Archive for ‘Food and Drink Facts’

May 5, 2014


Americans consume up to 81 million avocados on Cinco de Mayo.


April 19, 2014


 Consecrated eggs were used by Christians in church ceremonies until the 4th century, when eggs became forbidden during Lent.  However as spring was the peak laying time for hens there was an excess of eggs.  This led to the practice of hard boiling and decorating them in bright colors as a gift for children on Easter Sunday, the end of the Lenten fasting.


April 18, 2014


Ham come to be the traditional favorite for Easter dinner because in pre-refrigeration days, hogs were slaughtered in the fall and cured for six to seven months. Just in time for Easter.


March 2, 2014


Lucky Charms breakfast cereal were invented in 1963 by Paul Bunyon.  He was a new project manager who answered General Mill’s call to find out what to do with their abundance of Cheerios.  Bunyon’s idea was to mix Cheerios with chopped up Kraft Circus Peanuts.


December 23, 2013


Eating mincemeat pie at Christmas time, dates back to the 16th century. Traditionally, it was thought that eating a small pie on each of the 12 days of Christmas would bring good luck in the New Year.

December 22, 2013


Christmas isn’t a national holiday in Japan (only one percent of the Japanese population is estimated to be Christian) yet a bucket of “Christmas Chicken” is the go to meal on the big day.  And it’s all thanks to the insanely successful marketing campaign “Kurisumasu ni wa kentakkii!” (Kentucky for Christmas!) in 1974. The colonel’s recipe is so popular, the fast-food chain recommends customers place their Christmas orders two months in advance


December 20, 2013


Barnum’s animal crackers in the circus-themed box were designed with a string handle so they could hang on a Christmas tree.


December 7, 2013


 In the early 18th century, fruitcake was outlawed in Europe, where it was proclaimed “sinfully rich”.  The law was eventually repealed since fruitcake had become an important part of tea time, particularly in England.