If you are as old as I am you can remember popping corn over a stove or fire in a special tin pan. It was fun once it started popping but not something you could make a living with. So C. Cretor & Company made their own popping corn machine so he could make enough for larger parties and conventions. He invented a steam operated machine that popped corn for him in 1885. He received the patent for it in 1893 and went on to maker a successful business with his machine that could also roast peanuts, roast coffee beans and bake chestnuts. Why does this fall on December 2nd? Who knows, who cares, but we celebrate the business of popping corn today.
How to celebrate – Pop some popcorn. Roast some chestnuts. Buy a popcorn popping machine to keep the tradition alive.
Today we eat fritters or we don’t eat at all! And if you do eat fritters you can eat a lot of them and just fritter the day away! Friiters are nothi more than dough or a cake like substance that can hold either meat or fruit inside making a tasty meal or dessert. They are generally deep fried, which means they aren’t all that healthy but boy do they taste good! Maybe you can make some turkey fritters to use up any of that left over Thanksgiving meal you might haver left. You can even make veggie fritters, I suppose, if you have a mind to! And you need not fritter about what to eat tomorrow because what fritters you don’t eat today youy can probably have tomorrow!
How to celebrate – Make some fritters! Get a deep fryer. Create a new fritter dessert for the holidays.
April 18th National Animal Crackers Day
Lions and Tigers and Bears, oh my… oh and Elephants too. These were the most common early on animal crackers. Animal crackers have been a child favorite snack since the 1800’s when they were produced and exported from the UK. Eventually they began to be produced in the US as well and in 1902 they featured the Barnum’s and Bailey’s Circus Wagon as a container with circus animals making up the majority of the critters inside. They even became popular for children’s Bingo chips at one point. Today Nabisco makes the Animal Crackers we all know and love. Of course, there are numerous animals now and the circus wagon has become a thing of the past. There are new and different flavors to try along with the shapes but they still remain one of children’s favorite snacks of all times.
How to celebrate – Buy some Animal Crackers. Learn how to make your own animal crackers. Try playing Animal Crackers Bingo!
You can’t go to the movies without wanting popcorn. (That is if you can even get in the theater) Popcorn has become a world wide treat that if you serve without all the butter and extra toppings isn’t all that bad for you! Of course, most of us like it that way. Today was created by Bob Matthews of Rochester, NY in 2012. It is always the 2nd Thursday of the month to celebrate Bob, and his wife, having popcorn every Thursday as a snack. The original date was in January but somehow it got changed to March, maybe the popper wasn’t working right.
How to celebrate – Have some popcorn! Try out all the new salts and flavorings you can add to popcorn these days. Have popcorn while watching you favorite home movies.
The origins of today apparently started over 9,000 years ago when corn was first domesticated in what would today be Mexico. Popcorn itself did not come along until later, probably by accident, no one seems to really know.
Popcorn was first commercially sold under the names of ‘Pearls’ and ‘Nonpareil’ and mentioned in John Russell Bartlett’s dictionary in 1848. It became a popular treat, particularly during the depression when cheap snacks were often served as complete meals.
By the 1890’s, Charles Cretos invented the popcorn popper, making volumes of popcorn available at one serving. In 1938 Glen W, Dickson put these poppers into his movie theaters for additional income and to give theater goers a snack while watching the movie. With the volume of people going to the movies, the snack spread quickly as other theaters added the product to their appeal.
During World War 2, when sugar was not available, popcorn grew in popularity yet again. Today popcorn is considered a healthy snack when not enhanced by all the flavorings people have found to put on popcorn.
How to celebrate – Enjoy some freshly popped popcorn today! Make it a movie night by either going to the theaters or just in front of your own television. Create your own new flavoring for your popcorn.
November 24th Sardine Day
Okay, so an awful lot of people out there don’t like sardines. Or anchovies. Or any other tiny little fish. But did you know they are really good for you? They contain 13% of your daily requirement for B2, .25% of niacin, 150% of vitamin B12. They also contain phosphorus, calcium, iron, selenium, omega, 3 good fatty acids, vitamin D and protein. All that in that tiny little can! So hold your nose and down a can a day and think just how much better off you’ll be! And it makes for a cheap lunch too! Eat them with crackers and you won’t even notice that odd crunch as you eat their bones.
How to celebrate – Have some sardines! Make yourself a sardine smoothy. Put some sardines in your kids PB&J and tell them they are potato chips.
Love cookies!?! Can’t get out to get them from the store!?! Well, make them yourself! There is nothing like the smell of baking cookies in the house except maybe taking a warm cookie coming out of the oven and dunking it in a glass of milk. Today is the day to make those cookies the whole family enjoys, or even if you just enjoy them yourself. You can choose the flavor, size and shape of the cookie, how much it is cooked and who gets them. Bake them from scratch, or from a package, it doesn’t really matter.
How to celebrate – Bake some cookies! Try to invent a new type of cookie. Try and name as many types of cookies as you can.
During the summer months I have a hard time choosing between a popsicle, made of ice, and a bowl of ice cream, made out of… well cream. Both are refreshing, cold and perfect for a hot summer day. So, why not have both!?! The perfect blend of ice and ice cream blended into one and generally served up on a stick! I think the first of these was the orange creamsicle, though I have no proof of that. Now there are dozens of flavors and probably more to come! I do wonder though, which part melts first… the ice cream or the ice?
How to celebrate – Have a creamsicle. Invent your own type of creamsicle. Cool down a hot summer day.
Something so simple but so rewarding, so comforting, so enjoyable. Who doesn’t like a sugar cookie? Okay, well there are some of you who don’t but most of us do. That and a glass of milk make for the perfect treat. They work for nearly every holiday, can come in any color, shape or size and nearly always bring a smile to one’s face. There is also nothing like walking into a house where sugar cookies are being baked, the scent fills the air and can change a sour mood into a good mood almost instantly. Maybe what the world needs now is a huge sugar cookie that everyone can enjoy.
How to celebrate – Bake some sugar cookies. Throw a sugar cookie party. Share some sugar cookies with your neighbors (keeping in mind social distancing, of course 😁)
When we think of pretzels we often think Germany, and beer. Well, the world’s oldest snack food actually came out of France around 610 AD when Monks created the treat to represent children’s folded arms while in prayer. You can get pretzels salted, and unsalted, and in numerous different flavors today and generally speaking, while not exactly healthy, they aren’t all that bad for us. You can get hard pretzels or soft pretzels, big pretzels or small pretzels, you can even get them mixed with other snacks like popcorn, peanuts and raisins. (And you don’t have to have beer but it does make them better)
How to celebrate – Have some pretzels. Learn how to make your own pretzels. Become a Monk.