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March 8th is National Peanut Cluster Day

Posted on March 8, 2019

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Here are today’s five thing to know about Peanut Cluster:

  1. ‘Peanut Cluster’ is referred to a type of candy that mixes melted chocolate and peanuts.
  2. These crunchy treats are a perfect combination of a sweet and salty deliciousness.
  3. There are several versions of peanut clusters including caramel clusters, butterscotch clusters and chocolate peanut clusters.
  4. Peanuts have a higher antioxidant capacity over grapes, green tea, tomatoes, spinach, carrots and many more.
  5. Peanut clusters have been around for many years dating way before 1912 when they were made popular by the Goo Goo Cluster.

Fun Fact:

Astronaut Allen B. Sheppard brought peanuts with him to the moon.

During World War II the  the Emporia Wholesale Coffee Company “shipped approximately 50,000 pounds of chocolate peanut clusters weekly for consumption by those on the fighting front.”

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Today’s Pinterest Board : Foodimentary

Today’s Food History

  • 1824 RIP Jean Jacques Regis de Cambaceres, A French politician and gourmet, a contemporary and rival of Talleyrand and Carême. The dinners he gave were legendary. He refused to admit late-comers, and was demanded complete silence while dining.
  • 1923 The Coca Cola 6 bottle carton was introduced.
  • 1992 RIP Christian K. Nelson, inventor of the Eskimo Pie at age 98.

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March 7th is National Cereal Day! / #NationalCerealDay

Posted on March 7, 2019

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Interesting Food Facts about Cereal

The word cereal comes from Cerealia, the name of ancient Roman ceremonies that honored Ceres, the goddess of grain.

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The first ready-to-eat breakfast cereal, Granula was invented in the United States in 1863 by James Caleb Jackson.

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Cereal is often eaten cold with with milk, yogurt, and sometimes fruit, but may be eaten dry.

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Astronauts from Apollo 11 ate cereal during their mission to the moon. The cereal with fruit was compressed into cubes because the lack of gravity made bowls of milk impossible.

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The average American eats 160 bowls of cereal each year.

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Today’s Food History

1804 John Wedgwood, the son of Josiah Wedgwood of pottery fame, founded the Royal Horticultural Society.

1849 Luther Burbank was born. American horticulturist, he developed many new varieties of fruits and vegetables, including the Burbank Potato (1873), the Shasta Daisy, over 100 varieties of plums and prunes and 10 varieties of berries.

1897 Dr. John Kellogg served corn flakes for the first time to his patients at his hospital in Battle Creek, Michigan. They wouldn’t be sold commercially until 1906.

1914 The Coca Cola Bottler’s Association was formed.


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March 6th is National Oreo Day! / #NationalOreoDay

Posted on March 6, 2019

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Five Food Facts about Oreos

In 1912, Nabisco had a new idea for a cookie – two chocolate disks with a creme filling in between.

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The first Oreo cookie looked very similar to the Oreo cookie of today, with only a slight difference in the design on the chocolate disks.

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Little did they know that the Oreo cookie would become the largest selling cookie of all time.

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The origin of the name Oreo is unknown, but there are many theories. ‘Or’ means golden in French or the Greek word ‘Oreo’, meaning beautiful, nice or well done.

Lawsuit Seeks To Ban Oreo Cookies In California

Starting in January 2006, Oreo cookies replaced the trans fat in the cookie with non-hydrogenated vegetable oil.

On This Day in Food History…

  • 1899 Aspirin was patented by Felix Hoffman of the German company, Bayer. Aspirin was originally developed by Charles Frederic Gerhardt in 1853, but he never thought it important enough to patent.
  • 1912 Nabisco debuts the Oreo cookie. The Oreo is considered largest selling cookie of all time.
  • 1930 Retail frozen foods go on sale for the first time in Springfield, Massachusetts. Various fruits, vegetables, meat and fish were offered for sale. Clarence Birdseye had developed the method used to successfully freeze foods on a commercial scale.

March 5th is National Cheese Doodle Day! / #NationalCheeseDoodleDay

Posted on March 5, 2019

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Here are today’s five things to know about the Cheese Doodle:


Cheetos cheese-flavored puffs became a hit in the 1950’s. Soon after, Cheez Doodles appeared.

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 “Cheez Doodles fingers” is the official term used when you get cheese powder on your fingers after eating any cheese flavored snack food.

 

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Cheez Doodles are said to be one of the only packaged snack foods preferred by Julia Child.

