A Story That Will “Bowl” You Over…(LOL)


I’ve had this SpaghettiOs bowl since I was a college student at Central Michigan University in 1994. It’s still one of my most prized possessions. I saved up UPCs and mailed in a nominal amount of postage money and anxiously waited for my bowl to arrive in the mail. And waited. And waited. And waited. After what was probably about three months (I don’t know exactly how long), I managed to find a 800 number on a can of SpaghettiOs and called their customer service line. I wanted answers – where was my bowl, dammit? They told me that they had sent me the bowl, but it could have gotten damaged in transit. So I had no SpaghettiOs bowl. I asked them to please send me another bowl because I WANTED MY SPAGHETTIOS BOWL! They wound up sending me another bowl (duh, or I wouldn’t have a picture of it, as seen below, where it is sitting on top of our food dehydrator).


But the best part of the story is one of my college roommates at the time overheard this whole phone conversation I was having with a customer service rep from Campbell’s and said, “You raised that much of a fuss for a stupid SpaghettiOs bowl?” Well, yeah! This speaks volumes about my personality – one, I can be kind of goofy, and two, I can be RELENTLESS when I set my sights on something! Three, don’t take my money and not give me something in return! This bowl is perfect for so many things – salads, pasta dishes, and I guess…SpaghettiOs. Though I don’t think I’ve ever eaten SpaghettiOs from this bowl, ironically enough! My husband probably has (he is more into SpaghettiOs than I am). 

As for the icing on the cake? A few years ago, this bowl got a fraternal twin! When one is dirty, I have a back-up! My mother found a similar bowl at a local thrift shop where she volunteers (she’s retired, but this has basically become an unpaid part-time gig for her). Behold its twin (note, I do not own this photo)! Now, do we REALLY want to see the Campbell’s Kids competing in the Olympic Games? I know I do! 🙂


SpaghettiOs was introduced by Campbell’s under the Franco-American brand in 1965 and was marketed to parents as being “less messy than spaghetti.” Show of hands – how many of you parents reading this have fed this to your kids in the past couple of months? SpaghettiOs was created by Don Goerke, and its jingle was sung by Jimmie Rodgers – “The neat round spaghetti you can eat with a spoon…uh oh…Spaghettios!” The song was parody of Rodgers’ 1958 hit song Oh-Oh, I’m Falling In Love Again, which hit #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. SpaghettiOs has had its share of controversy over the years, but if you really want to know more, just click here

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