Sometimes we forget that all the products in a supermarket are actually invented by someone. They all don't just "come about" in some way. Take cereal. There are many brands and styles, but a lot of the cereal is actually the same. The difference might be in the shape of the cereal or the mascot on the box or something you add to the cereal.
But Cap 'n Crunch has a distinct taste, and the inventor of that taste, Pamela Low, passed away last week.
The recipe actually came from a treat that Low's grandmother made when she was a kid. It was rice covered in a brown sugar and butter sauce, and Low and her siblings would eat it on Sundays. After she graduated from the University of NH with a degree in microbiology, she went to work as a flavorist with Arthur D. Little, and when they needed a new cereal, she used her recipe for the rice/sauce mix. She also worked on the flavors for Mounds and Almond Joy candy bars.
Low died of a lung ailment in New Hampshire last Friday.