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They have recently entered pop culture as the preferred snack of ESPN NBA analyst Stephen A. Smith. They are also the favorite snack of Lincoln Peirce’s comic character Big Nate.

 

 

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Wise (the company that produces Cheez Doodles) recently made their Crunchy Cheez Doodles “cheezier,” more akin to Cheetos’ flavor.

 

 

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Today’s Food History
1836 Charles Goodnight was born. He is said to have devised the first ‘chuck wagon’ from an Army wagon in the 1850s with various shelves and compartments for food, equipment, utensils, medical supplies, etc.
1893 Emmett J. Culligan was born. He was the founder of the water treatment company that carries his name.
1910 Momofuku Ando was born in Taiwan. Mr. Ando was the founder of Nissin Food Products, and invented ‘Instant Ramen’ noodles.
1991 Patent # 5,000,000 was issued to Lonnie O. Ingram of the University of Florida. The patent was for a genetically engineered form of the E. coli bacterium that converts plant material into ethanol.

March 4th is National Pound Cake Day! / #NationalPoundCakeDay

Posted on March 4, 2019

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Happy National Pound Cake Day!

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

 The Pound Cake is a British creation that dates back to the early 1700s.

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Pound cakes are generally baked in either a loaf pan or a Bundt mold, and served either dusted with powdered sugar, lightly glazed, or sometimes with a coat of icing.

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 In Britain pound cake is more commonly known as ‘Sponge cake’ or ‘Madeira cake’.

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The German “Eischwerkuchen” cake is a recipe very similar to the pound cake.

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 In France pound cake is a traditional and popular cake of the French region of Brittany, and uses the same quantity of the four ingredients but with no added fruit of any kind.

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Today’s Food History
◦ 1634 Samuel Cole supposedly opened the first tavern in the U.S., in Boston.
◦ 1792 Samuel Slocum was born. He invented a machine to make pins with solid heads and a machine for sticking the pins in a paper holder for sale.
◦ 1792 Oranges were said to have been introduced to Hawaii.
◦ 1927 RIP Ira Remsen An American chemist, co-discoverer (with Constantine Fahlberg) of saccharin, the artificial sweetener. (The FDA has required warning labels, since 1972, on products using saccharin because it is a suspected carcinogen).

Um… March 3rd is National Moscow Mule Day! / #MoscowMuleDay

Posted on March 3, 2019

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Here are five food finds about the Moscow Mule:

The original Moscow Mule combined Smirnoff vodka and ginger beer.

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The famous copper mugs were part of the original Moscow Mule recipe.

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Because of the popularity of this cocktail, Smirnoff Vodka took off.

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The Moscow Mule had it’s own jingle!

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Today’s Food History
◦ 1709 Andreas Sigismund Marggraf was born. A German chemist, in 1747 he extracted sugar from the sugar beet and determined it was identical to cane sugar. It wasn’t until 1802 that the first beet sugar refinery would be built.
◦ 1797 The first patent for a washing machine was issued to Nathaniel Briggs
◦ 1855 Congress authorized $30,000 to purchase dromedaries (camels) for the military to use in the Southwest.
◦ 1879 Elmer McCollum was born. He was a chemist who discovered vitamins A, B and D.

March 2nd is National Banana Cream Pie Day!

Posted on March 2, 2019

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Here are today’s five food finds about banana cream pie: 

Banana cream pie was considered the American soldier’s favorite dessert in 1951. 

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A banana cream pie with a “black bottom” is a banana cream pie with chocolate on the bottom. 

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The english variation of the banana cream pie is called the “Banoffee Pie” and it contains banana and toffee.

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Bananas are proven to be great after a strenuous workout!

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Bananas can help defend against anemia.

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Today’s Food History
◦ 1799 The first U.S. weights and measures law was passed by Congress. Actually it did not set standards, but rather required the surveyor of each port to test and correct the instruments and weights used to calculate duties on imports. Basically each surveyor was on his own in setting the standards to be tested.
◦ 1887 Harry E. Soref was born. Inventor of the laminated steel padlock, founder of the Master Lock Company in 1921. The company became well known in 1928 when it shipped 147,600 padlocks to federal prohibition agents in New York for locking up speakeasies they raided.
◦ 1904 Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel) was born. Writer and cartoonist. A few of his childrens books were ‘Green Eggs and Ham,’ ‘One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish,’ ‘Scrambled Eggs Super!’ and ‘The Butter Battle Book’

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