Posts tagged ‘food 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.


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  The law was eventually repealed since fruitcake had become an important part of tea time, particularly in England.


November 5, 2013


An Irish physician named Sir Hans Sloane is the inventor of chocolate milk. He  came up with it while he was traveling through Jamaica.  Locals in Jamaica drank cocoa with water, something that Sloane found  nauseating. He saw promise in the drink, however, and decided to find ways to make it more acceptable.  He struck gold when he managed to mix it with milk.  He brought back his chocolate milk recipe with him to England, where it was manufactured and sold by apothecaries as medicine.