26 FACTS ABOUT THINGS WE SAW AT THE SUPERMARKET

Our grocery list.
  1. Fruit Loops are all the same flavor.
  2. The USDA allows the use of the term 'wyngz' for chicken products that look like wings but contain no wing meat.
  3. In 1989, Walmart pulled Listerine when a woman claimed it burned her mouth. After testing, they restocked. That's just how Listerine tastes.
  4. Tang and Pop Rocks were invented by the same person. Here's to you, food chemist William Mitchell.
  5. Peter Durand patented the tin can in 1810. Ezra Warner patented a can opener in 1858. In between, people used chisels and hammers.
  6. Chock Full O' Nuts coffee does not contain nuts. It's named for a chain of nut stores that the founder converted into coffee shops.
  7. Duncan Hines was a real person. He was a popular restaurant critic who also wrote a book of hotel recommendations.
  8. In 1998, a Georgia teen was suspended for wearing a Pepsi t-shirt at his school's "Coke in Education Day."
  9. The eight juices in V8 are tomato, spinach, celery, carrot, beet, lettuce, watercress and parsley.
  10. In the early 20th century, immigrants at New York's Ellis Island were served complimentary Jell-O.
  11. Ben & Jerry initially considered going into the bagel business, but the equipment was too expensive.
  12. According to Science Creative Quarterly, a more accurate Kellogg's Raisin Bran slogan would be "Two Scoops (with a standard deviation of roughly 0.4)."
  13. There's a band called Betty's Not a Vitamin.
  14. Fredric Baur invented the Pringles can. When he passed away in 2008, his ashes were buried in one.
  15. While Hydrox always seemed like an Oreo knockoff, Hydrox actually came first—in 1908, four years before the Oreo.
  16. Cap'n Crunch's full name is Captain Horatio Magellan Crunch.
  17. Twinkies originally had banana-flavored filling. Hostess switched to vanilla after bananas were scarce during World War II.
  18. Pop Tarts come in pairs because in the early days, the foil was expensive and Kellogg’s didn’t want to make any unnecessary investments. By doubling down on how many Tarts went into each packet, the company could cut that part of the budget in half.
  19. Don't feel so bad for the Trix Rabbit. He did get to eat Trix after box-top voting campaigns in 1976 and 1980.
  20. Cheetos Lip Balm is a thing.
  21. The Quaker Oats guy has a name—Larry.
  22. "Hersheykoko" was the winner of Milton Hershey's 1904 name-the-town contest. When the Post Office rejected it, the town became Hershey, PA.
  23. Ketchup and catsup are simply two different spellings for the same thing.
  24. Pepsi was originally called Brad's Drink.
  25. Both Howard Stern and Rush Limbaugh used to pitch Snapple on their radio shows, and both took credit for its national success.
  26. Sylvester Graham thought his cracker would suppress sexual urges.