Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Not really. But when Rose and Dave told me they had been to Rippin' Good, I ORDERED Brian to bring some home! (Not really.) :D
You see, Rippin' Good Cookies is a subsidiary of Ralcorp, the "Ral" part being "Ralston", as in "Ralton-Purina" (but I think the "Purina" part is owned by Nestle now - who the heck can keep track?!?). Ralcorp bought out Ripon Foods, who made "Rippin' Good", in 1999. I'm sorry, but "Ralcorp" just doesn't have the same ring to it as Rippin' Good, does it? Whoever owns the company, their cookies are indeed, "ripping good", and they sell boxes of the broken or damaged cookies for super cheap.
You may wonder where the name Rippin' Good comes from - well, the headquarters are located in Ripon, Wisconsin, about 25 miles west of Fond du Lac. Ripon's other claim to fame? It's the birthplace of the Republican Party. It also boasts a lovely liberal arts college, Ripon College, which is in the heart of the city on a beautiful campus (almost all of Brian's high school pals got their Bachelor's Degrees there, and Harrison Ford actually attended for a couple of years too!).
And in all of our talking about Rippin' Good, I had remembered that I had this cool brochure! Looking at the cover, one would think that this brochure was done in the early Sixties. Well, maybe originally, but this particular booklet was printed in 1980. One look at the clothes of the executives would probably give this away - plaid as far as the eye can see!
Another noticeable difference is the lack of gloves on any of the workers they show - OSHA would have a field day in this place! Maybe they're invisible, but I don't see any hairnets, either! Ah, such were the pre-litigous days of the 1980s.
Probably the saddest part of the Ralcorp takeover is the absence of this sign as you're heading into Ripon - it's small-town wonderful, isn't it? :D