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Two Snack Food Veterans Buried With Their Products

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You may have heard that the inventor of Doritos died this week. Arch West was the marketing vice president at Frito-Lay in 1964 when he and his family took a trip to southern California. Like many of us tend to do when we’re traveling, West grabbed a quick snack for the road - a bag of toasted tortillas. A lightbulb went off in his head, and when he went back to work, he pitched an idea for a cheesy corn tortilla snack (his previous experience as a cheese salesman also surely had a little influence). Execs weren’t totally convinced, but they did make enough sample chips to do a little consumer testing. The response was overwhelmingly positive and the first Doritos were sold to the public in 1966. You’ve probably noticed that they went over pretty well.

The 97-year-old West died in Dallas last week and the funeral is this weekend. The family mentioned that they plan to throw a few Doritos chips in to the grave. I’m guessing they’ll probably go with the classic Nacho Cheese flavor, but one thing’s for sure: it won’t be last year’s Late Nite Cheeseburger. West tested them before they hit the market, and he promptly spit them out.

Oddly enough, the Frito-Lay executive isn’t the first member of the snack food industry to be buried with his product. In 2008, Fredric Baur, the man who invented the distinctive tube Pringles chips come in, told his family he wanted to spend eternity in his invention. The innovative chip can wasn’t terribly popular at first - people apparently liked rooting through bags of chips (or maybe they just had a hard time letting go of such a familiar action).

When Baur first mentioned the idea to his kids back in the ‘80s, they didn’t take him seriously. But the subject kept coming up, and when Baur passed away, the family made a pitstop on the way to the funeral home to pick up a can of Pringles from Walgreens. The Baur family went with the original flavor.

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Little Baby's Ice Cream
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Pizza and Cricket Cake Are Just Some of the Odd Flavors You'll Find at This Philadelphia Ice Cream Shop
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Little Baby's Ice Cream

Ice cream flavors can get pretty out-there, thanks to the growing number of creative scoop shops willing to take risks and broaden their customers’ horizons beyond chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry. Intrepid foodies can cool off with frozen treats that taste like horseradish, foie gras, and avocado, while Philadelphia's Little Baby’s Ice Cream is pushing the boundaries of taste with chilly offerings like everything bagel, Maryland BBQ, ranch, and cricket cake.

Cricket-flavored ice cream, created by Philadelphia-based Little Baby's Ice Cream
Little Baby's Ice Cream

Everything Bagel-flavored ice cream, created by Philadelphia-based Little Baby's Ice Cream
Little Baby's Ice Cream

As Lonely Planet News reports, Little Baby’s Ice Cream launched its first signature “oddball” ice cream—Earl Grey sriracha—in 2011. Since then, its rotating menu has only gotten quirkier. In addition to the aforementioned flavors, customers who swing by Little Baby’s this summer can even try pizza ice cream.

The store created the savory flavor in 2011, to celebrate neighborhood eatery Pizza Brain’s inclusion into Guinness World Records for its vast collection of pizza memorabilia. The savory, Italian-esque snack is made from ingredients like tomato, basil, oregano, salt, and garlic—and yes, it actually tastes like pizza, Little Baby’s co-owner Pete Angevine told Lonely Planet News.

Pizza-flavored ice cream, made by Philadelphia-based Little Baby's Ice Cream
Little Baby's Ice Cream

“Frequently, folks will see it on the menu and be incredulous, then be convinced to taste it, giggle, talk about how surprised they are that it really tastes just like pizza … and then order something else,” Angevine said. “That’s just fine. Just as often though, they’ll end up getting a pizza milkshake!”

Little Baby’s flagship location is in Philadelphia's East Kensington neighborhood, but customers can also sample their unconventional goods at additional outposts in West Philadelphia, Baltimore, and a pop-up stand in Washington, D.C.’s Union Market. Just make sure to bring along a sense of adventure, and to leave your preconceived notions of what ice cream should taste like at home.

[h/t Lonely Planet]

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Warby Parker Is Giving Away Free Eclipse Glasses in August
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Warby Parker

When this year’s rare “all-American” total solar eclipse comes around on August 21, you’ll want to be prepared. Whether you’re chasing the eclipse to Kentucky or viewing it from your backyard, you’ll need a way to watch it safely. That means an eclipse filter over your telescope, or specially designed eclipse glasses.

For the latter, you can just show up at your nearest Warby Parker, and their eye experts will hand over a pair of eclipse glasses. The stores are giving out the free eye protectors throughout August. The company’s Nashville store is also having an eclipse party to view the celestial event on the day-of.

Get your glasses early, because you don’t want to miss out on this eclipse, which will cross the continental U.S. from Oregon to South Carolina. There are only so many total solar eclipses you’ll get to see in your lifetime, after all.

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