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November 29th is National Chocolates Day!

Posted on November 29, 2018

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

Chocolate comes from the Aztec word “xocolatl” which means “bitter water”.

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Switzerland is one of the top countries for chocolate consumption. The Swiss consume about 22 lbs of chocolate, per person, per year.

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Cocoa beans were used as currency by the Mayan and Aztec cultures. Perhaps this is where they saying “Money grows on trees” came from.

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Allowing chocolate to melt in your mouth produces the same or even stronger reactions as passionately kissing.

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Most cocoa comes from West Africa.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1627 John Ray (Wray) was born. A leading 17th century English naturalist and botanist. He contributed to the advancement of taxonomy, and established the species as the basic unit of taxonomy.
  • 1968 The Who release ‘The Who Sell Out.’ One of my favorite Who albums, with commercials for some real and some fictitious products, including Heinz Baked Beans.
  • 1997 Plastic bags are a serious danger to marine mammals. A 65 foot, 70 ton finback whale died off the coast of Spain. Its digestive tract had been blocked by 30 plastic bags, and several hard plastic objects.
  • 1997 Reports from Chile about giant rats, that had been feeding on the droppings of hormone fattened poultry, were attacking farm animals near Santiago.

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November 29th is National Chocolates Day!

Posted on November 29, 2017

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

Chocolate comes from the Aztec word “xocolatl” which means “bitter water”.

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Switzerland is one of the top countries for chocolate consumption. The Swiss consume about 22 lbs of chocolate, per person, per year.

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Cocoa beans were used as currency by the Mayan and Aztec cultures. Perhaps this is where they saying “Money grows on trees” came from.

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Allowing chocolate to melt in your mouth produces the same or even stronger reactions as passionately kissing.

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Most cocoa comes from West Africa.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1627 John Ray (Wray) was born. A leading 17th century English naturalist and botanist. He contributed to the advancement of taxonomy, and established the species as the basic unit of taxonomy.
  • 1968 The Who release ‘The Who Sell Out.’ One of my favorite Who albums, with commercials for some real and some fictitious products, including Heinz Baked Beans.
  • 1997 Plastic bags are a serious danger to marine mammals. A 65 foot, 70 ton finback whale died off the coast of Spain. Its digestive tract had been blocked by 30 plastic bags, and several hard plastic objects.
  • 1997 Reports from Chile about giant rats, that had been feeding on the droppings of hormone fattened poultry, were attacking farm animals near Santiago.

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November 29 is National Chocolates Day

Posted on November 29, 2015

Here are today’s five thing to know about Chocolates:

  1. Chocolate comes from the Aztec word “xocolatl” which means “bitter water”.
  2. Switzerland is one of the top countries for chocolate consumption. The Swiss consume about 22 lbs of chocolate, per person, per year.
  3. Cocoa beans were used as currency by the Mayan and Aztec cultures. Perhaps this is where they saying “Money grows on trees” came from.
  4. Allowing chocolate to melt in your mouth produces the same or even stronger reactions as passionately kissing.
  5. Most cocoa comes from West Africa.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1627 John Ray (Wray) was born. A leading 17th century English naturalist and botanist. He contributed to the advancement of taxonomy, and established the species as the basic unit of taxonomy.
  • 1968 The Who release ‘The Who Sell Out.’ One of my favorite Who albums, with commercials for some real and some fictitious products, including Heinz Baked Beans.
  • 1997 Plastic bags are a serious danger to marine mammals. A 65 foot, 70 ton finback whale died off the coast of Spain. Its digestive tract had been blocked by 30 plastic bags, and several hard plastic objects.
  • 1997 Reports from Chile about giant rats, that had been feeding on the droppings of hormone fattened poultry, were attacking farm animals near Santiago.

 

National Chocolates Day

Posted on November 27, 2013

National Chocolates Day

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1627 John Ray (Wray) was born. A leading 17th century English naturalist and botanist. He contributed to the advancement of taxonomy, and established the species as the basic unit of taxonomy.
1968 The Who release ‘The Who Sell Out.’ One of my favorite Who albums, with commercials for some real and some fictitious products, including Heinz Baked Beans.
1997 Plastic bags are a serious danger to marine mammals. A 65 foot, 70 ton finback whale died off the coast of Spain. Its digestive tract had been blocked by 30 plastic bags, and several hard plastic objects.
1997 Reports from Chile about giant rats, that had been feeding on the droppings of hormone fattened poultry, were attacking farm animals near Santiago.

November 29 – National Chocolates Day

Posted on November 29, 2012

National Chocolates Day

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1627 John Ray (Wray) was born. A leading 17th century English naturalist and botanist. He contributed to the advancement of taxonomy, and established the species as the basic unit of taxonomy.
1968 The Who release ‘The Who Sell Out.’ One of my favorite Who albums, with commercials for some real and some fictitious products, including Heinz Baked Beans.
1997 Plastic bags are a serious danger to marine mammals. A 65 foot, 70 ton finback whale died off the coast of Spain. Its digestive tract had been blocked by 30 plastic bags, and several hard plastic objects.
1997 Reports from Chile about giant rats, that had been feeding on the droppings of hormone fattened poultry, were attacking farm animals near Santiago.


