In Memoriam: Do You Have a Favorite Newman’s Own Product?

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We were very sad to hear about Paul Newman’s death on Friday, and, as a food-loving community, we wanted to take a moment to appreciate what he brought not only to our televisions but to our pantries…

Paul Newman started the Newman’s Own line of foods more than 25 years ago and referred to it as “the joke that got out of control.” His mission was to create all-natural products that would generate funds he could channel back into his favorite charities.

Since it started, Newman’s Own has donated more than $250 million. Those drawings of Newman’s face peek at us from almost every aisle of the grocery store, and we appreciate the mission to make packaged goods (even pet food!) that are more wholesome than the average cookie or cracker. Many of the Newman’s Own products are organic, and we are fans of several of them.

We’ve highlighted a few products in our recipes, like Mint Chocolate Cookie Ice Cream (with Newman’s Own mint chocolate sandwich cookies) and our Raspberry Limeade Cooler (with the organic limeade).

The interest in the company has temporarily shut down the website, but there is a message on the home page celebrating Newman’s Own’s motto: “Shameless Exploitation in Pursuit of the Common Good.”

Which Newman’s Own products do you buy and use? Salad dressing? Popcorn?

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