Hamdingers in the 70s. She served them with eggs at breakfast on a camping trip. I'm pretty sure they were a Milwaukee(WI) product only. They came in a can (slices) and you fried them. I still remember part of the commcerial jingle: Hamdingers, Hamdingers Hamburgers made from ham I also loved Jello Spoon Candy wish they would bring it back even for a limited time.
Robb - February 22, 2008 - Report this comment
I'm from central IL but now in TX. We had hamdingers at our elementary school for most of my childhood and I have searching for them for the last few years. They seem to have just vanished from the fac of the earth! Anyone know where to find them?
Jay - May 16, 2008 - Report this comment
We had "hamdingers" in New Jersey too. I was young but I think that there was waxed paper in between slices? I loved these in a frying pan on white bread. Why is there no info on the web about them?
Tim - August 31, 2008 - Report this comment
"Why is there no info on the web about them," Jay asks? Because everyone who ate them is dead.
Betsy - October 05, 2008 - Report this comment
"Hamdingers, hamburgers made from ham. Hamdingers, ham patties, are the best hamburgers you've ever had....hamdingers!" That's the jingle. A woman from Oconomowoc, WI was in the commercial. Mid-1970's.
RJ - October 07, 2008 - Report this comment
I have looked everywhere to find Hamdingers and its as if they never existed. They served them at my grade school cafetaria back in the 70'-80's. If anyone can find them, PLEASE let me know!
Noelle - October 10, 2008 - Report this comment
I would love them to bring back Spoon Candy. It is my favorite thing from my childhood. I have been talking about it for years to friends and family. They don't know what it is and look at me like I am from another planet... well I am I grew up in Las Vegas and now I am in Spokane, WA.
Scott - November 04, 2008 - Report this comment
Man I loved Spoon Candy. I was so disappointed when the Jewel store my mom shopped at stopped carrying it. They had an awesome butterscotch with chocolate topping one.
Linda - December 11, 2008 - Report this comment
We had hamdingers in NJ and yes there was was paper between each one. They were served at dinner time on buns or in the morning with eggs it was affordable food when money was tight they should bring them back with this economy, I'd by them my husband even asks for them!
Heidi - January 29, 2009 - Report this comment
My mother was telling me about this candy she use to get at a drug-store when she was little the year was 1946-1950, she thinks. The candy came in a soda cap and it had a little metal spoon you ate it with, she doesn't remember what it was called. I tried looking it up but noone has a real name for it the ony thing I can find is 'spoon candy' but I don't think it was a pudding. If anyone can find out any information please leave the information here. Thank you. '
Dennis - February 11, 2009 - Report this comment
>> If anyone can find them, PLEASE let me know.
Mike - August 10, 2009 - Report this comment
I was in college in Oshkosh, WI from 79-83 and Hamdingers was one of my meals I could make that was easy, cheap and yes, pretty good. We did not have the selection of frozen foods like they do now so it was better then mac and cheese all the time.
Sara - September 14, 2009 - Report this comment
We took my kids camping this summer and I wanted hamdingers because we always had them for breakfast with eggs when I was a kid. I found them in the canned ham section of my grocery store. They were in a round black can with the paper in between each patty, I think made by hormel, but still tasted the same!
Steve - November 02, 2009 - Report this comment
Does anyone remember the rest of the jingle? Hamdingers... Hamdingers... hamburgers made with ham... da da da?... dum diddy dada?... just heat em up in a frying pan!
