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Here are today’s five things to know about Candy:

The first chocolate eggs were made in Europe in the early 19th century and remain among the most popular treats associated with Easter.

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The winter holidays represent the biggest boxed chocolate selling season.

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How many licks does it take to get to the center of a tootsie-pop? According to student researchers at Purdue, it’s 364 licks.

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Until the 1930s, the Sugar Daddy candy pop was called the “Papa Sucker.”

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The name “Pez” comes from the German word “pfeffErminZ,” meaning “peppermint.”

 

Today’s Food History

  • 1873 Anthony Iske was issued a patent for a meat slicing machine. It worked much like a mandoline, with a frame to hold the meat while sliding it against the blade.
  • 1879 James and John Ritty invented the first cash register. They came up with the idea to prevent bartenders from stealing at the Pony House Restaurant in Dayton, Ohio.
  • 1879 African-American inventor, Thomas Elkins received a patent for a refrigerating machine, which could be used to cool food (or even human corpses according to the patent application).
  • 1923 Alfred Heineken was born. Grandson of Gerard Adriaan Heineken, the founder of Heineken Brewery. He was president of the company from 1964 to 1989.