Archive for ‘Food 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.


November 18, 2013

nov18If you were to stacked up all the cans of cranberry sauce bought last Thanksgiving if would stand twice as tall as the Empire State Building.


October 24, 2013


The first candy apple was created in 1908 by William Kolb of Newark, New Jersey.   Kolb a candy maker was looking for ways to expand sales of his red cinnamon candy during the Christmas season and used an apple on a stick as a way to display the brightly colored candy in the shop window.  It didn’t take long for the new treat to take off and soon he was selling thousands of them each year.


October 14, 2013


The word “pumpkin” actually comes from a Greek word pepon meaning “large melon”.  Over the many centuries the pumpkin has been around,
the French evolved the word into pomponPumpion became the new
word in England, when Shakespeare made mention of it in the Merry Wives of Windsor. Colonists in America finalized the modern term of pumpkin.


September 10, 2013


Pop Rocks were invented by food chemist William A. Mitchell, who worked for General  Foods.  He also invented Tang, Cool Whip, quick-setting Jell-O, a tapioca  substitute, and powdered egg whites, among other things.  He received over 70 patents in his lifetime.