No he’s not a rapper, though he does have a good rappers name. No, Poppin’ Fresh is one of America’s best loved brand mascots. He was always one of my favorites growing up.

As luck would have it, my grandparents owned a Poppin’ Fresh doll and a few of his family members too. I got to play with them and I must admit that I did push on Poppin’ Fresh’s belly quite a bit.

He made me want to feel the lovin’ that only comes from somethin’ from the oven. The Pillsbury Dough Boy was the best toys my grandparents had in their toy box.

A few years ago, I was visiting my grandmother and told her how much I loved to play with Poppin’ Fresh and his family growing up. She was so thrilled to hear it that she gave me the whole family. Now the whole Pillsbury family is proudly displayed in my kitchen.

Joy Larson is a mother of four, graduate of the University of Montana, animal lover and writer.