Duncan Hines is a brand is now owned by Conagra Brands, having been reunited with the company through its acquisition of Pinnacle Foods in 2018.
Read more about the history of the company after the list of recipes.
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Duncan Hines Recipes
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These recipes use a Duncan Hines cake mix as the base to create something even more delicious than the original cake.
Duncan Hines Cake Recipes
Duncan Hines Cookie Recipes
Duncan Hines Cobbler Recipes
History of Duncan Hines
Duncan Hines was an American pioneer of restaurant ratings for travelers. He is best known today for the brand of food products that bears his name.
He worked as a traveling salesman for a Chicago printer, and he had eaten many meals on the road across the United States by 1935 when he was 55. At this time, there was no American interstate highway system and only a few chain restaurants, except in largely populated areas. Therefore, travelers depended on getting a good meal at a local restaurant. Hines and his wife began assembling a list for friends of several hundred good restaurants around the country.
In 1952 was the first foray into baked goods by Duncan Hines introducing his bread to the world through the Durkee’s Bakery Company of Homer, New York. Principals Michael C. Antil Sr., Albert Durkee, and Lena Durkee were the bakery proprietors.
By 1953, Hines sold the right to use his name and the title of his book to Roy H. Park to form Hines-Park Foods, which licensed the name to a number of food-related businesses. Hines and Roy Park form Hines-Park Foods, Inc. with the purpose of bringing high-quality foods to the American household. They produce over 250 canned, bottled and boxed products featuring the Duncan Hines label.
The cake mix license was sold to Nebraska Consolidated Mills in Omaha, Nebraska, which developed and sold the first Duncan Hines cake mixes.
In 1957, Nebraska Consolidated Mills sold the cake mix business to the U.S. consumer products company Procter & Gamble. The company expanded the business to the national market and added a series of related products.
At 55, Hines and his wife sent a list of 167 recommended establishments to their friends as a Christmas present. Hines self-publishes “Adventures in Good Eating,” an expanded list of recommended restaurants. It becomes so popular he publishes a guide to the best hotels and motels.
Hines-Park Foods merges with Procter & Gamble. Within a short time, Duncan Hines introduces cake mixes, which are marketed nationwide along with other items under the brand name.