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Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich fun factsThe internet is full of fabulous fun facts about everything from current events to the history basket weaving. Because of this, as we research for our daily content on food trucks, food carts and street food, we stumble upon some items of knowledge that we just did not know. We have decided that when these fun facts pop up, that we would share them with you, our readers, in our section titled “Did You Know?”

For today’s Did You Know food fun facts we will look at the Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich.

The Facts: The first reference of peanut butter paired with jelly on bread was rumored to be published in the United States by Julia Davis Chandler in 1901. By the late 1920s, this sandwich eventually moved down the class structure as the price of peanut butter declined.

  • A 2002 survey showed the average American will have eaten 2,500 of these sandwiches before graduating from high school.
  • In 1998, The J.M. Smucker Co. introduced Goober, a jarred product which combined alternating vertical stripes of peanut butter and jelly.
  • February 12th is National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day
  • During World War II, it is said that both peanut butter and jelly were found on U.S. soldiers’ military ration list.
  • November 13, 2010, the World’s Largest PB&J Sandwich was made at the Great American Peanut Butter Festival in Grand Saline, TX. The new record stands at 1,342 pounds! 720 pounds of bread, 493 pounds of peanut butter and 129 pounds of jelly.

Chefs around the country use comfort foods, like PB&J, as inspiration for new menu items.  Be brave and try one of the items below in honor of this national holiday:

  • The Malibu Inn‘s Deep Fried PB&J:  Make this amazing sandwich at home by dipping your sandwich in pancake batter and deep-frying it.  Dust with powdered sugar for a finishing touch.
  • Dirty Bird’s PB&J Wings:  These unusual fried wings are tossed in peanut sauce and then drizzle in strawberry sauce.
  • Grant Grill’s Peanut Butter Mousse Dessert:  Chef Chris Kurth has created a refined peanut butter dessert for grown-ups.  Strawberry basil ice cream gives a subtle nod to the strawberry jam of our youth.
  • PBJ’s Smokin Goat: This Oregon-based cart offers a unique spin on the sacred sandwich, with kalamata olive bread, almond butter, bacon, goat cheese and fig jam.
  • Peanut Butter & Co’s Pregnant Lady:  Filled with peanut butter and pickles, this is a sandwich we think Snooki would love.

Do you know of any additional facts about the PB&J that we may have missed?

If so, please feel free to let us know in the comment section below. We always love to add to these lists. If we can verify that the facts is just that, a fact, we will give the reader credit in the article.

Reference: Wikipedia: Fun Facts about Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches

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did you know peppermint patty fun factsThe internet is full of fabulous fun facts about everything from current events to the history basket weaving. Because of this, as we research for our daily content on food trucks, food carts and street food, we stumble upon some items of knowledge that we just did not know. We have decided that when these fun facts pop up, that we would share them with you, our readers, in our section titled “Did You Know?”

For today’s Did You Know food fun facts we will look at the Peppermint Patty.

The Facts: A peppermint patty is a confection made with a rich, creamy peppermint filling covered in semisweet chocolate.

  • The York Cone Company, which was based in Pennsylvania and originally produced ice cream cones, invented the York Peppermint Pattie in 1940.
  • Many chocolate-covered peppermints had been made before the York Peppermint Pattie came on the market, but Kessler’s version was firm and crisp, while the competition was soft. A former employee and York resident Phil Kollin remembered the final (sample) test the pattie went through before it left the factory. “It was a snap test. If the candy didn’t break clean in the middle, it was a second.
  • Peppermint Patties were sold only in northeastern states until 1975.
  • February 11th is National Peppermint Patty Day.
  • Patricia “Peppermint Patty” Reichardt is a fictional character featured in Charles M. Schulz’s comic strip Peanuts. A tomboy, she is one of a small group in the strip who lives across town from Charlie Brown and his school friends.

Do you know of any additional facts about the Peppermint Patty that we may have missed?

If so, please feel free to let us know in the comment section below. We always love to add to these lists. If we can verify that the facts is just that, a fact, we will give the reader credit in the article.