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February 14th is National Cream-Filled Chocolates Day! #ValentinesDay

Posted on February 14, 2019

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Five Food Find about Valentine’s Day Candy

In the 1800’s, physicians commonly advised their lovelorn patients to eat chocolate to calm their pining.

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More than 36 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate will be sold for Valentine’s Day.

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At one time, conversation candies were made into shapes including horseshoes, baseballs, and watches.

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At least 10 new conversation heart sayings are introduced each year. Recent additions include “Yeah Right,” “Call Home” and “Puppy Love.”

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It is believed that Madame Du Barry served chocolate to all her suitors; Casanova consumed chocolate instead of champagne to induce romance; and Montezuma, the king of the ancient Aztecs, believed chocolate would make him virile.

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Today’s Food History

on this day in…

  • 1779 RIP Captain James Cook, British explorer who charted and named many Pacific Islands, including the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii).
  • 1803 Moses Coats patented an apple parer.
  • 1838 Margaret E. Knight was born. An American inventor, she invented an improved paper bag machine to make bags with flat bottoms.
  • 1886 California oranges were first shipped East by rail.
  • 1903 The U.S. Department of Commerce and Labor was established.
  • 2003 Dolly the sheep died. Dolly was the first animal cloned from an adult animal. (Born July 5, 1996)

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December 28th is National Boxed Chocolates Day!

Posted on December 28, 2018

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Five Food Finds about Chocolate

The word “chocolate” comes from the Aztec word, “Xocolatl”, which ironically means “bitter water”.

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The biggest bar of chocolate ever made was created in Turin, Italy. The bar was created in 2000 and weighed 5,000 pounds.

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While the US produces the most chocolate and consume the most pounds every year, the Swiss consume the most per capita,  followed closely by the English.

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Chocolate manufacturers currently use 40% of the world’s almonds and 20% of the world’s peanuts.

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Every Russian and American space voyage has included chocolate bars.

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Today’s Food History

1763 John Molson was born. Founder of Molson Brewery, Montreal, Canada.

1869 William Finley Semple patented the first chewing gum, although he never commercially manufactured any gum.

1886 Josephine Garis Cochran patented the first commercially successful dish washing machine. It became a huge hit at the 1893 Columbian Exposition. Her company eventually evolved into KitchenAid.

1897 Edmond Rostand’s romantic, dramatic play ‘Cyarano de Bergerac’ premiers in Paris. A unique combination of love, swordplay, comedy, pathos and proboscis.


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February 14th is National Cream-Filled Chocolates Day!

Posted on February 14, 2018

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Five Food Find about Valentine’s Day Candy

In the 1800’s, physicians commonly advised their lovelorn patients to eat chocolate to calm their pining.

chocolate-truffles

More than 36 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate will be sold for Valentine’s Day.

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At one time, conversation candies were made into shapes including horseshoes, baseballs, and watches.

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At least 10 new conversation heart sayings are introduced each year. Recent additions include “Yeah Right,” “Call Home” and “Puppy Love.”

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It is believed that Madame Du Barry served chocolate to all her suitors; Casanova consumed chocolate instead of champagne to induce romance; and Montezuma, the king of the ancient Aztecs, believed chocolate would make him virile.

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Today’s Food History

on this day in…

  • 1779 RIP Captain James Cook, British explorer who charted and named many Pacific Islands, including the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii).
  • 1803 Moses Coats patented an apple parer.
  • 1838 Margaret E. Knight was born. An American inventor, she invented an improved paper bag machine to make bags with flat bottoms.
  • 1886 California oranges were first shipped East by rail.
  • 1903 The U.S. Department of Commerce and Labor was established.
  • 2003 Dolly the sheep died. Dolly was the first animal cloned from an adult animal. (Born July 5, 1996)

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December 28th is National Boxed Chocolates Day!

Posted on December 28, 2017

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Five Food Finds about Chocolate

The word “chocolate” comes from the Aztec word, “Xocolatl”, which ironically means “bitter water”.

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The biggest bar of chocolate ever made was created in Turin, Italy. The bar was created in 2000 and weighed 5,000 pounds.

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While the US produces the most chocolate and consume the most pounds every year, the Swiss consume the most per capita,  followed closely by the English.

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Chocolate manufacturers currently use 40% of the world’s almonds and 20% of the world’s peanuts.

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Every Russian and American space voyage has included chocolate bars.

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Today’s Food History

1763 John Molson was born. Founder of Molson Brewery, Montreal, Canada.

1869 William Finley Semple patented the first chewing gum, although he never commercially manufactured any gum.

1886 Josephine Garis Cochran patented the first commercially successful dish washing machine. It became a huge hit at the 1893 Columbian Exposition. Her company eventually evolved into KitchenAid.

1897 Edmond Rostand’s romantic, dramatic play ‘Cyarano de Bergerac’ premiers in Paris. A unique combination of love, swordplay, comedy, pathos and proboscis.


