April 22 – National Jelly Bean Day

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Food History of Jelly Beans 
  • The first advertisement for jelly beans was published in the Chicago Daily News on July 5, 1905.
  • Jelly beans are associated with Easter because of their egg shape.
  • Approximately 16 billion jelly beans are sold during the Easter season.
  • The jelly bean earned fame as President Reagan’s favorite candy and he used them to help him quit smoking when he was governor of California.
  • There are over 50 different flavor jelly beans produced each year.

National Carmel Corn Day – April 6

National Carmel Corn Day

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Facts on Carmel Corn

  • Caramel corn is an American confection made of popcorn.
  • The popcorn is coated with a sugar or molasses based caramel candy shell.
  • The shell is made by heating the sugar or molasses until it browns and becomes thick, producing a caramelized candy syrup.
  • A light version of carmel corn was introduced at The Chicago Worlds Fair in 1893
  • The combination of caramel and corn dates back at least as far as the 1890s.

December 8 – National Brownie Day

National Brownie Day

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Facts on Brownies

  • Brownie is a flat, baked square or bar. Its texture is somewhat between cake and cookie: can be fudgy, cakey, or hard.
  • Brownie came from a chef at Chicago’s Palmer House Hotel during the late 19th century.
  • The world’s largest brownie was made in 2001. It weighed in at 3,000 lbs. and was made with 750 lbs. of chocolate chips, 500 lbs. of butter, 850 lbs of sugar, 500 lbs. of flour and 3,500 eggs!
  • Although cannabis is the most controversial brownie mix-in, walnut remains the most popular and legal.
  • There are several days of the year named in honor of the brownie: January 22 is National Blonde Brownie Day, February 10 is National Cream Cheese Brownie Day, May 9 is National Butterscotch Brownie Day and December 8 is National Brownie Day.