Food of the Seventies, Whistles,Bugles and Daisies

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Whistles-round hollow corn(?) flavored snack-Bugles cornucopia shaped corn flavored snack(only surviving snack- still around) Daisies-daisy shaped corn flavored snack all very salty! I think it was the eaarly 70's could have been the late 60's
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Kathy - March 28, 2008 - Report this comment
I believe there was also Buttons (pizza flavored) and Bows (same as Bugles except bow-shaped)
Rich - September 24, 2008 - Report this comment
I loved Whistles and Daisies as a kid('70's). Surprisingly, the one I didn't care for that much, Bugles, is still available. Anyone have some slightly stale, or moldy, W's or D's that they would like to trade for some e85 flex fuel??
Richard - November 21, 2008 - Report this comment
Whistles were cheese flavor (like hollow cheetohs). The company said these were the first munchy snacks shaped like a discernable object. At one point, all three were gone. Bugles returned to the market in recent year.
Joel - November 30, 2008 - Report this comment
I was born in 1955 and I very distinctly remember eating all three of these products in my early elementary school days. I remember my great aunt coming to babysit me one week when my parents were off on a conference. Thinking Daisies, Whistles and Bugles were all cereal, she made me eat them every morning with milk and sugar!!
Cheryl - August 11, 2009 - Report this comment
I loved Whistles as a kid. I used to put one on each finger and (kind of like what some people do with olives) and ate them. I wish they would bring them back. They were the best.
Bob - October 26, 2009 - Report this comment
Whistles were my favorite; they tasted like grilled cheese, nothing like them since. The pizza snacks were called "Pizza Spins".
Carol - October 29, 2009 - Report this comment
I agree w/Cheryl & Bob. I loved Whistles. They had the best cheese flavor (even better than Cheetos). Please bring them back!
Sue - December 17, 2009 - Report this comment
I loved Whistles also. Will they bring them back again? How does a person get ahold of the company?
Alan - June 10, 2010 - Report this comment
Whistles were my favorite daisies were ok and I really didn't like bugles. As a kid in the 60s I ate way too many of them. I would love to have them come back. Until then I have gotten used to bugles.
gerry - July 24, 2010 - Report this comment
I loved whistles and daisys too, the bugles are back but what happened to the other two. the bugles are flat now , as a kid we put them on all 8 fingers and 2 thumbs to pretend they were witches claws.and we ate them one by one.
Kerry - September 20, 2010 - Report this comment
I was born in 1955 too, and I remember these snacks in the mid 60s. I recall putting a Daisy on the end of my tongue and the air bubbles popping on them. Made my tongue tingle. Kinda like Munchos does today!
Judith - December 28, 2010 - Report this comment
I was born in 1954---my memory is of the mid-to-late 60's----my favorite was Bugles----I thought the daisy was rather bland--agree with Kerry--remind me of Munchos---liked Whistles,too--
JW - March 28, 2011 - Report this comment
I remember them, too. Daisy snacks were touted as tasting like pop overs. Loved whistles. Bugles were okay but greasy, I thought.
Jeff - June 03, 2011 - Report this comment
Now I know for sure that I wasn't imagining that Whistles were for real,and the best by far! was beginning to think my mind was playing tricks
Beth - June 30, 2011 - Report this comment
THANK YOU! I was trying to recall the third of the great snack tritych: Whistles! I remember Daises and Bugles from the late 60s...and also Buttons and Bows. How about Great Shakes, 1-2-3 Jello and Jiffy Pop?
Susan - December 17, 2011 - Report this comment
The way I remember it, Bugles, Flings and Corkscrews (or something close to that) came out at the same time in the 60s. They came in boxes (like ceral boxes) and the package inside was foil. Flings were a tasty cheese curl -- my favorite. The little corkscrews were similar to Fritos and were good for dipping. Bugles were Bugles. My favorite way to eat them was to get a can of processed cheese and squirt each little horn full of cheese and then eat it. Yum!
Karen - January 17, 2012 - Report this comment
Whistles were the best by far. I was born in 56 and remember them well. Loved the cheese flavor. I too wish they would bring them back!!!
tg - February 16, 2012 - Report this comment
whistles had the flavor of cheesballs if i recall. i liked them better than bugles.
Carrie - February 28, 2012 - Report this comment
I loved, in this order, Daisies, Pizza Spins and Whistles. I didn't eat Bugles then, and I only do now when I'm missing Daisies, Pizza Spins and Whistles. ;)
Rob Lambert - March 16, 2012 - Report this comment
Ah, yes! The General Mills trio of salty snacks. While BUGLES, WHISTLES and DAISIES differed in appearance, they all tasted about the same. These were like the sixties version of South Park's Cheesy Poofs. First appearing early in 1966, one would see these snacks advertised on TV shows such as Please Don't Eat the DAISIES, Dark Shadows, Where The Action Is (Dick Clark), among others.
