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 Garlic Day – April 19

National Garlic Day

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Facts on Garlic 

  • Garlic is one of the oldest cultivated crops. It was fed to the builders of the Great Pyramid in Egypt in the belief that it gave them strength.
  • The city of Chicago is named after garlic. ‘Chicagaoua’ was the Indian word for wild garlic.
  • Garlic attracts leeches. They take 14.9 seconds to attach to a hand covered with garlic but 44.9 seconds to suck blood from a clean one.
  • Garlic was used as an antiseptic against gangrene in the First World War.
  • Raw, freshly minced garlic has the most health benefits.

National Cheese Fondue Day – April 11

National Cheese Fondue Day

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 Facts on Fondue

  • The history of fondue is centuries old! Fondue began as a way to use aged cheeses and bread to feed people that had limited access to fresh food during the winter months.
  • Fondue became the national dish of Switzerland when the Swiss Cheese Union modernized it and campaigned as a way to sell more cheese in the 1930s.
  • Fondue became a fad in American in the ’60s and ’70s after it was brought back by a jet setter that had it on a ski holiday.
  • It is a tradition that if a man drops his piece of bread in the fondue pot, he must buy a round of drinks.
  • If a woman loses her bread in the pot, she must kiss all her neighbors.