Category: History

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Surprise Pie – The Dark Side of Baking

Sing a song of sixpence / A pocket full of rye / Four and twenty blackbirds / Baked in a pie When the pie was open / The birds began to sing / Wasn’t that a dainty dish / To set before the king This is an old nursery rhyme that I read as a…
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The History of Chicken Nuggets

It’s no secret that chicken nuggets are a hot button topic in the world of food. These bite-sized pieces of poultry tout themselves as a healthy option with phrases like “100% seasoned chicken breast”, but the truth is that most chicken nugget brands contain an awful lot of fat. McDonald’s chicken nuggets came under fire…
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Strange Food Ads from the 1920s

Let’s be honest, advertisements are weird. They seem to get progressively weirder as time goes on. Though the early 2000s may have reached an all-time high (Gusher’s anyone?). But weird advertisements are nothing new. They’ve been around for ages. Here are some wacky food ads from the 1920s. Clark’s Soups Clark’s Soups, made in Canada.…
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Ancient Food Preservation Methods – Food Preservation Throughout History

Food preservation is a pretty amazing thing. The fact that we can prolong the life of food that should go bad quite early, allowing for us to ship it across the world, save it for later, and even stock up for emergencies is nothing to scoff at. Without food preservation methods, you wouldn’t be able…
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The History of Gummy Bears – From Dancing Bears to Tasty Treat

Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. All opinions remain my own. Gummy bears are a sweet, colourful snack that children and adults alike love. These whimsical bear shaped treats have paved the way for…
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The History of Blue Cheese – Spoils and Spores

Blue cheese is a curious concoction. Normally, we’re told to stay away from moldy foods, however, there do seem to be some exceptions, blue cheese being among them. Honestly, I won’t go near the stuff. There are enough delicious cheeses in the world that I don’t feel like I need to resort to chowing down…
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The History of Oreos – How America’s Favourite Cookie Was Born

It doesn’t matter where you are in the world, if you hear “Oreos” you probably know exactly what’s being talked about. Oreos, though originating in the United States, have become a global phenomenon. The chocolate sandwich cream cookies that you either twist and lick, or dunk in your milk, has partnered with various other companies…
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Why Are Hamburgers Called Hamburgers?

Hamburgers are a staple food in America. It’s hard to grow up never having had a hamburger in some form. Even if that form was a veggie-burger, or gluten free, what have you. Hamburgers are the ultimate barbecue food alongside hot dogs, leaving their consumers to sweat bullets of grease under the hot summer sun.…
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Why Do We Put Oranges in Christmas Stockings?

Like most children, when I was little I used to find it almost impossible to fall asleep on Christmas Eve. I would lie awake, whispering to my brother with whom I shared a bunk-bed until we heard the hushed footsteps of our par– er– Santa Claus at our doors. We’d hurriedly pretend to be asleep…
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Who Invented Pizza?

Pizza. One of the greatest gifts given to mankind. It’s simple, yet so effective. It makes for perfect party food, breakup food, and hangover food. You can dress it up fancy or keep it simple. It’s delicious straight out of the oven, or even refrigerated the next day. Pizza is, in a word, perfection. So…
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