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Van de Kamp's Bakery

Van de Kamp's Bakery was a favorite of Southern California residents for many, many years. Van de Kamp's Bakery was sold by the Van de Kamp family to General Baking Co. in 1956. The company was then sold to private investors in 1979, and closed in bankruptcy in 1990 .

Theodore Van de Kamp founded the bakery and the seafood company, and he also was one of the co-founders of "Tam O' Shanter Inn", Lawry's Prime Rib Restaurant, and Lawry's Seasoning Company. The seasoning company was sold to Lipton/Unilever in 1979, then sold to McCormick & Company in July 2008. It appears that the only connection the family has with any of these is with the Lawry's Prime Rib Restaurant in Beverly Hills, CA.

I have been looking for Van de Kamp's Bakery recipes for ten years now, and I have never found a single one that was actually from the bakery. They just aren't available. Whoever has them has kept them locked away, and no former employees of the bakery have volunteered any information. The recipes below are the only recipes that I have been able to locate on the Internet, and they are just attempts at re-creating the recipes. They are not actual Van de Kamp's recipes.

There is a Facebook page devoted to Van de Kamp's Bakery. Posting there might be the best bet for recipes. Van de Kamp family members and former bakery employees would be attracted to the page:
Van de Kamp's Bakery on Facebook

Kelly's Kookies has a sugar cookie that, I am told, tastes similar to Van de Kamp's Holiday Sugar Cookies.

Salt-Rising Bread
Dutch Girl Cookies
Butter Spritz Cookies
Similar to Van de Kamp's Date Nut Bread
Van de Kamp's Twist Coffee Cake
Molasses Cookies Tastes Like the White Cake Frosting

No luck with these:

  • almond icebox cookies
  • angel cake with milk chocolate frosting
  • any icing or frosting
  • bran muffins
  • brown sugar cake
  • cheese bread
  • cherry shortbread
  • chocolate chip cookies
  • coconut cake
  • crumb donuts
  • gluten free bread
  • holiday cookies
  • honey bran muffins
  • honey luncheon cake
  • maple pecan cookies
  • milk chocolate cupcakes
  • mocha cake
  • orange breakfast rolls
  • orange cake
  • peanut butter cookies
  • pineapple pie
  • prune Danish ring
  • slivered almond coffee cake
  • spice cake
  • white birthday cake
  • windmill cookies

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