Our spicy Cackalacky® "campfire story" begins around the turn of the century with some friends, family and, well, a campfire...
With a "secret spice blend" and a bold dream - we set out on a mission to turn our love of authentic and lively local food & drink, original music, and The Great Outdoors into "something for people everywhere to enjoy!" And, well, that's exactly what we did. In a very - very - roundabout way...
We call our original food & beverage and clothing creations, "Cackalacky®" (pronounced "cack-A-lacky") - a word that we rescued from relative obscurity that we thought perfectly captured the spirit of our lofty-minded endeavors.*
As a matter of fact, no one had ever used our brand name in commerce before we came along. So, we trademarked Cackalacky® and registered the Cackalacky.com Super Site and took our lofty ideas on the road to The People - singing our silly Cackalacky Song© and spreading the good word everywhere we went that "Life need not be bland any longer!" to pretty much anyone who would listen. Music festivals, beer festivals, barbecue competitions, tradeshows, grocery store parking lots all over these United States... You name it! If there was a crowd - we were there! After years of sampling our wares all over the country (quite litterally!) and making appearances in far-flung and highfalutin and places like Food Network, NPR, ABC, The Washington Post, Southern Living, and Bon Appetit our positive message began to slowly but surely catch fire...
These days, we continue to follow our passion for blending tradition with innovation and fun. As a matter of fact, this belief has become central to our day-to-day business philosophy as well as the common thread that binds us to our extraordinarily interesting fans & friends.
Thanks for your awesome support & cheers to the next two decades!
Cackalacky®: We’re All Over The Map! (And, super proud of it!)
A Few Of The Nice Places In NC Where Your Cackalacky® Purchase Dollars Go:
★ Grocery Distribution: Salisbury, Black Mountain, Turkey, Dunn
★ Coffees: Raleigh
★ Snacks: Henderson
★ Ingredients: Salisbury, Colfax, Henderson, Selma, Zebulon, Oxford
★ Screen Printing & Embroidery: Greenville, Sanford
★ Printing: Durham, Winston Salem, Greenville
★ Outdoor Gear & Glassware: Greenville, Charlotte, Henderson
★ Food Sciences: Raleigh, Henderson
★ Legal: Chapel Hill, Charlotte
★ Freight Logistics: Durham
★ Shipping Materials: Asheboro
★ Warehousing: Pittsboro, Henderson
★ Famously Original™ Cackalacky® Brand Logos!
We have several iterations of Cackalacky® Brand logos from over the years. Here just are a few of our more memorable creations...
Fun Fact: Our original "Cackalacky® Jack" smokin' chile pepper logo from around the turn of the century is still continuously in use after all of these years! (Look on the side of your bottle and peanut tins! Hello! Hello! There he is!)
The Cackalacky Song©: Three Chords And A Dream!
We even have a copyrighted Cackalacky™ Song! Yes. It's silly. And, we've sung it everywhere - from illuminated stages and music festivals to the grocery store parking lots, NPR, and everywhere in between! Grab your guitar (or, banjo, or ukelele) and give it a spin!
★ Our Famously Original™ Cackalacky® Collaborations!
We have also embarked on a few very exciting Cackalacky® collaborations o'er the years with our awesome friends at Cheerwine®, Biscuitville® FRESH SOUTHERN™, Fatz Cafe, Chandler Foods, Spartanburg Meat Processing Co., Inland Seafood Co., and The North Carolina Transportation Museum which have helped propel us toward fulfilling our vision to be an iconic Southern spice-style brand for the 21st century!
★ Cackalacky® + Cheerwine®: A Legendary Handshake Between Southern Food And Drink!
'Round here, we believe that most folks agree that Cackalacky® eats are always best enjoyed with friends and proper drink. And, in the case of Cheerwine®, we actually took this maxim *quite literally* by developing a sweet 'n savory "tomato based" grilling & barbecue sauce that's actually made with the original Cheerwine® secret formula and our secret Cackalacky® spice blend. ...A "legendary handshake between lively Southern food and drink" if you will.
Here's a brief history of Cheerwine® soft drink in their own words...
Born in the South.
Created in 1917 in Salisbury, North Carolina by a general store owner named L.D. Peeler, this singular soft drink with a hint of wild cherry and a bubbly effervescence became an immediate hit. Folks from all around the county came to LD's store to give it a try.
Soon cold cases all over North Carolina were filled with the "Nectar of North Carolina." It was known to put a smile on everyone's lips who gave it a try, and the Legend was born.
Raised in a glass.
Generations later, the Legend has grown larger than life. Family and friends in every state of the Union clamor for this taste that always surprises. Cheerwine is regularly spotted in such far-flung places as the great wall of China. The fjords of Northern Europe. The battlefields of Iraq.
Today, L.D.’s great-grandson Cliff Ritchie leads the company, as Cheerwine® officially expands to new parts of the country and continues to win loyal fans with just one sip.
★The Cackalacky® Chop Sandwich!
Developed by celeb Chef Andrew Hunter exclusively for Biscuitville's Fresh Southern™ lunch menu, the “Cackalacky® Chop" sandwich features a Southern fried pork chop, topped with house-made Carolina Slaw, Cackalacky® Cheerwine® Sweet Sauce on a buttery brioche bun!
About Biscuitville® Fresh Southern™
Locally-owned and operated since 1966, Biscuitville® serves Southern Inspired food the old-fashioned way. Their hand-kneaded biscuits are prepared in front of guests every 15 minutes, each and every day.
Located throughout North Carolina and Virginia, Biscuitville® is "locally Southern" and these folks darn proud of it. The Fresh Southern™ menu includes their famous breakfast biscuits, platters, and sweets, and *now* also includes new lunch sandwiches and sides created by Chef Andrew Hunter.
★ Cackalacky™ Beer!
Yep. You heard right! We've teamed up with a few of NC's finest craft brewers o'er the years to create some exciting Cackalacky® "emboldened" craft beer interpretations!
Most recently, we've teamed up with our neighbors at Bear Creek Brews to brew Cackalacky™ Hot Red-Rye - an Irish red style ale spiced with chile peppers! Portions of proceeds from sales of the Cackalacky™ Beer go to our friends at CORA, our local food pantry here in Chatham County, NC!
Watch this space for our next Cackalacky™ Brew happening!
★ The Cackalacky® Brand Express!
Donated by Cackalacky®, Inc., this very special model railroad is a travel destination unto itself for both young and, um, "mature" visitors alike!
The Cackalacky® Railroad is a custom-built overhead G Scale train located within the Gift Station at the Historic North Carolina Transportation Museum in Spencer, North Carolina and is constructed of more than 300 feet of brass track and handcrafted stained oak scaffolding, tunnels, and bridges. This marvelous exhibit undoubtedly secures the Cackalacky® Railroad as the largest G scale overhead wooden suspension railroad in the entire state North Carolina!
Gift Station admission is FREE and visitors are encouraged to push the "start" button as often as you wish!
NC Transportation Museum
411 S. Salisbury Ave.
Spencer, NC 28159
Tuesday - Saturday: 9a - 5p
Sunday: Noon - 5p
For museum and Gift Station directions, please visit nctrans.org or, call 704-636-2889
★ Cackalacky®! Funny Name - Serious History!
In his book, Talkin' Tar Heel: How Our Voices Tell the Story of North Carolina, Dr. Walt Wolfram acknowledges the role of our famously original products in popularizing our famous brand name, Cackalacky®! So, there you go: we made the history books!