10 Products We Love, Made in Pennsylvania

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Guest post by Nichole of Just Children’s Books and NicholeAnn.com.

I’m so happy to call Pennsylvania my home. I’ve lived in PA for most of my life and I have no plans on leaving. That’s why I had so much fun coming up with this list of the top 10 things produced in the Keystone State.

In case you didn’t know it, PA is unofficially known as a “snack capital of the world”. It was so hard to not make this a yummy food-only list. But that wouldn’t be fair to our non-food producing companies. So in no particular order I present to you the top 10 things that are yummy, useful, or fun AND made right here in Pennsylvania!

Peeps

peeps

Spring and Easter are going to be here before we know it so it wouldn’t seem right to skip over the seasonal treat known as Peeps. Even though they are available for other holidays too, no Easter basket is complete without a few! Honestly, I never was a big fan of the cute and squishy critters, even as a child. My mom loved them though so that pretty much guaranteed they made their way into my basket every year. All Peeps are made in the USA by Just Born, Inc., based in Bethlehem, PA. They also make Mike & Ike’s, Hot Tamales, and Peanut Chews.

K’NEX

knextub

If you haven’t played with K’NEX before you are missing out. They are the fun construction sets that come to life with movement. Invented in 1990 and based in Hatfield, PA. All their bricks, rods, and connectors are made in Hatfield too – check out the video on this page that describes their green manufacturing initiatives. One word of caution: if you are diehard Made-in-USA only person, read each set before you buy as some none-standard parts are made overseas. Honestly, that won’t stop me from supporting this local company! Read why our Family Living Editor and her kids LOVE K’NEX building toys in this article.

Pyrex

Pyrex baking dish #madeinUSA

Love my Pyrex bakeware! My original set is 10+ years old. And as I’ve been moving away from plastic containers as much as possible I’ve added even more pieces in the last few years. There are rumors floating around on the Internet that the manufacturing of Pyrex was moved to China. World Kitchen wholeheartedly denies those allegations. All Pyrex glass bakeware is still made in the same Charleroi, PA plant today.

Crayola

Millions of Crayola crayons and markers and made in Easton and Bethlehem, PA every years. They even have gone green and now our crayons are made with solar power! Why I ever bought cheap knock-off crayons is beyond me. It’s Crayola all the way from now on. Oh and if you ever happen to be in the area, take your little ones to the Crayola Experience where they can see how crayons and markers are made as well as have fun with art projects.

Holgate Toys

Holgate Toys #madeinUSA

If you are looking for quality wooden toys made in the USA look no further than Holgate Toys which has been making toys in PA since 1789! Now based in Bradford, PA they make all kinds of classic wooden toys. They were even Mr. Rodgers’ toy manufacturer of choice and you can still get replicas from Mr Rodgers’ Neighorhood today. But really, with all the concern about lead, arsenic, and who knows what else in overseas toy products this is one established toy company worth checking out.

Zippo

Even non-smokers have to admit that Zippo lighters are cool. They’ve been making lighters in Bradford, PA for 80 years and they have no plans on moving. Coolest of all though is no matter how old your lighter is you can always send it into Zippo for repair!

Yuengling

I’m not really a big drinker, but the other half would be bummed if I didn’t include his favorite lager, Yuengling on this list. I didn’t realize until somewhat recently this is more of a regional beer (available in only 14 states, mostly on the east coast) as it’s pretty much a household name here in PA. The Pottsville, PA brewery is dubbed the oldest in the nation – even surviving Prohibition – and is open for tours and tastings.

Kepner Scott shoes

This little known company is the oldest children’s shoe manufacturer in the country. Founded in 1888, Kepner Scott is still making children’s shoes in Orwigsburg, PA. They take pride in offering “healthy shoes” for children and one thing you might appreciate is that they really believe in proper fit. Unlike many manufacturers today they haven’t eliminated widths and sizes for economy. Plus, their shoes are classic and cute!

All-Clad

All Clad cookware #madeinUSA

Serious cooks know the All-Clad name and know that their pots and pans represent kitchen quality and performance.  Born of the Pennsylvania steel industry, All-Clad Metalcrafters is the only bonded cookware manufacturer who utilizes American craftsmen and American-made metals to produce a complete line of products. They are located in Southwest PA.

Tastykake

TASTYKAKE made in Pennsylvania

In 2011, The Tasty Baking Company was sold to Flowers Foods, Inc. Who knows what will happen to the brand in the future but for now the Tastykakes Philadelphians have grown up on are still made in Philadelphia, PA. My favorite Tastykake of all are Kandy Kakes. If they aren’t your favorite too the only thing I can think is you must be allergic to peanut butter because these things are so darn good! If you’ve yet to experience Kandy Kake yumminess you can find companies online that will ship them to you.

So that’s it, 10 great products made in Pennsylvania. But before I go I want to give a huge crunchy honorable mention to the chip & pretzel makers in PA: Herrs, Utz, Martins, and Snyders among others.

If we missed your favorite Made in PA product, tell us all about it in the comments!

Nichole currently lives in Bucks County, PA and has been blogging in one form or another since 2006. You can currently find her online at Just Children’s Books and NicholeAnn.com. She recently opened a small children’s boutique at a weekend market and has found it a challenge to balance carrying thoughtfully-sourced products with the desires of the price-conscientious consumer. Nevertheless, she continues to believe in shopping with a purpose and being conscientious of where and how products we purchase are made.

