Chesdale Cheese was a variety of cheese produced for the mass market in New Zealand. Chiefly remembered for its very memorable animated television advertising with the jingle sung by two cartoon characters Ches and Dale wearing gumboots and black singlets. The commercial was created by Art Director Don Couldrey and Copywriter Robert Jenkins in 1969. The jingle was learned off by heart and sung in a variety of ingeniously distorted fashions by generations of New Zealand children. It is considered a major Kiwiana element, and has sometimes been semi-seriously proffered as an icon of New Zealand Pākehā (British settler) culture.
The original words are as follows:
We are the boys from down on the farm,
We really know our Cheese.
There's much better value in Chesdale,
It never fails to please.
Chesdale slices thinly, never crumbles, there's no waste,
And boy it's got a mighty taste.
It's finest Cheddar. Made Better.
Ches and Dale and their advertising jingle have become Kiwiana likely to induce fond memories of childhood in kiwis of the right age group. They also came back with ches juinior
This brand of cheese, or a derivative thereof, is still produced and sold in individually wrapped, pre-sliced portions. This (combined with its highly processed nature) has given it the popular slang name of "plastic cheese" or (more formally) "processed cheese".
A mascot of this venture called "Mr.Slicy" has been a huge hit in the middle-east.