Food of the Seventies, Hallmark Baked Beans (Dry Box Style)

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Hallmark Baked Beans came in a box and you added the ingredients; molasses, bacon, etc. They were the best tasting beans; wondering if they are still made or not. Info appreciated.
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Barbara B. - March 09, 2008 - Report this comment
Growing up in Iowa in the 60s and 70s my mom regularly fixed these beans and they were delicious and easy to prepare. Wish they were still available!
steve anderson - May 27, 2008 - Report this comment
I grew up in NJ (camden county), and my mother made Hallmark Beans for dinner at least once a month. The first time I tasted the junk in cans I realized that American food manufacturers will try to screw everybody. I now make my own beans the old fashioned way in a cast iron pot in the over. Tried using a slow cooker, but the results was better than can but lousy compared to cast iron in the oven. Would love to buy 10 cases of "Hallmark Beans"!!
RuthLC - October 10, 2008 - Report this comment
Hallmark Beans had amazing flavor, and I would love to find them again! I have a bean pot set bought when living in Pennsylvania in the 60's: 1 large covered pot and 6 little bean pots that were a special promo by Hallmark. The large pot says "Hallmark Quick Bean Products" on the bottom. Someone should revive this excellent product. I'll never forget that fragrance thru the house as they baked!
Veronica S. - December 13, 2008 - Report this comment
I have the Recipe from the box.BOSTON BAKED BEANS but where can we get the boxes of DRY BEANS?????
Barbara - January 01, 2009 - Report this comment
I too am looking for Hallmark Beans. My mother use to make them and they were the best baked beans ever. If you get any feed back on them would you be so kind as to send it to me. My Email is bschay42aol.com thanks a lot
Barbara - January 01, 2009 - Report this comment
veronica S. can you give me the recipe from the Hallmark box of dry beans. I would love to have it thanks
Gordon - January 17, 2009 - Report this comment
I do hope that Veronica S will post the recipe from the box or send it to my e-mail, grbryson@frontiernet.net. They were the best beans ever while growing up. The secret to the beans was that they were "presoaked". That way they could be cooked up quickly.
Bashbish - March 11, 2009 - Report this comment
I have also made these beans at least once a week and can't find them anywhere. They were the best and only took a little to prepare and bake. Where are they????
Rose M. - March 25, 2009 - Report this comment
Veronica S. I would really appreciate the recipe for the Hallmark Baked Beans. I used to make them all the time, but I don't know the recipe and can't buy the box anymore. Will you please send it to bmoll@mchsi.com ? Thanks so much!
Elaine - June 07, 2009 - Report this comment
My mom and I also made them. Can't find the boxes anywhere. Veeronica, can you send me the recipe also? mrslilli678@aol.com
Pat - June 28, 2009 - Report this comment
My husband has been hounding me to try and find Hallmark Beans online. I would love a recipe if anyone has it.
Diane - July 11, 2009 - Report this comment
Growing up in Minnesota we had these delicious beans at least once a month. I would love to have the recipe and info on the "pre-soaked" beans. Thanks!
Alyce - July 18, 2009 - Report this comment
The Best! Reminds me of Mom. Try the Horn and Hardart receipe. (google) Yes ..you do have to soak the beans. sigh.......
CBW - August 31, 2009 - Report this comment
OMG, our family loved them too and have searched for a long time to find them...wondering if Veronica ever shared her recipe with anyone...thinking we could find some dried beans...If anyone has please SHARE...
Cate - November 05, 2009 - Report this comment
I loved those beans! I have looked everywhere for them to no avail. It was one of the first items I learned to cook. If you have the recipe, perhaps you could post it here. Thanks
Kathy K - January 31, 2010 - Report this comment
Did anyone ever post this recipe? I would love to make them for our family reunion this year. Thanks
Kim - February 22, 2010 - Report this comment
Has anyone found were to buy the Hallmark dried baked beans?? Pls email me at khtabor@etmc.org
Rich - March 17, 2010 - Report this comment
I think I have the recipe.
Michael - June 07, 2010 - Report this comment
My mom had the recipe. I'm not sure how to recreate the Hallmark Pre-Cooked beans though. Obviously 45 minutes will not cook even pre-soaked beans. She also said the box was about the sice of a Kraft Mac & Cheese to help judge the amount of beans needed. 1/4 lb bacon 3 1/2 C boiling water 1 tsp salt 1/2 tsp dry mustard 4 tbsp molasses 2 tbsp brown sugar 1/4 cup ketchup 2 tbsp finely diced onion 1/4 tsp garlic powder Place beans without soaking in baking dish or bean pot. Brown bacon thoroughly. Add boiling water. Combine remaining ingredients and add to water. Pour over the beans. Cover and bake in a 450 oven for 30 minutes. Uncover, stir well, and bake 15 minutes longer.
