The Alphagetti Gobbler

rewindYesterday Michelle was Wonder Woman and James was Spider-Man. They asked me to be the Green Goblin. Somehow, at that precise moment, "goblin" sounded like "gobbler" and I blurted out something I hadn't thought about in at least a couple of decades. I told them I was the Alphagetti Gobbler.

I remember these ads for Alphagetti, or is it Alpha Getti, Alphaghetti or perhaps Alpha-Ghetti? A kid would say to this flying spaghetti monster-like creature "You're the Alphagetti Gobbler!" I went to YouTube in the hopes I'd be able to see the Alphagetti Gobbler but came up empty. Googling this creature from my youth didn't help either.

Taryn remembers the ads, but I'm wondering if this was just a Canadian thing or perhaps even more localized than that. Do you remember the Alphagetti Gobbler?


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Rod Ford

Hello,
My name's Rod from St. John's Newfoundland. I wanted you to know that my friends and I can remember the "Alphagetti Gobbler". I remember the TV commercials as a kid (I'm in my thirties now). We also tried to find a picture of the Gobbler online, but we were unsuccessful. We could get so little info on this that we even started to think that it was a figment of our collective imaginations. So it is comforting to know that there are others out there besides myself who can still remember esoteric Ad campaigns from the late 70's/early 80's. The "Alphagetti Gobbler" IS REAL. The Truth is Out There!! LOL!!

April 10, 2007 @ 8:24 PM

Cooper

I've searched far and wide (the internet) for a pic of the Gobbler. I've even emailed the Hinez corp and asked them for some information on him but received no reply.

:(

...Who is the alphagetti gobbler...?

April 10, 2007 @ 9:20 PM

Mike Boon

The Alphagetti Gobbler must be found. This, my fellow Alphagetti Gobbler fans, is our quest.

April 10, 2007 @ 10:51 PM

Jay Martin

Hey guys,
I too remember the Alphagetti Gobbler, actually Rod and Cooper are my friends and we are quite happy to know that we are not delusional. Most people that I ask seem to think I'm crazy. Someone, somewhere

April 13, 2007 @ 3:03 PM

Jay Martin

Opps, forgot to finish my post before I sent it.

Someone, somewhere must have a picture or video or more information. We must find the Gobbler!!

April 13, 2007 @ 3:06 PM

Steph

Okay guys, you hooked me in...I did a little further Googling...and at Sobey's yesterday I even bought a can - it's spelled "Alpha-getti". I have a theory - it seems the name alphagetti gobbler was used in association with some weird porn contest (I swear, I clicked on the link, got grossed out, and closed it quickly!), so it is possible that Heinz dropped the name and all associations with it. See what you learn when you term off your safe search? :) I still can't believe there is not a single pic on the web, though. Hopefully some really good artist will remember and post a sketch or something.
Cheers!

April 20, 2007 @ 10:44 AM

Toronto Mike

Good work, Steph.

Even if the term was used for some porn contest, that's so obscure I doubt it would influence Heinz' decision to drop the character.

Keep in mind, the character was dropped a couple of decades ago.

I don't fault them for going in a different marketing direction, but where's the tribute to the Gobbler? Where's the screen caps, the streaming video, the homage to this magnificent beast?

April 20, 2007 @ 10:50 AM

Mark Leslie

I fondly and dearly remember the Alphagetti Gobbler commercial(s) from what must have been the 1980's.

I even use a phrase from it quite often. Whenever I want to blame someone for something I exclaim (in the same British accent that the one kid in the commercial used to say): "YOU'RE the Alphagetti Gobbler"

Sometimes people get the joke and other times they just look at me like I'm some sort of strange google-eyed monster with strange tentacles, or was it multiple arms and hands? Gee, gotta try to find me a picture of the Alphagetti Gobbler!

April 22, 2007 @ 10:00 PM

Toronto Mike

Mark, I've been using this expression like crazy these past few weeks and it's awesome. I too use the kid's British-like accent and exclain "You're the Alphagetti Gobbler!"

The kids love it, and those who get it appreciate it. The man who don't get it think I'm crazy, but I doubt that's anything new.

My kingdom for a picture of the Alphagetti Gobbler!

April 23, 2007 @ 9:13 AM

Cooper

Hey guys, just a quick update. Alphagetti was originally a Franco American product,not Heinz. I emailed a rather long letter to Franco American, asking if they had any information on the alphagetti gobbler, but alas, I still have received no response from anyone. I'm beginning to think that someone doesn't want the truth about the alphagetti phenomena to come out! Is the truth really out there?

August 2, 2007 @ 6:15 PM

Toronto Mike

Cooper, you're doing important work here.

What's Franco American trying to hide?

We want the truth, and we want it eventually!

