Things You Didn’t Know About Pillsbury

From the origins of this vast American food empire to the iconic Pillsbury Doughboy’s real name, we've got the lowdown

The Pillsbury Doughboy’s family has made appearances on television and in print ads throughout the years. 

All you have to hear is the “Hoo, hoo!” and you know the Pillsbury Doughboy is dancing across your television screen. The iconic Doughboy with his floppy chef’s toque and ascot has represented the Pillsbury brand since November 1965.

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With ready-to-bake products like biscuits, crescent rolls, and cookies, it's quite likely that most Americans have sampled this iconic American food company’s products at least once, if not on a weekly basis. However, there is more to this company than flaky biscuits and the energetic Doughboy.

Pillsbury’s roots date back to the nineteenth century when Charles A. Pillsbury, then 27 years old, and his uncle launched the original Pillsbury Company. From there, Pillsbury grew to be one of the largest grain milling companies in the world, and then fell into receivership.

Through its rocky rise to becoming an American icon, Pillsbury reinvented itself to fit into the modern consumer mold. Here are 11 facts that might surprise you about Pillsbury.

It Dabbled in Non-Food Products   

It Dabbled in Non-Food Products

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Pillsbury tried to diversify its products by buying a small home cleaning products company.

Pillsbury made its first non-food company acquisition in 1960 with the purchase of Tidy House Products Company, which produced home cleaning supplies.

It Had An Empire of Products

An Empire of Products

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Pillsbury products cover a whole range of food products.

In the 1950s, the Pillsbury name was limited to five products, by 1963 the Pillsbury name appeared on 127 different products.


Angela Carlos is the Cook Editor at The Daily Meal. Find her on Twitter and tweet @angelaccarlos.