OK, so you might already know why popcorn pops or why Jell-O gels, but this Chicago Tribune piece also covers some mysteries I didn't know or didn't even think about. It turns out Slim Jims actually do have a shelf life (a comforting thought), but as for how the olives get into olive loaf?
First of all, I've only seen olive loaf on TV so I can't vouch for its taste, but even if you do love it, would you really want to know how it's made? Blargh.
This post may contain links to Amazon or other partners; your purchases via these links can benefit Serious Eats. Read more about our affiliate linking policy.