When life moves so fast, sometimes it’s not enough to stop and smell the roses. You have to taste them too. Er, rather, you have to taste the following foods and revel in the glorious truth that some brave, pioneering folks in the past were smart enough to discover they were not only edible, but damn delicious.
We bet this is exactly how the discovery of the egg went: “By Jove! That white oblong object just fell out of that chicken’s derriere. Why I bet if we cook it up with an English muffin and slop on some hollandaise, people will spend hours in line every Sunday for a taste for years to come! It’ll be so good it even deserves its own meal, sometime between breakfast and lunch, and the world will never be the same.”
And history was made.
Speaking of weird substances coming out of animals, whoever thought that the contents of a cow’s udder would eventually become part of a balanced breakfast for kids around the world and spark a whole industry of cereals with excitable cartoon animal mascots. On top of all that, let’s not forget the mother load of milk by-products: yogurt, cheese and ice cream. Apologies to the lactose-intolerant.
Who knew that the person responsible for the best part of every fair you’ve ever been to was a dentist? Dr. William J. Morrison (indeed, a dentist) invented the “electric candy machine” with candy maker John C. Warton in 1897. Soon after it took off, the creation made both of their careers (and our taste buds incredibly happy).
Lobsters and Crabs
We owe so much to the first person who looked at one of these sea-dwelling pinchers, with their beady eyes and huge claws and scuttling little legs, and thought, “Yeah, I’m going to tackle you and eat you for dinner. Maybe with some melted garlic butter or a bread roll. Those pincers look real tender.” And then had to endure the lobster’s screams from inside the pot of boiling water.
Imagine a man on a deserted island, thirsty and hungry and alone, who didn’t know that in the tree above him grew a source of electrolyte-filled water and sweet, sweet white flesh, and the perfect ingredient for the shrimp crawling at his feet. If it weren’t for the determined work of the first person to discover that the almost-impenetrable shell of the coconut held one of the sweetest treats known to mankind, we’d all be lost.
“If it’s good enough for a terrifying swarm of bees, then it’s good enough for me!” thought a hungry and slightly crazy woodsman unsatisfied with his plain peanut butter sandwich.
Chocolate Chip Cookies
At the Toll House Inn in 1930, confectionary history was made because Ruth Wakefield was out of baking chocolate. While making cookies for the Inn’s guests, Wakefield used chunks of Nestlé’s semi-sweet chocolate instead, and the small chips kept their shape in the baking process. The new recipe was a hit, and thus, chocolate chip cookies were born. Thanks to, we assume, someone time-traveling from a chocolate chip cookie-less future to make sure there was no baking chocolate to be found in Wakefield’s kitchen.
Where would morning rituals, first dates and the entire seven seasons of “Gilmore Girls” be without the invention of liquid coffee? It was originally ingested by eating the berries that contain coffee beans, but somehow “a nice, warm cup of berries” just doesn’t have the same ring to it.
The things we’re grateful for linger long after the turkey’s been digested. To remind ourselves that celebrating life’s little joys is really where it’s at, The Loop’s calling out the everyday things that give us heaps of pleasure. Starting October 10, we’ll publish one new story daily about a thing, moment or experience that gives us the warm and fuzzies.
You’ve probably got plenty to be thankful for, too, and we want to know about it! Share what you’re most grateful for on Facebook here or via Twitter using the hashtag #12DAYSOFTHANKS (we’re @theloopca) or join the conversation on Hubub. Happy Thanksgiving!