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National Gumdrop Day

Posted on February 15, 2013

February 15th


National Gumdrop Day 

 Here are the five things you should know about


  1. Gumdrops, a fruit or spice flavored sugar coated gelatin candy, usually conical in shape. Other shapes and flavors; Orange slices, Licorice Babies, and Spearmint Leaves.
  2. The most popular flavors are cherry, grape, orange, lemon, and spice flavors like clove, cinnamon, mint, and anise(licorice)
  3. It is said that Percy Trusdale invented the gumdrop in 1801.
  4. Originally, gumdrops were flavored with spices: orange(clove), yellow(allspice), red(cinnamon), green(spearmint), purple(anise), white(wintergreen or peppermint), and black(licorice)
  5. The NASA Apollo Command modules were nicknamed “Gumdrops” because of it’s conical shape.

On This Day in Food History…

  • 1758 Benjamin Jackson advertised mustard for sale for the first time in America. The advertisement was in the Philadelphia Chronicle, and claimed Jackson was the first and only manufacturer of mustard in America
  • 1809 Cyrus Hall McCormick was born. McCormick is credited with the development of the first mechanical reaper.
  • 1957The Banana Boat Song’ (Day-O) by Harry Belafonte is number one on the charts.
  • 1965 Canada adopted its new red & white flag with a red maple leaf in the center.

National Tortilla Chip Day

Posted on February 24, 2009

National Tortilla Chip DayFebruary 24Today is a holiday with a crunch. One might even suggest that it is a corny holiday. Well, that’s okay because today is National Tortilla Chip Day. Just a few decades ago, Americans seldom ate Corn Chips and Salsa. It’s popularity has grown immensely. Today is a tribute to that rising popularity of one of America’s favorite munchies. Did you know? The corn chip recipe was brought to the U.S. from Mexico by Texas businessman Elmer Doolin.Celebrate National Tortilla Chip Day with a handful of crunchy, tasty corn chips and your favorite salsa or dip. Origin of National Tortilla Chip Day: Our research did not find the creator, or the origin of this day.The earliest reference to this “day” in…

National Banana Bread Day

Posted on February 23, 2009

National Banana Bread DayFebruary 23 Just the thought of banana bread makes me swoon. Bananas are one of my favorite fruits and bread is one of my favorite sources of carbs. When these two combine, their love child is a moist and sweet cake like bread that is wonderful year round. The key to the success of this bread is using over ripe bananas that mash easily. Some recipes call for nuts in the batter and some even throw in chocolate chips. I don’t like mine all dolled up. How do you like yours? Link to the history of Banana Bread

National Chocolate Mint Day

Posted on February 19, 2009

National Chocolate Mint Day February 19 Andes Candies was founded in Chicago in 1921 by Andrew Kanelos. In 1950 the company added the creme de menthol candy piece. This three layer mint is the number one after dinner mint today. Who doesn’t love these wonderful little candies. That is the best part of leaving a restaurant is grabbing a handful of mints. Did you know that chocolate mint is also an herb?  All of the leaves are edible too. If you are thinking about planting this herb beware that it does spread.

Crab Stuffed Flounder Day

Posted on February 18, 2009

Crab Stuffed Flounder Day February 18 Is it summer yet? This is one of my favorite summer meals. After a long night of floundering in Mobile Bay, you get up the next morning, prepare the crab stuffing and stuff the flounder. That night you bake it in the oven and serve it with lemon wedges.  Talk about Heaven!  My mouth is watering now. There is nothing like inviting friends and family over to enjoy this feast of a meal. You can order this masterpiece in restaurants all along the American Gulf Coast. If you are not up to floundering yourself, then you can run down to the seafood market and pick up a nice fish and crab meat.  We are spoiled down here because…

National Indian Pudding Day

Posted on February 17, 2009

National Indian Pudding Day February 17 This is one of those truly American recipes that can be found in early New England cuisine. Indian Pudding is a baked custard made from corn meal, eggs, spices and sweetened with molasses. “Indian” refers to the corn meal, not the indigenous people of the times. This recipe calls for lots of time and patience because if cooked to quickly the eggs will scramble and the pudding will be lumpy.  Why not try this Yankee recipe today!  You can still find restaurants and diners in New England that serve this dessert.

National Almond Day

Posted on February 16, 2009

National Almond Day February 16 The almond tree is native to the Middle East and is known for corrugated seed shell. Almond is also the name of the edible and cultivated seed of this tree. Although often called a nut, the fruit or seed if not botanically a nut but a drupe.  The U.S.A. produced about 41% of the worlds almonds. They may be enjoyed raw, salted, roasted, smoked, over ice cream, in lotions, soaps, foods and much more. There are numerous recipes that call for almonds, almond milk and almond butter. They are high in vitamin E and are responsible for lowering cholesterol.  I love to snack on these little drupes during the day for a boost in energy.  Are you an almond…

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