A Lot Of Your Favorite Foods Were Invented By Accident

Some of the best things come by accident, like love, music collaborations, and even children. None of those accidents are as tasty as these foods, though, because you’d be surprised how many things you put in your mouth came from unplanned origins.

From Dippin Dots to Pink Lemonade, check out how they all serendipitously got started:


In the 1950s, a Kansas City Dairy Queen soda fountain went out, and owner Omar Knedlik was forced to put his product in bottles and stuck them in the freezer. When he took them out, they were all slushed. He sold them that way and people became big fans. From there, Knedlik McGuyver’ed himself a slushy machine using the AC unit rom a car, some flavoring, water, and carbon dioxide.


Dippin’ Dots

Dippin’ Dots were invented in 1988 by microbiologist Curt Jones, who was originally trying to figure out a way to feed cows more efficiently.One of Jones’s experiments involved freezing cow feed at 350 degrees below zero, turning the cow food into little pellets. Taking that same concept, Jones froze ice cream with liquid nitrogen, which turned them into the little Dippin’ Dot beads we’ve become familiar with.



It’s hard to pinpoint the exact origins of beer, but it is believed that hunter-gatherer tribes stumbled upon its fermentation process about 12,000 years ago. In the midst of wheat, rice barley, and maize crops, it was bound to happen.


Waffle Cone

In 1904, Ernest A. Hamwi was selling fresh waffle crisp pastries at the St. Louis World’s Fair. When an ice cream vendor next to him ran out of plates, Hamwi was a homie and rolled up his waffles in a cone shape. Once the waffle crisps cooled, they put the ice cream inside, and it actually worked.


Pink Lemonade

There are two accounts of how pink lemonade was invented, and both are accidental and strange. The first dates back to 1857, at a circus. A lemonade vendor ran out of water for his sweet drink. To remedy the thrifty vendor went backstage and took the pink water from the circus’ bareback rider’s freshly washed rights. The disgusting jerk then used that washed water, his lemons, and tantric acid to make his “fine strawberry lemonade.”

The second account isn’t so extra, but still involves a circus. Circus promoter Henry E. Allott was believe to have accidentally dropped red cinnamon candy into a batch of his lemonade. He rolled with the pink colored lemonade and kept selling.

Corn Flakes

According to Kellogg’s, company founder W.K. Kellogg made Corn Flakes by accident. After successfully flaking wheat berry, he later flaked corn, and well, created Corn Flakes.



In 1943, a group of Texas army wives hopped the border and had dinner in a Mexican restaurant called Victory Club. When maitre d’ Ignacio “Nacho” Anaya noticed that the cook mysteriously went missing, he wanted to still feed the visiting women. Nacho ran in the kitchen, used his lack of cooking skills to put some cheese and jalapenos over a plate of tortilla chips. We can thank his improvisation for nachos.


Chocolate Chip Cookies

The origin of chocolate chip cookies has some cutesy storyteller points to it, that you may or may not choose to believe. According to Toll House, Ruth Wakefield accidentally invented the chocolate chip cookie when she ran out of traditional baker’s chocolate. She then decided to use chopped up semi-sweet chocolate morsels instead. Being an experienced baker, some have trouble believing that it was an accident, and it was something Wakefield already knew would work. But we’d like to think it was all done by accident, just because it’s more fun that way.



According to, Oakland, California native Frank Epperson accidentally left out a glass of water filled with soda powder, and a stick that he used for stirring. It was so cold that night, the glass of water froze. Epperson used hot water to take out the ice pop, and inadvertently made a nice frozen treat. After making pops for his friends and family, he eventually patented the icy invention. Oh, and it was his children who wanted to call them “Pop’s ‘sicles.”


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Dominique Ansel Brings Chocolate Chip Cookie Shot Glasses to SXSW


Well, they do say kids are basically tiny, drunken grown-ups. Exclusive to attendees of the Dominique Ansel Bakery “Cronut at Midnight” event at SXSW Interactive Festival this Sunday night, the cronut creator’s latest invention is simple, but crazy smart: a chocolate cookie shaped like a shot glass.

According to Grubstreet, the process involves extra-aerated cookie dough and a cylindrical mold, resulting in perfectly crispy-on-the-outside-gooey-on-the-inside chocolate chip cookies that double as receptacles for ice cold milk. Perfect for keeping your fingers dairy-free, we’d imagine these delectable darlings would also taste great filled with milk stout or even White Russians.

Sleepover, anyone?

You can also learn how to make a DIY gingerbread version here.


