Cakes Throughout U.S. History is brought to us by America’s Test Kitchen. The infographic/timeline starts with America’s humble beginnings of the Boston Creme Pie and Baked Alaska, hits a bit of a snag during the Jell-O-obsessed 1950s, and wraps up with the Smith Island Cake and its layers of awesomeness.
The Spork is a confusing utensil, that in theory has the scooping and liquid-holding properties of a spoon, combined with the food-stabbing features of a fork. However, with the spoon part too shallow to hold an acceptable amount of soup, and tines too short and stubby to properly penetrate anything firmer than a canned peach, the spork has become one of the longest standing jokes in culinary history.
But where did this malformed utensil come from? What was the reasoning behind this seemingly useless eating tool? And most importantly, who is ultimately responsible for inventing it? Foodiggity has the answer… sort of.
The hot dog — an already questionable food item, made even more appealing with its history told by a talking rat. From the dog’s humble beginnings on the streets of New York City and Coney Island, to cementing its legacy as the pioneer of street food.