Each week we will publish informative, and fun, short stories having to do with our fudge and our industry. You might read about an ingredient we use, where it is made or grown, how it is harvested or even the ancient history behind it. You also might read a story about a modern-day chocolate convention, a big-time international business trade or a brand new dessert product in the grocery stores. So we hope you return each week for some sweet news to brighten up your day. All stories are written by Sarah Hayes.
Apples and Apple Pie
Did you know that the ever popular dish which Americans have become so accustomed to didn’t even originate in America? Even the popular fruit used commonly these days as a snack didn’t originate in the United States. Surprise, surprise…..apples first originated in Asia. “The early colonists of Jamestown brought European apple tree cutting and seeds with them.” In fact, the only apple originating from North America was the crab apple, too tart for apple pie. The earliest recorded recipe of apple pie, dated 1381, actually came from England and included ingredients such as figs, raisins, pears and saffron. The phrase “American as Mom and apple pie” remains to be just an expression.
Source used https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-apple-pie-linked-america-180963157/
As long as we’re talking about apples for the next few months, who was Johnny Appleseed anyway? None other than John Chapman of course. From a seed which he planted, came a fruit not meant for eating but a drink to be tasted. Becoming America’s beverage-of-choice, hard apple cider was created and soon preferred over water, tea, beer and wine. In 1792, to bring potential settlers to America, 100 acres of land would be given to anyone who could prove their dwelling permanent. In order to prove such basis, settlers had to plant 50 apple trees and 20 peach trees, since the average apple tree took roughly ten years to produce fruit. Now those are some fun facts!
It’s “Dairy” Good for You
“Whether it’s your foamy, morning latte, a taste of chocolate, or delectable grilled cheese: it’s UNDENIABLY DAIRY,” says a story at dairygood.org. A big “thanks” are in order to those who bring us the calcium-fortified, bone-nourishing and mineral-enhancing product to our tables. The truth is, by moderately incorporating this ingredient into our diet, dairy products can provide life-long, enhancing and sustaining effects to our bodies. Of course, if anyone follows the food pyramid, one knows that dairy products are essential to the human body. Now, enjoy and savor your innocent cup of latte, a savory grilled cheese or a luscious piece of fudge. It’s allowed!
Why fudge? Tourists!
Tourists love fudge. Tourists have the time to scout out the fudge vendors and not feel guilty about eating the delicious, melt-in-your-mouth snack. Why? Because they’re on vacation! Fudge also doesn’t cost a lot of money and is relatively cheap when compared to most other tourism pleasantries. When tourism began in the early 1660’s it was discovered that trips were primarily for a “fashionable indulgence,” says the Jstor Daily online news. With the development of the railroad, cabins and hotels, attractions started becoming more popular and fudge began to grow in popularity.
Sources used: https://daily.jstor.org/how-tourism-began/, https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/why-does-every-tourist-attraction-sell-fudge-180963152/