Chicagoans love their food and have showcased their prowess in the kitchen since the World’s Fair. While everyone’s familiar with Deep-Dish and the Italian Beefs, these extremely popular national staples were also invented right here.
The first ever brownies were introduced at the Chicago World’s Fair, invented by Bertha Potter (wife of the owner of the historic Palmer House Hotel). The concept was basically to provide a portable slice of cake. Instead, she created a completely separate dessert, which some say is even better than cake.
The iconic sponge cake filled with vanilla cream known as the Twinkie is an American junk food staple, and it was invented in Schiller Park, a Chicago suburb, by James Alexander Dewar. It was originally made with banana cream instead of vanilla, and in the American tradition of innovation, we made it even better by deep frying it.
Chicago doesn’t just house the second oldest baseball stadium, it’s also the birthplace of one of the most classic baseball snacks. The caramel coated popcorn with peanuts is mentioned during the seventh inning stretch singing of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” every Cubs game, when two city treasures become one.