Today in Food History


Today is National Sticky Bun Day. Sticky buns, also known as cinnamon rolls, are a delicious breakfast pastry made with leavened dough. Traditional recipes call for a glazed topping with pecans, maple syrup or honey, cinnamon, and butter.

The first people to add honey and nuts to their bread were the Ancient Egyptians. Glazed pastries have been popular ever since! German settlers in Pennsylvania created our modern-day sticky buns. The pastries were originally called “Schnecken” and are still considered a Philadelphia specialty. Also, on this day:

In 1895 Carl Peter Henrik Dam was born. Dam was a Danish biochemist who discovered vitamin K in 1939.

In 1931 Alka Seltzer is introduced in the U.S. by Miles Laboratories.  It combined aspirin for relief of headaches, fevers, and body pain and bi-carbonate of soda to neutralize stomach acids and settle the stomach.

In 1961 In Canada, the Ontario Royal Commission endorses water fluoridation to cut tooth decay.

In 1985 Nathan Pritikin died. A nutritionist who believed that exercise and a low fat, high unrefined carbohydrate diet helped reverse his own heart disease. He founded the Pritikin Longevity Center in 1976.

In 1989 The USDA approved ‘Simplesse,’ a low calorie fat substitute.

In 2001 The European Commission bans all British milk, meat and livestock exports following an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in the U.K.

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