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10 Culinary Icons Introduced at the Chicago World's Fair

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Chicago has given the world lots of delicious dishes, from giardiniera and Italian beef to deep-dish pizza and Chicago-style hot dogs, but not all of these are as widely enjoyed outside of the Windy City as they should be. There are, however, several nationally popular culinary mainstays that really took off thanks to the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition (or, as it's more commonly called, the Chicago World's Fair).

Right off the bat, there's Cracker Jack. It was first sold via street cart in Chicago about 20 years before the 1893 Columbian Exposition, but the perfected recipe of molasses-coated popcorn and peanuts was showcased there and became wildly popular. The catchy name wasn't trademarked until 3 years later, and there was no prize until 1912, but it was too delicious not to be a hit.

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