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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 1st is National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day / #PeanutButterDay

Posted on March 1, 2019

Five Food Finds about Peanut Butter 

  •  An 18oz jar of peanut butter needs 850 peanuts
  • The USA produce about 6% of the world’s crop of peanuts: by comparison India and China, together, produce about 70%
  • West Coast people  prefer chunky peanut butter, whereas those in the East Coast people like creamy
  •  Peanuts account for 2/3rds of the total snack “nuts” consumption in the USA
  •  96% of people, when making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, put the peanut butter on before the jelly
  • Two presidents of the USA, Jimmy Carter and Thomas Jefferson, were peanut farmers

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Today’s Food History

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  • 1784 E. Kidner opened the first cooking school in Great Britain.
  • 1927 Harry Belafonte, singer, actor, was born. His biggest hit was “Day-O (The Banana Boat Song” in 1956.
  • 1970 U.S. commercial whale hunting ended.
  • 1989 Jack Dietz holds the world’s record for watermelon seed spitting, 66 feet 11 inches.
  • 1989 A 75 year-long ban on beer was lifted this day in Iceland.
  • 1990 The British Royal Navy began issuing rum rations to sailors as early as 1655. The Royal New Zealand Navy was the last navy in the world to end daily rum rations for sailors in 1990.
  • 2002 McDonald’s announced in a press release that it has agreed to pay 10 million dollars to Hindu and vegetarian groups to settle lawsuits over its use of beef flavoring in its French Fries.

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The official 2020 ‘Food Holiday’ list

Posted on February 26, 2019

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February 26th is National Pistachio Day!

Posted on February 26, 2019

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

Pistachio nuts are a member of the cashew family and are closely related to mangos, sumac, and even poison ivy.

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Iran produces more pistachios than any other country in the world with over 200k tons per year.

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In Asia they are often referred to as ‘green almonds & the ‘happy nut’. In Iran they are called the ‘smiling nut.’

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Male pistachio trees are alternate bearing, meaning they produce heavier crops every other year.

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All pistachio shells are naturally beige in color. Many companies dye inferior nuts red or green.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1852 John Harvey Kellogg was born. A health food pioneer, developed the first breakfast cereals for his patients, Granose (flaked wheat) and toasted corn flakes.
  • 1857 Emile Coue was born. A French pharmacist, he was an advocate of autosuggestion. He suggested repeating the following sentence 15 to 20 times in the morning and evening: “Every day, and in every way, I am becoming better and better.” It is said that 20% claim it works.
  • 1895 Michael Joseph Owens patented an automatic glass blowing machine that could make multiple bottles at the same time. A big advance in bottle making, spurring the mass sale of beer, alcohol and sodas.
  • 1903 RIP Richard Jordan Gatling, inventor of the Gatling Gun.  He also developed machines for sowing rice, wheat, and other grains, and the steam plow.
  • 1928 Fats Domino (Antoine Domino) was born in New Orleans. One of rock-and-roll’s earliest stars, one of his early hits was ‘Blueberry Hill’ in 1956.

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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.

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“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 20th is National Muffin Day!

Posted on February 20, 2019

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Happy National Muffin Day!

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

American muffins are referred  to baked breads in small tins while “English” Muffins are oven-baked, then cooked in a griddle.

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The word Muffin likely derives its name from the an Old German word Muffen, the plural of Muffe meaning a small cake.

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The Muffin Man was a real guy! He delivered muffins to homes along Drury Lane in England.

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American muffins are similar to a cupcake in size and cooking methods but cupcakes are almost always made with cake batter.

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The blueberry muffin is the official state muffin of Minnesota.

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The corn muffin is the official state muffin of Massachusetts.

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Today’s Food History

  • 1829 Yuengling Brewery in Pennsylvania opened. It is the oldest brewery still operating in the U.S.
  • 1872 Cyrus W. Baldwin received a patent for an electric elevator. It was installed in the Stephens Hotel in New York City.
  • 1872 Silas Noble and J.Cooley of Massachusetts were issued a patent on a toothpick manufacturing machine.
  • 1872 Luther Childs Crowell of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, was granted a patent for a machine which made square bottom paper bags. It is the same basic design still used today.
  • 1890  Hershel Geguzin was born in Lithuania, Known openly in America as a professional impostor and Hollywood restaurateur. He posed as Russian Prince Michael Alexandrovich Dmitri Oblensky Romanoff. Opening Romanoff’s restaurant in Beverly Hills in the 1930s, attracting Hollywood movie stars and millionaires
  • 1985 Clarence Nash died. The original voice of Donald Duck.
  • 2001 Foot-and-mouth disease ravages livestock in Britain in the worst epidemic since 1967. By March it has spread to mainland Europe. Millions of animals are destroyed.
  • 2009 Hershey’s, the largest U.S. candy maker, closed its candy factory in Reading, Pennsylvania. The factory produced among others, the Zagnut, York Peppermint Pattie, and 5th Avenue candy bars. Production was moved to their new factory in Monterey, Mexico.

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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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