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January 19 is National Popcorn Day

Posted on January 19, 2016

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

  1. Popcorn is the world’s most popular snack food.
  2. Popcorn is also the most profitable snack food, with over 1 thousand percent mark up.
  3. Evidence of popcorn from 3600 BCE was found in New Mexico and even earlier evidence dating to perhaps as early as 4700 BCE was found in Peru.
  4. Some popcorn has been found in early 1900s to be a purple color.
  5. At least six localities (all in the Midwestern United States) claim to be the “Popcorn Capital of the World”: Ridgway, Illinois; Valparaiso, Indiana; Van Buren, Indiana; Schaller, Iowa; Marion, Ohio; and North Loup, Nebraska.

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Today’s Pinterest Board : Foodimentary

Today’s Food History

  • 1825 The first U.S. patent for food storage in cans was granted to Ezra Daggett & Thomas Kensett of New York City, after developing the process in 1819.(it took over 30 years to invent the can open. Before then they were opened with knives or rods)
  • 1915 George Claude of Paris was issued a U.S. patent for a neon tube advertising sign.(The first neon sign in Time Square was of a Heinz pickle)
  • 1919 A huge wave of molasses kills dozens, Boston. Said to have been 45 ft high and 100ft wide.
  • 1939 On this day in history, Wisconsin native Ernest Hausen sets the world chicken-plucking record at 4.4 seconds
  • 1973 Iceland’s Cod War begins. Britain sends a Super Tug “The Statesman” to defend British fishermen against tactics such as wire cutting by the Icelandic Fishermen & Patrol Boats
  • 2010 Kraft attempted a hostile bid for Cadbury’s.

January 19 is National Popcorn Day

Posted on January 19, 2014

National Popcorn Day

Five Food Finds about Popcorn

  • Popcorn is the world’s most popular snack food.
  • Popcorn is also the most profitable snack food, with over 1 thousand percent mark up.
  • Evidence of popcorn from 3600 BCE was found in New Mexico and even earlier evidence dating to perhaps as early as 4700 BCE was found in Peru.
  • Some popcorn has been found in early 1900s to be a purple color.
  • At least six localities (all in the Midwestern United States) claim to be the “Popcorn Capital of the World”: Ridgway, Illinois; Valparaiso, Indiana; Van Buren, Indiana; Schaller, Iowa; Marion, Ohio; and North Loup, Nebraska.

On This Day in Food History…

1825 The first U.S. patent for food storage in cans was granted to Ezra Daggett & Thomas Kensett of New York City, after developing the process in 1819.(it took over 30 years to invent the can open. Before then they were opened with knives or rods)

1915 George Claude of Paris was issued a U.S. patent for a neon tube advertising sign.(The first neon sign in Time Square was of a Heinz pickle)

1919 A huge wave of molasses kills dozens, Boston. Said to have been 45 ft high and 100ft wide.

1939 On this day in history, Wisconsin native Ernest Hausen sets the world chicken-plucking record at 4.4 seconds

1973 Iceland’s Cod War begins. Britain sends a Super Tug “The Statesman” to defend British fishermen against tactics such as wire cutting by the Icelandic Fishermen & Patrol Boats

2010 Kraft attempted a hostile bid for Cadbury’s.

January 19 – National Popcorn Day

Posted on January 19, 2013

National Popcorn Day

Five Food Finds about Popcorn

  • Popcorn is the world’s most popular snack food.
  • Popcorn is also the most profitable snack food, with over 1 thousand percent mark up.
  • Evidence of popcorn from 3600 BCE was found in New Mexico and even earlier evidence dating to perhaps as early as 4700 BCE was found in Peru.
  • Some popcorn has been found in early 1900s to be a purple color.
  • At least six localities (all in the Midwestern United States) claim to be the “Popcorn Capital of the World”: Ridgway, Illinois; Valparaiso, Indiana; Van Buren, Indiana; Schaller, Iowa; Marion, Ohio; and North Loup, Nebraska.

