Throwback Thursday: Pepperidge Farm Remembers

Recently my social media friend Starmama posted a factoid about the history of German chocolate cake. Turns out there’s no real connection to Germany; it was simply a cake made using German’s chocolate.

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German comes from the inventor of the sweetened chocolate, Samuel German. What started out as a cake recipe titled “German’s chocolate cake” ended up being called German chocolate cake. I kinda want to start calling it by that original name again, but I suspect I would be alone in doing so, and all these people would correct me, then I’d get mad and go all Cliff Clavin on them, which no one likes.

This revelation reminded me of all the times Momcat bought Pepperidge Farm German chocolate cake in the frozen desserts section of the store. It was the go-to cake for several years in the late ’70s and early ’80s for my family, whether it was a birthday celebration or other special occasion. As a kid I liked the coconut-pecan frosting; it was decadently sweet but also had texture. Eventually we reached critical mass and became sick of the cake and its cloying sweetness. (We moved on to Sara Lee chocolate mousse, another decadent frozen dessert which changed recipes long ago. We loved our sweets.)

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Remembering all those German chocolate cakes got me remembering those Pepperidge Farm ads from the ’70s and ’80s with the “Pepperidge Farm remembers” tagline. I can still hear the New England-esque accent of the actor in the ad…and now you can, too!

What favorite treats do you remember from childhood?

Throwback Thursday: Permed Hair & Cybill Shepherd

For the last week, I have been watching “Cybill” on Hulu. This mid-90s sitcom starred a post-Moonlighting Cybill Shepherd, and was similar to the British sitcom “Absolutely Fabulous” in that the two lead female characters were best friends who drank a lot and got into crazy escapades. Momcat loved this show back in the day and often referred to Cybill as “Cyb-Cyb.” Not sure why, but Momcat did love silly nicknames.

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The cast of “Cybill.”

Some of the writing is quite good, yet there are some plot lines that really are tiresome, such as younger daughter Zoe’s (Alicia Witt) constant cynicism and BFF Marianne’s (Christine Baranski) obsession with Cybill’s ex-husband Ira (Alan Rosenberg). I do love all the cameos, like Tony Bennett, Phyllis Diller, Tim Conway, just to name a few. Cybill seems to enjoy all the people who guest star on her show, and they seem to be enjoying themselves, too. I also really like Cybill’s singing – Christine’s great, too – and the two women are very believable as besties.

I know the point of Throwback Thursday is to share a picture of oneself and a story. Right now my story is that I miss my mom and watching “Cybill” makes me not miss her as much. As for a photo, here’s one of me circa 1993, permed hair and all. (My plan was to post a photo from mid 90’s, when the show was on the air, but I couldn’t find the one I wanted.)


Throwback Thursday: Slouch Socks

Last night I was lying on the couch and “slouch socks” popped into my head. All my fellow Generation X’ers should remember these: socks that were designed to be pushed down around the ankle and bottom of the calf. The cool kids who didn’t care whether or not their feet got too hot would wear more than one pair of slouch socks so they could be all color coordinated.

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Like, totally awesome slouch socks. Photo courtesy

Back in the day I had a few pairs of slouch socks. I can’t remember all of the colors I had, but I seem to recall a peach-colored pair and a pale mint green pair. These coordinated with two shirts I had, which I wore with acid washed or stonewashed jeans, of course. I was so rad.

I'm the white girl with her eyes closed in the back. You can kinda see my slouch socks.
I’m the white girl with her eyes closed in the back. You can kinda see my slouch socks.