Food·Posted on Aug 1, 201923 Fascinating Food Facts That Deserve A Spot In Your BrainLive and learn.by Melissa JamesonBuzzFeed StaffFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink 1. A chipotle pepper is just a dried and smoked jalapeño. katamaniacos.com And an ancho chile is a dried poblano. 2. Sour Patch Kids and Swedish Fish have the same base. candyfavorites.com, walmart.com Sour Patch Kids are just pumped into a different mold and finished with a sour coating. 3. "Double Stuf" Oreos don't actually have twice the creme filling. walmart.com, Dan Anderson A math teacher crunched the numbers and concluded they only have 1.86x. 4. Flamin' Hot Cheetos were invented by a janitor who was working at the Frito-Lay plant. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com Richard Montañez pitched his idea to Frito-Lay's CEO in 1976 and went on to become an exec VP at PepsiCo. There's even a movie in the works about his story. 5. Cilantro and fresh coriander are the same thing. Ian Sanderson / Via Flickr: iansand They're just two different names to describe the same plant. (There are also coriander seeds — which come from the plant too, and you can find them whole or ground up into spices.) 6. Spam is named for the combination of the words "spice" and "ham." walmart.com And not, as urban legend would say: Scientifically Processed Animal Matter. 7. Kit Kats are filled with broken Kit Kats. BuzzFeed The Kit Kats that get damaged during production are crunched up into a paste, then given a ~second life~ inside other Kit Kats. 8. Rhubarb leaves are poisonous in large doses. flic.kr The raw leaves contain oxalic acid, among other things. And if you eat a TON of them — or several pounds worth — it can be lethal. 9. McDonalds nuggets come in four distinctive shapes. businessinsider.com This is "to ensure consistent cooking times for food safety in all McDonald's restaurants", according to McD's. 10. Bananas are berries — and strawberries are not. Creative Commons / Flickr: jeepersmedia / Creative Commons / Flickr: javmorcas Botanically speaking, that is. 11. Honey never goes bad. Getty Images As long as you properly store it sealed and in a dry place. 12. Pound cake got its name because the original recipe contained one pound of each main ingredient. Flickr: jcheung2009 That's four pounds (!) total — of butter, sugar, eggs, and flour. 13. Brussels sprouts, kale, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and kohlrabi all come from the same plant. Karaidel / Getty Images Brassica oleracea was selectively bred over hundreds of years to create dozens of very different vegetables. 14. Allspice isn't actually a mix of other spices. walmart.com Although it smells like cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves, Allspice is a fruit picked from a tree — then dried and sold either as whole "berries" or ground up into its own spice. 15. All Froot Loops technically taste the same, no matter what color they are. View this photo on Instagram instagram.com I still like the red ones best, FWIW. 🙃 16. Asparagus grows straight out of the ground. Ondhajek / Getty Images Read more: 21 Fruits And Veggies You Didn't Know Grew Like That 17. In 2018, Nabisco redesigned its iconic animal crackers box after PETA flagged it. Nabisco / PETA The new design uncages the animals and puts them in the wild. 18. The biggest difference between jam and jelly? Jam is made with fruit — and jelly is made with fruit juice. walmart.com, walmart.com Jam is made with fruit, sugar, and often pectin (a thickener). Jelly is made with fruit juice, sugar, and pectin. Another way to remember it? Jam is chunky — it'll have mashed fruit pieces in it; whereas jelly is a smooth spread. 19. Most raw oysters are still alive when you eat them. Flickr: durbanator In fact, oysters are stored under very regulated conditions because once they die, they are no longer considered safe to eat. 20. Red, yellow, and green bell peppers are all the same vegetable. They're just at different stages of development. Getty Images Bell peppers also have more vitamin C than oranges. 21. Haribo green gummy bears aren't lime or green apple flavored. (They're strawberry.) Fodor90 / Getty Images And the red ones, apparently, are raspberry. o.O 22. Loofahs — aka: shower scrubbers — are made from gourds. Umdash9 / Joloei / Getty Images Specifically: the (aptly-named!) sponge gourds and luffa gourds. 23. Tootsie Rolls start out as giant 13-pound logs that are then shaped down to their mini size. Cooking Channel And they're still made using their original recipe from 1896. What's your favorite random food fact? Share in the comments!