Monday, September 14, 2009

Cheese-Filled Combos

Do you remember "Combos"? They were a potato chip-like snack that was advertised pretty heavily on television in the early 1980s. ("Cheese filled Combos. Combos really cheeses your hunger away!") They were basically little pretzel tubes with this Cheez Wiz-like substance stuffed inside.

I liked them as a teenager in the 1980s, but hadn't seen them anywhere in years. To my amazement, Combos are apparently still made by Mars Incorporated to this day and even sponsor Kyle Busch in NASCAR. ("The official Cheese Filled Snack of NASCAR.")

They even have an official website ( The unsettling blueprint for the "Combrero" pictured above is posted there. The site even has a store locator that will generate a list of retailers near you that still sell Combos. I'm not sure it's a good sign, though, that they're only sold near me at pharmacies like Rite Aid and CVS. Are they medicinal?


  1. They use to be called Conquistadores or something like that in the 1980's. I ate them as often as I could! They were a little different than the Combos that are sold today. Better in my opinon of what I can remember.

  2. Conquistadores were much better. My fave was a nacho cheese filled cracker.