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February 14th is National Cream-Filled Chocolates Day!

Posted on February 14, 2017

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Five Food Find about Valentine’s Day Candy

 

In the 1800’s, physicians commonly advised their lovelorn patients to eat chocolate to calm their pining.

 

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More than 36 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate will be sold for Valentine’s Day.

 

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At one time, conversation candies were made into shapes including horseshoes, baseballs, and watches.

 

 

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At least 10 new conversation heart sayings are introduced each year. Recent additions include “Yeah Right,” “Call Home” and “Puppy Love.”

 

 

 

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It is believed that Madame Du Barry served chocolate to all her suitors; Casanova consumed chocolate instead of champagne to induce romance; and Montezuma, the king of the ancient Aztecs, believed chocolate would make him virile.

 

 

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Today’s Food History

on this day in…

  • 1779 RIP Captain James Cook, British explorer who charted and named many Pacific Islands, including the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii).
  • 1803 Moses Coats patented an apple parer.
  • 1838 Margaret E. Knight was born. An American inventor, she invented an improved paper bag machine to make bags with flat bottoms.
  • 1886 California oranges were first shipped East by rail.
  • 1903 The U.S. Department of Commerce and Labor was established.
  • 2003 Dolly the sheep died. Dolly was the first animal cloned from an adult animal. (Born July 5, 1996)

December 28th is National Boxed Chocolates Day!

Posted on December 28, 2016

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Five Food Finds about Chocolate

The word “chocolate” comes from the Aztec word, “Xocolatl”, which ironically means “bitter water”.

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The biggest bar of chocolate ever made was created in Turin, Italy. The bar was created in 2000 and weighed 5,000 pounds.

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While the US produces the most chocolate and consume the most pounds every year, the Swiss consume the most per capita,  followed closely by the English.

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Chocolate manufacturers currently use 40% of the world’s almonds and 20% of the world’s peanuts.

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Every Russian and American space voyage has included chocolate bars.

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Today’s Food History

1763 John Molson was born. Founder of Molson Brewery, Montreal, Canada.

1869 William Finley Semple patented the first chewing gum, although he never commercially manufactured any gum.

1886 Josephine Garis Cochran patented the first commercially successful dish washing machine. It became a huge hit at the 1893 Columbian Exposition. Her company eventually evolved into KitchenAid.

1897 Edmond Rostand’s romantic, dramatic play ‘Cyarano de Bergerac’ premiers in Paris. A unique combination of love, swordplay, comedy, pathos and proboscis.


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February 25th is National Chocolate Covered Peanut Day

Posted on February 25, 2019

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Happy National Chocolate Covered Peanuts Day

Here are today’s five thing to know about Chocolate Covered Peanuts:

  1. The original  chocolate covered peanut candy are Goobers first sold in 1925. The word “Goober” was a common slang word for peanut.
  2. Peanut M & M’s were not introduced until 1954. They were tan until 1960 when colors were first introduced.(yellow, green, & red)
  3. Rapper, Eminem’s original stage name was M & M, his name was eventually changed for obvious trademark issues.
  4. The initials M & M stand for the Forrest Mars from Mars Candies and Bruce Murrie from Hershey Chocolates.
  5. In 1976 red M & M’s were replaced with orange. The red dye(red #2) was ruled to be a potential carcinogen. Red did not return until 1987.

Daily Quote:

“M & M’s, the chocolates that melt in your mouth nor in your hand” first used in 1954

Extra: It is said that M & M’s were tan in color for decades because if they DID melt in your hand it would not show

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Today’s Food History

  • 1904 Adelle Davis was born.  Nutritionist, and author of ‘Let’s Eat Right to Keep Fit.’ She promoted many theories that have been labeled as unfounded and dangerous by the medical community.
  • 1918 Wartime food rationing began in parts of England
  • 1922 Donald McLean was born. McLean was a Scottish potato expert who supposedly discovered the world’s largest private collection of potatoes, with 367 varieties.
  • 1934 RIP Elizabeth Gertrude Knight Britton, an American botanist, she helped establish the New York Botanical Gardens.
  • 1950 RIP George Richard Minot, American physician, Minot was one of the developers of the ” raw-liver diet ” used to treat pernicious anemia.

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February 19th is National Chocolate Mint Day!

Posted on February 19, 2019

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Happy National Chocolate Mint Day!

Here are today’s five thing to know about Chocolate Mint:

 In tea houses and dinner halls of the early 1900’s  mint sprigs and dark chocolates served after desserts for patrons to ‘chew for good breath and aid digestion’.

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Thin Mints account for over 25% of the annual Girl Scout cookie sales.

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Andes chocolate mints, created in 1921, have little to do with the Andes mountains. They were once called “Andy’s Candies”  but the owner ‘found that men did not like giving boxes of candies with another man’s name on them to their wives and girlfriends’ so he changed the name.

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Frango Mints, perhaps the first chocolate mints, were first patented in 1918. They were sold in tea houses and sold frozen to emphasize the sharp mint flavor.

