I'm almost ashamed to admit that I grew up on these. When I was really small they were a treat on nights when it was just me and my mom at home. I remember watching the Muppet Show and having my mother take the turkey TV Dinners out of the oven and we sat and watched and ate. That was before microwaves were a common household appliance. Once I got into middle school and we did have a microwave they became an easy way for me to "cook" for myself. In high school I think I had a Chicken Pot Pie just about everyday for a while. I know, I know, just don't think about the sodium content. Come to think of it, if it weren't for TV dinners I would have starved by now.
The Story of Swanson TV Dinners
Straight from the Pinnacle Foods website
In 1954 television's popularity was sweeping the nation and freezers were also becoming common in many households. Gerry Thomas, a sales representative for C.A. Swanson & Sons, proposed launching a frozen dinner that would take advantage of these trends - and help reduce a surplus of Thanksgiving turkeys the Company had on hand. Gilbert and Clarke Swanson agreed to the idea and in 1954 Swanson, the original "TV Dinner" went into full production and sold 12 million cartons.
Swanson through the Decades
- 1950s Swanson TV Dinners were introduced to Americans
- 1960s Desserts were added to the meals
- 1970s A line of Swanson breakfasts was introduced
- 1980s The entire dinner line was repackaged for those new fangled microwave ovens
- 1990s Swanson was recognized as one of America's most popular brands
- 2000s Swanson was re-launched as Swanson Classics, the "Original TV Dinner"
Beyond Swanson's Brand
All these years later and I still buy Swanson frozen meals, but they no longer have the monopoly in my freezer. I've expanded my repertoire to now include Marie Callender's and Stouffer's various sub-brands. Hey, they are quick, they fill you up and you'll never get bored with all of the choices out there.
Stouffer's Dinner Club
Have you heard about the Stouffer's Dinner Club?
When you are shopping look for the packages with the Dinner Club logo on it. Printed inside the boxes you will find a code that you can enter on their website. Each box's code is worth 20 points. You also receive 100 points when you sign up. You can earn a little more by answering their poll and
Here's the website -> Stouffer's Dinner Club
Save up and redeem your points for items from their Rewards Catalog.
Buy One, Get One Free Coupon for Stouffer's Corner Bistro Panini
5 song downloads
25 prints from Snapfish.com
Reuseable Grocery Tote
Stouffer's Branded Pot Holder
Coupon for 2 Free Stouffer's Corner Bistro meals
1-Year Magazine Subscription
2 Movie Tickets
Or, you can redeem 1,000 points to make a $10 charity donation to Feeding America.
TV Dinner Novelties
And if you've joined Stouffer's Dinner Club tell us how many points you've got so far. ;)