BRIAN ANDERSON - March 17, 2012 - Report this comment
Rob Lambert - April 29, 2012 - Report this comment
Charles doesn't have a page for this item, but I figured it's worth mentioning since it's related to WHISTLES, BUGLES and PIZZA SPINS. In early 1967, General Mills added two salty-cheesy snacks to its lineup: BOWS and BUTTONS. I have no TV ads for these, but I found an ad in LIFE magazine.
Chuck Polglase - May 26, 2012 - Report this comment
Bugles, Whistles, and Daisies came out in 1966 I was thinking in the back of my mind that more were added later but wasn't sure until I read these comments- BUTTONS AND BOWS! lol I had forgotten all about Buttons and Bows.
Beth - June 10, 2012 - Report this comment
whistles were the best. I wish they still made them
Stacy - September 16, 2012 - Report this comment you know how long I've been trying to describe Whistles?? No one knew what I was talking about I'd forgotten the name!! Best cheese curl EVER!
Margie - July 27, 2013 - Report this comment
I loved Whistles but I don't remember Daisies :( My husband says Bugles make him want to puke! Does anyone remember Noodles Romanoff? And my favorite was Cheese Frenchies at Kings Restaurants-loved it!
BRIAN ANDERSON - February 04, 2014 - Report this comment
dan - July 13, 2014 - Report this comment
Freakin Whistles were the best dang corn cheese snack ever nothing even comes close. Those suckers the CHEESEIEST ever crunchy snacks. No bout adoubt it!!* bring them back
Norman - October 15, 2014 - Report this comment
Whistles were by far my favorite snack. I ate boxes of that stuff. I never stopped looking for them even tho I could never find them. So one day in June, 1983 I went on a fishing trip to Canada and we stopped at a grocery store in Thunder Bay and there they were....Whistles! I couldn't believe it. I bought out the store's supply but have never found them since.
Norman - October 15, 2014 - Report this comment
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Zombie Spock - November 22, 2014 - Report this comment
I loved whistles, daisies and bugles..daisies were my faves. I also remember spacefood sticks (astronaut food), fizzies and drink mixes called rootin tootin raspberry, choo choo cherry. It was also a time when there were no food stamps and people went to pick up commodities once a month. DECADES before commodity cheese. And we got our Dairy Queen from the Dilly wagon which was driven around town...Just like the ice cream men now...but not as good.
Doug from Rochester - November 29, 2014 - Report this comment
So happy to read these notes about whisltes. Those of us born in the 50's and early 60's were fortunately to have them for a few years. I wonder why they quit making them. Bugles survived but they were my least favorite.
Rob Lambert - November 29, 2014 - Report this comment
It was simply a case of the novelty wearing thin. All of these snacks were made of corn, with minor flavor variations. Buttons and Bows were gone by 1969. Daisies, really a subtle Vietnam-peace thing, disappeared in 1971. Whistles survived until 1973. Bugles, over the years, came, went and came again, still available.
Sibbie Elmore - January 06, 2015 - Report this comment
I loved all three & wish they would bring back the Daisies & Whistles.
ken - January 13, 2015 - Report this comment
i was born in 1968 and usf to love pizza spins! whistles and daisies im not familiar with bugles obviously ive had enough of to last me the rest of my life! wish general mills would bring back pizza spins!
Sue - January 19, 2015 - Report this comment
I loved Whistles!! I sure wish General Mills would bring them back!
pat - January 23, 2015 - Report this comment
I was born in 1956 and I remember all three! Whistles were my favorite, then Daisies. I liked Bugles the list but I do remember putting them on the tips of my fingers and going after my twin sister with them. I had forgotten about Pizza Spins until I saw them mentioned here, also Jello 1-2-3.
michelle - January 27, 2015 - Report this comment
Does anyone remember cheese whilikers? My kids and I liked to eat bugle whilst watching Harry Potter because they look like the sorting hat. :)
Carole - April 09, 2015 - Report this comment
I so remember Daisys and Whistle's and Bows! They were all so good! Every time I see Bugles I think of the other snacks and wish they all were still around. I was born 1961 and having those snacks around was such a treat. Why were they discontinued?
CORNIE - April 17, 2015 - Report this comment
Elissa - June 02, 2015 - Report this comment
PLEASE bring back the Whistles! They were the greatest snack of the 70's. Bugles are still here why can't we have WHISTLES?
Kate - July 06, 2015 - Report this comment
Loved whistles, I am glad other people remember. If they still make bugels why cant they make whistles?
Rob Lambert - July 06, 2015 - Report this comment
Found a one-minute TV commercial block for Whistles and Bugles from the "Flintstones" cartoon show (4/8/66, ABC). These were "historical flashback" ads picturing the "invention" of Whistles (1853) and Bugles (1933, all fiction of course).
Catherine Plunkett - July 08, 2015 - Report this comment
Bring back Whistles!!
