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Summarized by Melisa Davis

Mormon Foods Featured on Olympic Pins

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- Salt Lake City has Olympic pins for sale, but with a twist -- the pins feature traditional Mormon foods and cookware, including funeral potatoes, lime Jell-O with grated carrots, the present-at-every-activity red punch and the ubiquitous Dutch oven. These and other pins highlight familiar Utah foods, such as fry sauce -- mixed mayonnaise and ketchup -- and mint sandwiches, and are already being bought and traded by collectors.

The pins are all the rage, according to Craig Weston, the Salt Lake City-based director for Aminco, licensee for Olympic pins. He said that the food series pins are the most popular yet. People not familiar with the pictured foods are sometimes confused. Some believed the mint sandwich pin was a Book of Mormon. Others thought that the roasting marshmallow pin looked more like a "flaming roll of toilet paper," according to Jim Liddiard of Sandy, Utah, who sells Olympic pins. Weston said that local people have fun sharing the foods' stories with those from out-of-state.

The Utah pins include a Dutch oven, voted the state cooking pot by the legislature in 1997. Utahns buy more Dutch ovens than the rest of the world combined, said Ruth Kendrick of Ogden, Utah -- who with her partner won the World Championship Dutch Oven Cook-off in 1998. She supposes that the cookware first came across the plains with the Mormon pioneers and has been popular ever since.

The food pins are flying out of the stores in Utah, and dealers are selling them online. Weston anticipates that when the Sydney games are over, the rest of the world will get to know the Mormon food pins.


Food-pin fever hits Utah
(Phoenix) AZ Republic 30Aug00 D6
By Judy Walker: Arizona Republic
Olympics spur 'craze' commemorating homey fare


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