National Cranberry Relish Day
Food Facts on Cranberries
- Basic cranberry relish consists of cranberries boiled in sugar water until the berries pop and the mixture thickens.
- Legend has it that Pilgrims served cranberries at the first Thanksgiving in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
- The cranberry gets its name from Dutch and German settlers, who nicknamed it the “crane berry.”
- The Algonquin Indians were the first to harvest cranberries. The used them for food and medicine. Cranberries are awesome for bladder infections, heart health, and ulcers.
- Americans consume some 400 million pounds of cranberries each year, 20 percent of that during Thanksgiving week!
National “Have a Brownie Day”
Facts on Brownies
- Brownies are actually a cross between a cookie and a cake in texture and are either cakey or fudgy.
- The main ingredients of a brownie are flour, butter, eggs, chocolate, cocoa or cocoa powder, and sugar.
- Brownies may include nuts, frosting, chocolate chips, or other ingredients inside or on the top.
- Brownies are eaten by hand and often with milk or coffee. They can be served warm or with ice cream on top.
- The earliest published recipes for a brownie like those of today appeared in the Service Club Cook Book (1904, Chicago, IL),
National Frozen Custard Day
Food Facts on Custard
Frozen custard was invented in Coney Island, New York in 1919.
It was created when 2 ice cream Ice cream vendors Archie and Elton Kohr found that adding egg yolks to ice cream created a smoother texture and helped the ice cream stay cold longer.
At the World’s Fair in Chicago Frozen custard was introduced to a wider audience, and took off in the Mid Western states.
Per capita, Milwaukee has the highest concentration of frozen custard shops in the world and it the Frozen Custard Capital of the World.
Frozen custard is usually prepared fresh at the place of sale, and not stored; however, it is occasionally available in supermarkets or by mail order.