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Ancient Greeks believed mint could cure hiccups.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1764 Gottlieb Sigismund Kirchhof was born. He developed a method for refining vegetable oil, and also improved brewing & fermentation.
  • 1855 Bread Riots in Liverpool.
  • 1906 Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Company (W.K. Kellogg Company) was founded by Will Keith Kellogg to manufacture breakfast cereals (cornflakes).
  • 1913 Cracker Jack began to put prizes in each box.
  • 1976 Iceland broke off diplomatic relations with Great Britain when the two couldn’t settle their disagreement on the ‘cod war’ fishing rights issue.
  • 1985 Cherry Coke was introduced nation-wide
  • 1999 The world’s largest strawberry shortcake was created in McCall Park, Plant City, Florida, the Winter Strawberry Capital of the World. The city holds the Guinness record for the world’s largest strawberry shortcake, over 6,000 pounds.
 

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The OFFICIAL February ‘Food Holiday’ list

Posted on February 13, 2019

february-calendarCanned Food Month
National Chocolate Lovers Month
National Cherry Month 
National Grapefruit Month
National Snack Food Month
National Potato Lovers Month
Return Shopping Carts to the Supermarket Month
National Hot Breakfast Month
!st week of Feb- African Heritage & Health Week
3rd Weekend of February: National Margarita Weekend
“Superbowl Sunday” : National Pork Rind Day (aka National Pork Rind Appreciation Day)
Daily Holidays

Pork Rind Appreciation Day*
February 8
National Molasses Bar Day
February 12
National Plum Pudding Day
(National PB&J Day)
February 13
National Cheddar Day
National Tortellini Day
February 15 
National Gumdrop Day
February 16 
National Almond Day
February 20 
National Cherry Pie Day
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February 21 
February 22
February 23 
National Chili Day
National Banana Bread Day
February 27 

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February 10th is National “Have a Brownie” Day! / #BrownieDay

Posted on February 10, 2019

Here are today’s five thing to know about Brownie:

  1. It is said that the brownie was created at the Palmer House Hotel during the 1893 Columbian Exposition( The largest World’s Fair of it’s time) when the owner Bertha Palmer asked the chef to make a ‘ladies dessert’.
  2. The word ‘brownie’ became so popular that soon after the Expedition even Kodak named one of it’s first hand held cameras after them, the little ‘brownie.’
  3. Brownies were one of the very first prepackaged food ‘mixes’ ever sold. First appearing in the Sears, Roebuck catalogue in 1897.
  4. Fannie Farmer, the First Lady of American Cookery, published the first written recipe for brownies in 1896.
  5. A popular turn of the century alternative was considered of equal importance, the ‘blondie‘, which used many of the same ingredients except chocolate. Many believed chocolate to be a ‘vice’ on the same level as alcohol and even coffee.

Daily Quote:

“A great empire, like a great cake, is most easily diminished at the edges.”
Benjamin Franklin

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Today’s Food History

  • 1846 Ira Remsen was born. He was an American chemist, co-discoverer of saccharin, the artificial sweetener.
  • 1933 The Postal Telegraph Co. of New York City delivers the first singing telegram with a box of chocolates.
  • 1944 Author Frances Moore Lappe was born. Author of the best selling ‘Diet for a Small Planet’ (1971) The first best seller to encourage a vegetarian diet. Her premise was that the raising of animals was wasteful & potentially harmful to the environment.
  • 1945 The Andrews Sisters recording of ‘Rum and Coca Cola’ hit #1 on the popular music charts.
  • 1957 The ‘Styrofoam’ cooler was invented.

 

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It’s Official! 2019’s February Food Holidays

Posted on January 28, 2019

february-calendarCanned Food Month
National Chocolate Lovers Month
National Cherry Month 
National Grapefruit Month
National Snack Food Month
National Potato Lovers Month
Return Shopping Carts to the Supermarket Month
National Hot Breakfast Month
!st week of Feb- African Heritage & Health Week
3rd Weekend of February: National Margarita Weekend
“Superbowl Sunday” : National Pork Rind Day (aka National Pork Rind Appreciation Day)
Daily Holidays

Pork Rind Appreciation Day*
February 8
National Molasses Bar Day
February 12
National Plum Pudding Day
(National PB&J Day)
February 15 
National Gumdrop Day
February 16 
National Almond Day
February 20 
National Cherry Pie Day
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February 21 
February 22
February 23 
National Chili Day
National Banana Bread Day
February 27 

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Let’s Eat Cake! January 27th is National Chocolate Cake Day! #NationalChocolateCakeDay

Posted on January 27, 2019

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

The first French word for chocolate mousse translates in English to“chocolate mayonnaise”.

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The “blood” that you see in the infamous “shower scene” in Psycho is actually chocolate syrup.

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The history of chocolate cake goes back to 1764, when Dr. James Baker discovered how to make chocolate by grinding cocoa beans between two massive circular millstones.

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A process for making silkier and smoother chocolate called conching was developed in 1879 by Swiss Rodolphe and made it easier to bake with chocolate as it amalgamates smoothly and completely with cake batters.

