17 Fascinating Food History Facts You Should Know

    Seriously, who knew??

    1. America's first chocolate cake was mahogany cake.

    2. Cool Whip, Pop Rocks, and Tang were all invented by the same dude.

    3. The first meal eaten on the moon included bacon.

    4. In the 1950s, Jello placed a magazine ad advocating its Sequin Salad recipe.

    5. The first St. Louis Gooey Butter Cake was a mistake.

    6. Toll House chocolate chip cookies were kind of an accident too.

    7. And so were Popsicles.

    8. Before McDonald's Chicken McNuggets, there were Onion Nuggets.

    9. Back in the day, most carrots were purple.

    10. Graham crackers were created in the 1800s as a way to prevent sexual urges.

    11. One of the strangest food-related disasters was the Great Molasses Flood in Boston.

    12. Pound cake got its name because the original 1795 recipe contained 1 pound of each main ingredient.

    13. Pez were originally invented as anti-smoking mints.

    14. On British Evacuation Day in 1783, George Washington feasted on this carrot cake.

    15. Brussels sprouts, kale, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and kohlrabi all come from the same plant.

    16. One of the earliest recorded instances of California cuisine was the Hangtown fry.

    17. In the 1970s, Vogue published a wine-and-eggs diet.

    What's your favorite random food fact from years past? Share it in the comments!