Today in Food History

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Today is National Chocolate Mint Day. Most people agree that mint and chocolate were made for each other. A burst of refreshing peppermint, spearmint, or crème de menthe combined with the smooth, rich taste of chocolate is a truly unique pairing.

Some of the most famous chocolate mint inventions include: mint chocolate cake, Thin Mint Girl Scout cookies, grasshopper martinis, mint chocolate soap and lip balm, Andes after-dinner mints, and mint chocolate chip ice cream. Chocolate mint is also a type of herb. It is part of the spearmint family and has edible leaves that taste like chocolate and mint! Also, on this day:

In 1764 Gottlieb Sigismund Kirchhoff was born. He discovered glucose, developed a method for refining vegetable oil, and also experimented with brewing and fermentation.

In 1897 Adelaide Hunter Hoodless founds the Federation of Women’s Institutes of Canada which promotes pasteurization of milk as one of its main projects.

In 1906 Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Company (W.K. Kellogg Company) was founded by Will Keith Kellogg to manufacture breakfast cereals (cornflakes).

In 1913 Cracker Jack begins to put prizes in each box.

In 1985 Cherry Coke was introduced. Actually, soda fountains (remember them?) had been making them for decades.

In 1999 A new record strawberry shortcake was created in McCall Park, Plant City, Florida, the Winter Strawberry Capital of the World. The city set a new Guinness record for the world’s largest strawberry shortcake, over 6,000 pounds

“Pull up a chair. Take a taste. Come join us. Life is so endlessly delicious.” ― Ruth Reichl

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