Hot Pockets are microwaveable turnovers generally containing one or more types of cheese, meat, or vegetables. Hot Pockets was founded by the Chef America Inc. company. Since 2002, they have been produced by Nestlé.
There are more than 20 varieties of the traditional Hot Pocket, including breakfast, lunch, and dinner varieties. Nestlé also offers Lean Pockets, Pretzel Bread Hot and Lean Pockets, Hot Pockets Croissant Crust (formerly called Croissant Pockets), Hot Pockets Breakfast items, and Hot Pockets Sideshots. Nestlé formerly produced Hot Pie Express, Hot Pocket Pizza Minis (originally called Hot Pockets Pizza Snacks), Hot Pockets Subs, Hot Pockets Calzones, Hot Pockets Panini, and Hot Pockets Breakfast fruit pastries.
Hot Pockets were invented by Paul Merage and David Merage in the 1970s. They founded the company Chef America Inc. and began producing Hot Pockets in 1983. In 2002 Chef America was sold to Nestlé, and (as of 2012) Hot Pocket products are "now a $4.5 billion category of frozen sandwiches and snacks".
Citing reduced sales, in 2012 Nestlé announced that it would cut employee numbers at its California factory.
In popular culture
In Breaking Bad, Jessie states that he has been in a motel room "Eating funyuns and hotpockets" to Hank. To which, Hank is outraged and the phrase is repeated many times.
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- Official website
- Hot Pockets (at Nestlé.com).
- Nutritional information (at nutritiondata.self.com).
- Patent 4775771 for "Sleeve for crisping and browning of foods in a microwave oven and package and method utilizing same" (at patft.uspto.gov).
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