18 Fun Facts About Things at the Grocery Store

Some fun facts to brighten your day.    I’ve heard of Larry The Cable Guy, but apparently there’s also Larry The Quaker Oats Guy.  And I always thought that legally, shouldn’t Raisin Bran be called Bran With Raisin?  Kind of like Broccoli Beef can’t be called Beef Broccoli because it’s mostly Broccoli, not beef?

Next time you’re at the bar and want a 7 and 7, order a  Bib-Label Lithiated Lemon-Lime Soda and Seagrams 7 Crown instead.


The USDA allows the use of the term “wyngz” for chicken products that look like wings but contain no wing meat.

Fredric Baur invented the Pringles can. When he passed away in 2008, his ashes were buried in one.

The Quaker Oats guy has a name — Larry.

“Cheerios + Circus Peanuts Candy” may not sound like a winning formula, but that’s the combo that inspired Lucky Charms.

Ben & Jerry learned how to make ice cream by taking a $5 correspondence course offered by Penn State. (They decided to split one course.)

Barbie’s full name is Barbara Millicent Roberts.

Twinkies originally had banana-flavored filling. Hostess switched to vanilla after bananas were rationed during World War II.


The famous “I am stuck on Band-Aid…” jingle was written by Barry Manilow.

Kool-Aid was originally marketed as “Fruit Smack.”

In 1998, a Georgia teen was suspended for wearing a Pepsi t-shirt at his school’s “Coke in Education Day.”

Cap’n Crunch’s full name is Captain Horatio Magellan Crunch.

In 1989, Walmart pulled Listerine off shelves after a woman claimed it burned her mouth. After testing, they restocked it. Turns out that’s just how Listerine tastes.

The eight juices in V8 are tomato, spinach, celery, carrot, beet, lettuce, watercress and parsley.

Rice-a-Roni (“The San Francisco Treat”) was based on an Armenian recipe for rice pilaf.

The same person who sang “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” was also the voice of Tony the Tiger (Thurl Ravenscroft).

7-Up originally had a much catchier name: Bib-Label Lithiated Lemon-Lime Soda.

According to Science Creative Quarterly, a more accurate slogan for Kellogg’s Raisin Bran would be “Two Scoops (With a Standard Deviation of Roughly 0.4).”

Pepsi was originally called “Brad’s Drink.”