Nov
9
2009

Taking A Peek Inside The Smucker’s Family… Orville, Ohio

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Had so much fun at The Smuckers Company in Ohio!! It was me along with 8 other great bloggers, not sure how I got so lucky to be chosen to go, but am I ever glad I was!  Follow along if you’d like as I take you on my journey, it was a blast!

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Wednesday afternoon the gang took a tour at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  I was still flying in, so I missed out.  I did however get to go to dinner with everyone at Ken Stewart’s.  Can I just say YUM!  One of the best steakhouses I’ve EVER eaten at.  They started us out with a beautiful array of appetizers and For dinner I ordered a potato crusted Halibut with a corn saute and chipotle tartar sauce.  I am drooling just thinking about it.  For dessert we had a flaming pot to make our own Smores as you see in the picture along with about 10 other options.  So cool!

Let me just say I was so full, I thought I was going to bust, seriously.  We got back to the hotel and crashed, I could barely move!  Little did I know the eating had only just begun!

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Thursday morning, we met at 6:45am to head to the beautiful Smuckers Store.  We were greeted by none other than the………………

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Pillsbury Dough Boy!  Talk about some good dance moves, he was bustin’ a move for all of us, it was hysterical.  Click HERE for a peek thanks to my new friend Erin @ 5 Dollar Dinners :)

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I think our mouths dropped as we stepped inside to see this gorgeous shop.  It was newly decorated for Christmas and was really a sight to see.  My pictures just don’t do it justice.

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Lovely Christmas decor.  Really put us in the mood!

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We all sat for a quick breakfast and had the privilege of hearing from 4th Generation Smucker Family CEO, Richard Smucker.  Talk about genuinely nice people.  Loved them.

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We also heard from 5th Generation Smucker Family Member, and President Mark Smucker (left) and granddaughter Kimmie (right-black jacket).

Nicole from Baking Bites and I snapping pics while shopping :)

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After a quick bite to eat, we were each given a giftcard to go shopping in the beautiful Smucker’s Store.  Talk about tough decisions!  I could have spent all day in that shop!

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Yes, this chandelier is made from Smucker’s Jelly Jars!  How cool is that?!

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More shopping!

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Richard Smucker, Tanya @ Mommy Goggles, Nicole and I in the Smucker’s history room.

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Hated leaving, but we had lots more to do.  One last picture of the building.

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How gorgeous is this area?  Bye Smuckers, hope to visit again soon!

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After our breakfast and shopping we made our way to the Smuckers Headquarters.  We met in a room where we learned all about Crisco products.  We even got a first hand education on how to be an Olive Oil Taster!  The man on the left was telling us we needed to swirl the pretty little blue cup in our hands to warm the oil, as you see me doing in the picture.  Then we were to take a sip and slirp… slirp… slirp… to get the taste through our entire mouths, then spit it out into a little cup.  There was some choking going on in the room.  I don’t think any of us will be getting calls to be professional oil tasters :)  Was fun though.

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One of the most beautiful sights I’ve seen was walking into the Smucker’s Culinary Kitchens to see a table full of Thanksgiving food and treats of all kind waiting for all of us.  I’m talking 2 huge turkeys, stuffing, salads, cookies, cakes and pies.  They really outdid themselves.  We were all amazed!

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While we were sampling, they had some of their personnel talking about new products with us.  We were talking about their “good for you” line they have.

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Another shot of our feast and the other side of the table.   Jennifer, Shannon and Tanya.

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After a bit of sampling the Thanksgiving Feast, we got a brief Photography and Food Styling lesson.  Really useful information.  One that we all loved was taking a gold cardboard cake plate and using it as a reflector on your food.  It was amazing the color it brought to the pictures.

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Next we were challenged with a little bake-off.  We had a whole assortment of decorating items along with brownies, cookies and cupcakes.  We were to create whatever we wanted with all of our products and then take pictures of them.  You can see the goodies I came up with.  It was quite fun!

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Next it was off to lunch at the J.M. Smucker Home which is right on the Smucker’s Campus.  It has been renovated into a little museum.  What a treat to eat lunch here.  Really beautiful.  The food was great and the desserts were to die for!  Click HERE for the Peanut Butter Pie Recipe.

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After lunch, we got dressed in hair nets, white jackets and headsets to prepare to enter the Smucker’s Factory to see the workers in action making Smucker’s products.  No cameras were allowed, but it was really quite something to see.  The smell was so sweet.  We walked by the area where the apple butter was being prepared.  It was just like something you would see on tv.  A giant machine was pushing apples through an assembly line of workers picking off leaves and any bad apples that might come through.  Then they went through a bath and off to the next line.  The whole process is really amazing.  You don’t realize how much work goes into each little jar of product.  Glad I had the opportunity to walk through their factory.

