The St. Louis World’s Fair of 1904 aimed to celebrate the centennial of the Louisiana Purchase and to shine a light on a century’s worth of progress in industry and the arts. From a culinary perspective, the event is notable for its popularization of hot dogs, hamburgers and ice cream cones. In common with these iconic dishes, peanut butter predates the fair, but it truly made its mark on that midway before taking its place in the American pantry. More than 100 years later, ...

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