On This Day in Food History…

1825 The first U.S. patent for food storage in cans was granted to Ezra Daggett & Thomas Kensett of New York City, after developing the process in 1819.(it took over 30 years to invent the can open. Before then they were opened with knives or rods)

1915 George Claude of Paris was issued a U.S. patent for a neon tube advertising sign.(The first neon sign in Time Square was of a Heinz pickle)

1919 A huge wave of molasses kills dozens, Boston. Said to have been 45 ft high and 100ft wide.

1939 On this day in history, Wisconsin native Ernest Hausen sets the world chicken-plucking record at 4.4 seconds

1973 Iceland’s Cod War begins. Britain sends a Super Tug “The Statesman” to defend British fishermen against tactics such as wire cutting by the Icelandic Fishermen & Patrol Boats

2010 Kraft attempted a hostile bid for Cadbury’s.

July 15 – National Tapioca Pudding Day

Posted on July 15, 2012

National Tapioca Pudding Day

Five Food Finds about Tapioca Pudding

  • Tapioca pudding (similar to sago pudding) is a sweet pudding made with tapioca and either milk or cream.
  • Coconut milk is also used in cases in which the flavor is preferred or in areas in which it is a commonplace ingredient for cooking.
  • It is made in many cultures with equally varying styles, and may be produced in a variety of ways. Its consistency ranges from thin (runny), to thick, to firm enough to eat with a fork.
  • The pudding can be made from scratch using tapioca in a variety of forms: flakes, coarse meal, sticks, and pearls. Many commercial packaged mixes are also available.
  • British schoolchildren have traditionally nicknamed the dish frog spawn, due to its appearance. American children often call it fish eyes and glue.

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

9th or 10 century St. Swithin’s Day. If it rains on St. Swithin’s Day, it means rain for 40 days.
‘St. Swithin’s day, gif ye do rain,
for forty days it will remain;
St. Swithin’s day, an ye be fair,
for forty days ’twill rain nae mair.’

1869 Hippolyte Mege Mouries patented margarine. Emperor Napoleon III had offered a prize for a suitable substitute for butter, for use by the French Navy.

1907 Orville Redenbacher was born. (Date is listed variously as the 15th or 16th). Founder of the gourmet popcorn company.

1931 ‘Kid Chocolate’ (Elgio Saldana) becomes Cuba’s first world boxing champion after defeating Benny Bass for the Jr. Lightweight Championship.

1945 Peter Lewis of the music group ‘Moby Grape’ was born.

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.

January 19 – National Popcorn Day

Posted on January 19, 2012

National Popcorn Day

Daily Trivia: Popcorn is the world’s most popular snack food AND the most profitable, over 1 thousand percent mark up.

Today’s Food History

  • 1825 The first U.S. patent for food storage in cans was granted to Ezra Daggett & Thomas Kensett of New York City, after developing the process in 1819.(it took over 30 years to invent the can open. Before then they were opened with knives or rods)
  • 1915 George Claude of Paris was issued a U.S. patent for a neon tube advertising sign.(The first neon sign in Time Square was of a Heinz pickle)
  • 1919  A huge wave of molasses kills dozens, Boston. Said to have been 45 ft high and 100ft wide.
  • 1939 On this day in history, Wisconsin native Ernest Hausen sets the world chicken-plucking record at 4.4 seconds
  • 1973 Iceland’s Cod War begins.  Britain sends a Super Tug “The Statesman” to defend British fishermen against tactics such as wire cutting by the Icelandic Fishermen & Patrol Boats
  • 2010 Kraft attempted a hostile bid for Cadbury’s.

July 15 – Today’s Food History

Posted on July 15, 2011

National Tapioca Pudding Day

Events of July 15

Today’s Food History

on this day in…

9th or 10 century St. Swithin’s Day. If it rains on St. Swithin’s Day, it means rain for 40 days.
‘St. Swithin’s day, gif ye do rain,
for forty days it will remain;
St. Swithin’s day, an ye be fair,
for forty days ’twill rain nae mair.’

1869 Hippolyte Mege Mouries patented margarine. Emperor Napoleon III had offered a prize for a suitable substitute for butter, for use by the French Navy.

1907 Orville Redenbacher was born. (Date is listed variously as the 15th or 16th). Founder of the gourmet popcorn company.

1931 ‘Kid Chocolate’ (Elgio Saldana) becomes Cuba’s first world boxing champion after defeating Benny Bass for the Jr. Lightweight Championship.

1945 Peter Lewis of the music group ‘Moby Grape’ was born.

  

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