For hundreds of years Finnish housewives made a sweet coffee bread in a loaf. After a few days, the bread was no longer fresh. They would slice the bread and toast it so that it would not spoil. Bakeries in Finland have been making cinnamon toast, "Korpus," since the 1800's. Home Baking Company in Astoria began producing cinnamon toast, following the traditional recipe, since 1910. Astoria's large Scandinavian population provided great demand. It was a popular item on the early fishing fleets, from Astoria to Alaska, because it would not spoil.
Astoria toast was originally packed in wooden barrels and sold in bulk. As paper packaging became available it was packaged in five pound boxes so that every home in Astoria and every gillnet boat on the Columbia River had a box. Astoria Cinnamon Toast is available to you in two pound boxes sold by the case (four boxes), or the half case (two boxes).
The Home Baking Company was established in 1910 by Finnish immigrants Elmer Wallo, Charlie Jarvanin, and Arthur A. Tilander. Tilander's brother was planning to come from Finland and join the business, but was lost in the sinking of the Titanic! It has been run by the Tilander family since Wallo's death in the early 1940's.
Second generation Arthur H. Tilander operated the bakery until the early 1980's when it was take over by his son, James Tilander. Since the beginning we have used traditional Scandinavian recipes. Notably the Astoria Cinnamon Toast.