National Licorice Day – April 12

National Licorice Day

Licorice

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.

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.