Janet - November 11, 2009 - Report this comment
I was starting to think that spoon candy didnt exist. I LOVED it as a kid... but nobody else seemed to even remember it!!! I am so glad there are others out there that remember it--was starting to think I imagined it...
mike - January 02, 2010 - Report this comment
Hamdingers were made by the Patrick Cudahy company of Cudahy, WI, (suburban Milwaukee). My uncle Joe was a sales manager for the company, so we had a seemingly limitless supply of the firm's pork products at home and I have consumed vast quantities of the legendary Hamdingers. They were actually pretty tasty. They came in a can of six, with a sheet of wax paper in between each patty. They did have perhaps the most insipid commercial ever produced. It featured a family doing a kick-step dance in their kitchen and singing the now infamous jingle..."Hamdingers, Hamdingers, hamburgers made from ham, Hamdingers, Hamdingers just cook 'em up in a frying pan". Urban legend has it, (although most likely untrue), the the kid in the ad suffered so much abuse from schoolmates as a result of his appearance in the commercial that he committed suicide.
Stephen - January 24, 2010 - Report this comment
I use to have hamdingers at my grandparents in the Pittsburgh area when I was a kid (70s). I loved them wish I could find them.
JohnD - March 08, 2010 - Report this comment
We used to eat Hamdingers frequently in California in the 80s and early 90s. I have not seen them for quite sometime, but think of them every so often. Maybe we learned of them from Wisconsin, since my Mom was from there, but we'd buy them at Vons in LA, and they became a favorite of all who came over. My Mom would fry them up and put them on an onion bun with some thin sliced sweet pickles, thin sliced onions and a white cheese of some sort.. awesome! Wish i could have seen the commercial!
android - July 13, 2010 - Report this comment
I loved Hamdingers!! They came out at the same time as MacDonald's Egg McMuffins and my dad would make his version at home with Hamdingers. Back then no one knew what Canadian Bacon was, so hamdingers were a good substitute.
snookiemil - November 30, 2010 - Report this comment
I loved some hamdingers...I think I tried to eat them all time. They came in a tin can and I think you needed the tin key from the bottom of the can to open it up..what memories!
TimW - January 30, 2011 - Report this comment
Hamdingers were a staple in my small Milwaukee home with 4 teens eating the parents out of house and home. We used to fry them up with a pineapple slice on a hamburger bun. We used the "sandwich spread" on it (an orange/brownish color almost like thousand island dressing).
Hamdingers Kid - May 02, 2011 - Report this comment
I went to school with the kid from the Hamdingers commercial. His name was John Eimermann. No, he didn't commit suicide (at least not until I graduated high school and moved away). Wish the commercial was on Youtube!
BlueMerle - November 05, 2011 - Report this comment
Little Johnny Eimerman? Wasn't he was also the kid that was in a low budget movie filmed in Northern Wisconsin late in the late 1970's called "The Capture of Bigfoot"? I wonder if that's why Elvira was eating Hamdingers while she panned the movie when she featured it on her show one week!
yo - December 06, 2011 - Report this comment of the gods!!!!
PaBadger - June 10, 2012 - Report this comment
Truly the worst commercial on television. It is a shame that it isn't on YouTube. I wonder if the Partridge Family "Bedknobs & Drumsticks" was inspired by it.
peneve - November 15, 2012 - Report this comment
I loved spoon candy, how would one go about getting jello to market it again? My children also loved it....what kid wouldn't. I'd give my right arm to have it marketed again...yes it was that good.
Lori - January 02, 2013 - Report this comment
I thought spoon candy had 3 layers. A thick bottom, mousse-type middle and then the candy shell on top?
johnnyswife - February 05, 2013 - Report this comment
That was my husband in those hamdinger commercials. No, he didn't commit suicide!! And yes, he was also in The Capture of Bigfoot. We have copies on VHS of the bigfoot movie but no tapes or recordings of the Hamdinger commercial. I would love to have one as I remember the commercial from my own childhood.
ya sure dere hey - September 26, 2013 - Report this comment
We did change the lyrics a bit, from '...just heat 'em up in a frying pan...' to '...just throw them out in the garbage can...'
Beth - September 26, 2017 - Report this comment
Hamdingers were available on the west coast, at least in Wa state. My grandmother used to have several cans on them in her camper for breakfasts with scrambled eggs.

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