Ruth Wakefield, a chef, intended to make regular chocolate cookies but accidentally added chopped chocolate to her cookie dough instead of melting it. The result was the creation of the beloved chocolate chip cookie.
In 1905, an 11-year-old boy named Frank Epperson accidentally left a mixture of powdered soda and water with a stirring stick outside overnight. The mixture froze, creating the first-ever popsicle.
In 1853, a chef named George Crum at a resort in Saratoga Springs, New York, sliced potatoes incredibly thin after a customer kept sending back his fried potatoes, claiming they were too thick. The result was the creation of the crispy potato chip.
In the late 19th century, John Harvey Kellogg and his brother Will Kellogg left cooked wheat sitting out, and when they returned to use it, the wheat had gone stale. They passed it through rollers to make dough, but instead, they got flakes, which they toasted and discovered corn flakes.
Legend has it that tofu was discovered over 2,000 years ago in China when a cook accidentally curdled soy milk by adding nigari seaweed. This led to the creation of tofu.
The sparkling wine was discovered accidentally by Benedictine monk Dom Pérignon in the 17th century. He was trying to remove bubbles from wine and ended up creating a bubbly wine we know as champagne.
In the early 19th century, chemists John Lea and William Perrins attempted to recreate a sauce they had tasted in India. They left the batch they made and forgot about it. Upon tasting it later, they found it had matured into a delicious sauce, which became Worcestershire sauce.
Frank Epperson invented the popsicle by accident in 1905 when he left a powdered soda mixture with a stirring stick in it on his porch. The mixture froze overnight, and the popsicle was born.