75 Years of American comfort, all in one can

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Hormel Foods. All opinions are 100% mine.

Not too many products manage to become icons in the American household, especially food products.  For most, their lives are fairly short, spanning a few years here and there, to be replaced by a newer version or a different product altogether… Assuming that the manufacture is still in business.

Then there are those that hit it right on the head.  Something about their offering embeds itself into the consciousness of our culture, it becomes part of who and what we are, it defines us and is defined by us.  The folks at hormel have done this and done it exceedingly well for the past 75 years.

Granted, I don’t usually aim for canned anything these days, and I have the time to make my own stew anytime I feel the need, but there are times when there really is no substitute for a can of Dinty Moore® beef stew, or a good spoonful of Hormel® Chili on a chili dog.  In these moments it’s not about over 20 years of culinary experimentation or the need to fulfill my creative passions, it’s about childhood, feeling loved and family. It’s about comfort foods, warmth and security.

To this day I remember shopping with my mother and specifically requesting the stew with the “giant’s thumbprint”, which was the hallmark of Dinty Moore for years. It was what i loved, and the thumbprint proved that it was good. (And somehow sanctioned by a very large and jovial lumberjack.)  It was one of the foods my mother served as an after school snack on cold, windy days.  It’s as much a part of my life as beans, cornbread and my aunt’s special Tea cookies.

And it’s in my pantry right now.  Right next to tomatoes imported from Italy, a jar of capers and some olives packaged in Napa Valley.  Foodie or not, Hormel is a part of my life and always will be, and this post is to congratulate them on 75 years of success, with wishes for 75 more.

I just want that big blue thumbprint back.

Does anyone else miss it?  to me the loss of that emblem somehow changes the whole thing a bit…  But maybe I’m just sentimental.

Do you buy hormel products?  If so, which ones? (SPAM is always in my pantry, but then I’m strange.)  do you stock hormel Chili? Dinty Moore? Anything else?  let us know in the comments!

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