The True Origins of 11 Favorite Fried Foods
By: Adam Lapetina
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Like the great American hero Superman, the great American foods like cheeseburgers and chocolate chip cookies have some fairly interesting origin stories. And since Summer is the season of fried foods, we thought now was a perfect time to get the word out on the history behind the stuff that fuels every state fair ever.
Here are the true origins of some of your favorite fried foods, from candy bars to corn dogs. Turns out funnel cake kinda came out of a dark time. Who knew?
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England/Normandy - c. 1200-1400
This fun-time carnival treat was ironically invented during a time when very few people actually had fun or knew what it was — Anglo-Norman cooking manuscripts started making mentions of a sourdough version of funnel cake sometime in the Middle Ages. The cakes were drizzled with sugar syrup and salt, which proves its makers had a sophisticated palate, even at a time when indoor plumbing didn’t exist. The funnel cake eventually made its way to America by way of the Pennsylvania Dutch, before overtaking state fairs like a delicious virus (and then it made moves to the buns of this hamburger). Pour out some powdered sugar for our Medieval homeboys.
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