Food Reference Source
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
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
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.