Is Betty Crocker a Real Person?
The tale of the woman who was once called “America’s First Lady of Food.”
For over seven decades, brownie, frosting, Hamburger Helper and mystery fruitcake enthusiasts across the world have been asking the same question: Is the beloved, seemingly ageless homemaker Betty Crocker real? Did she live and breathe like other well-known food icons like Colonel Sanders, Duncan Hines or Chef Boyardee? Or was she a phony like Dr. Pepper? Unfortunately, Crocker is more Pepper than Debbie in that she is not — and never has been — a real person. But the truth is a bit more complicated. Here’s the tale of how the woman that was once called “America’s First Lady of Food” was created.
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