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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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The internet is full of fabulous facts about everything from current events to the history basket weaving. Because of this, during our research for our daily content, 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 a new section titled “Did You Know?”.

For today’s DYK fun facts we will look at Apple Dumplings.

Apple Dumpling fun factsThe Facts: An apple dumpling is a pastry filled with apple, cinnamon and occasionally raisins. Apples are peeled and cored, placed on a portion of dough, then filled with cinnamon and sugar. Then the dough is folded over the apples and the dumplings are baked until tender.

  • Apple dumplings are a native food in the northeastern United States, around Pennsylvania.
  • September 17th is National Apple Dumpling Day.
  • A very common recipe among the Amish, it is often eaten as a breakfast item, but they are also a very common dessert item after meals.
  • In the UK a suet pastry is often used, although shortcrust is also common. A filling of dates, sultanas or raisins is often inserted into the cavity left by removal of the core, and dark sugar is popular there too.

 

Apple Dumpling 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 Apple Dumplings.

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The internet is full of fabulous facts about everything from current events to the history basket weaving. Because of this, during our research for our daily content, 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 a new section titled “Did You Know?”.

For today’s DYK fun facts we will look at Welsh Rarebit.

welsh rarebit fun factsThe Facts: Welsh rarebit or Welsh rabbit is a dish made with a savory sauce of melted cheese and various other ingredients and served hot, after being poured over slices (or other pieces) of toasted bread, or the hot cheese sauce may be served in a bowl accompanied by sliced, toasted bread.

  • The names of the dish originate from 18th-century Great Britain.
  • The word rarebit is a corruption of rabbit, “Welsh rabbit” being first recorded in 1725 and the variant “Welsh rarebit” being first recorded in 1785 by Francis Grose. According to the Oxford English Dictionary, ‘Welsh rarebit’ is an “etymologizing alteration. There is no evidence of the independent use of rarebit”.
  • September 3rd is National Welsh Rarebit Day.
  • Welsh rarebit is typically made with Cheddar cheese, in contrast to the Continental European fondue which classically depends on Swiss cheeses.
  • Acknowledging that there is more than one way to make a rarebit, some cookbooks have included two recipes: the Boston Cooking-School Cook Book of 1896 provides one béchamel-based recipe and another with beer, Le Guide Culinaire of 1907 has one with ale and one without, and the Constance Spry Cookery Book of 1956 has one with flour and one without.
  • American cartoonist Winsor McCay had an intriguing insight into the effects of the Welsh rarebit where characters often awoke from dreams after eating the delicious dish. His comic strip titled Dream of the Rarebit Fiend was published in newspapers from 1904 to 1925, and made into a silent movie of the same name in 1906.
  • A legend mentioned in Betty Crocker’s Cookbook claims that Welsh peasants were not allowed to eat rabbits caught in hunts on the estates of the nobility, so they used melted cheese as a substitute.

Welsh Rarebit 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 Welsh Rarebit.

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The internet is full of fabulous facts about everything from current events to the history basket weaving. Because of this, during our research for our daily content, 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 a new section titled “Did You Know?”.

For today’s DYK fun facts we will look at Turnovers.

turnover fun factsThe Facts: A turnover is a type of pastry made by placing a filling on a piece of dough, folding the dough over, and sealing it. Turnovers can be sweet or savory and are often made as a sort of portable meal or dessert, similar to a sandwich.

  • July 5th is National Apple Turnover Day.
  • August 28 is National Cherry Turnover Day.
  • Turnovers originated in ancient times and are classified as “portable pies.”

Here is a list of just a few turnover choices to make and enjoy:

  • Beerocks (German) — Filled with cabbage and meat
  • Calzones (Italian) — Filled with tomato sauce, meat and cheese
  • Dim Sum (Chinese) — Filled with meat, fish or vegetables
  • Empanadas (Spanish-speaking countries) — Filled with sweet potatoes and meats
  • Pastelillos (Puerto Rican and Caribbean) — Filled with meat, onions, raisins, capers and egg
  • Pasties (Cornish miners from England) — Filled with potatoes, vegetables and ground meat
  • Pastelitos Fritos (Brazillian) — Fried turnovers with meat and cheese
  • Pierogies (Polish) — Filled with potatoes, vegetables or fruit
  • Saltena (South American) — Typical meat pies
  • Samosas (India) — Filled with chick peas, potatoes and spices
  • Sanbousic (Middle Eastern) — Filled with cheese and dill
  • Spanokopitas (Greek) — Filled with spinach, cottage cheese, feta cheese and olives

Turnover 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 Turnovers.

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The internet is full of fabulous facts about everything from current events to the history basket weaving. Because of this, during our research for our daily content, 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 a new section titled “Did You Know?”.

For today’s DYK fun facts we will look at Popsicles.

popsicle fun factsThe Facts: The Popsicle was invented by an 11 year old who kept it secret for 18 years.

