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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 Chocolate.

Chocolate Fun FactsThe Facts: Chocolate is a processed, typically sweetened food produced from the seed of the tropical Theobroma cacao tree. Cacao has been cultivated for at least three millennia in Mexico, Central America, and Northern South America. Its earliest documented use is around 1100 BC.

  • The first recorded “Death by Chocolate” case occurred in the 17th Century in Chiapas, Mexico.  Upper class Spaniards were so addicted to chocolate that they refused to adhere to a church dictated chocolate ban that forbade them from eating or drinking any food during the church services.  As a result, the people of the town refused not only listen to the ban but chose to attend worship services in convents instead.  The Bishop who passed the law was later found dead due to poison being mixed into his daily cup of chocolate.
  • The word “chocolate” comes from the Aztec word, “Xocolatl”, which ironically means “bitter water”.
  • The word chocolate was first recorded in English in 1604, though England’s first cup of chocolate was not brewed until 1647.
  • December 16th is National Chocolate Covered Anything Day.
  • The biggest bar of chocolate ever made was created in 2000 and weighed 5,000 pounds.  Turin is the city in Italy that can be proud of this accomplishment.
  • Americans eat an average of 22 pounds of candy each year, or approximately 2.8 billion pounds annually which is split almost equally between chocolate and candy.  Most Europeans consume far less than this.
  • While the US produces the most chocolate and consume the most pounds every year, the Swiss consume the most per capita,  followed closely by the English.
  • Besides the obvious cheese and ice cream industries, American chocolate manufacturers use about 1.5 billion pounds of milk and consume approximately 3.5 million pounds of whole milk yearly.
  • Chocolate manufacturers currently use 40% of the world’s almonds and 20% of the world’s peanuts.
  • Chocolate is technically responsible for the microwave.  Scientists were experimenting with micro waves in hopes of creating better radar detectors and in the wake of World War II, scientists were testing devices called magnetrons.  A scientist named Percy Spencer entered the lab with a chocolate bar in his pocket and realized it quickly began to melt. Spencer then realized that the magnetron could potentially be used to cook food.  He successfully tried popping corn and then attempted to cook an egg which cooked so quickly, it blew up in his face.
  • Every Russian and American space voyage has included chocolate bars.
  • On the fourth visit of Christopher Columbus to the Americas, he presented cocoa beans to the Spanish Court.  King Ferdinand and Queen Isabelle were not impressed and dismissed the chocolate as bizarre tribal concoctions.

Chocolate Facts We Missed

Please feel free to let us know if we may have missed some 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 Chocolate.

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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 Stuffing.

stuffing fun factsThe Facts: Stuffing, also called dressing, is a seasoned mix of vegetables and starches and sometimes eggs that are cooked within the body cavity of an animal that is then served alongside the animal usually as an ancillary course.

  • About 50% of Americans stuff their Thanksgiving birds with stuffing.
  • November 21st is National Stuffing Day.
  • There are regional differences with stuffing- in the South cornbread stuffing is popular, and white bread is common is most other parts of the country. Although, there are many variations to ingredients added with the bread.
  • Stuffing dates back to the Roman Empire, where the ancient cookbook “Apicius de re Coquinaria” had recipes that called for stuffed chicken, rabbit, pork and more.
  • The brand Stove Top introduced their famous boxed stuffing in 1972.
  • Stove Top now sells around 60 million boxes of their stuffing around Thanksgiving.
  • There is no evidence to support that stuffing was served at the first Thanksgiving.

Stuffing Facts We Missed

Please feel free to let us know if we may have missed some 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 Stuffing.

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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 Vichyssoise.

Vichyssoise fun factsThe Facts: Vichyssoise (vee-shee-SWAHZ) is a cold soup made of puréed leeks, onions, potatoes, cream, and chicken stock that was invented in America in 1917 and named after the French town of Vichy—long before Vichy would become the seat of France’s Nazi collaborationist government.

  • Louis Diat was the chef at the Ritz-Carlton hotel in New York City for most of the first half of the 20th century. In 1950, he recounted to The New Yorker magazine the potato and leek soup of his childhood, and how he would cool it off during the summer by pouring in cold milk, which resulted in a delicious summer soup. He decided to make something similar for the patrons of the Ritz.
  • French chef Jules Gouffé published a similar recipe with potatoes, leeks, chicken stock and cream, in Royal Cookery, in 1869, but did not serve it cold.
  • November 18th is National Vichyssoise Day.
  • Chef Anthony Bourdain lists vichyssoise as the catalyst of his lifelong passion for food, telling of a transatlantic voyage on the Queen Mary at the age of 9, when he first discovered this “delightfully cool, tasty liquid.”
  • In the 1992 movie Batman Returns, Bruce Wayne is surprised at its temperature, saying “It’s cold!” to which his butler, Alfred responds that “It’s supposed to be cold.”

Vichyssoise fun facts we missed?

If you are aware of any fun facts we may have missed, 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 Vichyssoise.

