May 2 – National Truffles Day

National Truffles Day

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Facts on Truffles

  • Truffles are a delectable type of dessert!
  • Truffles are a chocolate named after a fungus.
  • Truffles are made with a chocolate ganache center that is then coated in chocolate powder.
  • According to legend, the chocolate truffle was created in the kitchen of French culinary giant Auguste Escoffier during the 1920s.
  • Modern truffles can be round or square, enrobed in chocolate and topped with exotic flavor but the must have the ganache center to be called a truffle.

National Licorice Day – April 12

National Licorice Day

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Facts on Licorice 

  • Most people likely think of licorice as a sweet, chewy treat that is black or red. The licorice flavoring that comes from the sweet root of the licorice plant,  is only used in black licorice.
  • Many candies are named licorice only because of the gummy texture and shapes they share with black licorice, and contain no actual licorice.
  • The licorice plant, a shrub, is officially a weed. It is about four feet tall with purplish flowers and grows in hot, dry places.
  • Licorice root is one of the most popular herbs in the world. Its botanical name comes from the Greek words meaning “sweet root.”
  • Licorice helps relieve the pains that accompany certain types of ulcers, and soars throats and upper respiratory conditions.

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.