Reference: Wikipedia: Fun Facts about the Peppermint Pattie

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The internet is full of fabulous fun facts about everything from current events to the history basket weaving. Because of this, as we research for our daily content on food trucks, food carts and street food, we stumble upon some items of knowledge that we just did not know. We have decided that when these fun facts pop up, that we would share them with you, our readers, in our section titled “Did You Know?”

For today’s Did You Know food fun facts we will look at Fettuccine Alfredo.

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The Facts: Fettuccine Alfredo is a pasta dish made from fettuccine pasta tossed with Parmesan cheese and butter. As the cheese melts, it emulsifies the liquids to form a smooth and rich coating on the pasta.

  • The dish was named by an Italian restaurateur, Alfredo Di Lelio, at his restaurant Alfredo on the Via della Scrofa in Rome in 1914.
  • February 7th is National Fettuccine Alfredo Day.
  • The restaurant became famous when Mary Pickford and Douglas Fairbanks stopped in and fell in love with the dish while on their honeymoon in 1920. To express their gratitude, they gave him a golden fork and spoon along with a photo of them eating in his restaurant. He proudly displayed the photo on the wall. Pickford and Fairbanks served his dish to their friends and associates when they returned to Hollywood. Word about the new dish quickly spread.
  • Alfredo retired and sold his restaurant, Alfredo Sauce recipe and all, to Mr. Mario Mozzetti and the restaurant is still in business today.
  • In 1959 some local businessmen tracked down the famous Alfredo and offered to build him a new restaurant. Although he was retired he agreed to show up as a greeter. The new Alfredo ll location at 30 Piazza Augusto Imperatore is a few blocks from his original location.
  • Today Alfredo ll has locations near Rockefeller Center in New York, Orlando and Las Vegas.
  • To make it a single-dish meal, chicken and vegetables, such as peas, are often served on top.
  • In the jarred Alfredo sauce available in supermarkets, the sauce is thickened with starch and not with cheese.

Do you know of any additional fun facts about Fettuccine Alfredo that we may have missed?

If so, please feel free to let us know in the comment section below. We always love to add to these lists. If we can verify that the facts is just that, a fact, we will give the reader credit in the article.

 

Reference: Wikipedia: Fun Facts about Fetteccine Alfredo

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The internet is full of fabulous facts about everything from current events to the history basket weaving. Because of this, as we research for our daily content on food trucks, food carts and street food, we stumble upon some items of knowledge that we just did not know. We have decided when these fun facts pop up, that we would share them with our readers in our section titled “Did You Know?”

For today’s Did You Know fun food facts we will look at Fig Newtons.

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The Facts: A Fig Newton is a soft cookie filled with fig jam. A machine invented in 1891 made the mass production of Fig Newtons possible. James Henry Mitchell invented a machine which worked like a funnel within a funnel; the inside funnel supplied jam, while the outside funnel pumped out the dough, this produced an endless length of filled cookie, that was then cut into smaller pieces.

  • Fig Newtons were created in 1891 by the Kennedy Biscuit Works in Cambridgeport, Massachusetts. They had named many of their other cookies for nearby towns, and almost called it the “Fig Shrewsbury” before Newton won out.
  • Alternate story, the man who originated the Fig Newton, Charles Roser put his cookie recipe to work in his factory in Kenton, Ohio, and sold out to Nabisco in 1910.
  • According to Nabisco:  “Fig Newtons were named after either Sir Isaac Newton or the town of Newton, Massachusetts.”
  • January 16th is National Fig Newton Day.
  • Fig Newtons were one of the first commercially baked products in America.
  • Fig Newtons are the 3rd most popular cookie in the U.S., over 1 billion are consumed each year.

 

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The internet is full of fabulous facts about everything from current events to the history basket weaving. Because of this, as we research for our daily content on food trucks, food carts and street food, we stumble upon some items of knowledge that we just did not know. We have decided when these fun facts pop up, that we would share them with our readers in our section titled “Did You Know?”

For today’s Did You Know fun food facts we will look at Sangria.

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The Facts: Sangria is a wine punch typical of Spain and Portugal, also consumed in Argentina and Uruguay.

