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Whither Scoopy?


I grew up with Scoopy's Straws. To be accurate, "Scoopy's® Tuff Tip™ Brand Flexible Straws".

I was born in 1959 in Redwood City, California. There was always a box of Scoopy's Straws to be found in our home. I took them for granted - the box was always replaced when the last box ran dry - Scoopy was a fixture in that one spot in the corner cupboard. Even as an adult, though there was little need in my life for flexi straws, there were always a few rows of octagonally shaped Scoopy's Straws boxes neatly lined up on a shelf at any grocery store i found myself in - frequently found in the ice cream aisle, along with Scoopy's Cones, which ruled the frozen confectionary cone roost. Even just a couple of years ago, my wife would buy Scoopy's Straws from time to time..

But no more. Scoopy's Straws seem to have disappeared. We had noticed their absence about a year and a half ago (back in 2002!). Bland, store-brand straws took their place. Intrigued, I recently went on a search for them at local stores, to no avail. Raley's, Safeway, Albertsons, Longs, Rite-Aid, even the dreaded Wal-Mart, all bereft of the Safe-T Cone Clown.

I searched the net. Every nook and cranny. I found one obscure reference - A firm that specializes in assisting the process of companies changing hands had the following One-liner, quote:

   Richardson Foods Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Quaker Oats Company, sold the assets of its Safe-T Pacific Division to Joy Cone Company

Safe-T Pacific Company manufactured Scoopy's Straws (more on that later). But that's all I could find. Richardson Foods is barely represented on the net - it may or may not be Baldwin-Richardson Foods, the only specifically named manifestation - but certainly no mention of Scoopy's Straws attached. No mentions on the Quaker Oats website. No mention on the Joy Cone website. No Joy to be found.

Eventually however, I found a nugget of gold. A small antiques dealer in Lake Tahoe California had a website (now gone) and on that site I found for sale a box of Scoopy's Straws from the 1960's! There was no stopping me. I emailed them, and a couple of days later....

Scoopy!

I could not have hoped for more.

The familiar face of "Scoopy",

The Safe-T-Cone Clown.

The "Tuff Tip"™,

a patented feature:

Here's a link to the patent for the Tuff Tip [click the "Images" button on the patent search page to see the actual patent].

A view of the Brand text on the box:

And such a bargain!

But the real kicker for me was learning that the Safe-T Pacific Company was based in Redwood City, my home town! 2500 Middlefield Road to be exact.
I'd never noticed that little detail, right on the Scoopy's Straws box.

Imagine that.