Where Do Cool Products Come From?

Origin stories: serendipity vs. premeditation

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OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill. -- Some of your favorite brands were a happy accident. The masterminds behind these products stumbled upon their ideas in a classic case of serendipity.

In other instances, brand creations were more premeditated. Their creators knew exactly what they were doing, and launched their babies with an intriguing narrative to weave: stories of origin that only add to brand lore.

Many brands have a compelling story of origination. Click through to Convenience Store Products to see a slideshow of a few from the major manufacturers on your shelves.