34 irresistible foods that were invented by accident

There are a few claims to the chocolate brownie's invention. Mildred Brown Schrumpf in Bangor, Maine, deflated a chocolate cake, according to Betty Crocker's Baking Classics.

Chocolate brownies

When you look at how some of our favourite foods came to be – cheese puffs, Nashville hot chicken, sandwiches – curiosity, clumsiness, and error is the most guaranteed formula. Here are products and dishes that almost didn't exist from 2000 BC to today.

Accidental wonders

Champagne was once considered a shoddy wine. 17th-century winemakers spent a lot of time removing bubbles from the drink. When French monk Dom Pierre Perignon cracked the perfect formula,


John and Will Kellogg created Corn Flakes while making granola. The duo accidentally flaked wheat berry, then tried corn and saw potential. After perfecting the recipe, Corn Flakes went global.

Kellogg’s Corn Flakes

Supposedly A drunken cheesemaker left a half-eaten loaf of bread in a cheese cave, creating blue cheese. Moldy bread had turned the cheese blue when he returned. Today, it's made with controlled bacteria.

Blue cheese

Robert Green, a soda shop owner in Philadelphia, used carbonated water, syrup, and cream to make floats in the late 19th century. He ran out of cream and substituted ice cream. George Guy, one of Robert Green's employees, claims he invented it.

Soda floats

In the late 1950s, shop owner Omar Knedlik accidentally invented ice cream when his soda fountain broke. He froze his sodas so they were slushy when he served them. Customers loved it and requested "those longer pops."


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