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.