Host Michael McKean sorts out the problematic pedigrees of some of our favorite foods. Included: if German chocolate cake is iced with a grammatical error; if the real father of the French dip will please stand up; and if English muffins were spawned from some star-spangled batter.
Michael McKean uncovers the facts behind some of the world's most notable edible emergencies. He discovers how a large blackout in New York City led to the decadent Blackout Cake, that Tapioca pudding is useless for putting out fires, and how a wave of molasses nearly broke Boston.
Featured are a few sacred foods for special events. Host Michael McKean finds out why some people are handing out cake instead of candy on Halloween. Then, McKean discovers that Valentine's Day candy hearts were once used as medicine. Later, he figures out whether corned beef can really bring Irish luck on St. Patrick's Day.