Posted on: August 15, 2012

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National Jellybeans Day

Five Food Finds about Jellybeans

  • They were the first candy to be sold by weight rather than by piece.
  • The jelly bean is associated with Easter because of its egg-like shape.
  • They were President Reagan’s favorite candy and he used them to help him quit smoking when he was the governor of California.
  • It takes 7 to 21 days to make a jelly bean.
  • The first appearance of what would become the modern day jelly bean was promoted to Union Soldiers during the Civil War.

Today’s Food History

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1802 Alexandre Dumas was born. French author (‘The Three Musketeers’, etc.) he was also well known as a gourmet. He also wrote ‘Grand Dictionnaire de la cuisine,’ which he finished a few weeks before his death in 1870, and which was published in 1872.

1910 The first publication of the Paul Bunyan stories of…

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