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I'm so happy to call the Keystone State my home. I've lived in PA for most of my life and I have no plans to leave. That's why I had so much fun coming up with this list of my top 10 things made in Pennsylvania .
Made in Pennsylvania
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 alphabetical order, I present to you the top 10 things that are yummy, useful, or fun AND made right here in Pennsylvania!
My best friend's family is from Souderton, PA, and when she learned that I was writing a feature on the best Pennsylvania-made products, she told me I couldn't miss out on Asher's Chocolate. I knew exactly what she meant when I finally got to taste Asher's products for myself. Personally, I can't get enough of their Dark Chocolate Covered Pretzels. The perfect sweet and salty combination, these pretzels are ideal for both a personal chocolate binge or a gift bag for a friend. Whatever your chocolate preference, Asher's has something for you, including chocolate-covered nuts, popcorn, marshmallows, peanut butter, the list goes on and on! I am also impressed by the wide variety of their sugar-free chocolate products. Another thing that I appreciate about Asher's is that they are a family-run business that has been in the chocolate business for over four generations. They have a reputation for treating their customers like family, too, which is a refreshing change from many present-day businesses. Be sure to consider Asher's chocolates for your next gift purchase, even if that gift purchase is for yourself;). And if you ever find yourself in Souderton, PA, take a drive past Asher's factory. My best friend assures me that there's really no better smell than Asher's melted chocolate wafting through the air surrounding the factory!Visit Asher's Chocolate Co. Amazon store.
Millions of Crayola crayons are made in Easton and Bethlehem, PA every year. 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.
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!
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. One word of caution: if you are diehard Made-in-USA only person, read each set before you buy, as some non-standard parts are made overseas. Honestly, that won't stop me from supporting this local company! Visit the K'NEX Amazon store.
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.
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.
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.
Not gonna line, UTZ Potato Chips (ok, and their cheese balls too) are my favorite salty treat. UTZ chips are manufactured in Hanover with quality ingredients and farm grown potatoes. On June 24, 2021, UTZ Brands was recognized by the Pennsylvania General Assembly for their 100th anniversary.
I'm not really a big drinker, but my 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.
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!
More Things Made in Pennsylvania
We have more lists of things and places we love in Pennsylvania. Check them out below.
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 Pennsylvania: Herrs, Martin's, and Snyder's among others.
If we missed your favorite Made in PA product, tell us all about it in the comments!
This list was originally created by Nicole at NicholeAnn.com in 2014. It has been updated multiple times since.
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Vellum Soaps and candles are fabulous. I live in Oregon and order them regularly. The soap is made of tallow. This is far superior to any kind of oil or shea butter if you have dry skin.
Mrs T’s Pierogies from Shenandoah, Pa
All-Clad pots and pans-the best!
Channellock tools in Meadville, PA. Kleenex is to the tissue as Channellock is to the tongue-and-groove plier. But they make more than just their iconic pliers…I have electrician’s tools such as linemans, wire strippers, needlenose, and diagonals. I was pleasantly surprised to see their full line of tools in a Home Depot in Oregon. I made sure that my west coast uncles got themselves the right stuff.
Mallowcups, Altoona and Sturgis Pretzels, Lititz
I like All-Clad products and I believe they are made in PA. Also UTZ chips and pretzels.
Great job on listing the companies that are still producing wonderful products made in USA.
Benzels pretzels are made in Altoona. Don’t forget that in the days of vaudeville, Jack Benny used to say that he died in Altoona.
My hubby is from PA and we enjoy Yuengling Beeer and Tastycakes! So much good food and drink comes from PA.
i wanted to mention Slinky made in Hollidaysburg ,born and raised there, was a personal friend of Betty James she owned the company
I lived in Philly and I love Tastykakes and Yeungling! I didn’t know Peeps and Zippo are from PA.
Shopvac vacum cleaners made in Williamsport, PA.
Did someone remember SEE’s candies ? I think made just outside Pittsburgh. I seem to remember Slinkys are made in Holidaysburg.
Light bulbs are manufactured in Meadville, PA
I can’t believe no one mentioned Middleswarth Potato Chips. They are the best ever!
Trimline Windows made outside Philly and Signature Doors made outside Altoona. Signature makes one of the best wood doors,
I didn’t know any of these are made in PA! I would have said Hershey’s, but I see other folks already are bringing that up!
Yum, Peeps! I didn’t know they were made in Pennsylvania. Interesting!
Lovely skin products, made in PA.
Which ones? Would love a list
Not only are Peeps made in PA but a giant Yellow Peep drops bringing in New Years in BethlehemPA.
