Food brands are a significant part of our daily lives, and we often associate them with our favorite snacks, meals, and drinks. From global giants to local favorites, food brands are ubiquitous in grocery stores, restaurants, and vending machines worldwide. With their catchy slogans, iconic logos, and memorable jingles, food brands have become a crucial part of pop culture and consumerism.
Trivia questions about food brands are a fun and entertaining way to test your knowledge and learn more about the history, products, and marketing strategies of these brands. Whether you are a foodie, a marketer, or just someone who loves trivia, these questions will challenge you to think critically and creatively about the world of food branding. So, get ready to test your knowledge and impress your friends with these fun and interesting food brand trivia questions!
72 Popular Food Brand Trivia Questions Ranked From Easiest to Hardest (Updated for 2023)
- To better fit in with the city's natural Southwestern colors, what fast-food chain uses turquoise in place of its traditional "golden arches" yellow in Sedona, Arizona?
- Although it expanded to grapefruit growers in 1976, the cooperative Ocean Spray has primarily focused on what other fruit throughout its existence? The brand reached viral heights after a 2020 TikTok mashing up Fleetwood Mac, skateboarding, and Ocean Spray juice.
- Introduced in 1962, Sonny the Cuckoo Bird is the mascot for what chocolaty General Mills cereal brand?
Answer: Cocoa Puffs
- What American fast casual restaurant, formerly known as Boston Chicken, was founded in Newton, MA in 1984? While the company headquarters have since moved to Colorado, the chain sticks to its proud Boston namesake roots.
Answer: Boston Market
- Delavan, Wisconsin -- not South America -- is the location of the factory that produces what brand of rectangular chocolate mint candies?
- What casual steakhouse chain has its corporate headquarters in Louisville, Kentucky, despite having the Lone Star State in its name?
Answer: Texas Roadhouse
- Heineken has featured prominently in the 2000s as a major sponsor of the UEFA Champions League which is an athletic competition in what sport?
- What Starbucks instant coffee brand has a three-letter name that is also a preposition frequently seen on travel itineraries?
- What Swiss chocolate bar brand features red text and a yellow mountain, which surreptitiously displays the sketching of a white bear within the yellow mountain?
- Craisins are both a popular snack and a registered trademark. What fruit is used to make craisins?
- Back before they rebranded to Honey Smacks and got a frog, Kellogg's Sugar Smacks had a mascot that worked what creepy circus profession?
Answer: a clown
- Rice-A-Roni, Cap'n Crunch, and Life Cereals are all food brands that PepsiCo acquired as part of their 2001 purchase of what company?
Answer: Quaker Oats Company
- A subsidiary of Nestle, what frozen pizza brand has a name that means "of the day" in Italian?
- The "Cutie" brand of produce primarily focuses on what miniature cousin of the orange?
- Anna Kendrick sings of "bags of Tostitos with salsa and queso" in a Frito-Lay ad that parodies what song from "The Sound of Music?"
Answer: My Favorite Things
- What “M” food conglomerate, based in Chicago, Illinois, owns Cadbury, Chips Ahoy, and Oreo among others? Formerly known as Kraft Foods, it got its name from combining the Latin words for “world” and “delicious.”
Answer: Mondelez International
- "The truth is, we're not that dumb, and we're not that smart" was a quote from Donald Keough, the president of what drink manufacturer after conspiracies arose about a purposely inferior product the company had released to drive up demand for their original product?
- The orange-and-blue packaging of what Nestle candy bar proclaims that it is "crispety, crunchety, peanut-buttery?"
- Lindt expanded their chocolate empire in the 1990s with the acquisition of what California-based chocolate company founded by and named after an Italian immigrant?
- What pop superstar teamed up with Oreo to offer her "little monster" fans a themed pink cookie with green filling, released as a limited edition in January 2021?
Answer: Lady Gaga
- Now owned by ConAgra foods, what brand of cake mixes, pie fillings, and other sweet treats, is named after a man who was born in Bowling Green, Kentucky in 1880?
Answer: Duncan Hines
- What chocolaty drink powder was featured in the decoded message from Little Orphan Annie in the 1983 film, "A Christmas Story?"