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Comments

  1. Wendy Pesce says:

    of course I have to psot on the stuff made in PA !!

  2. Sharon R says:

    Here's a couple of Big ones Hershey's chocolate and Heinz ketchup

  3. Listerine..there is a Johnson and Johnson plant in Lititz PA
    My recent post American Flora

    • SarahSW111 says:

      Good one Terri, Thanks! There are a lot of personal care products still made here. It is easy enough to select the ones that are American-made. We just have to find them. Even in our own backyard!

  4. Here's another, Scent Sations, Inc, home of the Mia Bella Candle….one of the most awesome candles I have ever burned.
    My recent post American Flora

    • SarahSW111 says:

      Oh really, Terri? That's quite an endorsement. Will have to keep my eye out for those particular candles.

  5. Harley-Davidson….need I say more.

    • Only the softail, touring, and CVOs are made in York. Missouri and Wisconsin have some manufacturing done there. Some components, as with cars, are imported from Italy, Japan, and Mexico.

  6. Blue Star ranges

  7. Adooka Organics, organic children's and baby clothing made in Philly!

  8. Wendell August Forge. Handcrafted aluminum and bronze plates, dishes, ornaments, coasters, desk accessories, etc. Grove City, PA
    <a href="http://Www.wendellaugust.com” target=”_blank”>Www.wendellaugust.com

  9. Joyce Welsh says:

    Here are a few more products for the “Made In PA” list. Some I’ve tried and loved. Others I’ll be checking out soon. Hope you enjoy adding these to your list.

    Bill’s Khakis manufactured in Reading, PA http://billskhakis.com/Default.aspx They make the best men’s clothing. My husband loves their khakis.

    Wilburbuds Chocolates, Lititz, PA http://www.wilburbuds.com/ I know Hershey’s is king but nothing beats Wilburbuds. I would choose them any time over Hershey’s. :-)

    Goldenberg Peanut Chews, Phila, PA YUM!!!

    Herr’s Snacks, Nottingham, PA http://www.herrs.com/index.php Best potato chips around

    Martin Guitars, Nazareth, PA http://www.martinguitar.com/

    Sun & Earth, Norristown, PA http://www.sunandearth.com/ Make all natural cleaning products

  10. Nice website and thanks for the shout-out to great PA companies! We’re somewhat new (3 yrs) but you should check out Homewood Snowboards in Bradford, PA! Definitely recommend their Factory Tour on YouTube. Good stuff made right here in PA –
    and how about Case knives??

  11. “Channel Lock Pliers… fiercely made in Meadville, PA”

  12. Jason A Weaver says:

    You all missed gardners candies and the blair candy company . Both in blair county. Also sheetz pizza and mtos started and are still corporate here in pa.

  13. We are a retailer that carries ALL made in Pennsylvania Products! Here is a short list to consider: Kutztown Bottling ( Kutztown, PA), Hanks Beverages (Trevose, PA), Penna Made by Aidan’s Attic Manufactured for us by Lifewear in (Pottstown, PA), PA Dutch Candies (Camp Hill, PA), Asher’s Chocolates (Souderton, PA), Wolfgang Chocolates (York, PA), Herr’s Quality Snacks (Nottingham, PA), Utz Chips (Hanover, PA), Crayola (Easton, PA), K’NEX (Hatfield, PA), Slinky (Hollidaysburg, PA), Channel Craft (Charleroi, PA), Radius Toothbrush (Kutztown, PA), Sun and Earth Cleaning Products (King of Prussia, PA), Ener-Gel Insoles (Penn Run, PA), Friendly Fumes (Green Lane, PA)……….. If you want to know more PA Made Products let me know what category your shopping in and through our manufacturing partners I can probably find the product you are looking for!!!!

    Robert
    Aidan’s Attic Pennsylvania, LLC
    Latest Post: Aidan’s Attic Pennsylvania becomes a PA Preferred Retailer!My Profile

  14. Cindy Kerstetter says:

    Thanks so much for this – from PA and thinking I might make a point of giving every adult on my list a made in PA product just for fun.

  15. Susan Fenton says:

    After you eat all these great PA made treats you will need to turn to P&G, made in Mehoopany, for the “clean up”

  16. are twizzlers made in PA

  17. Mary Ellen Dougherty says:

    I am making a PA gift basket for a NAVY Moms activity! Thanks for all the GREAT suggestions! Now I just need to find a basket BIG enough! One thing you don’t know about is the best chocolate ever from northeastern PA, Gertrude Hawk Chocolates, Dunmore PA!

  18. Mary Ellen Dougherty says:

    I just wanted to add Musselman’s Apple Sauce, Biglerville, PA.

  19. Woolrich Clothing, delgrosso spaghetti sauce, middlesworth chips

  20. Chuck fry says:

    chef boy ardee products, made right here in MILTON, the heart of the Susquehanna Valley.

  21. Any idea if any of the items made in Pa are only sold in Pa? Im also planning a Pa basket as a christmas gift to a friend in Missouri. I dont want to send her something she can already buy.

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