Raise Your Snack I.Q.: Famous Firsts

In our quest to retain our title of Snack Genius, we decided to take a look back at the very first of three of world’s most popular snacks.

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Snack Genius Toll House Inn owner Ruth Wakefield already had culinary success with her Butter Drop Do cookie dough, when in 1937 she decided to – literally – mix things up. She stirred in bits of chocolate chunks, expecting them to melt upon baking. Instead, the chunks held their shape and were referred to as chocolate chips when visitors to the inn got a taste. The rest is snack history.


The Snack Genius behind the campfire staple S’mores remains a mystery. We do know that the graham cracker was introduced as one of America’s first health foods in the 1920s, and the first S’mores recipe in recorded history was in a 1927 Girl Scouts publication. Its origin may be shrouded in mystery, but it’s no secret that S’mores have become an iconic snack. It even inspired our own take in Pretzel Crisps® S’more Bites.

The Best Things Come in Small Packages

As of December 2015, the world’s largest pretzel was a record set on October 28th, 2015. The massive dough creation was 29 ft. 3 inches long and 13 ft. 3 inches wide. That’s larger than the average king cobra!

While we respect the genius it takes to make a pretzel that large, we’re personally fond of a pretzel smaller (and flatter) in nature. The best things do come in small packages – and sometimes minis!

Potato Chips

Thomas Jefferson: Founding Father. President. Snack Genius? We have the nation’s third president to thank for introducing fried potatoes to early American cuisine. However, in 1853, a customer at the Moon’s Lake House in Saratoga Springs, New York sent back his fried potato stating it was too thick. The cook, insulted by the request to make it thinner, sliced it extremely thin, fried it, and added salt. These “Saratoga Chips” eventually became the potato chips now consumed all over the world. 

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