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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 the Pickles.

pickle fun factsThe Facts: A pickled cucumber (commonly known as a pickle in the United States and Canada or generically as gherkins in the United Kingdom) is a cucumber that has been pickled in a brine, vinegar, or other solution and left to ferment for a period of time, by either immersing the cucumbers in an acidic solution or through souring by lacto-fermentation.

  • Pickles have been around since ancient times, although there is some disagreement as to when exactly in history people started eating them.  Some believe the first pickle was created in Mesopotamia in 2400 B.C.E. Others believe it was as early as 2030 B.C.E.
  • The phrase “in a pickle” was first introduced by Shakespeare in his play, The Tempest. The quotes read, “How cam’st thou in this pickle?” and “I have been in such a pickle”
  • November 14th is National Pickle Day.
  • Cleopatra ate pickles because she believed they were one of the things that helped her stay beautiful.
  • Approximately 100,000 to 125,000 acres are devoted to growing pickling cucumbers in the United States.
  • In the U.S., pickles are made in 30 of the 50 states with Michigan and North Carolina making the most pickles.
  • Kool-aid pickles are made by soaking dill pickles in strong kool-aid and are very popular in parts of Mississippi.
  • A town in Michigan that claims to be the Christmas Pickle Capital of the World holds an annual pickle parade led by the Grand Dillmeister.
  • You can hear the crunch of a good pickle at 10 paces.
  • According to the U.S. Supreme Court, pickles are technically a “fruit” of the vine (like tomatoes), but they are generally known as a vegetable.
  • We’ve been eating pickles since Christopher Columbus discovered America. Since then, the pickled cucumber has evolved into a favored snack and recipe ingredient that is available in more than 36 varieties.
  • During WWII the U.S. Government tagged 40 percent of all pickle production for the ration kits of the armed forces.
  • Americans consume more than 9 pounds of pickles per person annually.
  • In Connecticut in order for a pickle to officially be considered a pickle, it must bounce. (provided by Austin Greenwood)

Pickle fun facts we missed?

If you are aware of any fun facts we may have missed, 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 Pickles.

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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 Sundaes.

sundae fun factsThe Facts: The sundae is a sweet ice cream dessert. It typically consists of one or more scoops of ice cream topped with sauce or syrup, and in some cases other toppings including sprinkles, whipped cream, maraschino cherries, or other fruits (e.g., bananas and pineapple in a banana split.).

  • According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the origin of the term sundae is obscure; however, it is generally accepted that the spelling “sundae” derives from the English word Sunday, or from the German - Sonntag, which means Sunday.
  • November 11th is National Sundae Day.
  • Various American localities have claimed to be the birthplace of the ice cream sundae,including Two Rivers, Wisconsin; Plainfield, Illinois; Evanston, Illinois; New York City; New Orleans, Louisiana; Ithaca, New York; Cleveland, Ohio; and Buffalo, New York.
  • At a price of US$1,000, the most expensive ice cream sundae is the Serendipity Golden Opulence Sundae, sold by Serendipity 3 restaurant in New York City. The dessert consists of five scoops of Tahitian vanilla bean ice cream infused with Madagascar vanilla, covered in 23-carat edible gold leaf, rare Amedei Porcelana and Chuao chocolate, American Golden caviar, passion fruit,orange, Armagnac, candied fruits from Paris, and marzipan cherries, and decorated with real gold dragées. The sundae is served in a baccarat Harcourt crystal goblet with an 18-carat-gold spoon.
  • There is actually an ice cream diet designed for weight loss.

Sundae 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.

Reference: Wikipedia: Fun Facts about Sundaes.

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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 Candy.

candy fun factsThe Facts: Candy, specifically sugar candy, is a confection made from a concentrated solution of sugar in water, to which flavorings and colorants are added. Candies come in numerous colors and varieties and have a long history in popular culture.

  • November 4th is National Candy Day.
  • Americans purchase nearly 600 million pounds of candy a year for Halloween.
  • An incredible 90 million pounds of chocolate candy is sold during Halloween week, taking a strong lead compared to other holidays. Almost 65 million pounds is sold during the week leading up to Easter and only 48 million pounds during Valentine’s week.
  • Over 10% of annual candy sales happen the days leading up to Halloween — that is nearly $2 billion dollars in sales.
  • Chocolate is clearly the preferred choice of sweets for many. Of the $1.9 billion sold in Halloween candy each year, $1.2 billion was on chocolate candy and only $680 million on sugar candy.
  • The top selling candy: Candy Corn. Americans purchase over 20 million pounds of it a year, though it is unlikely that every last one of those millions of candies was actually consumed.
  • After the beloved Candy Corn, the leading best sellers are as follows: Snickers, Reese’s, Kit Kat and M&M’S.
  • Candy Corn is the most searched-for candy term in Google — more popular than candy apples, gummy worms and candy pumpkins.
  • The day of the year with the most candy sales? October 28th. And of all the 365 days in the year, the top five candy selling days are all in October.
  • The average American household spends $44 a year on Halloween candy!

