Category Archives: Food and Candy

The History of the Chocolate Chip Cookie. Ruth Wakefield and an Accident at “The Toll House.”

Jerry Anderson   December 13, 2015   Comments Off on The History of the Chocolate Chip Cookie. Ruth Wakefield and an Accident at “The Toll House.”

Nostalgia. A backwards glance. The sense of smell is the most evocative of memory in the human being. When I was a kid growing up during the 1950s and 1960s I remember watching commercials on TV for Nestles Chocolate Bars, and Nestles Toll House Chocolate Chips. The cookies shown on the TV then, made from the Nestles Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips,… Read more »

A Short History of Chocolate, and Montezuma’s Golden Goblet

Jerry Anderson   December 13, 2015   Comments Off on A Short History of Chocolate, and Montezuma’s Golden Goblet

As part of what is known as the “Columbian Exchange” (the exchange of foods, animals, plants, etc…between the New World and Europe after Columbus came to the western hemisphere), the first cocoa beans were brought to Europe by Columbus in 1502. There is no indication that he realized the monetary or culinary importance of his discovery, and no evidence that… Read more »

A Brief History of Coffee: Kaldi and His Dancing Goats and Other Stories.

Jerry Anderson   December 12, 2015   Comments Off on A Brief History of Coffee: Kaldi and His Dancing Goats and Other Stories.

Between 900 and 1000 A.D. in East Africa/Abyssinia, in what we now call Ethiopia, goat herders noticed that their animals ate the berries of a wild bush/tree/plant and, afterward, the goats began to rear up and prance and dance on their back legs. One of the herders, named Kaldi (or, Khaldi) gathered some of these berries and sampled them for… Read more »

Interesting Facts About Maple Sugar, Maple Syrup, Maple Trees, Honey and Sugar Cane in U.S. History

Jerry Anderson   December 12, 2015   Comments Off on Interesting Facts About Maple Sugar, Maple Syrup, Maple Trees, Honey and Sugar Cane in U.S. History

Until the Middle Ages, honey was the only sweetener known in Europe. Sugar cane and sugar itself may have started appearing in Europe after the Crusaders returned from over 200 years of warfare against the Muslims in the Holy Land (approximately 1300 A.D.). By the1400s, sugar was being regularly brought to Europe via the trading cities of Italy, notably Venice…. Read more »

Some History and Fun Facts About The Oreo Cookie

Jerry Anderson   December 12, 2015   Comments Off on Some History and Fun Facts About The Oreo Cookie

It’s now 2014 and I feel it only proper to point out that an icon of food history in the United States turns 102 years old this year: the Oreo cookie! Originally marketed on March 6, 1912, by the National Biscuit Company (Nabisco), the earlier test versions of the new cookie, made in their factory in New York City, were… Read more »