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.

National Dining Car Day – March 30

National Dining Car Day

National Dining Car Day

Facts on Dining Cars

  • A dining car is also known as a restaurant carriage, also diner is a railroad passenger car that serves food.
  • A Dining car serves meals in the manner of a full-service, sit-down restaurant.
  • By the mid-1880s, dedicated dining cars were a normal part of long-distance trains.
  • The common dining car has a gallery and on the opposite end tables or booth seating on either side of a center aisle.
  • Dining cars are less common today but still play a role in passenger railroading, on long-distance trains.