3 junk foods that scream Dayton

Junk food is delicious.
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Junk food is delicious.

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Credit: Photo: Shutterstock

Dayton loves its junk.

And by junk, we mean sugary and/or salty treats that send your mind back to those carefree days of childhood.

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You know what we mean by carefree days of childhood.

Those days where you could eat an entire box of Little Debbie Fudge Rounds every day and not gain a pound.

The good ole days.

Luckily there are tons of junk foods you can sink your teeth in (and hopefully not gain a pound).

Here are three snack foods that scream Dayton: 

CHIP OFF THE OLD BLOCK

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Mikesell’s was founded in Dayton in 1910.

Mikesell’s was founded in Dayton in 1910.
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Mikesell’s was founded in Dayton in 1910.

The company Daniel W. Mikesell started in 1910 on the back of a bike makes one of Dayton's most iconic foods.

Roughly 20 million pounds of potato are transformed into Mikesell’s potato chips each year at 333 Leo St., the company’s plant, warehouse and headquarters.

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Mikesell’s chips range from Bold Jamaican Jerk Kettle Cooked Potato Chips to Beer Can Chicken Groovy Potato Chips.

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 CHEEZY LOVE

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You can take the cheesy cracker out of Dayton, but you can’t take the Dayton out of the cheesy cracker.

Cheez-It brand crackers were first introduced in 1921 by the Green & Green Company, then located at the corners of Cincinnati and Concord streets.

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That company later became Sunshine Biscuit Company and remained at the corner of Cincinnati and Concord until at least 1972.

Sunshine was acquired by Keebler in 1996. Keebler was bought in 2001 by Battle Creek, Mich.-based Kellogg.

All that said, once Dayton junk food, always Dayton junk food.

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COTTON CANDY RAINBOW 

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Flying Santucci Bros. Gourmet Cotton Candy

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Flying Santucci Bros. Gourmet Cotton Candy
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Flying Santucci Bros. Gourmet Cotton Candy

Credit: Source: Flying Santucci Bros. Gourmet Cotton Candy

Credit: Source: Flying Santucci Bros. Gourmet Cotton Candy

When compared to the legacies of Mikesell's and Cheez-it, Flying Santucci Bros. Gourmet Cotton Candy is a little baby snack food company.

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Maggie Atkinson said her nephews Max and Leo Santucci launched the company three years ago.

It's actual history goes back 25 years, when their dad, Patrick Santucci started selling cotton candy and other confections.

The company could actually sort of go by Flying Santucci Sisters these days.

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Atkinson and her sister Kate Santucci, Max and Leo's mother, are running the business while the brothers attend college.

Fresh strawberry, salted caramel and maple are Flying Santucci Bros’ top sellers.

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You really don’t have to feel all that bad about eating  cotton candy from the Flying Santucci Bros’ stand.

“Everything is organic and all natural.  All real food,” Atkinson said. “We really want to make a high quality products. (It’s) fun food, but it’s real food.”

You can find the treat at festivals.

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