In a food world driven by trends, it’s easy to forget that many of our pantry staples have been around for hundreds of years. See what vintage food brands are still alive and well today.
Year Established: 1937
The name for this Depression-era staple is a mash-up of the words “spiced” and “ham.” (Get it?) Made popular in military rations and mid-century kitchens where convenience was everything, SPAM is still a big hit in Hawaii. Consumption outpaces every other state there, and Hawaiians know how to make it shine, pairing it with ingredients like sushi rice and nori.
Year Established: 1918
If you live in the South, you know that you can’t make Ro-Tel Dip without Velveeta. This processed vintage food brand was invented by Swiss cheesemaker Emil Frey. He was tasked with using up leftover bits of factory-made cheese. That mission was clearly a success: Velveeta was incorporated as its own company in 1923.
Year Established: 1903
Triscuits are the ideal platform by which to showcase your appetizer dips— and they have been around for more than a century. The wheat crackers were created and manufactured near Niagara Falls, and early ads bragged that they were “baked by electricity.” Times sure do change, but these crackers live on.