Rob Lambert - July 09, 2015 - Report this comment
Found another General Mills TV commercial block from the "Flintstones" cartoon show (5/27/66, ABC). This one has Daisys (another "historical flashback" about the 1934 invention of the corn chip) and Cheerios with Bullwinkle. Slogan for all three G.M. snacks: Suddenly, things are looking in great shape!
Rob Lambert - July 20, 2015 - Report this comment
Found two more Bugles TV commercials, both animated cartoons. First, one that re-enacts Custer's last stand (this would be unacceptable today). As the cavalry and American Indians start fighting, a bugler boy offers both sides Bugles snacks. This ends the fighting. Aired on the "Monkees" show (3/4/68, NBC). Second commercial features two kids, around eight years old. A girl tries to get a boy's attention with a bag of Bugles. The boy wants the Bugles, but not the girl. The girl pushes him off the stool they were sharing. She finishes the Bugles herself. Did not see this on TV before.
Rob Lambert - August 04, 2015 - Report this comment
Some stores now have Bugles in retro/50 year anniversary bags with much of the art detail from original 1966 boxes. Remind General Mills that we're also approaching the 50 year anniversary of Whistles and Pizza Spins (daisys came in mid-1966).
Becky - September 25, 2015 - Report this comment
I loved the whistles, best cheese flavor ever ! Wish they made them today. Used to eat whistles and drink orange crush !!!
German - February 27, 2016 - Report this comment
I also loved whistles, daisies and still love bulges. Has anyone ever heard about the snack food called Flings, they were like a cheese puff, came in ham and cheese flavors.
Koro - April 11, 2016 - Report this comment
Until I read this, I thought I was the only ine who thought whistles were better than bugles; or Cheetos for that matter. I would buy them in an instant if they were available again.
Sandra bellomy - April 29, 2016 - Report this comment
I couldn't remember the third snack, whistles. I guess it didn't make a big impression. Daisies were my favorite and bugles next. In the 70's I used to buy cheese waffle snacks made by Tom's. They had a powdery cheese spread between two cheese waffle rounds. They were about the size of an Oreo (only flatter) and had a great cheesy flavor. Wish I could find some.
rick - July 06, 2016 - Report this comment
I have been trying like others for years to remember the 3rd snack...whistles! I really loved daisies myself and would run to the store now if you told me they were back! thanks for the memories
John Ferguson - October 29, 2016 - Report this comment
Whistles had such a good cheese flavour. Flings, as I recall were a potatoe snack that were formed and chris, designed for dipping. I also thought that Whistles and Flings were a Christie product, but that was like, 50 years ago! Great snacks!! I barely remember Cheese Wilickers Please bring them back!
Dawn Backos - February 28, 2017 - Report this comment
Whistles were my all time favorite, I still look in the store with hopes they come back with them. We need to gang up on General Mills to bring them back!!!! Do no like Bugles
Jeanne Wardwell - April 23, 2017 - Report this comment
I remember all three. I was in college when they came out. I did like Bugles the best, and I'm glad they came back, but somehow they're not quite the same. The ones I miss are Daisys, whose taste was a little different, I can't describe it. I would like to see them and Whistles come back. Oh, and I remember Cheese Waffies too; sometimes they can still be found, but one of the big corporations has them now.
Gary - December 28, 2017 - Report this comment
I have found a near likeness to General Mills 'Whistle's '. Tom's Snacks has 'Nacho Rings'. Very similar.
Rob Lambert - November 18, 2018 - Report this comment
From the prime time TV vault, an ad for whistles and Bugles with a teenage party. Usual story: Party's going stale UNTIL Mom brings Whistles and Bugles. This aired on "Lost In Space" over CBS (1/11/67). In original network form, "Lost In Space" had loyal sponsors all three seasons. General Mills, Pepsi, Hi-C and others. A nutty episode with Penny Robinson befriending a female dragon-like alien being pursued by a bumbling knight with a lance. Also found a 1966 commercial from Canada for snack counterparts from General Mills. Wheels, Flutes and Crowns. Jim Henson's Muppets are used, and some were later seen on "Sesame Street."
Ruthie Rainbow - December 02, 2018 - Report this comment
I came here from the Wheels, Flutes and Crowns commercial made back in the 60's (and had Muppets in it. Also, don't get me started on Sesame Street)...I've had Bugles before, and they tasted good. I wish they would bring Whistles and Daisies back, though. I heard the whistles themselves had a cheese flavor, and I want to try those myself one day. I'm curious to know about the flavor Daisies have...
Rob Lambert - December 03, 2018 - Report this comment
Ruth: Daisys snacks were shaped like a daisy, flavored like a popover, only crunchy. This also had hints of sunflower seed taste, not that sunflower seeds had much flavor. Also, a minimum of salt. General Mills stopped making Daisys in 1970, and Whistles ended around 1972. Info on how long the Canadian counterparts lasted unavailable.

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