10 Things You Didn't Know About Hot Pockets Slideshow
May 31, 2017
These microwavable turnovers are more than just a snack; they’re a pop culture touchstone
10 Things You Didn't Know About Hot Pockets
Hot Pockets are one of the most divisive foods in the freezer aisle. These little turnovers, which crisp up to melty perfection after a few minutes in the microwave, are certainly “processed” by just about every definition of the term, but they’re also an inexpensive, guilty pleasure that actually tastes good. We’ve tracked down 10 facts we bet you didn’t know about them.
They Were Originally Called “Chunk Stuffers”
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We’re not sure which name we prefer more.
Their Release Coincided With a Big Surge in Unemployment
The Little Sleeve Is Called a Susceptor
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Varieties Are Discontinued for a Surprising Reason
Most of the above varieties weren’t discontinued because they were poor sellers; they were canned because each variety requires a different dough, which makes production more expensive.
They Made Jim Gaffigan a Star
All Hot Pockets Are Manufactured in Mount Sterling, Kentucky
They were made in Englewood, Colorado, until 2013, when Nestlé consolidated its operations.
Sales Are Directly Affected by the Number of People on Financial Assistance
When extended SNAP benefits were ended in 2013, Hot Pocket sales took a hit.
They Were Subject to a Massive Recall in 2014
238,000 cases of Philly Steak & Cheese Hot Pockets were recalled in 2014, due to the fact that they may have contained meat from “diseased and unsound” animals from the Rancho Feeding Corp. No recall-related illnesses were reported, however.