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In the U.S.A, “chocolate decadence” cakes were popular in the 1980s; in the 1990s, single-serving molten chocolate cakes with liquid chocolate centers and infused chocolates with exotic flavors such as tea, curry, red pepper, passion fruit, and champagne were popular.

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Today’s Quote: “All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.”~Charles M. Schulz

Today’s Food History

  • 1521 The Diet of Worms begins; an assembly of the Holy Roman Empire where Martin Luther made his famous appearance.
  • 1851  RIP John James Audubon: Ornithologist, naturalist & artist, known for his paintings & prints of North American birds.
  • 1910 RIP Thomas Crapper: Said to have invented the flush toilet. Many believe he simply “improved” the device invented by others.
  • 1984 Michael Jackson’s hair catches fire while filming a Pepsi commercial.

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Here’s the Official December Food Holiday List / #FoodHolidays

Posted on December 21, 2018

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National Pear Month
National Egg Nog Month
National Fruit Cake Month
Daily Holidays

December 2
National Fritters Day
Feast of St. Bibiana
December 3
National Peppermint Latte Day**
December 4
National Cookie Day
December 5
National Comfort Food Day
Repeal of Prohibition Day*
December 6
National Gazpacho Day
National Microwave Oven Day
National “Cook for Christmas” Day**
December 7
National Cotton Candy Day
 Ferry Floss Day(Great Britain)
December 8
National Brownie Day
December 9
National Pastry Day
December 10
National Lager Day
National Cocoa Day
National Ambrosia Day*
December 13
National Popcorn String Day
December 14
National Biscuits and Gravy Day**
National Bouillabaisse Day
National Gingerbread Latte Day**
National Lemon Cupcake Day
December 16
National Chocolate Covered Anything Day**
December 17
National Maple Syrup Day
December 18
National “I Love Honey” Day
 National Roast Suckling Pig Day*
National Hard Candy Day
National Oatmeal Muffin Day
National Sangria Day
December 21
National French Fried Shrimp Day
December 22
National Date Nut Bread Day
December 23
National Bake Day
 National Pfeffernuesse Day*
National Egg Nog Day
December 25
National Pumpkin Pie Day
National “Kiss the Cook” Day
December 26
National Candy Cane Day
December 27
National Fruitcake Day
December 28
National Box of Chocolates Day
December 29
National “Get on the Scales” Day
National Pepper Pot Day*
National Bacon Day
National Bicarbonate of Soda Day*
Baking Soda Day
National Champagne Day
National Vinegar Day*
*A Traditional Food Holiday or a day with Historic significance 
**A Foodimentary First- A new or newly discovered food holiday

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Here’s the Official December Food Holiday List / #FoodHolidays

Posted on December 12, 2018

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National Pear Month
National Egg Nog Month
National Fruit Cake Month
Daily Holidays

December 2
National Fritters Day
Feast of St. Bibiana
December 3
National Peppermint Latte Day**
December 4
National Cookie Day
December 5
National Comfort Food Day
Repeal of Prohibition Day*
December 6
National Gazpacho Day
National Microwave Oven Day
National “Cook for Christmas” Day**
December 7
National Cotton Candy Day
 Ferry Floss Day(Great Britain)
December 8
National Brownie Day
December 9
National Pastry Day
December 10
National Lager Day
National Cocoa Day
National Ambrosia Day*
December 13
National Popcorn String Day
December 14
National Biscuits and Gravy Day**
National Bouillabaisse Day
National Gingerbread Latte Day**
National Lemon Cupcake Day
December 16
National Chocolate Covered Anything Day**
December 17
National Maple Syrup Day
December 18
National “I Love Honey” Day
 National Roast Suckling Pig Day*
National Hard Candy Day
National Oatmeal Muffin Day
National Sangria Day
December 21
National French Fried Shrimp Day
December 22
National Date Nut Bread Day
December 23
National Bake Day
 National Pfeffernuesse Day*
National Egg Nog Day
December 25
National Pumpkin Pie Day
National “Kiss the Cook” Day
December 26
National Candy Cane Day
December 27
National Fruitcake Day
December 28
National Box of Chocolates Day
December 29
National “Get on the Scales” Day
National Pepper Pot Day*
National Bacon Day
National Bicarbonate of Soda Day*
Baking Soda Day
National Champagne Day
National Vinegar Day*
*A Traditional Food Holiday or a day with Historic significance 
**A Foodimentary First- A new or newly discovered food holiday

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December 8th is National Brownie Day! / #NationalBrownieDay

Posted on December 8, 2018

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Here are today’s five food facts to know about the brownie:

It is said that the brownie was created at the Palmer House Hotel during the 1893 Columbian Exposition when the owner Bertha Palmer asked the chef to make a ‘ladies dessert’.

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The word ‘brownie’ became so popular that soon after the Expedition even Kodak named one of it’s first hand held cameras after them, the little ‘brownie.’

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Brownies were one of the very first prepackaged food ‘mixes’ ever sold. First appearing in the Sears, Roebuck catalogue in 1897.

