The internet is full of fabulous facts about everything from current events to the history basket weaving and gingerbread fun facts. 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 Gingerbread fun facts.

Gingerbread Fun Facts: Gingerbread and ginger root originated in the Middle East and migrated to Europe during the eleventh century Crusades.

  • June 5th and November 21st are National Gingerbread Day.
  • At first, European gingerbreads where only made by Catholic monks, who usually created them in the form of angels and saints.
  • According to the Swedish tradition, you can make a wish, using gingerbread. First, put the gingerbread in your palm and then make a wish. You then have to break the gingerbread with your other hand. If the gingerbread brakes in to three, the wish will come true.
  • The gingerbread house became popular in Germany after the Brothers Grimm published their fariy tale collection which included “Hansel and Gretel” in the 19th century.
  • A doctor once wrote a prescription for gingerbreads for the Swedish King Hans, to cure his depression.
  • Queen Elizabeth I of England is credited with the first gingerbread men.
  • Unmarried women in England have been known to eat gingerbread “husbands” for luck in meeting the real thing.
  • Nuremburg, Germany has the title, “Gingerbread Capital of the World”.

Gingerbread Fun Facts We May Have Missed

Let us know if we missed any gingerbread fun facts in the comment section below. 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 Gingerbread

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