Who knew that jalapeño poppers were invented by a major food company? We always figured they’d come out of some hip Tex-Mex restaurant.
But it turns out that Anchor Food Products of Appleton, Wisconsin invented jalapeño poppers in 1992—making 2012 the 20th anniversary of poppers.
The original poppers were jalapeño chiles stuffed with cream cheese or Cheddar, battered and deep-fried—a spicy American snack version of the Mexican dish, Chiles Rellenos (stuffed bell peppers). The company is a major supplier to restaurants, and that’s where most people head for poppers (here’s a restaurant locator), along with a “Like to Party” Facebook Sweepstakes).
You can also find Anchor Poppers in the frozen foods section of the supermarket. Anchor’s expanded line includes seven flavors, the most popular of which are Original, Cream Cheese & Cheddar Cheese Jalapeño Poppers and Fire-Roasted Poblano & Jalapeño Popper Bites.
Try some now, or save them for Cinco de Mayo.
THE HISTORY OF JALAPEÑO POPPERS
While the actual date of the product launch is lost to time, Anchor Food Products applied for a trademark on the term “Jalapeño Poppers” on April 30, 1992.
Since the end of 2001, Anchor Poppers has been part of the H.J. Heinz family of brands; the poppers are produced by the McCain Foods division.
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