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Off Track: 7 Everyday Foods That Were First Developed Just For The Military

September 30, 2017

From the Task and Purpose website

Did you ever crack open your lunchbox as a kid at school on a Monday and find yourself wondering how the classic contents — ham and cheese on white bread, bag of chips, M&Ms — became the mega-popular snacks that they are today? You can thank the U.S. military for most of those.

For the last century, America’s many wars abroad have necessitated the development of long-lasting yet nutritious foods that can keep troops happy and healthy with minimal cost. The innovative processing and preservation methods pioneered by military food scientists didn’t stay within the military: According to Anastacia Marx de Salcedo’s 2015 book Combat-Ready Kitchen: How the U.S. Military Shapes the Way You Eat those once-utilitarian culinary designs became staples of civilian culture, so far that there’s “[a]  military history of practically everything you buy at the supermarket.”

Task & Purpose did a little digging to serve up some of the best everyday food items that got their start in the U.S. military. What we found was, well, delicious.

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