We all know that an Arnold Palmer is a blend of iced tea and lemonade. Many have heard the stories that the Earl of Sandwich asked for his meat to be served between slices of toast, so that he could multitask (playing cards or hunting, depending on which version of the story you get). But what you may not realize is that some of our favorite foods were originally named after some lesser known people.
In the 1800s Maria Smith, affectionately called “Granny” by many of her acquaintances, discovered a sapling growing where she had previously thrown out some apple cores. She replanted the sapling and nurtured it to maturation. That little sapling from the waste heap eventually bore tart, green apples.
Leo Hirschfeld, confectioner and inventor of candy manufacturing machines in the late 1800s and early 1900s, had a daughter named Clara. We imagine that little Clara must have loved her dad’s job because Leo’s daughter, nicknamed Tootsie, became immortalized when a non-melting chocolate candy was given the name “Tootsie Roll”.
And I bet you’d never have suspected that a favorite bar snack also has a namesake. Back in the 1940’s, the story goes, a group of military officers’ wives went into a Mexican bar around closing time. Not finding a chef available one of the lingering wait staff,Ignacio (“Nacho”), did the best he could with some tortillas, cheese, and jalapenos. That evening, a popular late night snack was born.