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Mountain Dew : 1940 

The name of this now-iconic soft drink came from a common nickname for moonshine, created by two Tennessee brothers. For years, it was marketed as the ultimate sugar rush.


One of America's most popular breakfast cereals debuted as "Cheerioats," not "Cheerios." General Mills wanted to emphasise the cereal's main ingredient (oats) while most competitors used corn. 

1942 :  Pickles of Vlasic

Immigrant Franjo Vlasic opened a creamery in 1920s Detroit, but soon discovered he could make money selling hams and pickles to the area's large Polish community. In 1942, those pickles were transferred from barrels.

Nachos launched in 1943

During WWII, in a Mexican border city near Fort Duncan, Texas, this popular game-day food was first recorded. Chef Ignacio Anaya served fried tortilla chips, melted cheddar, & sliced jalapenos to hungry military wives at the Victory Club in Piedras Negras. 

Orbit Gum

Orbit Gum owes its existence to WWII. Wrigley, which was sending gum brands like Doublemint and Juicy Fruit overseas to keep troops happy, created sugar-free Orbit for civilians as a temporary fix. The company halted production in 1946,

Dots launched in 1945

Something about gumdrops screams "classic," and Dots certainly do. Dots are still available in their original flavours of cherry, strawberry, lemon, lime, and orange. 

Minute Maid

Minute Maid began during WWII. In 1945, the US ordered 500,000 pounds of powdered orange juice from Florida Food Corporation, but the war ended before it could be delivered.

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