Still chewy after 100 years!

The red ones are my favorite.  Today is National Gummi Bear Day!  According the National Day dot com, few treats are as cute and sweet as gummi bears. Fruity and fun, these colorful chews have been charming us since 1922.  That’s right, the Gummi Bear is 100 years old!  I remember the first time I ever ate a gummi bear.  I was in sixth grade and I remember the small plastic bag filled with the colorful and flavorful chewy treats.  I also remember the name on the bag, Haribo.  Hans Riegel started the Haribo company in 1920 from his home kitchen in Bonn, Germany.  The name is an acronym of Riegel’s name and his hometown. Two years later he created the world’s first gummi bear, originally called Dancing Bears. Today, they’re known as Goldbears are an iconic treat all over the world.  Haribo makes about 100 million gummi bears every day. Listen to the podcast here;

Crayon Day!

According to National Day Calendar dot com today is National Crayon Day!  Wax and chalk-based crayons have been used by artists around the world for centuries. Edwin Binney created the brightly colored crayons we are familiar with today.  He was part owner of Binney & Smith, a company that produced products such as paint, pigments, and slate pencils for schools.  In 1903, Binney & Smith created the Crayola Division and produced colored wax crayons for children for the first time. Then in 1904, they presented their An-Du-Septic chalk at the Colombian Exposition in St. Louis winning a gold medal. The chalk was designed to be dustless at many teachers’ requests and was an immediate hit.  According to Caryola dot com, the Crayola Compaly produces nearly 3 billion crayons each year, an average of twelve million daily. That’s enough to circle the globe 6 times! In addition to making crayons, Crayola makes 600 million Crayola Colored Pencils, 465 million markers, 110 million sticks of chalk, 9 million Silly Putty eggs, and 1.5 million jars of paint.  Today, in celebration of National Crayon Day, open up a box of Crayons and create a unique work of art.  Just remember to stay in the lines.   Listen to the podcast here;

Fun Fact March 18, 2022.

According to National Day Calendar dot com, today is Sloppy Joe Day!  The origins of the hot sandwich are a bit of a mystery, but none the less, the sandwich is just as popular as it ever was.  Its base ingredient is often ground beef. However, others use turkey and buffalo, too. The other elements give it its flavor, though. Onions, tomato sauce, brown sugar, cola or maple syrup to sweeten it and seasonings to spice it and of course, any secret ingredient families may add over the years to make it unique. All of it is served up on a hamburger bun or roll. And is it ever sloppy!  So the next question; do you try to eat your Sloppy Joe like a hamburger, leave it on the plate and us a fork or server it as an open faced sandwich, again using utensils?  However you enjoy your Sloppy Joe, make sure you  have a good supply of napkins. Listen to the podcast here;

Fun Fact February 25, 2022.

It’s National Chocolate Covered Nut Day, so grab a hand full and celebrate!  According to National Day Calendar dot com, for thousands of years, nuts have been a staple of the human diet. The walnut was a favorite of the ancient Greeks and Romans, while Native Americans favored pecans.  Goobers, the first chocolate covered peanuts, hit the market in 1925.  Goober is a common slang word for peanut. The peanut M & M was introduced in 1954. They were tan until 1960 when the colors red, yellow, and green were added to production.  You can also get chocolate covered almond M & M’s.  You shouldn’t feel bad about snacking and celebrating Chocolate Covered Nut Day, both dark chocolate and nuts are actually good for you, in moderation of course.  My wife is a fan of double dipped chocolate peanuts. Be careful because not all double dipped chocolate nuts are created equal.  The best I’ve found locally are from Stokes General Store in Front Royal.  Listen to the podcast here;

Fun Fact February 21, 2022.

According to History dot com the Washington Monument was dedicated on this date in 1885.  The monument was proposed by Pierre LeEnfant in 1783.  After Washington’s death in 1799, plans for a memorial for the “father of the country” were discussed, but none were adopted until 1832, the centennial of Washington’s birth.  It was designed by architect Robert Mills and the cornerstone was laid on July 4th, 1848.  Political quarreling stopped construction several times in the 1850’s and was stopped completely during the Civil War.  Finally, in 1876, Congress, inspired by the American centennial, passed legislation appropriating $200,000 for completion of the monument.  Although the monument was dedicated on this date in 1885, it wasn’t open to the public for another three years.  It is the tallest stone structure in the world and the tallest structure of any kind in Washington, DC.  The monument attracts over 800,000 visitors a year, when it’s open.  Listen to the podcast here;

Fun Fact February 9, 2022.

According to National Day Calendar Day dot com, today is National Bagel and Lox day.  I’ve never had Lox on my bagel, have you?  Do you even know what Lox is?  Or would it be what Lox are?  I don’t know.  I do know that Lox is a filet of brined salmon.  True Lox is not smoked.  If your salmon is cured and smoked it’s call Nova Salmon, but may be called Nova Lox.  Both Lox and Nova Salmon have a silky, buttery texture but true Lox tastes much more salty while Nova Salmon has an unmistakable smoky flavor.  Folks usually have lox and cream cheese on a bagel.  Sometimes it is garnished with tomato, sliced onion, cucumbers and capers.  Hopefully followed by a breath mint.  I see an everything bagel with cream cheese, perhaps Lox, in my future.   Listen to the podcast here;