Happy National Chocolate Mousse Day!
Five Food Finds about Chocolate Mousse:
- If you are in France, no matter which region, no matter where you eat, you will most likely be offered the divine French dessert Mousse au Chocolat.
- The word “mousse” is a French word that means foam, so Mousse au Chocolat means chocolate foam.
- When mousse first hit the culinary scene in 1894 it was reserved for savory dishes like fish and vegetables.
- In the early 1900’s, the famous French artist Toulouse Lautrec had the brilliant idea of mixing in chocolate to the graceful and airy invention.
- Thankfully the name that he first gave it, ‘mayonnaise de chocolat’, has been changed.
Today’s Food History
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1878 At 7 a.m., the Washburn A flour mill in Minneapolis exploded, sending the roof 500 feet in the air. 18 workers were killed and seven other flour mills were also destroyed.
1885 Good Housekeeping magazine begins publication. Founded by Clark W. Bryan, the magazine was purchased by Hearst publishing in 1911.
1934 Sergey Vasilyevich Lebedev died. A Russian chemist who developed a method for large scale production of synthetic rubber. Production of polybutadiene was begun in 1932 using potatoes and limestone as raw materials.