- What is the name of the Japanese snack food first sold in 1966 initially described as a "chocolate covered biscuit stick?" There are now additional flavored coatings such as almond, strawberry, milk, green tea, banana, and coconut.
- In 2016, General Mills's Monster Cereals held a mock election, with what cocoa-flavored cereal beating out Boo Berry and Franken Berry to win the most votes?
Answer: Count Chocula
- Fat Tire, a Belgian-style ale, is the flagship beer of what Colorado-based craft brewery that distributes their bottled beers nationally?
Answer: New Belgium
- What conglomerate, headquartered in London, creates popular food brands like PureLeaf, Klondike, and Ben & Jerry's?
- Young & Rubicam Advertising Agency were the creators of the "Bet You Can't Eat Just One" slogan for what brand of salty snacks?
Answer: Lay's Potato Chips
- American Cone and Pretzel Company was the initial name of what snack brand founded in 1917 in Philadelphia that has been owned by Frito-Lay since the 1960s?
Answer: Rold Gold
- Grocer Joel Owsley Cheek started a coffee brand in 1892 and soon named the brand after a hotel in Nashville, Tennessee (the brand's largest customer). The brand was the highest-selling coffee in the United States for nearly 100 years and frequently incorporates its "good to the last drop" slogan into its logo. What brand is this?
Answer: Maxwell House
- What famous drink was introduced as "Brad's Drink" in New Bern, North Carolina in 1893 at a drugstore? The product was renamed five years later after the Greek "p" word for "digestion."
Answer: Pepsi Cola
- What brand's name is a "syllabic abbreviation" of two states in which some of their original potato fields were located? The brand originally included the outlines of these states, but the logo has simplified over the years and they are now a brand within the Kraft Heinz snack food empire.
- What Nabisco-produced snack (cookie?) with mostly yellow packaging was named for a town near Boston?
Answer: Fig Newton
- Introduced in 1927, what powdered drink mix is the official state soft drink of Nebraska, where it was invented?
- What American chain localizes its fare with offerings such as Turkish coffee in the Republic of Georgia and versions of its signature product stuffed with kimchi in South Korea and topped with fish flakes in China?
Answer: Dunkin' Donuts
- Headquartered in Plano, Texas, what successful PepsiCo subsidiary makes and sells corn and potato chips? Their name is in part as a combination of a discount brand of tortilla strips that come in chili cheese, and a potato chip that comes in a yellow bag and has a number of flavor varieties.
Answer: Frito Lay
- What popular cereal brand was introduced in 1941, and released its popular “Honey Nut” spin-off in 1979?
- What multinational food conglomerate, based in Battle Creek, Michigan, makes Corn and Frosted Flakes, in addition to Eggo and Pringles and more? It was created while John and his brother W.K. were working at the Battle Creek Sanitarium in the 19th Century.
- What brand of salad dressings, sauces, cookies, and other packaged foods is named after the man who won a Best Actor Oscar for starring in "The Color of Money?"
Answer: Newman's Own
- Personifying the chain's claim that you can "have it your way," the Subservient Chicken was a long-running promotional gimmick used by what fast-food chain?
Answer: Burger King
- Similar to a Heath bar, what Hershey's candy bar brand consists of a thin slab of butter toffee covered in milk chocolate?
- What grocery chain, the largest in the UK, got its start in 1919 when founder Jack Cohen returned from World War I to sell surplus goods at a stall in East London?
- What popular fast food chicken franchise, owned by Yum!, was co-founded in 1952 by a well-known Colonel who obtained that honorific title from the US state referenced in the restaurant’s name?
Answer: Kentucky Fried Chicken
- Laid-back Floridian vibes were the inspiration for what soft drink brand, whose logo includes a pair of lizards facing in opposite directions?
- What is the name of the fluorescent-green, orange-flavored Hi-C variety that debuted in 1986 as a tie-in to the animated series "The Real Ghostbusters?"
Answer: Ecto Cooler
- Now made by Ferrara Candy Company, what brand consists of sweet-and-sour candy powder poured into the mouth from a package that looks like a colorful drinking straw wrapper?