Gordon - September 21, 2010 - Report this comment
Using a one pound bag of dried navy beans, I doubled all of the ingredients, baked at350 for5 hours and they were just as I remembered them, Thanx again.
lisa - September 25, 2010 - Report this comment
Gordon...you used Michaels recipe with 1 lb dried beans? I'll try it!!!
Martha - October 22, 2010 - Report this comment
I'm so happy to find this blog - AND this recipe! I'm been searching for Hallmark beans forever - even contacted the Vermont Country Store, famous for locating favorites from the past, and had no luck. I'm going to try the recipe tonight, and finally be able to share this delicious memory with my husband! Thank you Gordon for posting this!
Sandy - November 30, 2010 - Report this comment
My mother made these beans on snowy days with nice hot rolls. But she cooked them in a pressure cooker on top of the stove.She made them more of a bean soup that was thick and yummy.I found the box once in the early 70's and made them and they were just as I remembered them.I could say I wish they would bring them back,but knowing progress,they would probably not make the dried beans the same and I would be disappointed.I will try Michaels'recipe and wish me luck!
vicki - December 23, 2010 - Report this comment
PLEASE tell us how to get the hallmark dried beans...never had anything as good. seems like so many many people want them!
Mary - February 14, 2011 - Report this comment
I found these beans on Amazon, don't know if the price would be worth it, but nostalgia always is! "Leonard Mountain Precooked And Freeze Dried Navy Beans, 6-Ounce Bags (Pack of 6)" My mother just mentioned them the other day, but I couldn't remember the name of the mix! Thanks to those posting the recipes!
CHARLES - March 29, 2011 - Report this comment
WHY WERE THEY TAKEN OFF THE MARKET
Elaine - April 19, 2011 - Report this comment
My mom always made the Hallmark Beans for parties. Then I followed suit, but now no more boxes. My kids want the beans for their parties, so I'll try Michaels ingredients with Gordon's proportions for the dry bagged beans and his long cooking- which seems correct. Michael's 30 min. and 15 is too short
joaniejmm - July 01, 2011 - Report this comment
I have the original recipe from the box. Anyone who wants it, I would be glad to give it to them
joaniejmm - July 01, 2011 - Report this comment
have found the freeze dried beans only at Harmony House Foods on line
PatC - July 14, 2011 - Report this comment
Nothing can compare to Hallmark Beans I have looked all over for them. It was a GREAT product and should be brought back.
Mary - December 17, 2011 - Report this comment
I too remember Hallmark beans. My Mom made it every Sunday on our special Sunday dinner having sliced beef sandwiches with gravy on rolls, homemade french fries and Hallmark baked beans. We ate them on tv trays while we watched Walt Disney world. It waS the only time we were allowed to eat in the livingroom. A very nice family memory. Wish they still had those beans!!! Does anyone know what company made them?
Charotte B. - December 21, 2011 - Report this comment
I have the original recipe from the box. Here it is: 1 pkg (2 C.) precooked beans 1/4 lb. salt pork or bacon, sliced 3 1/2 C. boiing water 1 tsp salt 1/2 tsp dry mustard 4 TB molasses 2 TB brown sugar 1/4 cup catsup 2 TB onion 1/4 tsp garlic powder Place beans without soaking in baking dish or bean pot. Brown salt pork or bacon thoroughlly. Add boiling water. Combine remaining ingredients and add to water and pork mixture. Pour over beans. Cover and bake in hot over, 450 degrees for 309 minutes. Uncover, stir well, and bake 15 minutes longer. Because I cannot find precooked beans, I use 1 lb. of dried naby beans, and soak them overnight in the crock pot on low, with enough water to cover them by a few inches. When they are soft, I add the remaining iingredients, and cook on low all day. I have found that for 1 lb. of dried beans, I have to double the other ingredients in order to get the same Hallmark flavor. Enjoy!!
Charlotte B. - December 21, 2011 - Report this comment
Oops. That should read 30 minutes, not 309!!
Ann K. - January 14, 2012 - Report this comment
My mom's recipe using Hallmark Beans. l pound beans (Hallmark) Subtitude navy bean of great norther beans. 1 med. onion 1/2 cup dark molasses 1 TBS. dry mustard 1/4 pound salt pork 1 cup ketchup Soak beans overnight, drain and add water & boil until tender. Mix in remaining ingredients. Bake at 300 degrees in large bean pot covered approximately 2-3 hours. If more liquid is needed my mother would add more ketchup to hers. When they stopped makeing Hallmark she told me the conversion of the other beans. Works well for us. Good Luck!
