There are dozens of brands of frozen pizza DiGiorno, Tony's, Red Baron, Tombstone, Heggies, etc. But where did it all begin? Did you know the oldest pizza brand is from Minnesota?

Frozen Pizza is a multi-million dollar business in the United States.

There are dozens of frozen pizza brands.

Frozen Pizzas-Walmart-Getty Thinkstock
Frozen Pizzas-Walmart-Getty Thinkstock

Pizza popularity boomed post-WWII when soldiers who had returned from Italy were looking for more of the delicious pies they had eaten overseas.

And when freezers became a staple in American homes in the 1950s the first frozen pizzas made their debut.

The first wildly successful frozen pizza started in Minneapolis, Minnesota after Rose and Jim Totino opened their pizzeria in 1951.

Totino's Pizza-Walmart
Totino's Pizza-Walmart

Business was so good they decided to try making frozen pizzas so folks could have them at home ready to cook when it was convenient for them.

By the late 1960s, Totino’s had become the best-selling frozen pizza not just in Minnesota but in the whole country.

Totino’s Pizza was purchased by Pillsbury in 1975 then General Mills acquired Totino’s when they bought out Pillsbury in 2001.

Did You Know The Oldest Frozen Pizza Brand Is From Minnesota-Getty Thinkstock
Did You Know The Oldest Frozen Pizza Brand Is From Minnesota-Getty Thinkstock

According to General Mills Jim Totino died in 1981 and Rose passed away in 1994.

In 2008, Rose was inducted into the Minnesota Inventor’s Hall of Fame for inventing frozen pizza and revolutionizing its crust.

The rest as they history!

Inside Minnesota's Largest Candy Store

I had been to Minnesota's Largest Candy Store once before, but they did some pretty cool things since the last time I was there. They added a bunch of superheroes, Star Wars stuff, and a candy band.

According to their Facebook page, Jim's Apple Farm is actually how the now huge candy store got its start. It is located in Jordan, MN and you can't miss it. It is a huge yellow building.

Even though candy is mentioned in the name, they have a little bit of everything. They have fresh baked pies and cookies and fudge. We walked in and it smelled amazing!

They also have the largest selection of sodas! Then there is chocolate and taffy and gummies and chips and puzzles and games. So much stuff!

They even have a Zoltar machine like in the movie, Big. I had to check that out. He told me the only helping hand is at the end of my arm. Gee, thanks Zoltar.

There were even crickets and worms! Not gummy worms, but actual worms.
They also have candy from all over the world!

The store is seasonal, however. November is their last month of operation for the season.


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