Every kind of food has a history. Food has context, character, and, above all, it has people who love it—otherwise, how would it withstand the test of both taste and time?

Once a major staple of 20th century desserts, the icebox cake is a delicacy that has since fallen out of favor. An innovation born of the creation of modern refrigeration, one of the most notable brands of icebox cake was manufactured and distributed by Nabisco—the Famous Chocolate Wafer. Now, however, the delicacy is being discontinued.

Metropolitan College Associate Professor and Director of Food Studies Programs Megan Elias recently joined NPR’s Morning Edition to explain the role that emerging technology and mass-marketing practices played in the icebox cake’s popularity—a prime example of the interdisciplinary expertise developed by BU MET Master of Arts in Gastronomy students.

Read more at NPR.