Saturday, August 18, 2012

Pepperidge Farm is Celebrating 75 Years of Great Food!

75 years ago, Pepperidge Farm's founder Margaret Rudkin baked the first loaf of bread in her own kitchen. She did this because her son had severe allergies. Wouldn't we all do this for our children? I would! She made a simple recipe that caught on and making Pepperidge Farm what it is today.

On August 15, 1937, the first “official” loaf of Pepperidge Farm all natural, whole grain bread was sold in a store for 25 cents. By September 27, 1939, one million loaves of Pepperidge Farm bread had been sold. Pepperidge Farm® Goldfish crackers were originally made and marketed in Switzerland as “Goldfish Tiny Crackers” before being brought to the U.S. by Margaret Rudkin in 1962. The first flavors introduced stateside were Lightly Salted (Original), Cheese, Barbecue, Pizza, and Smoky. The late Julia Child used to love to serve Goldfish crackers as an appetizer before dinner. Pepperidge Farm is committed to accelerating snacking and baking advancements in the future as evidenced by the 34,000-sqare-foot Innovation Center opening this fall at the company’s headquarters in Norwalk, CT. Annually, the brand produces about 558 million Milano® cookies—enough to cross the United States more than 7 times—and bakes approximately 206 million loaves of bread. Today, Pepperidge Farm employs more than 5,000 people and operates plants in nine towns. Each year, Pepperidge Farm uses about 390 million pounds of flour.

I had the pleasure of trying new products that this wonderful company is coming out with within the next few months.

One is Jingos. This is a natural baked cracker with bold flavors. They come in three flavors : Zesty Lime and Sweet Chili, Parmesan Garlic and Fiesta Cheddar. My favorite was Parmesan Garlic. I think I am impartial, I love garlic. I snacked on them at work. That is where I get hungry because working in an animal hospital is hard work!

The next was two different types of Milanos. One was Milanos melts. They are chocolate filled milano cookies. The other was Milano Slices. They were topped with chocolate and pretzels. I could not get enough of those. My kids and I had a good time with those!

The last item that I had the opportunity to share with my family is Goldfish. We buy this on a regular basis. Needless to say we all love them. I buy them from BJs, they are cheaper at a club store than a grocery store. Just a hint :-)

This review was made possible by Mom Spark Media. Thoughts are my own.

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