Most famous foods have pretty interesting stories about how they were made. In fact, many of them were created by accident, including some favorites of mine like chips and cookies. Chocolate chip cookies to precise, which had been created by a woman who was selling her chocolate butter cookies to people at her Bed and Breakfast. She broke up semi-sweet chocolate and threw it into the dough, having the idea in her head that they would end up melting. When the chunks didn’t melt all the way, she sold them anyway. People loved it!
There once was a chef who had been pretty irritated at one of his customers. The customer came into the restaurant, asked for fried potatoes, and complained about how thick they were. He demanded another plate. So the frustrated chef ended up purposely slicing his potatoes too thin and served it to the guy. The customer obviously enjoyed it, and so does everyone else who likes potato chips.
During a day at the fair, there were so many people and so much ice cream to go around, but not enough cups. Luckily they had more than enough waffles to put the delicious frozen treat in, and that was the birth of today’s waffle cones.
Ever wondered why saltwater taffy is called saltwater taffy? Well, one day on a sandy beach at Atlantic City, NJ, a candy stand had been sitting out all night long, only to be washed over by a furious wave which made the candy inside sodden. The owner of the stand sold his candy anyway, and that’s how we got saltwater taffy.
Despite many great foods, there were some creations that were originally intended to be medicine. Pepsi Cola is one, which was originally meant to treat dyspepsia. After John Pemberton had made up a batch of what he thought would be a surefire cure, he had his assistant test it. His assistant claimed that it was not only effective, but that it tasted great! After that they decided to mix it in carbonated water, and again the assistant tested it … with the same results, except that it was even better tasting! Instead of selling their product as medicine, they decided to sell it just as a cold drink, and Pemberton even granted its name by using part of the word dyspepsia.
Cornflakes were originally meant to be nothing but bread that was free of starch. Chief of medicine at Battle Creek Health Clinic, John Harvey Kellogg, needed to make sure that his patients were fed properly, which included various types of healthy food that were just too “plain” according to the patients themselves. So, with a little help from his brother William, the Kellogg boys attempted to put together what they intended to be bread that was healthy with a little taste. They boiled wheat, then pressed the dough into a consistency roller, which resulted in nothing but a mess. Later, when having another go at their starch free bread, the Kellogg boys were called off for some important business. They wouldn’t return until a few days had passed, which by then, the boiled wheat was moldy and probably spoiled. For some reason, John pushed it through the roller anyway. This ended up giving him grains that were not only flattened, but pushed down individually which meant that they wouldn’t stick to the roller. After trying the same thing with a fresh batch, they found how delicious the grains were, and sold them.
Thanks to the Kelloggs we’ve got cornflakes, and thanks to others and their mistakes as well, we’ve got lots of great food out there.
Today’s Modern Women (www.todaysmodernwomen.com)