H.R. Pufnstuf Cookie

H.R. Pufnstuf Cookie

This marvelous H.R. Pufnstuf Cookie was made by Hey Sweet Cakes. It features H.R. Pufnstuf holding Freddy the flute. If Freddy is around, I’m guessing Witchiepoo is somewhere nearby.

When I was little, Saturday morning was a time for cartoons. Sid and Marty Krofft, the creators of H.R. Pufnstuf, changed that forever. They were puppeteers who were hired by Hanna-Barbera to design the characters and sets for the beloved TV show Banana Splits.

The Banana Splits was a ground breaking kids show that mixed kids, people in costumes, muppets and cartoons. This may not sound innovate these days, but you’ve got to put the show into context. The Banana Splits actually predates the greatest kids show ever made, Sesame Street, by a few months.  I loved The Banana Splits as a kid. I last saw the Fleegle, Bingo, Drooper and Snorky in the late 60s or early 70s, but I can still sing every word of their catchy theme song, The Tra La La Song ( also known as One Banana, Two Banana).

The success of the Banana Splits enabled Sid and Marty Krofft to create their own company which specialized in classic Saturday morning TV shows that featured kids interacting in a world filled with elaborate costumes, sets, and muppets.

In addition to H.R. Pufnstuf, they worked a bunch of TV series including the amazing Land of the Lost (a weekly serial that mixed dinosaurs and science fiction), Sigmund and the Sea Monsters, Far Out Space Nuts (with Bob Denver (aka Gilligan) – “I said Lunch, not Launch”.), Electra Woman and Dyna Girl, and Pryor’s Place. They also worked on popular variety shows like Donny & Marie, The Brady Bunch Hour, and Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters.

H.R. Pufnstuf is special because it was the first series that Sid and Marty Krofft made after they left Hanna-Barbera and unlike The Banana Splits, there was no cartoon segments in the show. The whole series took place in the magical world that Kroffts created. The series had four main characters – Jimmy a little boy, Jimmy’s talking flute – Freddy, H.R. Pufnstuf (who was the Mayor of the island) and Witchiepoo. Many of the plots involved Witchiepoo trying to steal Freddy the flute. When it was first broadcast there was nothing else like it on TV and because of this it is still remembered fondly by many people including me.

Grape Ape Cookie

Grape Ape Cookie

This marvelous Grape Ape Cookie was made byCookie Crush By Roni. This cookie brings a big smile to my face. I used to watch The Great Grape Ape show when I was a kid and hadn’t thought about the character in years.

This great cookie features Beegle Beagle driving his van. The Grape Ape, who is a giant purple gorilla with a green vest, hat, and bowtie, is hunched down and riding on top of the van.

The last time I saw the Great Grape Ape Show was in reruns on Cartoon Network in the late 80s or early 90s. So for this post, I had to check out Wikipedia to make sure I had my names and facts correct. There were two things I completely forgotten about.

First, when the Great Grape Ape show premiered, it was originally the Tom and Jerry / Grape Ape Show. After that it was the Tom and Jerry / Grape Ape / Mumbly Show. It wasn’t until 1978 that it became the Great Grape Ape Show. As I’ve mentioned in the past, I’m a fan of Tom and Jerry, so I’m surprise that I don’t associate the two series with each other.

Second, the Grape Ape also appeared as a member of “The Yogi Yahooeys” team on Scooby’s All-Star Laff-A-Lympics / Scooby’s All-Stars. (I can’t believe that this is the 2nd time this month I’ve mentioned The Yogi Yahooeys.) Hanna-Barbera made my favorite cartoons as a kid. I always enjoyed shows like Laff-A-Lympics because they used characters from a bunch of cartoon series. 

 

Yogi Bear Cookies

Yogi Bear Cookies

These Yogi Bear Cookies feature Yogi Bear, Boo-Boo, and Cindy Bear from Jellystone Park.

This wonderful cookies were made by Oma Yaya

These cookies are perfect for any fully stocked pic-a-nic basket. These would also be a perfect gift for someone you know who is smarter than the average bear.

When I was a kid, Hanna-Barbera cartoons were my favorites. I loved the Flintstones, Jetsons, Scooby-Doo  and their various Saturday morning cartoons. Yogi Bear was extremely popular on Saturday morning. How popular was he? On Laff-A-Lypics, he had has own team –  The Yogi Yahooeys. What was really odd about Yogi’s popularity was that the one place you rarely ever saw Yogi was in his own cartoons.

When our kids were born, I purchased boxed sets of the Huckleberry Hound and Yogi Bear series and we watched them all the time. Yogi’s cartoons are wonderful and I wish I’d seen more of them as a kid. I really enjoy his rivalry with Ranger Smith and his interactions with Boo-Boo and Cindy Bear.

I really enjoyed watching the Broadway musical Hamilton when it was released on Disney Plus.  

These cookies are nice because they are all in a tan brown of old style paper. They have some of the key quotes from the musical done in a nice stylized format.

Some of the cookies look like a parchment scroll and others look like a silhouette with words on top.

Others have a musical score in the background with the Hamilton logo on top.

The main cookie has a quote by Hamilton and the Hamilton logo.

The logos stand out against the parchment colored cookies.

These wonderful cookies were made by Cajun Home Sweets

Also check out these other Hamilton sweets.

Sculpted Hamilton Cake

Sculpted Hamilton Kermit Cake

Portrait of Hamilton Cookies