Category Archives: Food and Candy

What Did Jesus Actually Look Like? Plus, Prayer And The Pretzel.

Jerry Anderson   February 24, 2016   Comments Off on What Did Jesus Actually Look Like? Plus, Prayer And The Pretzel.
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The word “Christ” comes from the Greek word “christos” which means “messiah.” Forensic anthropologists, geneticists, and other scientists have come up with a picture of Jesus much different from the one most of us are familiar with (such as the one below). Using the best techniques available to science, they have come up with a “best guess” image of what… Read more »

THE ORIGIN OF TEA.

Jerry Anderson   January 17, 2016   Comments Off on THE ORIGIN OF TEA.
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Tea is the most popular beverage in the world. It is estimated that, world wide, 3 billion cups of tea are drunk each day. That translates into approximately 1 and 1/2 trillion cups a year! The only other liquid that humans on the planet drink more of is water. Where did tea come from? Its origin is shrouded in ancient… Read more »

Why is it Called a “Tootsie Roll”? Leo Hirschfield Makes Candy History

Jerry Anderson   December 13, 2015   Comments Off on Why is it Called a “Tootsie Roll”? Leo Hirschfield Makes Candy History
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The “Tootsie Roll” is 119 years old this year (2015). Who invented it? How did it get its name? The story goes something like this. Leo Hirschfeld (other sources spell his name Hirschfield) was an Austrian immigrant who came to the United States in 1884, arriving in New York City with very little money and a set of skills that… Read more »

A Short History of Twinkies and Bananas: How Are They Connected?

Jerry Anderson   December 13, 2015   Comments Off on A Short History of Twinkies and Bananas: How Are They Connected?
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Bananas have an interesting history. Some horticulturalists believe that the banana was the Earth’s first “fruit.” Actually, the banana is not a fruit, it is an herb.They are believed to have originated in Southeast Asia before recorded history (5,000-8,000 B.C.). They spread throughout the rest of Asia and Oceania. Alexander the Great and his army encountered bananas when they invaded India in… Read more »

A Brief History of the “Lollipop.”

Jerry Anderson   December 13, 2015   Comments Off on A Brief History of the “Lollipop.”
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The “lollipop” is something we take for granted. It’s just there, in all its different forms, flavors and sizes. But as is so often the case, upon closer examination this simple, mundane object that is such a ubiquitous part of our candy culture has an engaging history. Such an uncomplicated and straightforward idea. But it has its origins buried in… Read more »