History of Guy’s

With more than 72 years of creating legendary chips and snack items under our belts, the Guy’s name is one you probably recognize.

Today we continue on with the tradition of making great snacks that Guy (yes, that Guy) Caldwell started in 1938 with a makeshift peanut roaster in the back of a Kansas City storeroom. Back then, the company was called Guy’s Nut and Candy Company and Guy Caldwell along with his wife Francis roasted, sold and delivered those roasted peanuts all over town.

As the business grew, Guy created his own blend of oil and special seasonings and added potato chips to the business. The rest, as we like to say, is snack history.

Since then, we’ve changed a few things (like our name), introduced some legendary snack flavors (like our Barbeque Potato Chips), and pretty much made the whole region take notice with our “Be Wise, Buy Guy’s” and “Don’t Forget the Guy’s” campaigns.

But all that success hasn’t gone to our heads. You’ll find we’re still the same friendly company you’ve been inviting into your homes, along on your picnics and to your neighborhood get-togethers for the past 72 years.

And while Guy is no longer with us, the traditions and commitment to quality he established back in 1938 continues to this day. So when you crunch into any Guy’s Snack, you’ll know you’re enjoying the same crisp, fresh taste as when Guy was making them himself.

Frequently asked questions

Here’s a list of some of our most frequently asked questions.

And just for fun, we threw in the answers, too.

How long has Guy's been in business?

The Guy’s Snacks story began in 1938 when Guy (yep, that’s where the name comes from) and Francis Caldwell started Guy’s Nut and Candy Company to supply treats to bars and taverns. In 1945, Guy Caldwell began making the now-famous chips and other snack items.

TODAY Guy’s is a boutique snack brand.  We are the last of the small independent snack brands.

Where can I find Guy's Snacks?

You can purchase Guy’s Snacks at a number of grocery stores in the Midwest and now, at our online store.

What types of products do you sell?

We sell a variety of Potato Chips, and our Famous Tasty Mix.

What does it mean to be legendary?

More than just a long history, to be truly legendary you have to get people talking, telling the story in their own words. Find out what people are saying about Guy’s Snacks.

Nutrition Information
Product Gluten MSG Lactose Soy Porcine Casein
Original Plain Free Free Free Free Free Free
Original Wavy Free Free Free Free Free Free
Green Onion Free Free Free Free Free Free
Barbeque Free Free Free Free Free Free
Sour Cream & Onion Free Free Free Free
Original Plain Ridges Free Free Free Free Free Free
Mesquite BBQ Ridges Free Free Free Free Free Free
Cheddar & Sour Cream Ridges Free Free Free
Jalapeno Free Free Free Free Free Free
No Salt Classic Free Free Free Free Free Free
Tasty Mix Free