Food of the Eighties, RED L cheese puffs
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Thin frozen sheets of bacon, cheese and onion squares which are broke up into tiny squares on a cookie sheet and baked for 12 to 15 minutes. They popped up to about an inch and tasted great. Cant find them anymore.
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Kathy - December 16, 2008 - Report this comment
I have been looking for these puffs for years. We ALWAYS had them for New Year's Eve. I can't even find a site for the company. I thought maybe they were no longer available in my area and I could find them somewhere else. If they are discontinued - I guess I can stop looking...
dawn - March 20, 2009 - Report this comment
love all of them the hot dogs were great wish i could make the bleu cheese puffs
pat - December 28, 2009 - Report this comment
my kids and husband are great fans also. if anyone finds out anything about the company -- please post! they were reasonable to purchase and full of cheese flavor. we also had them every New Year's Eve.
Vince - December 29, 2009 - Report this comment
Also have been going crazy trying to find these. I live in NY and cannot find them anywhere!
lulu - January 21, 2010 - Report this comment
I remember cutting the coupon on the end of the box, save them up and send them in for a discount!
Patty - January 25, 2010 - Report this comment
I was also a big fan of Red L. I live in NY and haven't seen these in ages! next best thing is Cohen's...They sell a big box of 75 or one-hundred various ones..hot dogs, cheese etc. Not Red L, but good substitute
Ivy - April 07, 2010 - Report this comment
Amen!! I thought I was the only one going nuts over those absolutly delicious little puffs. I too have been going crazy looking for them. Where r they?
vicki v - April 13, 2010 - Report this comment
OMG i can't believe so many people miss these tasty treats. i have good memories that go along with these puffs! thanks patty, i'll check out Cohen's.
Ken - April 15, 2010 - Report this comment
Used to work there...they were located in Monroe CT....Main St then Pepper St. Drove by looking for the place not long ago but couldn't find it. Wonder what happened to them... - we used to call the hot dogs Puppies lol
GARY - June 13, 2010 - Report this comment
I also miss the bacon, cheese and onion puffs. Tried to invent my own a few times. Maybe one day it mine will be good as (RED L).
John - October 06, 2010 - Report this comment
I think they were bought by the company that makes steak umms frozen sandwich steaks .I used to work there and have some nice memories, I often wonder what happened to the people that worked there. I remember a lady Tilley bringing those freshly baked puff pastries down for us to eat.
gina - November 27, 2010 - Report this comment
the bacon, cheese, onion were my favorites too. they were great because there were like 72 to a box. the other ones i liked were the assortment of different puffs. i kind of recreate the blue cheese puffs, but not as good. cut puff pastry into small squares. then i just mix some blue cheese with alloutte cheese (whipped cream cheese with garlic & herbs) there is another brand but can't think of it right now. i just guess on the proportions. the cream cheese helps the blue cheese stick together. i put it in a plastic baggie and cut the tip off and top each square. cook about 350 oven for 10 minutes or so. i like mine underdone. i was googling the Red L company and found this site. man, i miss those.
John - November 28, 2010 - Report this comment
They also made excellent quiche. We used good quality ingredients , mixture of different real cheeses.Those puffs were mixed in a giant mixing bowl and rolled by hand on a conveyor belt using a rolling pin , just like at home except we had to do it for many hours non stop.They had 50lb blocks of shortening and 100lb bags of flour that we would mix in that huge bowl.
John - November 28, 2010 - Report this comment
They also had a place on Pepper St called Mrs Andersons kitchen. I forget what they made there,but a couple times a few of us were sent there to pick up ingredients or to help out.
Susan - December 19, 2010 - Report this comment
We're not alone! We've been looking for those tasty cheese puffs for years. We used to drive up to Philly (where they were sold) from DC just to stock up for the holidays. Party guests bowed down to us and our cooking genius -- and they were so easy. Red L, where are you???
Elaine - January 23, 2011 - Report this comment
What a childhood memory, these puffs at my Grandma's house. I'm glad to know many other people miss them too.
Elaine - January 23, 2011 - Report this comment
I just read that Red-L is/was owned by The Steak-um Company
John - January 25, 2011 - Report this comment
I wish more people would visit or revisit this thread to gather more information especially those that may have worked there. Its great to hear so many people have such fond memories.I'm still looking for a store that sells Red L products but no luck so far.
