Thursday, August 16, 2012

Pepperidge Farm Celebrates 75 Years And Still Going Strong - #Review

Crunchy, smiling Goldfish crackers. Elegant and decadent Milano cookies. Golden, flaky Puff Pastry. Classically simple Herb Seasoned Stuffing. Delicately sweet Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Bread.

Are you hungry, yet?

Pepperidge Farm snacks and bakery items are some of my favorites. Founded by a Mother, Margaret Rudkin, in her rural Connecticut kitchen in 1937 to address her son's allergy to common preservatives, the company is known and loved by American families today.

As a Mom of children with unique food restrictions, I understand how driven she was and how much can be accomplished out of love. Even today the Pepperidge Farm products hold the same love for good food. I feel that way every time I savor a bag of Milano cookies I have stashed away!

In honor of Pepperidge Farm's 75th Anniversary, here are some fun facts:

  • 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  • Pepperidge Farm® Goldfish crackers were originally made and marketed in Switzerland as “Goldfish Tiny Crackers” before being brought to the U.S. by Margaret Rudkin in 1962.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 was sent an assortment of great Pepperidge Farm products. From our family favorite Goldfish, to my favorite Milano Slices and Milano Melts cookies and the new Jingos! crackers, there was something for everyone's tastes... both sweet, salty or both!

Goldfish, oh how do I love thee... let me count the ways. As I mentioned my kids have a restricted diet, but we do snack on goldfish. The cute faces and shapes always make my kids smile. Perfect for little fingers, the crunchy/cheesy treats always go along on our family car trips and make regular appearances during snack time.

My kids believe eating goldfish crackers are an excuse to bring out the "fish faces".

I was very excited to try out the 3 flavors of new Jingos! crackers. Small, crunchy and packed with a flavorful punch I am now hooked on the Fiesta Cheddar crackers. My kids preferred the Parmesan Garlic, but don't forget to also give the zesty Lime and Sweet Chili a try. They claim a bold flavor and I agree. These crackers hold their own and don't need to be dressed up or spread with anything.

I was more than happy to try out the Milan cookies! I love the combination of dark chocolate and melt-in-my-mouth cookie. This was my first time trying both the Milano Melts vanilla creme and Milano Slices in Salted Pretzel.

Oh, my! I could easily refuse to share my bag of Milano Melts. Loved the chocolate cookie exterior and creamy, dreamy vanilla creme hidden inside. This is my new favorite Milano cookie.

I also enjoyed the salted pretzel Milano Slices and will save these for when a strong sweet/salty interest hits. If you are a sweet and salty fan, these will be your go-to!

So, Happy 75th Anniversary Pepperidge Farm! Thanks for all the tasty treats and snacks you make. Hope you enjoy many more years to come and share the love with families in the future.

*Disclaimer - This review was made possible by Mom Spark Media. I received product samples to facilitate my review. All opinions are my own.
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