Long before Netflix and Hulu, lengthy commercial breaks were standard for TV, and to really get you to remember a company or product, many ads included catchy jingles and phrases. Take Nike for example: “Just do it.” These legendary adverts have made an imprint on American culture and created the most famous food and drink slogans of all time.
McDonald’s 2003 slogan “I’m lovin’ it” is one of the most widely recognized fast food phrases on Earth. The exact use for that oddly shaped McFlurry spoon, however, is still a gray area.
Here’s a tagline that needs little to no introduction: “America runs on Dunkin’.” The phrase has been synonymous with the chain’s coveted coffee drinks since its inception in 2006.
Some of the best fried chicken in the fast food game comes from Colonel Sanders’ KFC. The famous tagline, “Finger lickin’ good,” came to life in 1956.
Skittles is easily one of America’s favorite candies, and it’s slogan, “Taste the rainbow,” is recognized the world over.
If it wasn’t the slogan for Sour Patch Kids, “First they’re sour, then they’re sweet” might be a sign of toxic people to watch out for.
You likely know the “Oh yeah!” tagline for Kool-Aid because the Kool-Aid Man says it every time he bursts through a wall — but you probably didn’t know these 15 facts about the fruity drink.
Unlike these cereals that have gone to the big milk bowl in the sky, Frosted Flakes have stuck around. Why? Because they’re more than good. “They’re gr-r-reat.”
Lucky Charms made a name for themselves as one of the most iconic breakfast foods growing up because “they’re magically delicious.”
Burger King has many contributions to the most famous fast food offerings of all time, but if those aren’t your bag, don’t sweat it. BK just wants you to “have it your way.”
Clara Peller became an overnight sensation for this famous line in a 1984 Wendy’s commercial: “Where’s the beef?”
The California Milk Processor Board coined the catchphrase “Got milk?” to get more people to drink it. If you aren’t thirsty but you need to finish off a gallon, consider these recipes that use a lot of milk.
Long before it made its debut on Netflix as Eleven’s favorite food in “Stranger Things,” this freezer-aisle favorite’s slogan was equally as influential: “L’Eggo my Eggo!”
If you’ve found yourself saying “Yo quiero Taco Bell,” a lot lately, save a trip to the drive-thru with these fast food copycat recipes and “live mas.”
Subway’s tagline, “Eat fresh,” is pretty common knowledge. The sandwich chain has quite the history that you might not know about, though.
This longtime favorite snack food isn’t just deliciously cheesy — it’s also cordial. Goldfish is “the snack that smiles back.”
Here’s another retro food from your childhood: Trix. The tagline for both the brand of cereal and yogurt is: “Silly Rabbit, Trix are for kids.”
Sprite, which was first introduced in Europe under a different alias, coined the tagline, “Obey your thirst.”
Red Bull’s slogan, “Gives you wings,” was changed to “Gives you wiiings” after a consumer sued the company for false advertising. If you think that’s wild, get a load of the weirdest law in your state.
Oreo is “milk’s favorite cookie,” and it is, without a doubt, one of our favorite store-bought cookies too.
Folgers knows that coffee is an integral part of Americans’ mornings, so they created the catchphrase, “The best part of waking up is Folgers in your cup.”
In 1971, Coca-Cola filmed a commercial on a hilltop in the U.K., and the actors sang, “I’d Like to Buy the World a Coke” in unity. The lyrics featured an earlier tagline from the brand, “It’s the real thing.” Do you know what else was a real thing? The fact that this soda was originally an alcoholic drink.
Rice a Roni is called “the San Francisco treat” because the product and company have their origins there.
Chocolate lovers unite — and then “give me a break” and break me off a piece of that Kit Kat bar.
“What would you do for a Klondike Bar?” Would you drink 14.7 ounces of mustard through a tube in under 30 seconds?
Cheerios, which is marketed as being good for your heart, wants you to “Bee happy. Bee healthy.”
Maybe you’ve conquered how to chop an onion without crying, but what about that after-dinner breath? Mentos’ slogan, “the freshmaker,” might make you consider a mint.
“Sorry Charlie” is what different characters said in StarKist commercials whenever something went wrong. However, Charlie, the brand’s tuna fish mascot, said something else: “Tell ‘em Charlie sent you.”
Anyone who watched TV in the 2000s likely remembers the Fantanas, the spokesmodels who sang the catchy jingle, “Wanna Fanta? Don’t you wanna?” in ads for Fanta.
Fans of Popeyes’ famous fried chicken sandwich subscribe to the chain’s slogan, “Love that chicken from Popeyes.”
Can you believe Jell-O has been around for more than 100 years? The jiggly dessert’s catchphrase is, “There’s always room for Jell-O.”
One of the most popular candies for pretty much every holiday is M&M’s, which has the memorable slogan, “Melts in your mouth, not in your hand.”
In a 1970s commercial, two little boys are sitting around the breakfast table talking about Life cereal. They give it to a character named Mikey because “he hates everything.” Lo and behold, Mikey actually eats it and one of the kids exclaims, “He likes it! Hey, Mikey!,” giving birth to its slogan “Mikey likes it!”
Wheaties ads and packaging often feature professional athletes because this cereal is “the breakfast of champions.”
For many of us, a bowl of Cocoa Puffs is exactly what breakfast looked like the year we were born. And through the years, Sonny the Cuckoo Bird has not let up on the enthusiasm when he says, “I’m cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs!”
You might use this jam brand on sandwiches better than Mom used to make because “with a name like Smuckers, it has to be good.”
If you have a keen sense of smell, Toucan Sam says to “Follow your nose. It always knows” where to find Froot Loops.
Chili’s has one of the catchiest jingles of all time: “I want my baby back, baby back, baby back. I want my baby back, baby back, baby back … Chili’s Baby Back Ribs, Chili’s Baby Back Ribs — Barbecue Sauce.”
Kellogg’s Raisin Bran is famous for its slogan promising “two scoops” of raisins in every box. We have no idea how big a “scoop” is, but it sounds like a lot.
If a nice vegetarian dinner isn’t in the stars tonight, you might turn to Arby’s. This chain’s catchphrase is “we have the meats.”
Some caffeinated foods might give you a spurt of energy, but Monster will “unleash the beast.”
In 1977, Dr Pepper launched its “Be a Pepper” campaign — a “Pepper” being a person who loves Dr Pepper, not those super spicy things.
The National Pork Board’s slogan, “Pork: the other white meat,” tried to capitalize on how much people love chicken. That said, pork is a red meat, according to the USDA.
If you’re making coffee at home, you want it to be “Good to the last drop.” That’s the slogan for Maxwell House.
Cheetos’ Chester Cheetah has a couple of famous taglines including “Dangerously cheesy” and “It’s not easy being cheesy.”
Not only is “Snap! Crackle! Pop!” the longtime Rice Krispies slogan, but it also happens to feature the names of three of the most iconic food mascots of all time.
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