Ken - September 26, 2011 - Report this comment
Hey John, I worked there around '85, 86 (I think lol) as a material handler. I was on the packaging side. I remember Tilley, Kevin, Dawn, Scott, Milly, and alot others who's names escape me. I was the one with the long hair that hid it all under my hat. LOL Good times!!
John - November 08, 2011 - Report this comment
Hey Ken , I think I was there very early eighties , I worked with Mike and Dennis , I guess it was the mixing area .
Amy - November 20, 2011 - Report this comment
They were one of the best childhood memories of food ever!!! Looked forward to New Year's just for the cheese puffs.
jon - November 30, 2011 - Report this comment
do red L cheese puffs exsist anywhere? been a long time since i had these my favorite food as a kid ate the whole box all 72, in 1 sitting. im in new jersey they are nowhere to be found. i wud be thrilled with just 1 box 1 box ? anyone?
John - December 03, 2011 - Report this comment
Jon the company was bought out but I have no idea where the product is . I can't find anyplace that has it which is quite surprising given how popular they were .I felt lucky when I found a store that still sold Tree Tavern frozen pizza . Some may remember that brand and it still looks and tastes the same .
sherry - December 04, 2011 - Report this comment
I am also looking for Red l puffs. I would love to share them with my kids for the holidays. Can't someone find a recipe from the company? we could adapt it or have a huge party.
Kevin - December 06, 2011 - Report this comment
I'm another loyal puff lover! I live in CT and would travel just about anywhere for them.
Chris - December 13, 2011 - Report this comment
I remember eating these as a kid in the 70's and 80's. Always had a box or three in the freezer. Sometimes I'd cook them too long (easy to do in a toaster oven) and they would burn, to my great disappointment! Sometimes I would break the pre-scored sheet into strips or groupings . . . ah - they were great and really fun to eat. They are obviously gone. Could only find this reference to the company by using "Red-L cheese puffs hors d'oeuvres" as the search parameter in google: http://www.trademarkia.com/red-l-74015217.html The page has some legal info, as well as the company logo of the hand holding an hors d'oeuvres on the end of a toothpick. If the company is indeed gone as it seems, I am sure the recipe can be hacked/replicated to some extent. Employees of Red-L, can you give any insight beyond what John posted above on 11/28/10 on the ingredients and manufacture of this amazing snack? Perhaps with enough info a good clone can be made . . .
Deb - December 13, 2011 - Report this comment
OMG, been trying to find these for years. The cheese puffs were so delicious. I would make them at christmas & new years. Loved them so much. I have found the hot dogs in the RED L box in save a lot here in florida but only around the winter holidays. I have tried to make homemade cheese puffs but nothing could compare to those lil squares you broke off and then they would puff up in the oven. Buy the way tree tavern pizza was last sold in shop rite but the recipe has long been changed & it tastes like crap now. Bring back the red l cheese puffs PLEASE!
John - December 14, 2011 - Report this comment
Tree Tavern pizza was bought by another company in the 1990s, however I emailed the company and it still uses the same ingredients as they always have . Maybe you got a bad pizza for some reason, but it tastes exactly the same to me and I ate several times a week back in the day . On a side note I am tracking down someone that also worked at RED L that would know what's up . It may take me awhile but I will post when I find out .
Carol - December 22, 2011 - Report this comment
My sister found out recently that if enough people contact The Vermont Country Store company that they will seek out a product that is no longer made and buy the rights to produce it. All of you-contact them and maybe we can get the puffs back that we all love so dearly!
Deb - December 28, 2011 - Report this comment
Dont know how old you are but I had the tree tavern pizza in the late 60's & it was delish. I brought it back with me to Nevada in the late 80's & it was still good. I moved back to Jersey in 1991 & it had changed. I thought I had gotten a bad pizza also so I kept trying but the recipe has changed, the company is lieing. They are def doing something diff & it never tasted like that good delicious pie again. Just like kraft mac & cheese dinner, the cheese has def changed & its horrible. Used to eat it with my fingers right out the can but they have changed along with cheeze its, etc. I think they are using cheaper products but they will never tell u that. Horrible & I have an excellent palate. Am curious to see if you find Red L which I believe was bought by the company that owns steak umms. I am writing Vermont Country Store right after this post. They have great retro food products!PS Shop Rite pizza in the square slices is pretty darn good. Great crust. You would be surprised. I add extra cheese, a touch of salt & a lil olive oil & its really yummy. Had to try something else when tree tavern failed me. Here in Florida its Celeste if you can find it or tombstone extra cheese which is tolerable.
