In 1971, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Nichols founded United Pies of Elkhart. Offering a
quality pie from the beginning and maintaining that quality throughout the years has
been their main goal.
A year later, their son, Frank Nichols, became actively involved in the
company. In 1985, the trend in the bakery business was heading in the direction of
frozen products that were ready to bake. In 1986, after reformulating the recipes, Mr.
Nichols converted 95% of the fresh pie business to frozen.
All the products are made at their plant. No pre-made filers or fillings are
used. All pie crusts are made with a high ration of vegetable shortening to flour, for a
rich flaky crust. The fillings for the fruit are made using real cane sugar instead of
corn syrup. The cane sugar enhances the true flavor of the fruit. All the cream pies
are cooked custard type filling. They are made with whole milk, sugared egg yolks and
real butter. This gives the pies a rich, full bodied flavor, like home-made from
United Pies continues to be a family owned and operated business. In 1994,
both of Frank’s children joined the business. Josh Nichols is the manager of the fruit
department and Kari Nichols is the sales manager.