Doris S. - May 31, 2012 - Report this comment
Boy, do I remember those beans! Introduced to them by my sister in Easton, Pa. Started making them in NY State, then Baltimore and now Cherry Hill, NJ. Wherever I lived I made them for cookouts, and they were an outstanding "hit" with everyone - to the extent that I am now the owner of two bean pots. I have never been able to find them anywhere, and I am wondering if anyone knows what happened to the company that made them. What else did they make? Did they go out of business? Anyone know the answers to these questions?
Kathy Davis - July 21, 2012 - Report this comment
Was just at an auction and found a small bean pot 5" high and about 8" to 9" wide (handle to handle). The bottom is marked HALLMARK Quick bean products. Can anyone tell me about it or it's value. Thanks
susan - July 30, 2012 - Report this comment
thank you, Charlotte B.
Cyndi - August 22, 2012 - Report this comment
The company that made these is no longer around. The bean pot was a promo item. I believe you had to send away for it. Loved these as a child. We ate them cold for breakfast IF there were any left from dinner the night before. Thank you to everyone who gave up a recipe. They come very close.
Merle - December 05, 2012 - Report this comment
Wow! I am happy to see this site...My mom used to bake them back in the day....they were the best!
shawnee - December 15, 2012 - Report this comment
I have been looking high and low for the receipe,My Mom also made them..As a young married girl I started to make a quick version,had the good flavor but never the same..I used canned beans draind well added all the other ing. and baked. Thanks so much for the receipe
Stan - March 30, 2013 - Report this comment
My mom (who grew up in Iowa) made us bean soup from Hallmark beans. It was a family favorite. I think she used the recipe on the box, but modified it some. Here is her recipe. The notes in () are her notes. The notes in [] are my clarifications. Enjoy! Hallmark Bean Soup Recipe 1 Box Hallmark Beans (precooked - 9-1/2 oz box) [note: these are no longer available-use dry navy beans] 4 cups water salt To taste (usually takes more than I think! but I start with 1/2 to 1 tsp) Pepper to taste 1 cup or more diced celery (I usually use much more) 2 tbsp Grated or dried onion (according to your tastes) Cover and simmer until tender – 15 to 20 minutes. (Be careful it doesn't boil over at first) [with modern dried beans you might have to cook it for about 4 hours] Meanwhile, chop or slice into bits some bacon - 4 slices or more as desired. Brown in another pan as for regular bacon. Add to bean mixture along with 1 or 2 tbsps of the bacon fat. When beans are soft, add 2 cups milk (whole or 2% or skim) and heat to serving temperature. Actually, we usually liked the soup even better when warmed up for the second round!
Stan - March 30, 2013 - Report this comment
My mom (who grew up in Iowa) made us bean soup from Hallmark beans. It was a family favorite. I think she used the recipe on the box, but modified it some. Here is her recipe. The notes in () are her notes. The notes in [] are my clarifications. Enjoy! Hallmark Bean Soup Recipe 1 Box Hallmark Beans (precooked - 9-1/2 oz box) [note: these are no longer available-use dry navy beans] 4 cups water salt To taste (usually takes more than I think! but I start with 1/2 to 1 tsp) Pepper to taste 1 cup or more diced celery (I usually use much more) 2 tbsp Grated or dried onion (according to your tastes) Cover and simmer until tender – 15 to 20 minutes. (Be careful it doesn't boil over at first) [with modern dried beans you might have to cook it for about 4 hours] Meanwhile, chop or slice into bits some bacon - 4 slices or more as desired. Brown in another pan as for regular bacon. Add to bean mixture along with 1 or 2 tbsps of the bacon fat. When beans are soft, add 2 cups milk (whole or 2% or skim) and heat to serving temperature. Actually, we usually liked the soup even better when warmed up for the second round!
joan - May 25, 2013 - Report this comment
seems like I'm in the same boat with the same story. These beans were the greatest; everybody loved them. Still trying to find a suitable substitute. Will report any new findings. Thanks to EVERYONE who sent recipes.
Dirk - June 05, 2013 - Report this comment
Thank you folks for the recipe. I grew up with Hallmark Beans and I still have the Bean pot. I'm wondering if Hallmark used Navy Beans or Great Northern?
Kay 2013 - November 27, 2013 - Report this comment
As a young married women (47 years ago) my mother-in-law introduced me to Hallmark Beans and yes everyone they were the best, they were the only bean I made. After, when you couldn't find them anymore, I tried the recipe from the box with navy beans (dried) and it worked great. Then, as life goes, I lost the recipe. Just on a whim I googled Hallmark beans and to my surprise there it was. THANK YOU EVERYONE for the recipe, they will be on my thanksgiving table.