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Fannie Farmer, the First Lady of American Cookery, published the first written recipe for brownies in 1896.

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A popular turn of the century alternative was considered of equal importance, the ‘blondie‘, which used many of the same ingredients except chocolate. Many believed chocolate to be a ‘vice’ on the same level as alcohol and even coffee.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1846 Ira Remsen was born. He was an American chemist, co-discoverer of saccharin, the artificial sweetener.
  • 1933 The Postal Telegraph Co. of New York City delivers the first singing telegram with a box of chocolates.
  • 1944 Author Frances Moore Lappe was born. Author of the best selling ‘Diet for a Small Planet’ (1971) The first best seller to encourage a vegetarian diet. Her premise was that the raising of animals was wasteful & potentially harmful to the environment.
  • 1945 The Andrews Sisters recording of ‘Rum and Coca Cola’ hit #1 on the popular music charts.
  • 1957 The ‘Styrofoam’ cooler was invented.

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Celebrate!! The Official December Food Holiday List / #FoodHolidays

Posted on December 3, 2018

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National Pear Month
National Egg Nog Month
National Fruit Cake Month
Daily Holidays

December 2
National Fritters Day
Feast of St. Bibiana
December 3
National Peppermint Latte Day**
December 4
National Cookie Day
December 5
National Comfort Food Day
Repeal of Prohibition Day*
December 6
National Gazpacho Day
National Microwave Oven Day
National “Cook for Christmas” Day**
December 7
National Cotton Candy Day
 Ferry Floss Day(Great Britain)
December 8
National Brownie Day
December 9
National Pastry Day
December 10
National Lager Day
National Cocoa Day
National Ambrosia Day*
December 13
National Popcorn String Day
December 14
National Biscuits and Gravy Day**
National Bouillabaisse Day
National Gingerbread Latte Day**
National Lemon Cupcake Day
December 16
National Chocolate Covered Anything Day**
December 17
National Maple Syrup Day
December 18
National “I Love Honey” Day
 National Roast Suckling Pig Day*
National Hard Candy Day
National Oatmeal Muffin Day
National Sangria Day
December 21
National French Fried Shrimp Day
December 22
National Date Nut Bread Day
December 23
National Bake Day
 National Pfeffernuesse Day*
National Egg Nog Day
December 25
National Pumpkin Pie Day
National “Kiss the Cook” Day
December 26
National Candy Cane Day
December 27
National Fruitcake Day
December 28
National Box of Chocolates Day
December 29
National “Get on the Scales” Day
National Pepper Pot Day*
National Bacon Day
National Bicarbonate of Soda Day*
Baking Soda Day
National Champagne Day
National Vinegar Day*
*A Traditional Food Holiday or a day with Historic significance 
**A Foodimentary First- A new or newly discovered food holiday

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The ‘Official’ 2018 November Food Holiday List / #FoodHolidays

Posted on November 12, 2018

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National Georgia Pecan Month
National Peanut Butter Lover’s Month
National Pepper Month
National Stuffing Month
National Raisin Bread Month
November 1-7: National Fig Week
Daily Holidays

November 1
November 5
National Doughnut Day
November 9
November 13
National Indian Pudding Day
Feast of St. Diego Alacala
National Pickle ‘Appreciation’ Day
 National Vichyssoise Day
November 19
November 21
November 23
November 25
National Parfait Day
National “Eat with a Friend” Day
November 26
National Cake Day
November 29
National Chocolates Day
National Lemon Creme Pie Day
National Rice Cake Day
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Vote your Favorite ‘Day’!!! / November’s Food Holiday List

Posted on November 5, 2018

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National Georgia Pecan Month
National Peanut Butter Lover’s Month
National Pepper Month
National Stuffing Month
National Raisin Bread Month
November 1-7: National Fig Week
Daily Holidays

November 1
November 5
National Doughnut Day
November 9
November 13
National Indian Pudding Day
Feast of St. Diego Alacala
National Pickle ‘Appreciation’ Day
 National Vichyssoise Day
November 19
November 21
November 23
November 25
National Parfait Day
National “Eat with a Friend” Day
November 26
National Cake Day
November 29
National Chocolates Day
National Lemon Creme Pie Day
National Rice Cake Day
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The ‘Official’ 2018 November Food Holiday List / #FoodHolidays

Posted on October 31, 2018

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National Georgia Pecan Month
National Peanut Butter Lover’s Month
National Pepper Month
National Stuffing Month
National Raisin Bread Month
November 1-7: National Fig Week
Daily Holidays

November 1
November 5
National Doughnut Day
November 9
November 13
National Indian Pudding Day
Feast of St. Diego Alacala
National Pickle ‘Appreciation’ Day
 National Vichyssoise Day
November 19
November 21
November 23
November 25
National Parfait Day
National “Eat with a Friend” Day
November 26
National Cake Day
November 29
National Chocolates Day
National Lemon Creme Pie Day
National Rice Cake Day
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Here’s THE November Food Holiday List / #FoodHolidays

Posted on October 26, 2018

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National Georgia Pecan Month
National Peanut Butter Lover’s Month
National Pepper Month
National Stuffing Month
National Raisin Bread Month
November 1-7: National Fig Week
Daily Holidays

November 1
November 5
National Doughnut Day
November 9
November 13
National Indian Pudding Day
Feast of St. Diego Alacala
National Pickle ‘Appreciation’ Day
 National Vichyssoise Day
November 19
November 21
November 23
November 25
National Parfait Day
National “Eat with a Friend” Day
November 26
National Cake Day
November 29
National Chocolates Day
National Lemon Creme Pie Day
National Rice Cake Day
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September 23rd is National White Chocolate Day!

