Things You Didn't Know About Your 15 Favorite Snack Food Brands

When we're browsing the snack food aisle at our local supermarket, we tend not to give much thought to the stories behind those household-name brands we encounter. But a little bit of curiosity can go a long way, as you'll soon learn: not only do these snacks all have really interesting backstories, we'll bet that there's a lot you didn't know about them in general.

Things You Didn't Know About Your 15 Favorite Snack Food Brands (Slideshow)

The savory snack food market is one of the most crowded and competitive in the food industry, and if you're going to roll out a new competitor you better make sure it has what it takes to stand up to the big guys. Even though the market for "better-for-you" snacks is big and getting bigger, the old guard is still going very strong. We don't see the market for potato chips, tortilla chips, or hard pretzels drying up any time soon.

These 15 products are ones that just about all of us have tried at some point in our lives (and if you haven't, you're missing out), and they all have long and interesting histories; in fact, the youngest product here, Tostitos, was first introduced in 1980. Ever wonder why Bugles are manufactured by two different companies? Curious as to why Cheez-Its and Cheese Nips are basically identical products but have different names? Want to know how Combos and Triscuits are made? Then read on for things you didn't know about your 15 favorite snack brands.