Beth - April 26, 2014 - Report this comment
I was raised on Hallmark beans, and my kids loved them, too! The recipe is great! But what made these beans different was the fact that they were precooked and then dried, again, by a special process that was closely guarded by the company. That's what made them cook faster without all the soaking and boiling, and it made them more tender and more easily digestible. I looked for info online but could not find any references to what actually happened. I think I remember hearing something about the company burning down. The owner decided not to rebuild and kept the process a secret. So, no more Hallmark beans. Interestingly, I talked to my older sister (We're both over 65) about this, tonight, and she actually still had a box of the beans in the back of her pantry, which she is sending to me! Wouldn't it be neat to have the beans analyzed to see if the process revealed itself? Someone might be able to replicate the process, get the production line rolling, and re-introduce these great beans to a new generation!
joyce - May 06, 2014 - Report this comment
Beth - if you succeed in a plan to reinvent Hallmark dried beans for baking, you will be an automatic trillionaire... please... forge ahead and let people know when we can buy stock in your company...
Deborah - June 24, 2014 - Report this comment
My mom made these beans and then taught me to make these beans, when she was not able to get the beans mom looked into what happened. The owner of the company had died and with her death the production and selling of Hallmark Beans stopped. So sad, it was great and I loved making them, thanks for posting you comments.
Bunnyta - November 26, 2014 - Report this comment
I just found the Hallmark Precooked Beans recipe and remember how great it was. I want to copy this recipe over but need to know from anyone who found a comparable recipe, though I realize bringing ingredients to a boil then simmering for 15 minutes surely will have to be changed. Thanks.
Sally4th - January 02, 2015 - Report this comment
This comment if for Beth whose sister was going to send her a box of Hallmark beans: I don't know if you still view this board, but did you get the box? If so, are you pursuing getting the beans analyzed? If you have the box and aren't getting them analyzed, I'd be interested in getting it done. There are some resources near where I live that could help with the process. If you're willing to part with the box, please write a post and I'll keep my eye out for it. Thanks! ~Sally4th P.S. Bunnyta - read through all the comments; some posted they made the recipe using dried beans and they state how they did it! I haven't tried the recipe yet but will soon. Enjoy!
Elaine - April 14, 2015 - Report this comment
I too grew up on Hallmark BB. Couldn't find them and checked this site. Michael's recipe is GREAT, reminds me of my mom's HBB 70 years ago. Copied it and misplaced it. Was asked to make the beans for Easter so I tried canned small white beans and a similar recipe- do not do it, the beans never softened, even after hours in the oven. Just now, I was looking for another recipe and out fell Michael's. I will recopy it, and secure it in my recipe file box.
Donna - May 03, 2015 - Report this comment
Hallmark beans were always my go-to favorite, well over 50 years ago! I used them as my submission in a local recipe contest by adding crushed pineapple & naming them Hawaiian baked beans!
Carla - September 22, 2015 - Report this comment
WOW! I'm so excited to see this and can't wait to make them. My Mom made them, too and Hallmark beans were the greatest and bring back so many nice memories :-)
Carla - September 24, 2015 - Report this comment
Just came across an old ad for Hallmark -- who knew the also made chili?: https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1368&dat=19640420&id=vHVQAAAAIBAJ&sjid=zxAEAAAAIBAJ&pg=5629,545243&hl=en I got a kick out of it -- and also the Dear Abby column along side of it!!
Greg - December 01, 2015 - Report this comment
You left out one very important ingredient : I believe this was optional, but I remember it very well because my mother always used it. Orange rind and or orange juice.not sure on the amounts, but I believe it was some rind and a couple tablespoons Spoons of juice concentrate. Really makes a difference.
Hazel - March 03, 2016 - Report this comment
These beans are also called marrowfat beans, one can grow them in the garden (I purchase from victory seeds dot com) can be purchased by the 1.75 pound at marxpantry dot com)$11/per 1.75 lb
Jean - September 29, 2016 - Report this comment
Thank you Michael and everyone else that left a comment behind. Grew up in Iowa in the 60's and these beans were a staple at our family's dinner table. Its been a few years since I've looked on line for a clue and was tickled to find this page!
Deb - December 31, 2016 - Report this comment
I was just watching Martha make baked beans, and suddenly the name I'd been trying to remember popped into my head - HALLMARK!!! We always thought those beans would be around forever, so never kept the recipe. Then Mom passed, and the recipe passed with her. I've been trying to recreate these for at least the last 30 years. Close, but no cigar. Thanks to all for the memories, and the recipe!!!
Teenah - November 20, 2017 - Report this comment
Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh !! My mom made those beans all the time, esp. to take to potlucks, church dinners, etc, and we had them also at home for dinner. That was 40 years ago, and I still can remember that delicious taste. I wish I could find at least a picture of the box, better yet, a box .. somewhere.. ahhhhhh.. good times :)

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