At Fairytale Brownies, we’re confident that when you order brownies from us, you’ll receive the best brownies out there.
That said, we’ll readily admit that our brownies weren’t the first brownies out there. After all, we didn’t start baking brownies until 1992.
Mental Floss, a magazine dedicated to random facts and trivia, recently provided some of the back story on the world’s first brownies. Alas, identifying the inventor of any dessert dish can be a challenge. It’s not like patents are involved. So, the magazine offered up three scenarios:
1) An unknown chef was making biscuits and mixed in melted chocolate by accident. Either that or he was baking a cake and ran out of flour. We think the ambiguity alone is enough to discredit this theory.
2) A housewife in Bangor, Maine, was baking a chocolate cake and forgot to add baking powder. That seems a bit more plausible to us, but it doesn’t explain how brownies gained popularity outside her kitchen.
3) Chefs at Chicago’s Palmer House Hotel invented the brownie to go in boxed lunches at the World Columbian Exposition of 1893. That brownie had twice the chocolate as today’s brownies, plus walnuts and an apricot glaze.