Deb - December 28, 2011 - Report this comment
Just checked tree tavern history & I was right. When I came back to Jersey in 1991 the pizza was still made by the original company & was still delish. Once it was sold in 1992 is when it faced its demise of flavor. Their claim to fame is that they still use 100% natural ingredients which is probably the truth but I guarantee you they are not the same or original ingredients used by the original company thus the change in taste. By the way I sent them an email also.
Deb - December 28, 2011 - Report this comment
got my time lines a lil wrong. Moved back in 1991 & the pizza was still good. I moved back in October so there wasnt much time left to get the good original Tree Tavern before it changed. Wish I would have known, I would have bought a freezer and stocked up, same with Red L.
John - December 28, 2011 - Report this comment
I guess started eating Tree tavern in the late 60s , by the 70s I was surviving on it 3 days a week . Its still my favorite of all frozen pizza maybe followed by Mystic. I don't what the reason could be for variance in taste but I can't detect any difference at all . The recipe for Red L products can't be completely duplicated . Many of the ingredients we used were specific to the local area of CT . Some of those are no longer in business . Other ingredients are more or less outlawed because of trans fats.Other factors are the way the food was processed wouldn't be used today . In a few days the company would just be winding down production only operating with a few employees , some on call . It was a very seasonal company .
Kate - April 17, 2012 - Report this comment
My grandma, Doris used to work for Red L and lived in Monroe CT. She would always make the pigs in blankets when we came to visit and nothing has ever stacked up comparatively. Can still smell them!
Kristin - May 02, 2012 - Report this comment
I live in CT. I so miss those cheese puffs! I search the web now and again to see if I can find them. @Kate - does your Grandmother know any of the recipes?? LOL! It would be great if she did and shared :)
Staci - May 09, 2012 - Report this comment
I too remember eating these cheese puffs as a kid at my grandmothers house. She would bake them in the toaster oven. They smelled so good and tasted DELICIOUS. The perforated lines were supposed to allow the frozen sheets to break into the tiny squares but sometimes they didn't break apart very well. I did not mind, they still tasted so good. Only draw back was that the filo dough did burn easily so you had to watch them bake. I can remember watching them puff up. Of course they have to cool off a little before you can eat them. SO worth the wait!!!! @ Carol- I just emailed The Vermont Country Store and filled out a form to request our beloved cheese puffs. Hopefully others will email them too!!!
Erica - August 23, 2012 - Report this comment
I thought I was alone in my quest for the Red L puffs. Nice to know I wasn't crazy they did exists and others loved them as much as I did!
Donald - September 09, 2012 - Report this comment
These cheese puffs were brought up in a conversation with my girlfriend I remember when i used to fondue them.... she remembers the holidays....They are really missed.
Kerri - October 01, 2012 - Report this comment
Add me to the Red L loving craze. I wasn't crazy about the onion ones back then (would love them now) but I still ate them. I always would bake an even amount of each flavor but who am I kidding, pretty much the whole box would get eaten by my dad & I and maybe my sisters & mom & gram. I looked for them a few years ago after I got married most likely for New Years or Christmas Eve & was so sad that I couldn't find them. I didn't realize that they were made in Monroe. I was born & raised in Trumbull. I would love some right now. I might have to try & do some puff pastry magic one day. I'd also love some JJ's from Drumstick. And a kettle donut from Frances right now.
LYDIA - October 06, 2012 - Report this comment
I can't believe I found this site! I was talking about Red L puffs the other day and got a mad craving for them. They were simply the BEST and boy do I miss them! I am writing to Vermont Country Store tonight. P.S. I am also BIG FAN of Quisp, which is being sold at Shop-Rite in NJ, and Screaming Yellow Zonkers, which I can't find, but have heard rumor it is being sold at crazy high prices at Amazon.
Trudy - November 06, 2012 - Report this comment
My Aunt always had these cheese puffs when we visited as a child. We so looked forward to those. I wonder if there is a way to replicate them?
Darnita - December 22, 2012 - Report this comment
I miss them with a passion, but I always try to recreate what I can't find. Just cut puff pastry sheets into one inch squares and brush with a little melted butter and sprinkle with seasonings or flavoring of your choice then bake til they puff up....not red l but satisfied my cravings!
