In 1967, the Hostess company introduced Ding-Dongs to North America.
A small round chocolate cake filled with a sweet creamy white center.
Like thousands and millions of other American teenagers, I acquired a fondness for them. Perhaps not an outright addiction, but I ate my fair share.
But Ding-Dongs have existed before their sweet junkfood iteration in popular culture in many forms.
A Ding-Dong is a slang term for a moron, an idiot, someone who ain’t the brightest bulb in the chandelier.
It’s also the sound made by a doorbell…
As well as a vulgar synonym for a portion of the male anatomy which you can imagine.
It’s inspired storytellers in many different media, including Comic Books and Graphic Novels…
And though ‘Ding-Dong’ is traditionally associated not only with the sound of bells but often with Holiday or Christmas-y lyrics, it’s also inspired other, more tongue-in-cheek interpretations, including this classic porcine version –
For the more traditionally inclined, there is a Ding Dong version of an apocryphal saying often attributed to the British Royals –
And last but not least, no true appreciator or partisan or student of Ding-Dongology will want to miss some of the classic early advertising efforts that Hostess put forth, back in 1967, which seem both twistedly funny and almost prescient in our New Millenium –
As I write these words, it’s a cold snowy winter here in my home in Talent, in Southern Oregon….but I’ve got Ding-Dongs on the brain. And so to all – may your Ding Dongs ring forth….and do whatever else you expect of them as we near the end of 2013.