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15 Foods You Didn't Know Were Named After People

The next time you eat one of these food items, light a candle to honor its namesake.

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  • 1. Granny Smith Apple

    Granny Smith Apple

    The Granny Smith apple is named after Maria Ana (Granny) Smith. The apple originated in Australia from a seedling planted by Smith, hence the Granny Smith apple. (Source)

  • 2. Bananas Foster

    Bananas Foster

    Named after Richard Foster, a regular customer of Brennan's restaurant in New Orleans. (Source)

  • 3. Cherry Garcia Ice Cream

    Cherry Garcia Ice Cream

    Ben & Jerry's homage to Grateful Dead singer, Jerry Garcia. (Source)

  • 4. Ceasar Salad

    Ceasar Salad

    Named after Caesar Cardini, who created this salad at the restaurant of the Hotel Caesar in Tijuana. (Source)

  • 5. Clementines


    Named for Père Clément Rodier, a French monk living in North Africa at the beginning of the 20th century. (Source)

  • 6. Cobb Salad

    Cobb Salad

    Named after Robert H. Cobb, owner of the Hollywood Brown Derby restaurant, who is said to have invented the salad as a late-night snack for himself in 1936. (Source)

  • 7. Graham Crackers

    Graham Crackers

    Named for Sylvester Graham, 19th-century American Presbyterian minister. (Source)

  • 8. Kaiser Rolls

    Kaiser Rolls

    Invented in Vienna, and are thought to have been named to honor Emperor Franz Josef (The Kaiser). (Source)

  • 9. Margherita Pizza

    Margherita Pizza

    Named for Queen Margherita of Savoy, who was presented with this pizza in the colors of the Italian flag on a trip to Naples in 1889. (Source)

  • 10. Dr. Pepper

    Dr. Pepper

    Dr. Pepper was invented by pharmacist Charles Atherton in 1885 at a Waco, Texas drugstore owned by Wade Morrison. The drink is said to be named for Morrison's first employer, Charles T. Pepper, who owned a pharmacy in Virginia. (Source)

  • 11. Reuben Sandwich

    Reuben Sandwich

    Named after Reuben Kolakofsky, who made it for a poker group who gathered at his restaurant in an Omaha, Nebraska hotel. (Source)

  • 12. Salisbury Steak

    Salisbury Steak

    Named after Dr. James H. Salisbury, an early U.S. health food advocate, who created this dish and advised his patients to eat it three times a day. (Source)

  • 13. Tootsie Rolls

    Tootsie Rolls

    Named for Clara "Tootsie" Hirshfield, the daughter of Leo Hirshfield, developer of the first paper-wrapped penny candy, in New York. (Source)

  • 14. General Tso's Chicken

    General Tso's Chicken

    Named for General Zuǒ Zōngtáng of the Qing Dynasty. (Source)

  • 15. Chicken Tetrazzini

    Chicken Tetrazzini

    Named for operatic soprano Luisa Tetrazzini, the "Florentine Nightingale." (Source)