Answer: Pixy Stix
- A brand of candy owned by Mendelez, featuring little people sized pieces that start sour and become sweet, are the Sour ______ Kids. Fill in the one word blank, a “P” word associated with Cabbage dolls of the 1980s, whom the candy may be named after.
Answer: Sour Patch Kids
- What “N” food brand, founded in 1978 in Massachusetts, is the most popular brand of tofu in the United States? They were acquired by Pulmuone Foods in 2016.
- What cereal in an orange box is advertised as “peanut butter cups, for breakfast?”
Answer: Reese's Puffs
- What vanilla sandwich cookie with an elongated shape is made by Keebler and is partially named after the capital of Austria?
Answer: Vienna Fingers
- One of the most iconic food advertising slogans of all time is "They're magically delicious," which General Mills has used to promote what marshmallow-studded cereal?
Answer: Lucky Charms
- Also the owner of brands such as Jimmy Dean and Hillshire Farms, what company produces approximately 20% of America's beef, pork, and chicken, according to the company's website?
- What is the name of Costco's in-house brand, which offers food products including olive oil, maple syrup, chocolate-covered almonds, frozen shrimp, and many others?
- Produced in the United Kingdom but popular in the United States, what brand that comes in a tin describes itself as "curiously strong mints?"
- The popular reality show "The Great British Bake-Off" must be referred to in the US as "The Great British Baking Show" because what General Mills food brand owns the trademark to the phrase "Bake-Off?"
- "Seasoned boneless pork dipped in a tangy BBQ sauce, topped with slivered onions and dill pickles, all served on a toasted homestyle bun" is how McDonald's describes what limited-availability menu item?
- Created in the 1980s to represent all the difficulties of getting a pizza delivered in 30 minutes or less, The Noid is a red-suited villain who appears in advertising for what restaurant chain?
- For Valentine's Day, the Cupid's Message variety of what candy brand offers tiny sentiments like "LUV U" and "SMILE" in addition to the single letter that usually appears on each piece?
- What company was formed in 2012 through a merger that combined a company famous for cheese with a company famous for ketchup? The resulting company is now the fifth-largest food and beverage company in the world.
Answer: Kraft Heinz
- Gimme a break! What Hershey wafer-and-chocolate product has been offered in more than 300 flavors in Japan, including adzuki (red bean), wasabi, matcha, and soy sauce?
- In the 1990s, Wendy Kaufman read letters from actual customers during the commercials for what "S" bottled juice brand? (Hint: She was known as Wendy, the ______ Lady.)
- What “R” Cracker brand, owned and distributed by Mondelez International, is a lightly salted cracker disk with little holes in it? It shares its name with the ______-Carlton Hotel.
- The original flavors of Pop Tarts, which hit store shelves in 1964, were Apple Currant, Blueberry ,Cinnamon Sugar, and what other flavor?
- Orlando-based Darden Concepts is a restaurant group whose popular brands include LongHorn Steakhouse and what Italian chain where "we're all family here?"
Answer: Olive Garden
- Founded in Minnesota in 1891, what food processing company was known throughout the 20th century as the manufacturer of Spam? Today, the company owns and distributes brands such as Jennie-O and Skippy.
- Toblerone got its name from founder Theodor Tobler and "torrone," the Italian word for what crackly confection found in each bar?
- Vernon Rudolph bought a sweet yeast-raised recipe from a New Orleans chef, rented a building in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and started a company in 1937. Fast forward almost 100 years later, and the alliterative company started by Rudolph is still headquartered in North Carolina featuring a classic red-and-green logo. What is this company?
Answer: Krispy Kreme
- What brand of chips has inspired an internet community to search for an individual chip that looks most like the Pope's hat?
- What internationally known chef with the first name Ettore began his career in Cleveland before reaching a level of household fame known by few other chefs in history?
Answer: Chef Boyardee
- Announced in January 2018, Keurig Green Mountain plans on acquiring with another beverage company named after what flagship American soda brand?
Answer: Dr. Pepper
- What candy, which is produced in Austria and Connecticut, has a name that is an abbreviation for the German word for peppermint?
- Edward Boyd's idea to create advertisements showing black Americans as normal, middle-class citizens (rather than racist stereotypes) was considered revolutionary in the 1940s. At what company was Boyd working when he actioned this plan?
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