If you’re a fan of any of these foods, you have Indiana to thank!
Food… who doesn’t love it, right? Sweet, salty or spicy, food is something everyone has in common. We all eat it. We all appreciate it. But have you ever given much thought to where this food comes from? No, I’m not talking about eating a burger and thinking about the cow. What I am referring to here is where this food was made or started. When we think of food in this sense, Indiana is home to some of the most iconic foods we all know and love today.
It’s true, Indiana (in a way) is responsible for some of the food brands we all eat. To be honest, I learned a thing or two while writing this because I had no idea some of these foods had Indiana ties. It’s pretty cool to know that our home country has produced some of the best and most iconic food brands for the world to enjoy. So what are some of these food brands? Let’s dive into 10 legendary food brands from Indiana!
1. Red gold
This Orestes-based processing company (with additional plants in Elwood and Geneva) has their tomato products on shelves in all 50 states, and I’d bet you’ve consumed at least one of their products in the past of your life…many times.
2. 5 hour energy
You’ve seen them at gas stations all over the country, but did you know that 5-Hour Energy drinks are made in Wabash, Indiana?
3. Miracle bread
If you’ve ever eaten a sandwich in your life, chances are you’ve eaten Wonder Bread… Ricky Bobby’s official bread! Wonder bread was first introduced to Indianapolis in 1921 by the Taggart Baking Company.
4. Jet-Puffed Marshmallows
These campfire-friendly treats are made at a Kraft factory in Kendallville.
5. Papa John’s Pizza
We all know the catchphrase: “Better Ingredients. Better Pizza. Papa Johns.” However, this giant pizza chain was founded in Jeffersonville, Indiana by “Papa John” Schnatter.
This one might be a bit of a stretch, but hear me out. Although Kentucky Fried Chicken didn’t open in Indiana, it did (in a way) make its debut in Hoosier State. How? Colonel Harland Sanders was actually born just outside of Henryville, Indiana. So, technically KFC is an Indiana thing.
7. Orville Redenbacher’s Popcorn
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The brand has since been swallowed up by a conglomerate, but for years the popcorn of Brazilian, Indiana-born and Purdue graduate Orville Redenbacher was a made-in-Indiana affair. Valparaiso, site of the company, even has an annual festival to honor this fact.
One of the biggest names in token gambling is Doritos. Although they weren’t originally created here in Indiana, they are currently made at the Frito-Lay factory in Frankfort East. So it counts!
9. Van Camp Pork and Beans
10. Mikesell Potato Chips
Mikesell’s delicious potato chips can be found all over the country. In fact, my dad’s favorite potato chips are their scallion flavored potato chips. The company itself is based in Ohio, but the chips are actually produced in Indianapolis.
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