Candy 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.

Reference: Wikipedia: Fun Facts about Candy.

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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 Greasy Food.

greasy food fun factsThe Facts: Greasy food affects your health in many negative ways. First of all, it makes you gain weight. Weight gain can lead to obesity, which can lead to high blood pressure, heart problems, diabetes, and even death. Secondly, greasy food has high cholesterol. Again, this can lead to serious problems, especially because cholesterol buildup can block the blood flow in your arteries, leading to heart failure or causing a stroke.

  • If you eat too much grease, your liver can’t clean out all of the fat. There’s simply too much for it. Therefore, the fat in the greasy foods will build up in your liver and gall bladder, and you could get gallstones.
  • Fried chicken is the most ordered meal in sit-down restaurants in the U.S.
  • October 25th is National Greasy Foods Day.
  • Researchers have found that the consumption of fatty acids activates regions of the brain regions that regulate emotions and can reduce feelings of sadness by about half.

How greasy food can be a cure for hangovers:

  • Eggs contain large amounts of cysteine, an amino acid that helps neutralize and break down the hangover-inducing toxin acetaldehyde in the liver.
  • Hot peppers, a common egg accomplice, contain salicylates, a compound that is also the basis of aspirin.
  • Bacon contains a lot of amino acids, which helps replenish depleted neurotransmitters.

Greasy Food 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.

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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 Bologna.

bologna fun factsThe Facts: Bologna sausage, also known as baloney or polony, is a sausage derived from and somewhat similar to the Italian mortadella (a finely hashed/ground pork sausage) containing cubes of lard that originated in the Italian city of Bologna.

  • Mortadella dates back to the 15th century, and the original recipes included myrtle, ‘mortella’ in Italian, hence the name.
  • U.S. government regulations require American bologna to be finely ground, and without visible pieces of lard.
  • Bologna can alternatively be made out of chicken, turkey, beef, pork, venison or soy protein.
  • October 24th is National Bologna Day.
  • There are 1,632 people in the U.S. listed on whitepages.com with the last name ‘Bologna’ and 88 with the last name ‘Baloney’
  • Americans eat 800 million pounds of bologna annually.
  • Oscar Mayer is the most popular bologna brand thanks to its 1973 jingle “My bologna has a first name….”
  • Bologna is a popular breakfast food in Newfoundland, served fried as a substitute to ham slices. It is also sometimes barbecued as well. In either case, it is referred to as “Newfie Steak.”

Bologna 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.

Reference: Wikipedia: Fun Facts about Bologna.

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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 Boston Cream.

Boston-Cream-PieThe Facts: This pudding and cake combination comprises two layers of sponge cake filled with vanilla flavored custard or crème pâtissière. The cake is topped with a chocolate glaze (such as ganache) and sometimes powdered sugar or a cherry.

  • The Boston Cream Pie was created by Armenian-French chef M. Sanzian at Boston’s Parker House Hotel in 1856.
  • Although it is called a Boston cream pie, it is in fact a cake, and not a pie.
  • A Boston cream doughnut is a name for a Berliner filled with vanilla custard or crème pâtissière and topped with icing made from chocolate.
  • October 23rd is Boston Cream Pie Day.
  • The Boston cream doughnut was designated the official doughnut of Massachusetts in 2003.
  • The Boston Cream Pie was proclaimed the official Massachusetts State Dessert on December 12, 1996.

Boston Cream Fruit 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.

Reference: Wikipedia: Fun Facts about Boston 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 Did You Know fun food facts we will look at Brandied Fruit.

Brandied Fruit Fun FactsThe Facts: Brandy is distilled from fruits such as grape, apple, blackberry, apricot and so on. Based on the region and the fruit, brandy can be divided into several categories: Cognac, Armagnac, American Brandies, and fruit brandies.

  • The word brandy originally comes from the Dutch word brandewijn, which means burnt wine.
  • Long before the 16th century, wine was a popular product for trading in European region. In the early 16th century, a Dutchman trader invented the way to ship more wine in the limited cargo space by removing water from the wine. Then he could add the water back to the concentrated wine at the destination port in Holland.
  • Brandied fruit is used as topping on pies and ice cream.
  • Most brandy is 80 proof (40% alcohol/volume) and has been enjoyed for centuries as a cocktail and cooking ingredient.
  • October 20th is National Brandied Fruit Day.

To make your own brandied fruit, all you need is ripened fruit, sugar, and brandy (the higher the quality, the better).

  • Wash the fruit, peel off any skin, and slice if necessary.
  • Fill half a container with brandy and add the fruit.
  • For each cup of fruit you add, stir in 1/6 cup of sugar. Make sure all the fruit is submerged in the mixture, cover the container, and store it in a dark place.
  • You can continue to add fruit at any time. Your brandied fruit will be cured after a couple of months.

Brandied Fruit 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.

Reference: Wikipedia: Fun Facts about Brandied Fruit.

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