Innovative Thinking – Microwaved Candy Bars – Blog 107

Microwaved Candy Bars


An engineer Percy Spencer was working with magnetrons electronic devices in 1945.  Magnetrons were developed to send microwave radio signals.

As Percy Spencer stood next to a functioning magnetron, he felt the chocolate bar in his shirt pocket suddenly soften to a gooey consistency.

He deduced that the microwaves emanating from the magnetron had melted his chocolate bar.  He realized that he found a way to heat food by using radio waves. He also realized that if he could heat food, he could also cook food.

This serendipitous insight led to the invention of the microwave ovens we use today.


“We don’t make mistakes, just happy little accidents. ”

-Bob Ross


Lon Safko
Serial Innovator, Keynote Speaker, Trainer, Innovative Thinking


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