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Edible Innovations

From Jell-O to Jiffy Pop, TV dinners to Tupperware, product design has radically altered the way we carry, cook, and consume food. While many food innovations fail the test of time (see a brief review of this past year’s new products and designs), some endure to become cultural icons of the most visceral kind—smells, tastes, and experiences that are part of our lives and social interactions to a degree that rivals the cultural contribution of any smartphone or electronic gadget. The following slides offer some of the innovations that have changed our food experience over the past 100 years.

Joel Delman is creative director for the Los Angeles office of Product Development Technologies which is based in Lake Zurich, Ill. He blogs about product innovation at

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