  • This spiked punch usually mixes in red wine, simple syrup, a few drops of brandy and chopped fruit. The wine can be any inexpensive type that is light, dry and young, but red is preferred.
  • December 20 is National Sangria Day
  • The name sangria comes from sangre, the Portuguese word for blood.
  • Although sangria was originally made with Rioja wine, you can use just about any dry red wine. Other good choices include Beaujolais, Pinot Noir, and Sangiovese.
  • Sangria was introduced to the United States when it was brought to the 1964 world’s fair in New York City.
  • Mangria is a version of sangria created by comedian Adam Carolla. The recipe calls for 3 parts red wine, 1 part vodka, and 1 part orange juice.

 

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The internet is full of fabulous facts about everything from current events to the history basket weaving. Because of this, as we research for our daily content on food trucks, food carts and street food, we stumble upon some items of knowledge that we just did not know. We have decided when these fun facts pop up, that we would share them with our readers in our section titled “Did You Know?”

For today’s Did You Know fun drink facts we will look at Lager.

Lager Fun Facts

The Facts: Bottom fermenting yeast is used in the fermentation process for lager. Lagers ferment at a colder temperature than ales and generally take weeks longer to ferment out than ales. Characteristically lagers are typically clearer, cleaner and crisper tasting than ales and are meant to be drunk at a colder temperature. (40-50 degrees Fahrenheit)

  • Lager styles include Pilsners,  Helles, Dunkels, Bocks, Schwarzbiers and Oktoberfests (to name a few).
  • December 10th is National Lager Day.
  • The first US lager was brewed in 1840 by John Wagner, who had a small brewery in the back of his house on St. John Street in Philadelphia. Wagner brought the first lager yeast to the United States from a brewery in Bavaria.
  • The Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock, not because it was their intended destination (they were on course to sail well south), but they settled on the destination up north simply because they ran out of beer.
  • Most lagers are fairly light in color, highly carbonated with a medium hop flavor. The original German lager was dark in color.
  • Beer is the 3rd most consumed beverage in the world behind water and tea.
  • King Gambrinus is known as the “patron saint of beer” (not to be confused with St. Arnold, the patron saint of brewing).
  • The oldest known written recipe is for beer.
  • Lager beer is the dominant beer style throughout the brewing world today, except in England where Ale is the primary style of beer consumed in England.
  • Cenosillicaphobia is the fear of an empty glass.

 

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The internet is full of fabulous facts about everything from current events to the history basket weaving. Because of this, as we research for our daily content on food trucks, food carts and street food, we stumble upon some items of knowledge that we just did not know. We have decided when these fun facts pop up, that we would share them with our readers in our section titled “Did You Know?”

For today’s Did You Know we will look at Root Beer fun facts.

Root Beer Fun Facts

The Facts: It is believed that American colonists were the first people to invent root beer although there are stories that Root beer was created by Charles Hires in the 1930′s.

  • Root beer is made out of 16 Roots, and herbs.
  • The most original ingredient was Sassafras. It comes in an alcoholic drink also.
  • Root beer accounts for 3 percent of America’s Soft Drink Market.
  • August 6th is National International Root Beer Float Day.
  • In 1960 a key ingredient (the sassafras root) came to be known as a carcinogen and its use was banned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
  • The A and W in A&W stands for Alan and Wright.
  • Roy Allen would team up with Frank Wright in 1922.
  • A&W is the number one selling brand of root beer in America.

Root Beer Fun Facts We Missed

If so, please feel free to let us know in the comment section below. We always love to add to these lists. If we can verify that the facts is just that, a fact, we will give the reader credit in the article.

Try out our recipe for Root Beer BBQ Sauce

Reference: Wikipedia: Fun Facts about Root Beer.

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Daiquiri Fun Facts

The internet is full of fabulous facts about everything from current events to the history basket weaving. Because of this, as we research for our daily content on food trucks, food carts and street food, we stumble upon some items of knowledge that we just did not know. We have decided when these fun facts pop up, that we would share them with our readers in our section titled “Did You Know?”

For today’s Did You Know we will look at Daiquiri Fun Facts.

