Bunkie 1945 We Couldn’t Wait.

When Mom baked her legendary cheese straws in our family’s kitchen in Yazoo City, Mississippi, even the aromas were heavenly, provoking mouthwatering anticipation as we waited for those tempting treats to reach perfectly golden, tender-crisp perfection.

Dad 1941That’s why when, inspired by the spirit of our Dad, Mom decided to share her culinary genius with the rest of the world, we weren’t surprised when the world responded with a smile—and a happy request for “More please!”

And more is exactly what Mississippi Cheese Straw Factory has always happily served up, introducing not only a delectable variety of savory straws, but also the world’s very first cookie straw, which, naturally, has proven a sweet success.

Mary MargaretToday, we’re still family owned and family oriented, and our delicious products are baked and shipped fresh daily all over the world—from right here in our home town. Our straws and cookies are the staples—and the stars—of virtually all occasions, from weddings to holiday gift giving, corporate events and more.

But then you don’t need an occasion for our straws or cookies. With their fresh-from-the-oven goodness and flavor, these tasty treats make the occasion. So why wait?

A Short Course in a Classic:

Cheddar Cheese Straws We don’t know who dreamed up the first cheese straw, but we do know when: Before refrigeration, Southern cooks would knead leftover breakfast biscuit dough with cheese and spices, roll out the dough, cut it into thin strips and bake. “Waste not, want not,” was the motto. And, over generations, as recipes were shared and refined, what began as frugality became the fabulous hors d’oeuvre beloved by Southern hostesses and guests.

Our recipe for Traditional Cheddar Cheese Straws is the same heirloom recipe handed down to our Mom by her mother. The perfect combination of luscious aged cheddar cheese and fresh spices, these enticing straws taste like the ultimate indulgence, but there’s never any waste because every last crumb is sure to be savored. Waste not, want not? Our customers say, “Wait not, want not!”


Mary MargaretIn Memoriam

Our Founder And Mother

It is with sadness but also joy and gratitude for her exceptional life that we announce the passing of our Mother and Founder Mary Margaret Yerger on May 18th, 2024. “Bunkie” leaves behind her 5 surviving children, dozens of grandchildren, great grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends too numerous to count. We ask you to join us in a prayer of thanksgiving for Mother’s life and legacy.