National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day – April 2

National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day

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Facts on Peanut Butter and Jelly 

  • It takes about 540 peanuts to make a 12-ounce jar of peanut butter.
  • The average American consumes more than six pounds of peanuts and peanut butter products each year.
  • The average child will eat 1,500 peanut butter and jelly sandwiches before he/she graduates high school.
  • Peanut butter is consumed in 90 percent of USA households.
  • Americans eat enough peanut butter in a year to make more than 10 billion peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

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 Empanada Day – April 8

National Empanada Day

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Facts on Empanadas

  • An empanada is a stuffed bread or pastry baked or fried in many countries in South Europe, Latin America, and parts of Southeast Asia.
  • The name comes from the Galician, Portuguese and Spanish verb empanar, meaning to wrap or coat in bread.
  • The empanada is prepared similar to a pie that is cut in pieces, making it a portable and hearty meal for working people.
  • Empanada stuffing, can consists of a variety of meat, cheese, vegetables or fruits.
  • Empanadas are can be eaten any time of the day and are served at parties as starters.