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HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED… ARE THERE ANY TYPES OF FOODS THAT WERE DISCOVERED BY ACCIDENT?

By: Efraim Harari



Some of the greatest discoveries are made by accident and it’s no exception when it comes to food. Here are seven extremely popular foods that were created by mistake.

Coke

John Pemberton, a pharmacist, was a wounded veteran who had become addicted to morphine in trying to deal with his pain. In 1886, he tried to find a cure for his addiction. Through some experimenting in his pharmacy, he created a tonic that had small amounts of cocaine as well as the caffeine-rich kola nut – and thus was born the original Coca Cola formula. In 1887, another pharmacist, Asa Candler, bought the formula for Coca Cola from Pemberton for $2,300. (Already in 1903, though, they stopped adding cocaine to Coke – so you don’t have to worry about ingesting any drugs when you grab a can of soda!)

Potato Chips

One day in 1853, a picky patron at Moon Lake Lodge in Saratoga Springs, New York refused to eat an order of French fries because they were too thick. The chef, George Crum, fried a thinner batch, but the customer was still not satisfied. Crum wanted to teach the diner a lesson. He sliced a potato paper-thin and fried the pieces to a crisp so they could not be cut with a fork. But the customer loved them, and they became an instant hit! Customers began asking for “Saratoga Chips” when they went out to eat. The name “Saratoga Chips” remained until the mid-20th century.

Popsicles

In 1905, eleven-year-old Frank Eppersonwas mixing powdered soda and water to make soda pop. He accidentally left the drink outside overnight, and when he returned for it the next morning, he discovered that the stick he was using to stir the mixture had frozen upright in the liquid. Epperson discovered that his frozen fruit-flavored drink tasted great. He originally called his invention ‘Epsicles’ and started selling them for five cents apiece. In 1924, he changed the name to the one we're more familiar with today: popsicle.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

In 1930, Ruth Graves Wakefield was making chocolate cookies at the Toll House Inn in Whitman, Massachusetts. When Ruth ran out of regular baking chocolate, she broke a bar of semi-sweet chocolate into small pieces and added them to the dough, thinking they would melt into the batter. When the cookies were baked, however, the chocolate hadn't melted. Instead, there were little chips of chocolate throughout the cookie. Ruth just invented the chocolate chip cookie. She eventually sold the recipe to Nestle.

Kellogg’s Corn Flakes

One day in 1894, Dr. John Harvey Kellogg, the superintendent of The Battle Creek Sanitarium in Michigan, and his younger brother, William Keith Kellogg, began to make bread dough with boiled wheat. Unexpectedly, they had to stop what they were doing and head to the sanitarium.

The wheat went stale by the time they returned. Rather than throw it in the garbage, they decided to see what would happen if they rolled out the dough anyway. Instead of getting long sheets of dough, the wheat flattened into small, thin flakes. The Kellogg brothers toasted the flakes, and it turned out to be a crunchy and tasty snack! They experimented with flakes from other grains before switching to corn.

Chewing Gum

Thomas Adams of New York was experimenting with the chicle plant from Mexico. His original intention was to try using it as a rubber substitute. He tried to make balls, toys, rain boots, and tires out of the chicle, but every attempt failed. One day in 1869, he put a piece of the chicle in his mouth, and he liked the taste of it. As he was chewing, he came up with the idea of adding flavoring to the chicle. Shortly after, he opened the world's first chewing gum factory. In February, 1871, Adams’s New York Gum went on sale in drugstores for a penny apiece.

Ice Cream Cones

Some would argue that ice cream without an ice cream cone is nothing short of incomplete, so it's impressive that this edible ice cream dish rose to fame after an impromptu act. The ice cream cone gained popularity in 1904 at the St. Louis World’s Fair when Syrian concessionaire, Ernest Hamwi, decided to roll up some of his crisp, waffle-like pastries (also known as zalabia) to help out a neighboring ice cream vendor who ran out of dishes.

Did You Know?

Sliced bread was introduced in 1928 by inventor Otto Frederick Rohwedder. Before he created the first automatic bread-slicing machine, bread was only sold in whole loaves.

A Sweet Deal

When Ruth Wakefield sold her chocolate chip cookie recipe to Nestle, part of the deal was that Nestle would print the Toll House Cookie recipe on its package, and Wakefield would be given a lifetime supply of Nestle chocolate.

 

An Even Sweeter Deal!

The Kellogg brothers did not agree on adding sugar to their corn flakes. John did not want to lower the health benefits of the cereal by adding sugar. But Will thought their product would appeal to a larger audience with a sweetened taste. In 1906, Will founded the Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Company, which later became the Kellogg Company.