Ketchup. Margarine. Licorice. Popcorn. Batteries. Dog food. Adhesives. Mayonnaise. Cornbread. Aspirin. Shoe Polish. Grits. Whiskey. Polenta. Fireworks. Tamales. Fabrics. Tortillas. Plastics. Corn syrup. Beer. Wallpaper. Chewing gum… and the list goes on and on.

What do these products have in common? If you haven’t already guessed it, the use of corn is essential in the production of all of the items listed above. Aside from being one of America’s favorite summer cookout essentials, corn plays a vital role in our everyday lives.

Your bacon and egg breakfast, glass of milk at lunch, or hamburger for supper were probably all from U.S. corn-fed livestock, since 40% of the world’s corn supply comes from right here in the United States… even from states like Ohio, Pennsylvania, and West Virginia—all home to Sparkle Markets and all corn-yielding states!

Not sold yet? Try sinking your teeth into these facts:

In addition to being a major component in many food items like cereals, peanut butter, snack foods and soft drinks, U.S. researchers have recently led the way in finding many other uses for corn – like in vitamins and amino acids. Corn is also used to produce fuel alcohol (called ethanol), which makes gasoline burn cleaner, reducing air pollution, and it doesn’t pollute the water.

Assuming you don’t plan on harvesting corn to make your own fireworks this weekend (a practice that we strictly don’t endorse), but still want to enjoy the benefits of corn, you’re in luck. Right now, at Sparkle Markets, ears of Super Sweet Fresh Corn on the Cob are on sale—8 ears for only $2! Stop in today to pick up your supply of this sweet, fresh superfood.