5 Foods You Didn’t Know Originated In America

(film crackling) (orchestral music) – [Presenter] When Italian immigrants came to America, meat became a staple Their money stretched farther than before

Meatballs became larger in size and required less bread than their Italian equivalents, polpettes They were then combined with traditional Italian foods to create this holy trinity (whimsical music) While the exact origin for the fortune cookie are unknown, historians agree it is an American invention While some say David Jung, founder of Hong Kong Noodle Company in Los Angeles was the original creator, others say the treat was first made at Benkyodo, a bakery in San Francisco and served by Makoto Hagiwara of Golden Gate Park's Japanese Tea Garden Samuel German created a type of baking chocolate, named German's Sweet Chocolate in 1852

Over 100 years later, in 1957, a recipe for German's Sweet Chocolate Cake was published in The Dallas Morning News Using Samuel German's baking chocolate, as a recipe of the day General Foods, which owned the baking chocolate, saw the popularity and distributed the recipe (triumphant music) Two companies in the US have claimed inventing the tortilla chip Jose Bartolome Martinez, owner of Tamalina Milling Company in San Antonio, Texas claims to have created the chip first

Rebecca Webb Carranza is often credited as well after she began frying pieces of misshapen tortillas in her family's fryer (whimsical music) The exact origin is murky, as Cuban Americans from Tampa and Miami lay claim to the sandwich In Tampa, thousands of Cuban immigrants settled in the 1800s to work in the cigar industry However you eat the sandwich in the United States today, it is a modified version of Cuban recipes (thoughtful music) (crackling)