The internet is full of fabulous facts about everything from current events to the history basket weaving and melba toast 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 Melba Toast Fun Facts.

Melba Toast Fun Facts: Melba toast is a dry, crisp and thinly sliced toast. It is often served with soup and salad or topped with either melted cheese or pâté.

  • March 23rd is National Melba Toast Day.
  • It is named after Dame Nellie Melba. The stage name of Australian opera singer Helen Porter Mitchell.
  • It is said when Nellie Melba gained weight in her later career, Chef Auguste Escoffier created a thin baked toast for her diet, viola, Melba toast.
  • The Peach Melba was created by the the same chef in honor of an Australian soprano. When Nellie Melba, came to perform Wagner’s “Lohengrin” opera at Covent Garden in 1892, Escoffier used a swan ice sculpture to display the dessert, which was topped with spun sugar.
  • In 1925, the Mayo Brothers prescribed the “Eighteen Day Reducing Diet” to Ethel Barrymore. It included Melba toast, which made the toast very popular at the time.

Melba Toast Fun Facts We Missed

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Reference: Wikipedia: Fun Facts about Melba Toast.

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