Delicious Accidents: The History Behind Some Of Your Favorite Foods

Top chefs spend years traveling the world finding the perfect ingredients, spending hours cooking over a hot stove, and taking precious time plating the perfect dish. Some of the best food in the world can be a decade in the making. Other foods…not so much. Sometimes a quick stroke of genius or a series of unfortunate events can leave someone with one of the best accidental food inventions.

That’s exactly what happened to the Fourth Earl of Sandwich — can you guess what he stumbled upon? And the ice cream waffle cone was all thanks to a busy World’s Fair. Read on to learn about how your favorite foods were concocted in just a few minutes.

Margherita Pizza Is Fit For A Queen

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Suzanne Kreiter/The Boston Globe via Getty Images
Suzanne Kreiter/The Boston Globe via Getty Images

The pizza was a common-folk food for years until the Royals picked it up and popularized it. The first royal to do this was Queen Margherita of Savoy. She visited Naples and, in her honor, Chef Raffaele Esposito created a pizza to resemble the Italian flag.

They used red tomato, white mozzarella, and green basil and made the Italian flag and a delicious pizza. Queen Margherita loved it so much that she began to order her personal chefs to make the same pizza, and now it’s a fan favorite.