Posted on September 23, 2018

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Here are today’s five thing to know about Chocolate:

  1. White chocolate originates from the cocoa (cacao) plant, but it is not ‘chocolate.’
  2. According to the FDA, to be called ‘chocolate’ a product must contain chocolate liquor, which is what gives it the biter intense chocolate flavor (and color) to dark and milk chocolates.
  3. White chocolate contains cocoa butter, milk solids, sugar, lecithin and flavorings (usually including vanilla). Cocoa butter is the fat from cocoa beans, extracted from the cocoa beans during the process of making chocolate and cocoa powder. Cocoa butter has very little ‘chocolate’ flavor.
  4. Cocoa butter is one of the ingredients used to make real chocolate, it is gives chocolate the ability to remain solid at room temperature, yet melt easily in the mouth.
  5. Cocoa butter is one of the most stable fats known, containing natural antioxidants that prevent rancidity and give it a storage life of 2 to 5 years.  It is used for its smooth texture in foods (including chocolate) and in cosmetics and soaps.

 Today’s Food History

  • 1777 John Bartram died. An American botanist, and considered the ‘father of American botany,’ he established a botanical garden in Philadelphia in 1728.
  • 1877 Victor Shelford was born. An American zoologist and ecologist, he was one of the first to treat ecology as a separate science. He was active and influential in several ecological organizations, including the Nature Conservancy formed in 1951.
  • 1903 Italo Marchiony applied for a patent for an ice cream cup mold. Initially, he would fold warm waffles into a cup shape. He then developed the 2-piece mold that would make 10 cups at a time. (The patent was granted on December 15).
  • 1955 The first British commercial TV station began broadcasting. The first advertisement was for Gibbs SR toothpaste.
  • 1967 The Queen Mary began her last Atlantic crossing.
  • 1982 First Farm Aid Concert was held at Champaign, Illinois.
  • 2002 William Rosenberg founder of Dunkin’ Donuts died.
  • 2003 Actor Gordon Jump died. The ‘Matag Repairman’ in commercials, also Arthur Carlson on ‘WKRP in Cincinnati’

February 25th is National Chocolate Covered Peanut Day

Posted on February 25, 2018

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Here are today’s five thing to know about Chocolate Covered Peanuts:

  1. The original  chocolate covered peanut candy are Goobers first sold in 1925. The word “Goober” was a common slang word for peanut.
  2. Peanut M & M’s were not introduced until 1954. They were tan until 1960 when colors were first introduced.(yellow, green, & red)
  3. Rapper, Eminem’s original stage name was M & M, his name was eventually changed for obvious trademark issues.
  4. The initials M & M stand for the Forrest Mars from Mars Candies and Bruce Murrie from Hershey Chocolates.
  5. In 1976 red M & M’s were replaced with orange. The red dye(red #2) was ruled to be a potential carcinogen. Red did not return until 1987.

Daily Quote:

“M & M’s, the chocolates that melt in your mouth nor in your hand” first used in 1954

Extra: It is said that M & M’s were tan in color for decades because if they DID melt in your hand it would not show

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Today’s Food History

  • 1904 Adelle Davis was born.  Nutritionist, and author of ‘Let’s Eat Right to Keep Fit.’ She promoted many theories that have been labeled as unfounded and dangerous by the medical community.
  • 1918 Wartime food rationing began in parts of England
  • 1922 Donald McLean was born. McLean was a Scottish potato expert who supposedly discovered the world’s largest private collection of potatoes, with 367 varieties.
  • 1934 RIP Elizabeth Gertrude Knight Britton, an American botanist, she helped establish the New York Botanical Gardens.
  • 1950 RIP George Richard Minot, American physician, Minot was one of the developers of the ” raw-liver diet ” used to treat pernicious anemia.

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February 19th is National Chocolate Mint Day!

Posted on February 19, 2018

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Happy National Chocolate Mint Day!

Here are today’s five thing to know about Chocolate Mint:

 

 In tea houses and dinner halls of the early 1900’s  mint sprigs and dark chocolates served after desserts for patrons to ‘chew for good breath and aid digestion’.

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Thin Mints account for over 25% of the annual Girl Scout cookie sales.

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Andes chocolate mints, created in 1921, have little to do with the Andes mountains. They were once called “Andy’s Candies”  but the owner ‘found that men did not like giving boxes of candies with another man’s name on them to their wives and girlfriends’ so he changed the name.

