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April 6 – National Caramel Popcorn Day

Posted on April 6, 2012

National Caramel Popcorn Day

Five Food Finds about Popcorn

  • Popcorn is made by boiling the water inside the corn kernel.  As the liquid water becomes gaseous, it occupies much more volume and therefore causes incredible pressure in the kernel that causes it to explode into being inside-out.
  • Unpopped popcorn kernels are called “old maids.”
  • Americans consume 17 billion quarts of popped popcorn annually, or 54 quarts per man, woman and child.
  • United States citizens consume more popcorn than any other country’s.
  • Being corn, popcorn that is unsalted, unbuttered, and otherwise unaltered is a very healthy snack.

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

1859 Massachusetts created the first Inspector of Milk position in the U.S.

1869 John Wesley Hyatt patented celluloid, the first synthetic plastic.

1896 Opening day of the first modern Olympic games. The last Olympics were held 1,500 years ago.

1930 ‘Twinkies’ go on sale for the first time.

1932 C. Glen King, at the University of Pittsburgh, isolated vitamin C from lemon juice.

1938 Roy J. Plunkett accidentally discovered Teflon.

1947 John Ratzenberger, actor, was born. He played ‘Cliff Clavin, Jr.’ on the TV series ‘Cheers.’

1954 TV dinners are introduced. C.A. Swanson & Sons introduced the first TV dinner: roast turkey with stuffing and gravy, sweet potatoes and peas. It sold for 98 cents and came in an aluminum tray, so you could just open the box and heat the dinner in the oven. (No microwave ovens back then).
Supposedly executive Gerald Thomas came up with the idea when the company had tons of leftover turkey from Thanksgiving (Didn’t we all?). The idea for the aluminum trays came from the trays used for airline food. They were an immediate success, and Turkey dinners are still the most popular Swanson frozen dinner. Swanson stopped calling them TV dinners in 1962.

1988 McDonald’s opened its 10,000th restaurant in Dale City, Virginia.

A History of Chocolate Bunnies

Posted on April 3, 2012

Did you know that hollow chocolate bunnies are a by-product of WWII cocoa rationing?  That way, they could keep their appealing shape while using significantly less material. Smithsonian magazine reports that the chocolate bunny has existed since the 19th century when it was initially created in Germany. states that these treats were hidden for kids to find around springtime to commemorate the season. Whitman’s Chocolates produced chocolate bunnies as a take on the tradition in the mid 1800s, but not everyone was keen on the idea just yet. In 1890, Robert Strohecker was the first American shop owner to use a five-foot-tall chocolate bunny as an Easter promotion in his drug store. However, it wasn’t until the beginning of the 20th century when…

A History of Jelly Beans

Posted on April 2, 2012

Did you know that the origin of the jelly bean is still unknown?  There are suspicions, however, that they descend from Turkish Delight, a treat that was popular in Biblical times. Jordan Almonds, which are the other possible origin of the modern day jelly bean are also made this way and were made popular in the 1600’s in France. The first appearance of what would become the modern day jelly bean was promoted to Union Soldiers during the Civil War. It takes 7 to 21 days to make a jelly bean. There are 130 calories and 37 grams of sugar in one serving of jelly beans which equals about 35 jelly beans. In the early 20th century, a “jelly-bean” was slang for a man…


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