I’m Not Dainty, I’m Dinty

March 28, 2010


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Hello, I’m back. From a nostalgic trip down memory lane, you see. I just found out that Dinty Moore is 75 years old!!! As a kid, Dinty Moore Stew by hormel was my absolute favorite stuff to eat. I craved the stew, especially after seeing the TV ads. Do you remember those? I sifted through some old ads and was amazed at how ads have changed today. Moreover, it’s just amazing how some products endure.

Do you know how Dinty Moore got started? According to the book Better Than Homemade: Amazing Foods That Changed the Way We Eat by Carolyn Wyman, Dinty Moore stew had it’s beginning during the Great Depression. Hormel Company, based in Minnesota, had been canning roast beef for a Depression food-relief program. The program suddenly ended, and Hormel was left with half a million empty 1-pound cans. Hormel couldn’t just throw away good cans! They continued to fill them, with beef stew, and sold them cheaply to hungry folks, for 15 cents a can. Ya gotta love their thrift!


Do you know where Hormel got the name “Dinty Moore”? They took it from a local grocery store. But there was also a comic strip running at the same time (mid 1930s), Bringing Up Father, with a character named Dinty Moore. The comic strip creator sued Hormel over the name… but he was so impressed at how the conflict turned out that the comic strip creator wound up doing comics for Hormel’s new stew! Later, George Burns and the hilarious Gracie Allen promoted Dinty Moore. Boy, they were so funny! In 1979, Minnesotan George Spiess made his famous trip across the Atlantic in his 16-foot long boat, eating Dinty Moore stew!

Now isn’t all that neat? I also found out that not too many people (the young whippersnappers out there) know why there’s a big thumbprint on the Dinty Moore cans. You young kids are SO deprived of cultural information, tsk tsk! Don’t they teach you anything in schools?! The thumbprint comes from the Dinty Moore lumberjack! He was the icon for Hormel Dinty Moore back in the 60s and 70s. I remember Mr. Dinty Moore well. He would put his thumbprint on every can. I LOVED those commercials. For a while, I wanted to be a lumberjack when I grew up, because all they got to eat was Dinty Moore stew. Talk about living high on the hog!

Why my mom liked Dinty Moore– fewer dishes!


Then, Fran Tarkenton promoted Dinty Moore, and I remembered that, too. He was funny in those ads. That was during the 80s. Then Dinty Moore was one of the first foods to come in pre-packaged microwaveable cans. Wow, Dinty Moore has come a long way. I haven’t had it in such a while. I’ll have to get nostalgic and break out a can! *sob*



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5 Responses to “I’m Not Dainty, I’m Dinty”

  1. Renee Says:

    Good Grief! I am so deprived! I learned nothing in school. I haven’t even HEARD of Dinty Moore! Thanks for ejumicating (educating) me. I am no longer deprived of cultural information. My education is now complete. šŸ˜‰

    Now all I need is to taste Dinty Moore stew…

  2. Secondary Roads Says:

    That was indeed a trip down Memory Lane. It did taste good!

  3. Vixen Says:

    We eat all kinds of canned food around here, always have. (SPAM is very popular in my house.) But I have to say, unlike all of my kids and most especially my husband – who adores the stuff – I can’t do Dinty Moore beef stew. I can’t even be in the kitchen when they cook it. There is something in it that my nose does not like.

    But what a great history of the stuff!

  4. Rebecca Says:

    Renee.. you have never even HEARD of Dinty Moore?! :-O A whole generation is being totally deprived! When my daughter did an “AMSCO” book on history, we had a grand time, mocking the immense “cultural” section of the book (the book dedicated a whopping ONE paragraph to John Quincy Adams). For some reason, public school textbooks are filled with ridiculous, trivial clutter like crap about Marilyn Monroe, Babe Ruth, and the Jazz Age. So my mention of cultural education is tongue-in-cheek, rest assured! However, Dinty Moore is good stuff. šŸ˜€

    Chuck– I love old ads. I have some old magazines and it’s a hoot to see those old ads.

    Vixen– I never liked SPAM. I lived with a family once who ate it, and I remember being incredulous that there were still people around who ate it. LOL. SPAM has it’s own museum, did you know that?

  5. Rini Says:

    I absolutely despise Spam, that nasty gooey jelly stuff in the bottom of the can always grossed me out. But love Dinty Moore. I grew up on it; My dad used to make a huge pot of it, several cans, and doctor it with just a packet of Sazon (Goya latin seasoning), and we all pretty much ate down to the bottom of the pot!