Pepperidge Farm Celebrates 75 Years with New Flavors

by FrugalissaFinds on August 14, 2012

in Reviews

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Few brands have a larger portfolio than Pepperidge Farm, which is known and loved for its many products touching the lives of families across the globe. It all began with a humble loaf of bread, which Pepperidge Farm founder Margaret Rudkin baked in her rural Connecticut kitchen. Created in 1937 to address her son’s allergy to common preservatives, Margaret’s simple recipe is the origin of a flourishing business celebrating its 75th anniversary this year.

Pepperidge Farm’s heritage is rich and very much alive today as the company—founded on a mother’s love for her son—continues Margaret’s mission to deliver the very best products (from wholesome fresh bakery items to must-have snacks), many of which are staples in American homes today.  Here are some fun facts about the company:

  • 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  • Pepperidge Farm® Goldfish crackers were originally made and marketed in Switzerland as “Goldfish Tiny Crackers” before being brought to the U.S. by Margaret Rudkin in 1962.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 sampling some new Pepperidge Farm products this week!

I’ll start with the sweet stuff:  two new types of Milano cookies.  I’ve always been partial to the Milano cookies, and these did not disappoint.  Milano Slices – Salted Pretzel.  Yum!  Soft cookie, just like the Milano cookies of old, but these tasty cookies are covered in chocolate and topped in little pretzel pieces!  A great cross between a cookie and a chocolate covered pretzel!  The combination of salty and sweet is perfect.
The new Milano Melts – Vanilla Crème were also a winner.  Soft chocolate cookies with vanilla crème centers, they live up to their name, as they melt in your mouth.  The chocolate does not overpower the delicate creamy center at all.  Even someone who is not a huge chocolate fan would enjoy these!
Pepperidge Farm also has a new line of crackers out called Jingos!  I sampled both the parmesean Garlic and the Lime & Sweet Chili.  I started with the Lime & Sweet Chili.  Don’t be misled by the “sweet” in the name, these tasty little crackers pack a punch for sure!  There is just a hint of lime, so the primary taste is of the sweet chili.  I don’t do very well with spicy crackers or chips, so while I found these to taste great, they were a little to spicy for my tastes.  But if you’re a lover of things spicy, I think you’d enjoy them!
Finally, I sampled the parmesean garlic crackers and they were awesome!!  I couldn’t stop eating them.  Instead of a “fake” garlicky taste, these tasted more like roasted garlic fresh out of the oven.  I definitely plan to serve them with some cheese and fruit at my next gathering!
Overall, I’d say “check them out”!  All of the products were great!  Happy eating!

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

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Brittany August 14, 2012 at 2:26 PM

I love Pepperidge Farm products, too, but their customer service is terrible. Last year I bought a package of burnt milanos and I emailed about it several times and never heard anything back, so I called their 1800# and the customer service agent was rude (acted like it was my fault the cookies were burnt) and all I got for my burnt cookies was a $1 off coupon in the mail. It was really disappointing.

Any idea what to do when you receive service like that aside from to stop purchasing their products?

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Frugalissa Finds August 14, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Sorry to hear that. That is not good.

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