January 26th is National Peanut Brittle Day!
Posted on January 26, 2017
Here are today’s five thing to know about Peanut Brittle:
“Brittle” is a type of confection consisting of flat, broken pieces of hard sugar candy.
Peanut brittle made with corn syrups & nuts began appearing in cookbooks around the 19th century.
Because we find peanut brittle recipes most commonly in American cookbooks, it is generally recognized as an American recipe.
The history of peanut brittle is tied to Tony Beaver, a lumberjack folk hero. In the story, Tony Beaver creates peanut brittle when he stops a flood using peanuts and molasses.
According to the history of peanut brittle candy, brittle was probably the first candy ever made.
Today’s 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.