Sandi - December 27, 2012 - Report this comment
I have been looking for the cheese puffs for YEARS, and have had no luck. I grew up in the Chicago area, and my mom always had boxes of the awesome flat sheets of cheese puffs, perforated in the freezer. I couldn't remember the brand name, which didn't help in my search. I thought it might have been Stouffer's, but I bet it was these "Red L" that you are discussing. If they also had a box that was all cheese, at least. I remember burning them half the time and then peeling off the bottom layer and still eating them :o) I can't imagine the recipe would be that hard, but I am one for FOLLOWING a good recipe, not creating one.
Jamie - December 29, 2012 - Report this comment
So Loved Red L's 72 assorted puffs!! So glad that there are other puff lovers!!!
Patrick - December 31, 2012 - Report this comment
I worked for the company that produced these for ten years, unfortunately they closed the doors a little over four years ago.
Susan - January 24, 2013 - Report this comment
Have been searching for these puffs for months. Every time I try to explain to friends in Delaware they have no idea what I am talking about. These were my Mom and I treat on Saturday nights. I am so craving them. I am from Staten Island and always bought them at Pathmark. If someone has a recipe close to them please post.
gregg - June 12, 2013 - Report this comment
Another Puff lover here. Looks like the whole Red L company is gone, unfortunately. Patrcik, thaks for the closure. 72 flat squares that ballooned into a perfect snack for the munchies. The bacon were my favorite. To this day nothing else measures up.
barb baker - July 10, 2013 - Report this comment
im amazed at how many people still want them! the plant in stepney, Connecticut, was a germ-fest! cant even believe they are still around!
James - July 22, 2013 - Report this comment
They are owned by Steak-Umm. They make hot dogs & the other assortment with the blue cheese circles. All you people should write to Steak-Umm & demand the puffs to be brought back. I miss them also. ;)
Mindy - August 01, 2013 - Report this comment
My brother and I used to make these all the time. They were amazing! I just remember we called them Puffs. I miss those things!
James - September 13, 2013 - Report this comment
I thought I've been trying to remember the name of these golden pieces of heavenly puffs for years! Glad to know I'm not the only one who misses them! The cheese sheet would always be the first to go..When I was desperate I would open the freezer and dip into the onion ones.. not as good but still. We should start a petition to bring them back! Anyone with a copycat recipe PLEASE POST!!!
NYE - December 30, 2013 - Report this comment
We want them back too!!!! Loved em! Steak em make them again!
Julie from Steak-umm Meats - January 20, 2014 - Report this comment
Sorry folks, Red-L products have not been a part of the Steak-umm line for more than seven years. The brand was purchased by another company and we do not know the status of Red-L products. I wish we could provide more encouraging information.
Lydia Liebchen - January 20, 2014 - Report this comment
Oh god I miss that magical box of 72 red L puffs. So many ways to eat them...layer by layer...all at once...couple at a time...someone please find them!!!!!!!
Bernadette - January 22, 2014 - Report this comment
I'm AMAZED at all the posts on this page! Thought I was alone in this quest. I also cannot believe how many have the SAME memories...New Years Eve...then as a young adult I used to buy them all the time. I miss them SO much! Crazy right?!
Teresa - February 01, 2014 - Report this comment
I too loved these, wish I could still get them :( I came here hoping that someone found some.I did find this site but I am unfamiliar, anyone buy from here? grocerystork.grocerydirect.com
Susan - March 08, 2014 - Report this comment
I luved Puffs! Does anyone have a copycat recipe? I would pay anything for a box of Puffs right now!
Donna - March 27, 2014 - Report this comment
I used to work there in the accounting department right before I went to the Army full time. It was a great place to work, too bad, the good ones are gone, I still tell people about it today. That's were I got my accounting start. Good times
Dan McDade - August 18, 2014 - Report this comment
I too worked for Steak-umm's in Connecticut for a while. Someone is still making Red-L because if you Google it Foodtown and Keyfoods is still selling them. Not sure which items are available but the brand is still out there.
Lisa D - September 20, 2014 - Report this comment
OMG......The cheese puffs my favorote also I had them as after school snack sometimes..... and a fav with soup. How do we bring them back... cant some co.buy reciepe... PLEASE!

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