August 2, 2007 @ 9:08 PM

Steph (different Steph)

OK, so I'm not crazy.. We all have seen, at one point in our lives... The Alphagetti Gobbler. I just picture this monsterish creature with a huge mouth saying Gobbla-getti, Gobbla-getti.. There must be an archive of this creature somewhere..

August 10, 2007 @ 2:44 PM

Toronto Mike

Aye, but where? We've all searched and searched.

Right now I can only see him in my hazy memory bank.

August 10, 2007 @ 2:54 PM

CyberWrek

Gobbly-getti, Gobbly-getti. So cheesy and tomotao-y, and so much fun to eat. You're the alphagetti gobbler! Who, me?

That's all I can remember.

September 15, 2007 @ 5:08 PM

Gobbler

I not only remember the gobbler but a friend and I would spend an hour each day in grade 6 talking about it. Gobbly-getti Gobbly-getti, "So... Your the alphagetti Gobbler." I recall that phrase being said by some kid with an english accent in the ad. Why has this most important mascot been lost. I tried to convience younger co-workes of his presence in the past only to be given looks of disbelief.

October 13, 2007 @ 9:33 PM

scott

There was a fat kid on my hockey team back in the day -
His folks owned the bakery....

We called him the Alpha-getti

Gobbler.

I'm on the hunt for pics....

BTW, I'm also still in search of the "I just had a hippopotamus for lunch" Zoodles ad. or song.

March 27, 2008 @ 6:15 PM


Robio

I remember this commercial very well and stubbed over this web site when tiring to look for the you tube link to describe it to a younger friend. I also could not find the Sit N Spin commercial I was looking for or a good! Boo Berry cereal commercial

Gobbala Getti Gobbala Getti

March 29, 2008 @ 6:56 PM

Brad

Let's go back another decade or so. Does anyone remember the old Alphaghetti mascot "Alphie"?? He wore a purple shirt and had pointy ears. Everyone thinks I am crazy about this and google isn't helping me out.

April 25, 2008 @ 12:36 PM

Ryan Barnett

Hi guys, I was randomly searching for the Alpha Getti gobler because when I was younger (8 years old) I was in the commercial with the alpha getti gobler. I have the commercial on DVD and I'll see if I can post it.

Ryan

May 6, 2008 @ 3:29 PM

Ryan Barnett

Just to clarify, I wasn't the kid who said "Your the alpha getti gobbler but I was the other kid sitting at the table.

good to hear there are people that still remember this ad.

May 6, 2008 @ 3:31 PM

Toronto Mike

Ryan, that would be AWESOME!!!!

May 6, 2008 @ 3:35 PM

Skibitzky

PLEASE POST THE AD! I have been trying to describe the ads to these (young!) people at my office and they just don't get it without seeing it!

May 6, 2008 @ 10:55 PM

Ryan Barnett

What's up guys,

I've managed to copy the DVD format into a avi file and I've sent it to Mike. It should be posted shortly.

Enjoy!

Ps. I was the kid with the blond hair and brown striped shirt.

Ryan Barnett

May 7, 2008 @ 8:05 PM

Toronto Mike

Here it is! http://www.torontomike.com/2008/05/the_alphagetti_gobbler_ad.html

It's a great day for all of us. Our long search is finally over.

Thanks Ryan!

May 7, 2008 @ 8:11 PM

Coper

UNBELIEVABLE! I can't believe we found the Alphagetti Gobbler! Great job Mike, and a real big thanks to Ryan! I can now die feeling complete!

July 28, 2008 @ 6:19 PM

Rod Ford

It's a miracle of Gobbler proportions!!!! The Alpha-getti Gobbler has finally been found!!!

I remember the commercial very well now that I've gotten the chance to see it again.

At long last our quest is complete!!!!

Thank you Ryan.

P.S. Ryan, did you get a lifetime supply of Alpha-getti for doing the commercial?

August 6, 2008 @ 1:01 AM

Elizabeth

OMG it was sooo freaky (but cool) to see this after all these years. I was only a tot when the Alphagetti Gobbler appeared on TV and I was very horribly afraid of him, so bad that I would almost turn a pukey green from all the screaming I'd do when the commercial would come on TV, lol.

I'm on a debate about something...I read that the commerical was done in 1986, but my mom, who remembers quite well of my fear of the Gobbler, says she thinks it was on TV around 1983-84 (when I was around 1 or 2)..can anyone help? Thanks and Thanks for posting the ad!

January 23, 2009 @ 11:00 PM

Toronto Mike

I think it was earlier than 1986. I think it was 1983.

January 24, 2009 @ 9:16 AM

Sam

Regarding the Alpha-Ghetti mascot named Alphie. I remember him. He has his own show on television and goes by the name. "Dr. Oz"

September 3, 2010 @ 4:17 PM

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