  • The inventor was Frank Epperson who, in 1905, left a mixture of powdered soda and water out on the porch, which contained a stir stick. That night, temperatures in San Francisco reached record low temperature. When he woke the next morning, he discovered that it had frozen to the stir stick, creating a fruit flavored ice treat that he named the epsicle. 18 years later he patented it and called it the Popsicle.
  • The ice pop was introduced to the public at an Oakland ball for firemen in 1922.
  • August 26th is National Cherry Popsicle Day.
  • The Popsicle company claims that its annual sales are over two billion and that its best-selling flavor is cherry.
  • On June 22, 2005, Snapple tried to beat the existing Guinness Book of World Records entry of a 1997 Dutch 21-foot ice pop by attempting to erect a 25-foot ice pop in New York City. The 17.5 short tons of frozen juice that had been brought from Edison, New Jersey in a freezer truck melted faster than expected, dashing hopes of a new record. Spectators fled to higher ground as firefighters hosed away the kiwi-strawberry-flavored mess.

Popsicle 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 Popsicles.

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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 facts we will look at Pecan Tortes.

pecan torte fun factsThe Facts: A torte is a rich, usually multilayered, cake that is filled with whipped cream, butter creams, mousses, jams, or fruits.

  • So what’s the difference between a torte and a cake? For starters, tortes are denser, shorter and wider than cakes, and often multi-layered.
  • Tortes are also made without the leaveners we’re used to in baking, namely baking powder or soda. Instead, they get their airiness from whipped eggs that are light and fluffy.
  • To confuse things a little, torte actually means “cake” in German and Hungarian.
  • August 22nd is National Pecan Torte Day.
  • Pecans are the state tree of Texas

Pecan Torte 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 Pecan Tortes.

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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?”

potato fun facts

The Facts: The potato is the most important non-cereal crop in the world, and fourth most important crop overall. Only corn, wheat, and rice are more important. In the US, potato products are the second most consumed food overall, trailing only dairy products.

  • Potatoes are 80% water.
  • In 1995, potato plants were taken into space with the space shuttle Columbia. This marked the first time any food was ever grown in space.
  • August 19th is National Potato Day.
  • The world’s largest potato weighed in at 18 pounds, 4 ounces according to the Guinness Book of World Records. That’s enough for 73 portions of medium fries at McDonalds.
  • The “French fry” was allegedly served in the U.S. for the first time by Thomas Jefferson at a presidential dinner.
  • The potato originated in the region of southern Peru where it was first domesticated between 3000 BC and 2000 BC.
  • Potato was first introduced in Europe by Spain in 1536, and the Spanish claim that that Gonzalo Jimenez de Quesada was the first to introduce the potato to Europe. Potatoes were not accepted at once in Europe because clerics said they were not mentioned in the bible, while others believed potatoes can cause some diseases.
  • Potato still remains an essential crop in Europe, where per capita production is still the highest in the world.
  • The world’s largest potato producing country is China.
  • Potatoes are among most environmentally friendly vegetables. They’re easy to grow, and don’t require massive amounts of fertilizer and chemical additives to thrive like many other vegetables do.
  • The world’s largest potato weighed in at 18 pounds, 4 ounces. This is enough for more than 70 portions of medium fries at McDonalds. This gigantic potato was found in England in 1795.
  • The potato is considered as the fourth most important crop behind the corn, wheat, and rice.
  • The average American eats 140 pounds of potatoes per year. Germans are among biggest potato lovers as they eat more than 200 pounds of potato per year.
  • Potatoes are also used to brew alcoholic beverages such as vodka, potcheen, or akvavit.

Potato 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 Potatoes.

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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 facts we will look at Tequila.

tequila fun factsThe Facts: Tequila is a distilled beverage made from the blue agave plant, primarily in the area surrounding the city of Tequila, 40 miles northwest of Guadalajara, and in the highlands (Los Altos) of the western Mexican state of Jalisco.

  • The blue volcanic soil in the surrounding region is particularly well suited to the growing of the blue agave, and more than 300 million of the plants are harvested there each year.
  • July 24th is National Tequila Day.
  • Tequila was used as a flu remedy during Mexico’s flu epidemic of 1918.
  • You’re supposed to sip good tequila slowly, not down it in a shot.
  • Tequila is most often made at a 38–40% alcohol content (76–80 proof), but can be produced between 31–55% alcohol content (62–110 proof).
  • Mezcal, is tequila’s less popular and lesser understood cousin, which can be produced by 5 other different types of agave, not including the Blue Weber species.
  • There are two categories of tequila – 100% agave (quality assured) and mixto (a gamble)
  • Mixto tequila is a mix of fermented agave juice and up to 49% “neutral cane spirit” (AKA:fermented sugarcane with its flavor stripped out). Mixing the two is a cheaper way to make tequila, but the resulting flavor is less complex. The high amount of sugar found in Mixto tequila is directly related to morning after headaches often associated with tequila.
  • 100% agave tequila, on the other hand, is distilled entirely from the fermented juice of agave, with no artificial flavors added. The best tequilas are made from 100% agave and a quality guarantee for the educated tequila consumer. ALWAYS buy 100% agave tequila.
  • Tequila labeled “Gold” is your indicator (i.e. red flag) that it is a mixto tequila, unaged silver tequila that has been colored and flavored with caramel to give the appearance of aged tequila.
  • The worm in tequila bottles is just a marketing gimmick. It has nothing to do with quality. Basically, it’s like the prize in a box of Cracker Jacks.
  • The 1958 song, “Tequila” was the first, and only, #1 hit for a band called The Champs.

Tequila 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 Tequila.

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