As if we all hadn’t eaten enough for 1 week, we ended our journey with the best butter pecan icecream I’ve ever had with an assortment of Smucker’s toppings.  What a treat.

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One last picture before we headed to the airport.  I’ll never forget this trip or the amazing group of people I was so lucky to meet.  Thank you Smucker’s!

Front: Nikki@ Art and Lemons, Shannon@ Mommy Files

2nd Row:  Tanya@ Mommy Goggles, Me, Theresa (PR), Jennifer@ The Dirty Shirt

Back group: Wendy (PR), Stacy@ Mommy Central, Cody (PR), Nicole@ Baking Bites, Amanda@ Mommy Mandy , Erin@ 5 Dollar Dinners, Jill (PR), Barbara (PR)

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Thanks for sharing my trip with me.  Have a great new week, see you soon with a new recipe!


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  1. 1

    That looks like so much fun!!

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    Carey says:

    Jenny,

    What a treat! Thanks for taking us along with you. I bet it was great!

    Carey

  3. 3

    That is such a neat place, Jenny. I loved the “stained glass” wall when we were there. Another fun experience for you.

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    Ramona says:

    How cool. Looks like you had a great time and a great trip.

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    Krystle says:

    This looks like so much fun!

  6. 6

    SO FUN!!

    Glad you had a great time Jenny!!

  7. 7

    Looks wonderful! So glad you had so much fun! :) Congrats again! :)

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    carrian says:

    Oh I’m so jealous!!! How in the world do you always have so many fun things to go do?!

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    Erin says:

    I just want to eat off the screen…and taste it all again!

    Loved meeting you!

    Erin

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    I had such a fun time and it was so great to meet you! Can’t believe we have so much in common – lol!!

    Hope we get to see each other again soon!

    P.S. Great post and great pictures!!!

    HUGS!

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    Sara says:

    How fun! The Smuckers factory AND the Pilsbury Dough Boy!? Sounds like a blast. :)

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    Tricia Folsom says:

    Looks like a really fun trip!

  13. 13

    That looks like such a cool place! I love the chandellier!

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    Pat says:

    Great photos…..and you are just as gorgeous as ever!

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    Love your story and pictures! I hope to have mine up this week. I am still filtering through pictures. I took more than I thought. This event was so personal and hands on. Loved everything about it and the company :)

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    Nutmeg Nanny says:

    Looks like a great time! Glad you had fun in Ohio:)

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    Kim Adams says:

    Cutest pics you little booger! Love you…miss you!!

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    Christa says:

    SMUCKER’S IS MY HEAVEN! Take me along!!!

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    Lisa says:

    Thanks for sharing your trip, looks like a blast.

    Lisa

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    Michelle says:

    Jenny that looked awesome! Glad you had an amazing time & your re-cap was fantastic.

  21. 21

    Thanks for sharing your adventure! Food bloggers rock!

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    Bridget says:

    Wow! That trip looked awesome. There is nothing like free delicious food!

  24. 24

    You are so lucky! What a fun trip! Smuckers…sign me up for next year! ;)

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    Amanda says:

    It looks like you had an amazing time. The Pillsbury Dough Boy dancing is hilarious! Thanks for sharing your great adventure with us.

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    Old Mom says:

    Wow! What a fabulous experience for you…sweet memories… :)
    Thanks for sharing all the photos!

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    Liesl says:

    I am from this area!!! Every time I go home I drive by Smuckers and it makes me smile! Glad you got to visit a trademark of Ohio!!! Looks like yall had fun!

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    Barbara says:

    You get to do such fun things!
    (Love the Smuckers chandelier!)

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    What a fun trip! Let’s just hope that chandelier never falls down!!

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    Gina says:

    I’ve stumbled upon your site a few times now, and I just have to say THANK YOU! I recently re-located to the DC area from the Akron/ Canton area. I would LOVE driving out to Wooster/ Orville on beautiful fall days. I haven’t been home in 4 months, and have been feeling extremely home sick. But your post just made my day! Your pictures are amazing- and you are truly lucky to have toured what you did, as they don’t have public tours. I can not say thank you enough for making my heart leap!

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    Darlene says:

    I buy only Adams Peanut butter. Sure would like to find some coupons for this product.

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