November 22 – National Cranberry Relish Day

National Cranberry Relish Day

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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” – February 10

National “Have a Brownie Day”

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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),

August 8 – National Frozen Custard Day

National Frozen Custard Day

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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.