But I think there’s a reason that so many of these tall tales have been rooted in a single place and point in time. When it comes to food origin stories, we crave the details. We want our favorite foods to have been invented by a specific person at a specific moment. If we can work in a little tension and drama, like hot tea that won’t sell or ice cream that’s melting all over, then all the better. And the more we dig into these tales, the more we can see why the St. Louis World’s Fair was such a ripe venue for these dramatic origin stories.