Road crews in a Des Moines, Iowa, suburb used garlic salt to melt snow and ice after a storm this week.
The spicy road treatment was donated by Tone Brothers, a company headquartered in the area.
The spice company says the nine tons of garlic salt would have ended up in a landfill.
Public Works Administrator Al Olson the says the city mixed the garlic salt with regular road salt and it works just fine.
He adds some members of the road crew said using the spicy mixture made them a little hungry.