April 23 – National Cherry Cheese Cake Day

Cherry Cheesecake

Food History of Cherry Cheese Cake 

  • Many assume that Cheesecake has its origins in New York, but it actually dates back over 4,000 years to ancient Greece.
  • Cheesecake is a dessert similar to cake but make with cheese and typically has a topping.
  • In 1870 cream cheese was an American addition to the cake and since has become a staple ingredient.
  • By the 1900’s New Yorkers fell in love with the dessert and virtually every restaurant had its own version.
  • New Yorkers have vied and continue to claim bragging rights for the original recipe of cheesecake.

National Animal Cracker Day – April 18

National Animal Cracker Day

Animal Crackers

Facts on Animal Crackers

  • Animal crackers created for the animal cracker zoo come in seventeen different animals.
  • Each box of animal crackers has twenty two crackers, but does not always have each of the seventeen different animals.
  • The string around the animal cracker box was not created as a handle to carry the box, it was to hang the box on a Christmas tree as a decoration.
  • There are over 40 million boxes sold each year and exported to seventeen different countries.
  • Last, the seventeen different types of animals that can be found in a box of animal crackers; tigers, cougars, camels, rhinoceros, kangaroos, hippopotami, bison, lions, hyenas, zebras, elephants, sheep, bears, gorillas, monkeys, seals, and giraffes.