 

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Frango Mints, perhaps the first chocolate mints, were first patented in 1918. They were sold in tea houses and sold frozen to emphasize the sharp mint flavor.

 

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Ancient Greeks believed mint could cure hiccups.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1764 Gottlieb Sigismund Kirchhof was born. He developed a method for refining vegetable oil, and also improved brewing & fermentation.
  • 1855 Bread Riots in Liverpool.
  • 1906 Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Company (W.K. Kellogg Company) was founded by Will Keith Kellogg to manufacture breakfast cereals (cornflakes).
  • 1913 Cracker Jack began to put prizes in each box.
  • 1976 Iceland broke off diplomatic relations with Great Britain when the two couldn’t settle their disagreement on the ‘cod war’ fishing rights issue.
  • 1985 Cherry Coke was introduced nation-wide
  • 1999 The world’s largest strawberry shortcake was created in McCall Park, Plant City, Florida, the Winter Strawberry Capital of the World. The city holds the Guinness record for the world’s largest strawberry shortcake, over 6,000 pounds.
 

 


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February 10th is National “Have a Brownie” Day!

Posted on February 10, 2018

Here are today’s five thing to know about Brownie:

  1. It is said that the brownie was created at the Palmer House Hotel during the 1893 Columbian Exposition( The largest World’s Fair of it’s time) when the owner Bertha Palmer asked the chef to make a ‘ladies dessert’.
  2. The word ‘brownie’ became so popular that soon after the Expedition even Kodak named one of it’s first hand held cameras after them, the little ‘brownie.’
  3. Brownies were one of the very first prepackaged food ‘mixes’ ever sold. First appearing in the Sears, Roebuck catalogue in 1897.
  4. Fannie Farmer, the First Lady of American Cookery, published the first written recipe for brownies in 1896.
  5. A popular turn of the century alternative was considered of equal importance, the ‘blondie‘, which used many of the same ingredients except chocolate. Many believed chocolate to be a ‘vice’ on the same level as alcohol and even coffee.

Daily Quote:

“A great empire, like a great cake, is most easily diminished at the edges.”
Benjamin Franklin

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Today’s Food History

  • 1846 Ira Remsen was born. He was an American chemist, co-discoverer of saccharin, the artificial sweetener.
  • 1933 The Postal Telegraph Co. of New York City delivers the first singing telegram with a box of chocolates.
  • 1944 Author Frances Moore Lappe was born. Author of the best selling ‘Diet for a Small Planet’ (1971) The first best seller to encourage a vegetarian diet. Her premise was that the raising of animals was wasteful & potentially harmful to the environment.
  • 1945 The Andrews Sisters recording of ‘Rum and Coca Cola’ hit #1 on the popular music charts.
  • 1957 The ‘Styrofoam’ cooler was invented.

 

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It’s Official! Here’s 2018’s February Food Holidays

Posted on January 31, 2018

february-calendarCanned Food Month
National Chocolate Lovers Month
National Cherry Month 
National Grapefruit Month
National Snack Food Month
National Potato Lovers Month
Return Shopping Carts to the Supermarket Month
National Hot Breakfast Month
!st week of Feb- African Heritage & Health Week
3rd Weekend of February: National Margarita Weekend
“Superbowl Sunday” : National Pork Rind Day (aka National Pork Rind Appreciation Day)
Daily Holidays

Pork Rind Appreciation Day*
February 8
National Molasses Bar Day
February 12
National Plum Pudding Day
(National PB&J Day)
February 15 
National Gumdrop Day
February 16 
National Almond Day
February 20 
National Cherry Pie Day
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February 21 
February 22
February 23 
National Chili Day
National Banana Bread Day
February 27 

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January 27th is National Chocolate Cake Day!

Posted on January 27, 2018

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

The first French word for chocolate mousse translates in English to“chocolate mayonnaise”.

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The “blood” that you see in the infamous “shower scene” in Psycho is actually chocolate syrup.

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The history of chocolate cake goes back to 1764, when Dr. James Baker discovered how to make chocolate by grinding cocoa beans between two massive circular millstones.

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A process for making silkier and smoother chocolate called conching was developed in 1879 by Swiss Rodolphe and made it easier to bake with chocolate as it amalgamates smoothly and completely with cake batters.

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In the U.S.A, “chocolate decadence” cakes were popular in the 1980s; in the 1990s, single-serving molten chocolate cakes with liquid chocolate centers and infused chocolates with exotic flavors such as tea, curry, red pepper, passion fruit, and champagne were popular.

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Today’s Quote: “All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.”~Charles M. Schulz

Today’s Food History

  • 1521 The Diet of Worms begins; an assembly of the Holy Roman Empire where Martin Luther made his famous appearance.
  • 1851  RIP John James Audubon: Ornithologist, naturalist & artist, known for his paintings & prints of North American birds.
  • 1910 RIP Thomas Crapper: Said to have invented the flush toilet. Many believe he simply “improved” the device invented by others.
  • 1984 Michael Jackson’s hair catches fire while filming a Pepsi commercial.

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