Of happy kitchen accidents

You obviously know what it’s like when you chance upon an eye candy of a dessert that pretty much tastes like heaven in your mouth. Chances are the pastry chef who churned up this wickedly delicious treat put a lot of thought and planning into it, right from figuring out eclectic flavour combos, the perfect texture, and of course the final assembling and appearance. But did you know that some of the most popular goodies resulted from a happy accident of sorts? Take a look at our top 5 picks and the trivia we’ve collated is sure to take you by surprise.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

It was Toll House Inn’s Ruth Wakefield who on one fine day in 1930 ran out of baking chocolate for her cookie batter. So she went ahead and smashed up a bar of semi-sweet chocolate instead and added it to her batter. It was then that cookies with chunks of chocolate were born! Soon enough, her Masachussettes inn was best known for her chocolate chip cookies.


Would you believe that it was a 11-year-old who invented the popsicle way back in 1905? That’s right, Frank Epperson left his soda making equipment on his porch. The next morning when he returned for it, he saw the stick he was using to stir the mixture had frozen upright in the liquid. In 1924, he applied for a patent for his new discovery which he initially named ‘Epsicle’.

Ice Cream in a Cone

In 1904, at the St Louis World’s Fair, when an ice cream vendor ran out of dishes to serve his customers, Ernst Hamwi, a neighbouring concessionaire, rolled the waffle-like pastries he was selling (called zalabis) into a cone so his neighbour’s ice cream could be held inside. Obviously, the invention was an instant hit.

Tarte Tatin

The upside-down French dessert, Tarte Tartin, was concocted in the 1880s by two sisters, Stephanie and Caroline Tatin, who owned a hotel. Apparently, a tired Stephanie was attempting to make an apple pie but when the apples got overcooked, she flipped it over, pastry crust face-up, and the Tarte Tatin was born!

Crepe Suzette

Henri Charpentier, a French waiter, claimed to have invented the Crepe Suzette, a crepe with a caramelized alcoholic sauce, in a restaurant in Monte Carlo in 1895. It is said that Charpentier accidentally burnt the sauce he was making for the crepes, which he was to serve to an illustrious group of diners, including Britain’s Prince of Wales, Edward VII, who actually loved the creation and asked for it to be named after his companion, a French woman named Suzette.

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