Not all foods were created by following clear concise recipes with exact amounts of ingredients. Some of them were created entirely by mishap and were born unintentionally to become widely known and consumed foods today.
These insanely popular snacks passed around at picnics, luncheons, game nights and packed in the lunch bags of children and adults who prefer the savory to the sweet as an after lunch delight have an interesting story behind them. Although recipes for thinly sliced fried potatoes that could be considered as potato chips existed as early as 1822. Legend holds 1853 on August 24th to be the true birth of the potato chip. The story is set in Saratoga Springs, New York at the Moon’s Lake House restaurant where a young George Crum was trying to satisfy an insatiable customer who kept complaining about the thickness of his French fries. In frustration Crum sliced the potatoes extremely thin, salted them and fried them. To his surprise the customer absolutely loved them and they soon became called Saratoga Chips and were mass produced worldwide.
Millions of popsicles are sold every single day all around the world. As much as adults love one of these wonderfully flavoured icy treats, they are most beloved by children. Coincidentally these treats beloved most by children weren’t created by some great food savvy mind, with many years of experience. They are actually believed to have been accidentally invented by a child. Frank Epperson claimed to have made the first Popsicle when he was just 11 years old in 1905. As the story goes, Epperson concocted a mixture of powdered soda and water with a stick in it, which he used to stir the mixture. He forgot his special treat on the front porch of a very cold night and discovered a frozen wonder that would later bring the popsicles we know and love today.
One of the most common things that people wake up and eat on a mornings for a hearty breakfast is cornflakes. However we wouldn’t have had this healthy breakfast item if it wasn’t for an accidental occurrence. Dr. John Harvey Kellogg and his brother Will Keith Kellogg left some cooked wheat out to deal with other issues. By the time they returned the wheat had gone stale and being conservative they decided to process the wheat through rollers hoping to form long sheets of wheat dough, however the dough broke up into flakes which they then toasted and served to patients. Thus began the legacy of the well-known cereal Kellogg’s Cornflakes.
The story of the Slurpee dates back to when Omar Knedlik probably thought he had some bust luck. Being the owner of a Dairy Queen things took a turn for the possible worse when Knedlik’s soda fountain broke down. Having no choice but to leave bottled sodas in the freezer, he found that this process caused the sodas to become quite slushy. When he served these half frozen drinks to Customers he was surprised to find that they quite enjoyed them and actually requested more. Knedlik then devoted a number of years to the development of a machine that would create the same consistency of the slushed sodas that were so high in demand and they have been giving us brain freezes ever since.