A Wauwatosa native has won $50,000 as a finalist in the Frito-Lay Do Us a Flavor contest for her suggested flavor of cheesy garlic bread.
Karen Weber-Mendham has the chance to win $1,000,000 and have her flavor become part of the Frito-Lay family.
The Land O' Lakes resident was inspired by her kids’ love of garlic bread whenever the family goes to an Italian restaurant, reported the Associated Press.
"You're at your favorite Italian restaurant, you're starving & WAITING FOREVER," she wrote on the contest Facebook page. "Finally, the breadsticks come & they save your life!"
Her 13-year-old son Davey encouraged Weber-Mendham to enter the contest, reported the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Davey nagged her until she finally gave in.
She's up against two other rivals that include another Wisconsin native's flavor of chicken and waffles and an Illinois man's flavor of sriracha.
The Wauwatosa native has a Facebook page dedicated to promoting her flavor.
"I'm a soccer/basketball/football/baseball/softball mom of three from Northern Wisconsin," she wrote on the page. "I'm originally from Wauwatosa, WI and was a flight attendant with USAir. Now I'm a children's librarian and a potato chip creator!"
Weber-Mendham graduated from Wauwatosa East in 1985 and then attended the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, as did the other Wisconsin finalist.
The contestants were flown to Dallas where they met the other finalists, toured the Frito-Lay test kitchens and met the executive chefs, reported the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
The contenders' flavors are on the shelf.
To vote visit the Lay's Facebook page; Tweet, by using hashtag #SaveGarlicBread, #SaveChickenWaffles or #SaveSriracha; or by texting "VOTE" to 24477.
Voting ends May 4.