Little Debbie is a brand of snack cakes known for quality and value. Its parent company, McKee Foods Corporation, is based in Collegedale, Tennessee.
In 1960, O.D. McKee needed a name for the new line of snack cakes he was preparing to launch in 12-item boxes. He decided to name the line after his four-year-old granddaughter, whose parents were unaware of his decision before seeing the boxes.
Oatmeal Creme Pies were the first snack cakes in the Little Debbie line. By 1964, there were 14 varieties. Since then, Little Debbie has expanded to include many other products, including breakfast treats and 100-calorie snacks.
Little Debbie snacks include bars, brownies, cakes, cookies, crackers, pies and other treats. Oatmeal Creme Pies, Swiss Cake Rolls and Nutty Bars are consistently the most popular products.
The first boxes of Oatmeal Creme Pies cost 49 cents. According to LittleDebbie.com, Little Debbie products are still available at value prices due to the company's manufacturing efficiency.
Little Debbie products are available in the United States and on U.S. military bases worldwide, as well as in Canada and Mexico. Not all markets carry every Little Debbie product.