Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Fritos Party Games '60

Bust open the corn chips while also busting out the corny party games, this helpful booklet found FREE in packages of Fritos in 1960, and hosted by Art Linkletter, was a sure fire way to get that shin-dig hoppin'! Whose games are more hilariously popular with your guests-- Bob Hope's? Perry Como's? Amos and Andy's? I'm guessin' Ernie Kovacs'. You'll just have to try them out and see... and whatever you do, don't forget all those delicious recipes featuring the main ingredient that goes great with anything-- FRITOS! Lovely design and cute illustrations highlight this booklet.


Mr. Karswell said...

FYI: Still working on a larger post I had planned here for today, it'll be coming up next, featuring comics, gags, and girls girls girls!

Crafty C said...

OMG a party where the guests get punished by being made to do the dishes for not winning the game!!! wtf!

it amazes me that the beverages they suggest with the salty snacks is hot coffee or tea. it's like in old movies when a guy orders a hamburger and coffee. i'm always simultaneously intrigued and aghast.

i totally love how they use crushed fritos in the recipes! esp the sweet/salty Fritos Chocolate Cruchies. way ahead of it's time! i totally want to make some of these dips!

oh and cover is amazing! it's funny cause i'm doing a post today with a similar theme - and it's not fritos.

Crafty C said...

oh - i just reread the foreign country game rules and it's the cheaters who wash the dishes. not the losers. ok - i feel better now. but i still don't want to play the game. i'll just be over by the food table.

Mr. Cavin said...

Yeah man, that first image is killer. I love art featuring soxers reimagined by the Greatest Generation. That is the best! I also love how the Fritos bag is constructed just like fast food uniform hats. I guess they were probably paper back then, too? Hard to believe that our oily modern Fritos wouldn't soak right through a paper bag.

veg-o-matic said...

I'm totally making a batch of Fritos Chocolate Crunchies.

Mr. Karswell said...

I definitely want to hear from anyone who makes any of these recipes! So far all I've ever Frito'd has been my chili, but this may change over the coming weekend-- all of this stuff sounds yummy!

Also: anyone old enough to remember The Frito Kid (pictured on the Party Etiquette page?) I only remember the Frito Bandito who was kick ass.

Anonymous said...

Perry Como looks alot like George Bush.
I just lost my appetite.

Mr. Karswell said...

ha! And was Mitch Miller a satanist?

Mr. Karswell said...

Crafty Pants Carol sent this link over for all you Dorito fans out there too:


Re-inventing the Rice Krispie treat!

Crafty C said...


you know, fritos would actually be good in the rice krispy treats too!

i got some fritos yesterday so Fritos Chocolate Crunchies will be coming up sometime soon!

KL from NYC said...

Did anyone notice that most of the stars are identified as having network "radio" programs?
Network radio was almost completely dead by the mid-1950s due to TV (music & radio DJs were taking over the radio airwaves). And except for Bob & Ray (and possibly the newscaster who I've never heard of), all of these celebrities were well established on TV by the 1950s.
Mitch Miller's fluke hit "Sing Along With Mitch" was released in 1958-1959 and led to his popular (not with me) TV show of the same name.

BTW, Even though he looks like Anton LaVey at the height of his Church of Satan fame, Mitch Miller wasn't a satanist (or he would have gotten rid of rock & roll with a vengeance -- he hated it). He cultivated "the beatnik look" that was prevalent in jazz circles and Greenwich Village -- there were artists, professors, musicians, etc. all over the place looking like that.
What's interesting is that he was a classical musician who created the successful pop division at Mercury Records, and then headed the pop division at Columbia (no actual rock & roll on Columbia until he stepped down in the early-60s). You'll also find him credited as the orchestra arranger-conductor on lots and lots of those little yellow Golden Records for kids.

KL from NYC said...

About the packaging:
I remember late-1950s snacks packaged in waxy-paper bags, and Wise potato chips in flimsy cellophane bags -- I wasn't even school age yet.
But I don't remember anything about Fritos until the 1960s and the Frito Bandito commercials. I think the bag was some type of plastic-coated paper.

Mr. Karswell said...

Yep, 1960 it says right there at the bottom of Art's introduction.

I was joking about Mitch being a satanist.

KL from NYC said...

I knew you were joking.
Just thought I'd mention some things about Mr. Miller.
Interesting guy, but I don't think I would have gotten along with him.

Crafty C said...

ok! i made the Fritos Chocolate Crunchies and they are way freaking good! here's my post about it. but seriously everybody should go make these. they are really good. and don't forget to buy a gallon of milk before you do!!