Did you know?

We have been blessed with some great creations and yet often don’t know who to thank for them. Here are some examples:

Nutella/Ferrero Rocher/Kinder chocolates

Bet you didn’t know that the same family who created Nutella also brought us Ferrero Rocher and the line of Kinder chocolates. Pietro Ferrero, a pastry maker and founder of the Ferrero company saw that the chocolate supply was dwindling during World War 2 and he used hazelnuts to supplement the amount of cocoa needed and kept the supply of chocolate going through the war.

His empire was passed down to his son, Michele Ferrero who went on to continue bringing us not only Nutella and Ferrero Rocher, but Tic Tacs as well.

Michele Ferrero recently passed away this past Valentine’s Day and we have him and his family to thank for such delicious chocolate treats.

Pet Doors

Did you know that we have Sir Isaac Newton to thank for the invention of the pet door? Newton made a large hold for his adult cat and a small one for her kittens, not realizing that the kittens would follow the mother through the larger one. This great physicist was capable of discovering things that we needed, not only in our academic world, but in our regular, everyday world as well.


Did you know that popcorn was around even before the Aztecs? When the Spanish arrived to conquer the land they saw popcorn for the first time and introduced it to the world. It was used as an ornament on headdresses and an adornment to Tlaloc, the god of maize and fertility.


How many of you know what M&M stands for? It was originally the initials of the creator, Forrest Mars, and his business partner at the time, Bruce Murrie. The business was a partnership that allowed the company access to Hersey’s sugar and chocolate stores at a time when the ingredients were in short supply. Even though the partnership ended after the war, we still have the mark left behind these two men who brought us one of the most iconic candies in the world.