January 27


National Peanut Brittle Day

Five Food Finds about Peanut Brittle

  1. “Brittle” , a flat hardened sugar candy, is thought to be one of the first candies ever made.
  2. Peanut brittle made with corn syrups & nuts began appearing in cookbooks around the 19th century.
  3. It has many variations around the world, such as pasteli in Greece, croquant in France and Gacchac in India.
  4. In parts of the Middle East, brittle is made with pistachios, while many Asian countries use sesame seeds and peanuts.
  5. Peanut brittle is the most popular brittle recipe in the US.

On This Day in Food History…

  • 1838 The first state temperance law was passed in Tennessee.
  • 1875 The first battery-powered dentist’s drill was patented by George F Green of Kalamazoo, Michigan.
  • 1932 RIP William Wrigley, Jr. He started Juicy Fruit chewing gum in 1893, & later Wrigley’s Spearmint. Wrigley’s boson became the largest chewing gum manufacturer in the world.
  • 2007 RIP Sharon Tyler Herbst Author of ‘ The Food Lover’s Companion,’ ‘The Joy of Cookies,’ & many more food related books.