Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Snacktime

The word "snack" comes from the Dutch snacken, which means to bite. Americans love their snacks, eating an average of more than four per day and more than 65 lbs. of snack foods each year. DID YOU KNOW?--- The main contributor to the increase in the consumption of salty snacks was the end of Prohibition in 1933. The interest in salty snacks increased even more during WWII, as rationing caused a severe shortage in sugar. The average American eats nearly 70 qts of popcorn a year. Dr. John Pemberton, a pharmacist, produced the syrup for Coca-Cola. It was sold at Jacobs' Pharmacy for .05 cents a glass as a fountain drink. More than one billion Coca-Cola products are consumed each day. October is National Pizza Month in the US, so designated in 1987-it's one of the most popular foods and pepperoni is the most popular topping in America. What do you like on your pizza? The most popular ice cream flavors are chocolate,vanilla, butter pecan and strawberry. Joseph Fry invented the candy bar in 1847-he created a paste that could be pressed into a mold. Milk chocolate is the most popular but those that like dark chocolate would disagree. The Hershey bar was invented in 1900. Candy corn was first made in the 1880's and it was only made from March to November. Tootsie Rolls debuted in 1896, introduced by Leo Hirshfied, who named them after his dughter's nickname, "Tootsie." The candy cane was a Christmas treat by the late 17th century. Popular tradition holds that the shape is meant to represent a shepherd's crook. Most are peppermint flavored but these days one can find them in many flavors. In a typical Valentine season, more than 36 million heart shaped boxes will be given and recieved. Approximately eight billion conversation hearts are produced in a typical year. The manufacturers of the hearts introduce at least 10 new sayings each year. As many as ninety million chocolate Easter bunnies are produced every year, in the US. About 16 million jelly beans are produced every year in the US, for Easter. There are enough PEEPS made each year to circle the earth twice, Easter is not the only holiday today, that you can find these treats. Who likes PEEPS????? How's that for "food for thought?" ~Keep on Dreaming~

3 comments:

  1. I definitely eat my share of popcorn! Peeps? Don't really care for them but they are cute! Now I'm hungry :)

    Michelle

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  2. Thought I was sniffin' chocolate over here...I'm addicted to the rich creamy stuff. Speaking of addictions the original Coke recipe had cocaine as one of its ingredients...instant popularity!!!

    Have a super blessed day, girl!!!

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  3. I LOVE Tootsie Rolls, Peeps not so much, or Coke. Geesh, now I'm craving a Tootsie Roll!

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