SpaghettiOs is an American brand of canned spaghetti featuring circular pasta shapes in a cheese and tomato sauce and marketed to parents as 'less messy' than regular spaghetti. More than 150 million cans of SpaghettiOs are sold each year. In addition to the original variety, variations have included SpaghettiOs Meatballs (with miniature meatballs), SpaghettiOs Sliced Franks (with pieces of processed meat resembling hot dog slices), SpaghettiOs RavioliOs (with round, beef-filled ravioli), SpaghettiOs with Calcium, and other theme-shaped varieties. Similar products are sold in the United Kingdom under names like 'Spaghetti Rings', loops, hoops, etc. Introduced in 1965 by the Campbell Soup Company under the Franco-American brand, the pasta was created by Donald Goerke (-), 'the Daddy-O of SpaghettiOs', after a year-long internal study of the appropriate shape for a child-friendly pasta dish that kids could eat without making a mess.
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