12 Foods You Love That Were Invented By Mistake

Posted by Muk Khatri in Food

Some of life’s greatest inventions were actually accidents, and we couldn’t be more grateful for these accidental food inventions. From a frozen treat to flaked wheat, here are TWELVE famous foods that are invented by mistake.



At only 11 years old, Frank Epperson accidentally invented this frozen treat in 1905 when he left his stirring stick in a cup of soda on his front porch overnight.

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Ruth Wakefield, owner of the Toll House Inn, used a Nestle bar instead of baking chocolate in her cookies one night. To her surprise, the chocolate held its shape, and her recipe went on to be featured on the Betty Crocker radio show.



At the 1904 World,s Fair in St.Louis, the ice cream vendor ran out of dishes - but the vendor next to him, who was making waffle like pastries, saved the day by turning his food into cones to hold the frozen treat.



Around 5000 B.C., milk was transported in sacks made from animal stomachs. As historical rumor would have it, the bacteria combined with the acid in the bags, turning the milk into the world's first yogurt!


In 1853, a customer at George Crum's restaurant sent back his order of fried potatoes because they were too thick. Crum sliced them super thin before re-frying them, in an attempt at revenge, but the customer loved them so much and potato chips were born!


Two chemists were contracted by a lord of Worcester to recreate a special sauce he encountered during his travels. They never succeeded, but they did create something new - the dark, tangy stuff we now call Worcestershire sauce.


A waiter named Ignacio "Nacho" Anaya came up with this amazing dish on the fly late one night when the cook was off duty and hungry customers showed up. Naturally, he named the dish after himself!


John Montagu, who happened to be the fourth earl of sandwich, wanted to eat while playing a game of cribbage - so he thought up this utensil free snack.



Doritos are yet another reason why Disneyland is considered "The Happiest Place On Earth". The delicious chip was made by creative chefs told to use up stale tortilla chips at Disney's "Casa de Fritos" restaurant in the 1950s.


According to legend, a goat herder noticed his animals had a lot more energy after eating the red berries of a certain bush. Intrigued by his dancing goats, he made a drink from the coffee berries and learned that he had more energy for evening prayers.


An animal feed employee discovered in 1935 that the puffed corn byproduct produced by the feed machines was actually delicious! The owners of the company liked them so much they started producing snack for animals and humans alike.

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Ancient Mesopotamia(about 10000 years ago) decided it would be a good idea to store their grains in a damp place. This dampness caused the grains in storage to ferment and beer was born!