It takes bold visionaries risking everything to create some of the most recognizable brands on the planet. The Food That Built America, based on the hit documentary series from The HISTORY® Channel, tells the extraordinary true stories of industry titans like Henry Heinz, Milton Hershey, the Kellogg brothers and Ray Kroc, who revolutionized the food industry and transformed American life and culture in the process.
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Colonel Sanders’ First Stand
During the Great Depression, a Kentucky businessman named Harlan Sanders started selling fried chicken out of the tiny kitchen inside his gas station. He launched a product that would become an American staple and make him a brand icon: Kentucky Fried Chicken.
The Great Chocolatiers
With his iconic milk chocolate bar, Milton Hershey transformed an exotic luxury into an affordable indulgence for millions of Americans. Then he went to war with an upstart rival - Frank Mars, creator of legendary bars like the Milky Way, Snickers and Three Musketeers.
The Chips That Took Over the Snack World
While entrepreneur C.E. Doolin was getting his car serviced at a gas station in San Antonio, Texas, he came across a treat that locals called Fritos ("little fried things"). He turned it into one of the top-selling snack foods in America.
Frozen Flavored Icicles
In 1905, an 11-year-old boy named Frank Epperson left a stirring stick in a cup of soda out in the cold overnight. The next morning, he discovered the Popsicle, an icy treat enjoyed by millions today.
The 57 Varieties of Henry Heinz
After suffering through bankruptcy and imprisonment in his early 20s, a young entrepreneur named Henry Heinz made his own version of a popular sauce known as ketchup. His tasty brand would change Americans’ food preferences for generations.
For the Love of Pizza
The story of two enterprising brothers from Wichita, Kansas, Dan and Frank Carney, whose iconic franchise Pizza Hut helped turn a little-known Italian dish into the single most popular food in the world.
Underneath the Golden Arches
Dick and Mac McDonald created a ground-breaking innovative restaurant in San Bernardino, California. But it took an ambitious salesman named Ray Kroc to turn McDonald’s into a fast food empire.
Cereal Part Two: The Poster Boy of Industrial Espionage
As Corn Flakes take over the world, brothers Will and John Harvey Kellogg do battle with a former patient-turned-rival, C.W. Post. Eventually they go to war with each other. Part two of a two-part series.
Cereal Part One: The Brothers of Battle Creek
The first part of a two-part exploration of the two great American breakfast cereal dynasties, Kellogg’s and Post, and the eccentric sanitarium where they began.
America’s Home Brew: The Addict and the Promoter Who Built Coca-Cola
The story of Coca-Cola is the tale of a chemical genius and morphine addict, John Pemberton, and a brilliant pharmacist-turned-promoter, Asa Candler, who transformed an obscure soda tonic into one of the most recognizable brands on the planet.