The Top Finalists Are Announced in the Hungry Jack(R) Use Up the Box Recipe and Essay Contest

Americans Can Help Decide Which Creative Home Chefs Will Win a Year's Worth of Groceries

Jan 15, 2010, 08:44 ET from The J.M. Smucker Company

ORRVILLE, Ohio, Jan. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- Looking into the pantry for meal time inspiration has never been so rewarding!  Thanks to deliciously 'out of the box' recipe creations, nine creative at-home chefs are no longer among the 77% of Americans who reportedly throw away pantry items they fail to use entirely*.  Today, the makers of Hungry Jack® and Food Network chef, Adam Gertler, are pleased to announce the top nine finalists in the first-ever Hungry Jack Use Up the Box Recipe and Essay Contest. Your vote will help three of these finalists win a year's worth of groceries.

Consumers from across the country were inspired by Chef Gertler's creative Hungry Jack recipes and submitted innovative recipes of their own in one of the three categories – Hungry Jack Instant Mashed Potatoes, Pancake Mix and Syrup – using simple pantry staples found in their kitchens. After the initial round of judging, the top nine finalists in the three categories are:

Category: Mashed Potatoes

Beef N Cheddar Tater Boats

Marla H.

St. Paul, MN

Potato-Rosemary Focaccia Cuties with Bacon Mascarpone Spread

Devon D.

Princeton, NJ

Naranja Cream Cheese-Coconut Pecan Cake

Evelyn C.

Miami, FL

Category: Pancake Mix

Sweat and Savory Monte Cristo Crepes

Suzanne F.

Manteca, CA

Zucchini Pizza with Caramelized Red Onions

Maryanne S.

Harveys Lake, PA

Blueberry Buttermilk Cheesecake Crostata

Beth R.

Richmond, VA

Category: Syrup

Chocolate Maple Cake with Chocolate Maple Mousse

Laura H.

Canandaigua, NY

Maple-Glaze Prosciutto Wrapped Shrimp

Joni H.

Rocklin, CA

Chicken & Pear Salad with Incendiary Bacon & Walnut Vinaigrette

Julie D.

Clementon, NJ

"It was wonderful for us to see so many home cooks open their pantries and use Hungry Jack staples to develop such creative recipes," said Maribeth Badertscher, Director, Corporate Communications, The J.M. Smucker Company. "We hope that these fun and imaginative dishes will inspire many more people to stir up creativity in the kitchen and use up the box!"

Consumers can now visit to vote for the best recipe and get creative tips and recipes from Chef Adam Gertler, like his recipes for Breakfast Sausage Pizza, Turkey Burger Sliders and Chocolate-Banana Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Frosting. The three finalists with the highest point totals from the combined judging and online voting will each receive a year's worth of groceries.

* The survey was conducted by Kelton Research on behalf of The J.M. Smucker Company in August 2009.

About The J. M. Smucker Company

For more than 100 years, The J.M. Smucker Company has been committed to offering consumers quality products that help families create memorable mealtime moments.  Today, Smucker is the leading marketer and manufacturer of fruit spreads, retail packaged coffee, peanut butter, shortening and oils, ice cream toppings, sweetened condensed milk, and health and natural foods beverages in North America. Its family of brands includes Smucker's®, Folgers®, Dunkin' Donuts®, Jif®, Crisco®, Pillsbury®, Eagle Brand®, R.W. Knudsen Family®, Hungry Jack®, White Lily® and Martha White® in the United States, along with Robin Hood®, Five Roses®, Carnation®, Europe's Best® and Bick's® in Canada. The Company remains rooted in the Basic Beliefs of Quality, People, Ethics, Growth and Independence established by its founder and namesake more than a century ago. The Company has appeared on FORTUNE Magazine's list of the 100 Best Companies to Work For in the United States 11 times, ranking number one in 2004. For more information about the Company, visit

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