Wendell August Forge – beautiful hand hammered metal giftware; And CHOCOLATE!! Daffins and Philadelphia in Sharon PA; Boyers Mallo and Peanut Butter cups from Altoona; Hershey!! Romolo and Pulakos in Erie.
I intend to boycott ALL Pennsylvania products since the state gave us a charlatan for a president.
Yes, get that boycott going. A few small companies going out of business and some lost jobs will drive him right out of office. [sarcasm]
New and healthy options, Brads Kale chips. Pipersville PA. Stopped by the factory on 611 and was greeted by warehouse crew and Brad who gave me free samples for my PA package!
USA Bakeware in made in the Pittsburgh , PA area.. The best bakeware ever.
Also Mack Trucks in Macungie, PA.
Boeing helicopters (CH-47 Chinook) and the Boeing MV-22 Osprey are built at the plant in Philly (Ospreys are finished and make their first flight in Texas, but the main fuselage is built in PA).
HOW ABOUT BOYER MALLO CUPS! ALTOONA PA
Turkey Hill ice cream and Herr’s products are also made in PA
The Granola Factory in Bethlehem makes the most delicious granola.
Gee, what about Lebanon balogna?:)
Thanks for the list. I am boycotting all Pennsylvania made products since the Gettysburg National Military Park pulled all Confederate flag merchandise off their shelves in the gift shop.
Joyce, Where’s the sense in penalizing PA manufacturers because a federal government-operated park pulls inventory?
Everybody! Out of the mouth of a Tennessee whiskey-lover, Victory Beer, of Downingtown, PA, and Sly Fox brews, of Pottstown, PA, are very different and very good tasting beers.
Not sure how many western boot fans there are who are reading this site, but I have to give a shout out to one of the best brands out there in quality, comfort and craftsmanship who handmakes a lot of their boots in PA: Double H
Also, did Turkey Hill make the list? gotta have Turkey Hill when you talk about PA.
Reading, PA is home to several Made in PA products including Tom Sturgis Pretzels, Bachman Snacks, Unique Pretzels, and Palmer Chocolates.
And don’t forget This-Night socks, made in Berks County! Their designer is from Wyomissing.
Snyder’s of Berlin? Best BBQ chips in the world.
How about Martin guitars?
Standout Designs solid-wood TV Consoles! The wood is Pennsylvania hardwood and the consoles are made in a factory in Pennsylvnaia! This Harrisburg, PA family company is happy to offerquality furniture made in Pennsylvania!
I have visited Pennsylvania and my husband would love to move there. I do enjoy PEEPS and of course Tasty Kake too. I didn’t know they were made there.
Watch the All Clad! I was about to buy a roasting pan set when I realized that it was made in China. So sad. Thanks for the many great PA products.
I love this website after boycotting made in china. I also live in PA and love it but as much as I like the Crayola factory, much of their crayons are made in china! Look at the boxes in the stores : (
America’s oldest hat maker…www.bollmanhats.com
My new year resolution is buy USA and since I’m from Pa. I do appreciate the featured site and USA Love List
USA Pan Bakeware
I had no idea that so many of the products that I know and love are made in Pennsylvania! I would love to see how crayons are made at Crayola!
Wow, looking at all these comments, lots of stuff made in PA. I am from NY and love crossing the border to take my helmet off. Much more courteous drivers are made in PA.
I had no idea Peeps were from Pennsylvania!
Aren’t Hershey products made in Pennsylvania?
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.
chef boy ardee products, made right here in MILTON, the heart of the Susquehanna Valley.
Woolrich Clothing, delgrosso spaghetti sauce, middlesworth chips
I just wanted to add Musselman’s Apple Sauce, Biglerville, PA.
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!
are twizzlers made in PA
After you eat all these great PA made treats you will need to turn to P&G, made in Mehoopany, for the “clean up”
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.
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!!!!
Aidan’s Attic Pennsylvania, LLC
how about twizzlers??
Choice alpaca socks are made in PA. Outside of philly.
Looking for beauty products
COMMENTCan you post a link? I can’t find you on the internet
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.
“Channel Lock Pliers… fiercely made in Meadville, PA”
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??
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
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
Adooka Organics, organic children's and baby clothing made in Philly!
Blue Star ranges
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.
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
Oh really, Terri? That's quite an endorsement. Will have to keep my eye out for those particular candles.
Listerine..there is a Johnson and Johnson plant in Lititz PA
My recent post American Flora
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!
Here's a couple of Big ones Hershey's chocolate and Heinz ketchup
Hershey’s is making a lot of their products in Mexico
It’s true. Some Hershey products are made in Mexico, but not all. As always, get in the habit of reading those labels.
When Hershey took jobs away from PA we stopped buying ANY of their products.
of course I have to psot on the stuff made in PA !!