The McMonstrosity is Everything on McDonald’s (Extinct) Dollar Menu


The apocalypse is upon us, friends: McDonald’s just announced that it’s gonna kill off its beloved Dollar Menu in favor of the super-catchy Dollar & More Menu, which goes all the way up to $5 and for some reason isn’t just called “menu”.

In a state of panic, and in order to fuel future nostalgia for a lost delicacy, we raced to the nearest Mickey D’s and ordered everything on the Dollar Menu, then made this McMonstrosity. Five minutes later, as we writhed in agony, we realized all these items will still be available for a dollar when the new menu rolls out in November, BUT STILL it’s the principle, or something.


Our trip to McDonald’s netted everything on the Dollar Menu, from which the McDouble is already conspicuously absent (it must have seen this travesty coming and sought solace among its comrades on the more-than-a-dollar menu). That includes fruity yogurt parfait, a McChicken, a regular cheeseburger, two chocolate chip cookies, a Grilled Onion Cheddar Burger w/ white cheddar that’s just American, and a side salad with some lettuce chunks that were browner than the burgers.


Step 1


We used the sturdiest item, the cheeseburger, as the base and piled the cookies up top. Strangely, the chips began to melt despite the burger being cold.


Step 2 & 3


Next, we stacked the mayo-rific chicken on top of the cookie, then loaded that nasty-ass salad up top. Now the sandwich is healthy!


Step 4


They totally forgot our ranch dressing and fries (they were $2… we splurged, and we were punished), but no matter. Yogurt’s white, so it counts. Plus, all those strawberries and blueberries along with that salad basically make this thing a diet food.


The Result


The sucker’s so big, we had to skewer it with a chopstick to keep it together, constituting the second most Asian-fusiony thing to happen to McDonald’s ever.

Even with the stick, it had to be smashed down to get a lockjaw-inducing bite that sent parfait and onions dripping.

Conclusion: A beautifully weird symphony of fake-tasting stuff. The salad had no flavor, but the vanilla yogurt paired oddly well with the salt from the burgers and the pepper from the McChicken. Then the chocolate/meat combo hit and it was over… this was one of the grossest combinations of grease and sugar since the Jersey Shore crew worked at an ice cream shop. Heyooo! That said, we finished it. Because we never thought we could do this again, and thankfully we were wrong.


Chocolate Chip Pop-Tart Stuffed Chocolate Chip Cookie Creates Endless Cookie Loop


Nick of Dude Foods recently discovered Chocolate Chip Pop-Tarts (mindplosion) and decided it was a good idea to kick this already incredible item up a notch. How do you improve on chocolate chip-flavored Pop-Tarts, you ask? Throw them into a cookie. (Hint: this is always the answer.)

Using a wonton cone (a cookie cutter would work too), Nick cut out perfect circles from each Pop-Tart, then took two balls of cookie dough (packaged or otherwise) and placed them on the top and bottom . After that, it was just a matter of throwing them into the oven to create little snacks of concentrated cookie deliciousness.

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Join the Darkside: DoubleTree Has Chocolate Chip Martinis Garnished with Cookies

DoubleTree by Hilton sure knows how to lure a customer to the darkside: Upon arrival each hotel guest receives a chocolate chip cookie.  But it doesn’t end there — if you make your way over to the bar, you can order yourself a Chocolate Chip Martini garnished with a cookie. Forget reading consumer reviews when deciding which hotel to stay at. Chocolate Chip Martinis are the new deal breaker.

Fortunately, you don’t have to skip town to try it. Just fill a shaker with 1.5 ounces of vodka, half an ounce of butterscotch liquor and another half ounce of Bailey’s. Shake, shake, shake and strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a cookie. Drink your dessert.

Get the recipe at Mommy Factor


Chocolate Chip S’mookies

What’s a Chocolate Chip S’mookie you may ask? The food-child of personal chef Gaby Dalkin, a combination of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies sandwiching marshmallows and homemade chocolate ganache. Once the ingredients were in place, Gaby wrapped her sandwich up in tin foil and threw it on the grill for a few minutes, letting the heat run all the way through her s’mookie.

Oh yeah, a quick dusting of Maldon sea salt on top of the dough pre-baking is apparently the swagger you need if you want that extra level of depth on those S’mookies! (Recipe @ What’sGabyCooking)



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Mini Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches

Mini Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches are looking really good right about now! Whether it be for a little snack, dessert or a treat for the upcoming Valentines day, these little confections are worth making! Start off with some very thing chocolate chip cookies and stuff them with your choice of ice cream, in this case it was low-fat chocolate and vanilla frozen yogurt. Make sure to code it pink sprinkles if you want to go that extra mile for your significant other for Valentines day! (Thx HowSweetEats)