JIFFY Mix - More Than Just Corn

by candy47

Chelsea Milling Company, manufacturer of JIFFY Corn Muffin Mix and so much more than just corn...

The easily recognizable little blue and white box of JIFFY Corn Muffin Mix has been on grocery store shelves since 1930, manufactured by the Chelsea Milling Company of Chelsea, Michigan. A family owned and operated business that began in 1901 as a traditional flour mill selling only to commercial businesses. Chelsea Milling Company now produces 19 variations of baking mixes (as of 2015) distributed worldwide.

How It Started

It started in 1930 when the then-owner Mabel White Holmes created a baking mix designed for sale to consumers. It was the first prepared baking mix in the United States as an easy way to make biscuits, she named it JIFFY and marketed their new innovative product with the slogan:

"So Easy Even a Man Could Do It"

sorry gentlemen, don't kill the messenger


As of 2015 the company is operated and managed by Mrs. Holmes grandson Howdy Holmes, a former Indianapolis 500 race car driver. He has been the company CEO since 1995 and employs about 300 workers. The company produces 1.6 million boxes of mixes every day. The corn muffin mix accounts for 91% of retail sales. During the company's busy season, September thru January, they produce 180 million boxes of JIFFY mix.

JIFFY products are produced and processed in-house, including storing the grain then grinding it into flour, mixing the product and packaging. Equipment repair is also done on site and performed by company personnel. Most of the ingredients are sourced from local suppliers such as wheat and sugar coming from Michigan and some sugar and shortening from Illinois and Indiana.

Chelsea Milling Grain Elevator
Chelsea Milling Grain Elevator
Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons Publi...

So much more than just corn. JIFFY offers cake mixes, pizza dough, frosting, pie crusts, cookies and more...

Available at Amazon is this variety packs
Jiffy Muffin Mix Variety Bundle, 7 oz...
Only $19.91
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Keeping the Employees Happy

In 2008 the company began planning a revitalizing project with the main objective to acquire new equipment requiring fewer employees to operate. This decision was based on company projections that most of the company's employees would be retiring by 2018. In 2015, 173 employees retired. With the new equipment it was not necessary to replace the retirees.  None of the employees were let go by the company.

The company does not advertise their product in any way, spending no money on advertising. Howdy Holmes stated the money not spent on advertising is passed on to their employees salaries and the ability to keep the retail price of the product low. The employees earn more than the industry standard and enjoy better benefits. Holmes has also rejected all attempts for a takeover or buyout from big corporations. He wants to keep it in the family.

If you're ever in Chelsea, Michigan, the JIFFY company offers free tours of its facilities.

Cornbread in Cast Iron Skillet

I used JIFFY mix to make this red and green bell pepper upside down cornbread.  First I sauteed the peppers in the skillet, then prepared the batter in a bowl according to the package directions, poured it directly on top of the peppers, and baked for the time indicated on the box.  So easy!

This is the skillet - It comes with the removeable red silicone handle holder seen here.

I use it for so many other things too
Lodge Cast-Iron Skillet L10SK3ASHH41B, 12-Inch
$29.9  $22.43
Cornbread in Cast Iron Skillet
Cornbread in Cast Iron Skillet
Photo by Candy Dorsey

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Updated: 02/18/2017, candy47
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candy47 on 05/10/2017

Original Corn Muffins, of course!

DerdriuMarriner on 05/09/2017

candy47, Thank you for the informative article and product line! It's inspirational to read about people like Jeff Daniels and Howdy Holmes who care about their home communities. Which product do you like best in the JIFFY line, which I already know and love?

candy47 on 08/19/2016

Free samples! I'll add that to my article. Thanks. Love Jeff Daniels.

candy47 on 08/19/2016

It's cornbread Bill! You're right, it is delicious.

The Savvy Age on 08/19/2016

I highly recommend a tour - fun tour for families and free samples 😀. Chelsea is a charming town which also is home to Purple Rose Theater by Actor Jeff Daniels.

[email protected] on 08/19/2016

I don't really know what it is but it sounds delicious!

candy47 on 08/19/2016

Susan, I would love to see more companies like JIFFY.

Susan on 08/19/2016

God bless Howdy Holmes and the Jiffy Muffin folks. I love knowing that they don't advertise, choosing to use the money it would take to do so to treat their employees well. We need more companies like this one. "1.6 million boxes of mixes every day." That is an amazing statistic!

candy47 on 04/25/2016

I was surprised too Angela!

AngelaJohnson on 04/25/2016

Learned something new. I only associated corn bread with Jiffy Mix.

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