Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Rippin' Good!

Brian and I had dinner with his parents, Rose and Dave, the other day.  We got to talking about the giant box of cookies that they had brought into the office to share with everyone (Dave works at a couple days a week with Brian and Rick, my bro in-law; it's a family affair!).  "What cookies?", I asked.  "Didn't Brian bring any home for you, Mel?", Rose asked.  Uh-oh, Brian's in trouble!  :D

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.  

A couple of things wrong with this picture:  Firstly, these
are most certainly not "girls" working.  Secondly, has
anyone ever heard of a hyphen?  And last but not least,
I don't think it's necessary to refer to cellophane as "sparkling".
I won't even get into the lack of hygienic gloves or hairnets!

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


  1. When I was a little girl, my parents took me on a tour of the Hershey factory. We were then allowed in the REAL chocolate part of the factory with the giant vats of chocolate. We didn't just see a movie a Hershey Park. It was amazing. I don't remember the details, but we didn't have to wear protective clothing and I remember being so close we could almost touch the chocolate ourselves. It was wondrous. Almost the same deal!

    Does anyone else remember such tours?

    1. I remember going through a cheese factory when I was about six - I'm pretty sure we didn't even need to cover our shoes with those hygienic covers! I don't know if it's right or not, but if memory serves I was pretty darn close to the whey vat. :D

  2. Mmmm...Rippin' Good mint creme patties are my fave! I can't believe the sign isn't there anymore.

  3. Kristi, those are MY fave too! Yes, the sign is gone because they're not Ripon Foods anymore. Sad indeed.