King Arthur Flour has a long and storied history, stretching back nearly to the American Revolution. We've been providing bakers with superior flour since 1790: from Martha Washington's apple pie through the invention of the chocolate chip cookie, from flour in wooden barrels to bags at the supermarket, we've been there. Simply put, King Arthur Flour and American baking have been close companions since the very beginning.
Pre-1800First Apple Pie Appears
"American as apple pie" - but when did the original recipe for this iconic pie appear? In Martha Washington's Booke of Cookery, handwritten by the first president's wife during the latter part of the 18th century.
1849San Francisco Sourdough: Feeding The Miners
Gold was discovered in northern California in 1848, and the rush was on. Hungry miners developed naturally fermented "sourdough" as a way to bake bread. And in 1849, The French Bakery became the first shop in San Francisco offering sourdough bread for sale.
1886Pecan pie makes its appearance
Pecan pie became a stalwart of Southern baking in the twentieth century. But its first actual appearance was in Harper's Bazaar magazine, which published a rudimentary recipe in 1886.
1905New York City's first pizzeria opens
Pizza was brought to America in the late 19th century, courtesy of a wave of Italian immigrants. But it wasn't considered "takeout" until 1905, when Gennaro Lombardi began selling pizza out of his New York City grocery store - thus establishing America's first pizzeria.Learn More
1930Banana bread starts its rise to popularity
That most ubiquitous of quick breads, banana bread, first appeared on the American scene in 1930 not to showcase bananas - but thanks to the increasingly widespread availability of commercial baking powder and baking soda.Learn More
1933The chocolate chip cookie is born
A landmark moment in cookie history took place in 1933 when Ruth Wakefield, owner of the Toll House Inn in Whitman, Massachusetts, added chopped chocolate to her sugar cookie recipe in an attempt to create a chocolate cookie. The chocolate didn't melt... and the chocolate chip cookie was born.Learn More
1973Zucchini Bread Invades American Kitchens
The back to the land movement of the 1960s extended into the 1970s, with people embracing "grow your own" and healthier natural foods. One of the first and most popular recipes for zucchini bread appeared in Beard on Bread in 1973.
1990The Baker's Catalogue Is Launched
With the demand for King Arthur Flour growing beyond New England, the company launched The Baker's Catalogue. Mailed to 10,000 customers, the small, black-and-white catalogue included baking tools, bowls - and flour, of course.
1991Chocolate Lava Cake Explodes
Chocolate took prime place on restaurant dessert menus during the 1980s, with soft-center chocolate soufflé cakes appearing regularly. In 1991, the chocolate lava cake - chocolate cake with a truly liquid center - erupted at various New York City restaurants.
1996Kingarthurflour.com Goes Live
Christmas Day 1996 marked the launch of the company's first rudimentary website, showcasing 13 recipes, an invitation to "sign our guest book," and information on our four different flours. Today, the site features over 2,800 recipes and 1500+ blog posts, and offers more than 1,000 products.
2000Our Bakery and Baking School open their doors
A long-time dream of King Arthur Flour co-owner Brinna Sands was for the business to open an onsite bakery and school. After years of research and planning, Brinna's dream came true: The King Arthur Flour Bakery and Baking Education Center opened their doors on our Norwich, Vermont campus.Learn More
2007King Arthur Flour joins
B Corp as a founding member
Carrying on a long-time business commitment to do the right thing, King Arthur Flour proudly became a founding B Corp member, changing its bylaws to reflect its commitment to all stakeholders: shareholders, business partners, the community, and the environment.
2016King Arthur Flour: Employee-Owned Company of the Year
Ten years after becoming employee-owned, King Arthur Flour was named National ESOP Company of the Year, a coveted award honoring the company that best exemplifies the business and cultural success of employee ownership.