Dum Dums (photo by Rachael Jirousek)
Food + Drink

Famous Ohio Foods: Northwest

Grab a big bag of Spangler Candy Co.'s Dum-Dums, take home Tony Packo's Pickles & Peppers and more.

Dum-Dums | Bryan 
Bellevue’s Akron Candy Co. created this simple lollipop in 1924 before Spangler Candy Co. purchased it in 1953 and grew it into the name it is today. Known for their instantly recognizable wax sachet wrapper and fun flavors, Dum-Dums currently span 35 varieties, including classics such as Root Beer and Cream Soda. Available at markets across Ohio and online. 400 N. Portland St., Bryan 43506, 419/636-4221, dumdumpops.com 

Tony Packo’s Pickles & Peppers | Toledo 
In the 1980s, Tony Packo’s entered a new era when the Toledo restaurant made famous by the TV show “M*A*S*H” started selling its pickles and peppers alongside its popular hot dog sauce in stores. Tony Packo’s now offers nine jarred pickle and pepper varieties including favorites such as its Original Pickles & Peppers and Sweet Hot Pickles & Peppers. Available at select Tony Packo’s locations, markets across Ohio and online. 1902 Front St., Toledo 43605, 419/691-1953, tonypacko.com

Frank's Kraut can (photo by Rachael Jirousek)

Frank’s Kraut | Fremont 
Since 1905, The Fremont Co. has worked with Ohio farmers to source cabbage for its sauerkraut that remains true to the original recipe. Made with only cabbage, water and salt, this classic kraut has been a fixture of family gatherings for generations. Varieties include a sweeter Bavarian kraut and a Polish-style kraut with caraway seeds. Check out the website for a wealth of recipes. Available at markets across Ohio and online. frankskraut.com

Garlic Expressions Dressing | Perrysburg 
Beginning as the house dressing at the local Croy’s Supper Club, Garlic Expressions is now available on supermarket shelves throughout the United States and Canada. The vinaigrette dressing has been the Perrysburg-based company’s sole product since 1993 in order to focus on quality, which can be seen in the hand-sorted cloves of garlic found in every bottle. Available at markets across Ohio. garlic-expressions.com

Doughbox Bakery Cinnamon Roll | Archbold
Since 1976, Doughbox Bakery has been making homemade treats from scratch at Sauder Village, Ohio’s largest living-history destination. Standing four inches tall and slathered with vanilla icing, the bakery’s Cinnamon Rolls have become a fun and fluffy favorite among tourists and locals alike. The Scotcharoos and Dutch Peach Pie are other favorites. Available at Doughbox Bakery year-round. 22611 St. Rte. 2, Archbold 43502, 800/590-9755, saudervillage.org

Keystone Meats Shredded Chicken | Lima
If you’re looking for a quick and convenient way to make Ohio’s famous shredded chicken sandwich, Keystone Meats’ canned variety will help you save time with tasty results. This fourth-generation family company uses just two ingredients — meat and salt — in its canned products, which are slow cooked in small batches and ready for your next recipe. Available at markets across Ohio and online. keystonemeats.com

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