Surprise! You Have the US Military to Thank for Cheetos

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Good things come from unexpected places. Case in point: The United States armed forces are partially responsible for the invention of everyone’s favorite cheese curls.

Yes, that’s right — the military invented the essential ingredient in Cheetos.

During WWII, the military funded research in dehydrating foods to make it easier for them to be packed into meal kits for soldiers. One of the results of that research? Cheese powder.

Once the war ended, the military was left with a surplus of dried foods, which it then sold to the Frito-Lay corporation. The rest is history.

You can read more about the science of dehydrating foods on Wired.