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January 10 is National Bittersweet Chocolate Day

Posted on January 10, 2014

National Bittersweet Chocolate Day

Five Food Finds about Chocolate

  • Bittersweet chocolate is a sweetened form of dark chocolate that does NOT contain milk.  It’s usually used for baking.
  • Dark chocolate is most popular among men.
  • More than twice as many women than men eat and crave chocolate.
  • The first chocolate bar was produced by Cadbury in England in 1842.
  • The word Chocolate comes from the Aztec word xocolatl, meaning, bitter water.

On This Day in Food History…

1778 Carolus Linnaeus died. He was a Swedish botanist who developed the modern system for defining and naming plants.

1839 Indian tea became available in Britain for the first time.
Until this time only tea from China had been available, and that was very expensive.
The development and import of Indian tea brought the price down so all could afford it, and it quickly became the national drink.

1919 Restaurateur Milton Parker was born. Owner of the famous Carnegie Deli in New York City from 1976 until his retirement in 2002.

1977 Ruth Graves Wakefield died. Inventor of the Toll House Cookie,
the first chocolate chip cookie, at the Toll House Inn neart Whitman, Massachusetts in the 1930s.

1984 Wendy’s ‘Where’s the Beef?’ ad campaign began. Burgers aren’t just for kids anymore.

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National Taffy Day

Posted on May 23, 2013

National Taffy Day

Five Food Finds about Taffy

  • Salt water taffy was “invented” in Atlantic City in 1883.
  • Modern technology allows confectioners to produce 1,000 pieces of taffy a minute.
  • In one hour enough pieces of taffy are made to cover one third of the length of Atlantic City (about 1.3 miles).
  • The three most popular taffy flavors sold by Sweet Candy Company are peppermint, cinnamon and chocolate.
  • America celebrates National Taffy Day May 23rd.

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1707 Carolus Linnaeus was born. He was a Swedish botanist who developed the 2 name or binomial system for defining and naming plants.

1774 Residents of Chestertown, Maryland  react to news of the Boston Tea Party by staging a similar protest, dumping a shipment of tea into the Chester River.

1868 R.I.P. Kit Carson, American frontiersman. His last words were supposedly “Wish I had time for just one more bowl of chili.”

1922 Thomas Edison patented a method for making metal foils.

1960 R.I.P. Georges Claude. A French engineer, he invented the neon light, commonly used for signs.

1968 ‘Yummy, Yummy, Yummy’ by the Ohio Express is #1 on the charts.


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