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The Facts: The daiquiri itself got its beginnings in 1898, when a man named Jennings Stockton Cox (who was an American engineer spending time in Daiquiri, Cuba to work on iron-ore mines) created a drink using fresh lime juice from the fruit of a nearby tree. He added a shot of Bacardi Carta Blanca rum (now sold as Bacardi Superior), a spoonful of sugar and crushed ice to the lime juice, and the concoction was an instant hit. Cox dubbed the new drink “Ron Bacardi a la Daiquiri,” which has shortened to simply “Daiquiri” over the years.

  • July 19th is National Daiquiri Day.
  • The drink even became a favorite of author Ernest Hemingway.
  • The daiquiri became popular in the 1940′s because wartime rationing made whiskey, vodka, etc., hard to come by. Because of Roosevelt’s Good Neighbor policy (which opened up trade and travel relations with Latin America, Cuba and the Caribbean), rum was easily obtainable.
  • It is one of six basic drinks listed in David A. Embury’s classic The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks.

Variations

  • Floridita – with maraschino liqueur, created by Constantino Ribalaigua Vert at El Floridita.
  • Hemingway or Papa Doble – two and a half jiggers of white rum, juice of two limes and half a grapefruit, six drops of maraschino liqueur, without sugar, served frozen.
  • Banana – regular with a half a banana.
  • Red Irish – a frozen strawberry daiquiri made with spiced rum and a shot of Irish Cream added to the blender. Originated in Portland, Oregon.
  • Janis – with Jose Cuervo tequila substituted for rum.
  • Strawberry – regular with strawberry added.

Daiquiri Fun Facts We May Have Missed

If so, please feel free to let us know in the comment section below. We always love to add to these lists. If we can verify that the facts is just that, a fact, we will give the reader credit in the article.

Reference: Fun Facts about the Daiquiri

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The internet is full of fabulous facts about everything from current events to the history basket weaving. Because of this, as we research for our daily content on food trucks, food carts and street food, we stumble upon some items of knowledge that we just did not know. We have decided when these fun facts pop up, that we would share them with our readers in our section titled “Did You Know?”

For today’s Did You Know fun food facts we will look at Parfaits.

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The Facts: Originally, parfait was developed during the 1800s. It tasted like coffee and was a frozen treat served in several forms because the parfaits were placed in ice cream molds. Eventually, these layered ice cream desserts were laced with fruit, syrups, or liqueurs.

  • The word parfait means perfect in French. Perfectly delicious!
  • November 25th is National Parfait Day.
  • The American version of the treat features ice cream layered with fruit or syrup that is served in a tall, thin glass. Parfaits should not be confused with ice cream sundaes. The difference: the dish.
  • A parfait can be made with pudding, mousse, or ice cream.

 

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The internet is full of fabulous facts about everything from current events to the history basket weaving. Because of this, as we research for our daily content on food trucks, food carts and street food, we stumble upon some items of knowledge that we just did not know. We have decided when these fun facts pop up, that we would share them with our readers in our section titled “Did You Know?”

For today’s DKY fun food facts we will look at Lentils.

The Facts: The lentil (Lens ensculenta) is a legume that grows in pods containing one or two lentil seeds. They are believed to have originated in central Asia.

  • Lentils have been eaten by humans since Neolithic times and were one of the first domesticated crops.
  • In the Middle East, lentil seeds have been found dating back more than 8000 years.
  • In Judaism, lentils are considered to be a food for mourners because of their round shape symbolizing the circle of life.
  • The Greek playwright Aristophanes called lentil soup the “sweetest of delicacies.”
  • Lentils have been found in Egyptian tombs dating as far back as 2400 BC.
  • In India, the lentil is known as dal or daal.
  • For many centuries, lentils were considered to be “the poor man’s meat.” In Catholic countries, those who couldn’t afford fish would eat lentils during Lent instead.
  • In the 18th century, King Louis XV’s wife, Marie Leszczynska, made lentils fashionable among royalty and they were nicknamed “the queen’s lentils.”
  • There are many different varieties and colors of lentils, including brown, yellow, black, orange, red and green.
  • The most common lentils used in the United States are green and brown, since these varieties are best at retaining their shape after cooking.
  • Unlike most other beans, lentils don’t need to be soaked before cooking.
  • In the 1980s British sitcom “The Young Ones,” the character named Neil is a stereotypical hippie who is always eating lentils.
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