Top 5 Best Edible Accidental Inventions

(CBS Radio) — Have you ever wondered how some of the foods you eat or beverages you drink were invented?

While many edible “treats” were invented on purpose, others were created by accident.

Here are the Top 5 Edible Things Accidentally Invented:


Back in the 17th century, wine makers used to boil their wine which reduced the amount that they were taxed on their product, in addition to lowering the shipping charges. Once the wine reached its destination, the buyer added water to the product to restore the wine. However, somewhere in between this process, someone tasted the boiled wine as is, and Brandy was born.

Ice Cream Cone

Back in the olden days, people used to eat ice cream by either licking it off of a dish or by ordering a “hokey pokey,” … ice cream wrapped in paper. In 1904, a pasty chef helped out an ice cream vendor at a fair, as the ice cream vendor had  run out of ice cream dishes. The pastry chef rolled the pastry into a cone shape, thus accidentally inventing the ice cream cone.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Who doesn’t love chocolate chip cookies ? In 1930, the owner of the ‘Toll House Inn’ ran out of baking chocolate, and cut up pieces of semi sweet chocolate and added them to the cookie dough. The baker had assumed that the chocolate would melt in the dough, but it didn’t. Instead, the chocolate chip cookie was born, and has been a popular cookie ever since.


In the early 1900”s a pre-teen boy named Frank Epperson left his “soda making equipment” outside on a cold night. When he awoke in the morning, he found his soda frozen on a stick. He initially named his invention a “Epsicle.” Then, in the 1920′s Epperson patented his invention, renaming it as a Popsicle.

Potato Chips

Potato chips are another American favorite. In the mid 1850′s, sliced fried potatoes were very popular, however, they were thicker than potato chips. That changed when an unhappy customer demanded that his potatoes be crispier — one night at the Moon’s Lake House. While trying to please the customer, the chef sliced the potatoes extremely thin, fried them, and added a dash of salt. The customer raved about his fried potatoes, and “Saratoga Chips” were born — and later renamed potato chips.

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