I recently got a call from a reporter at the Wall Street Journal, asking about the background of peppermint in the U.S.Read More
Dandelion Mania: Dandelion Jelly, Dandelion Tea, Dandelion Gardens…
The dandelion, so remarkable, unforgettable, and essential. Plus… so loathsome to Americans, they invented a specially crafted hand tool to extract it.Read More
Valentine’s Day: Why Hearts?
So, it’s almost Valentine’s Day and you might be wondering how the ubiquitous hearts got their start. The shape actually evolved from the ancient and now extinct silphium plant, used in the fifth century by Romans as a spice, aphrodisiac and birth control measure.Read More
Nutmeg: Sure, A Flavoring in Candy but an Aphrodisiac and So Much More
If you’re searching for an effective yet tasty aphrodisiac look no further than your local grocery store. The solution comes bundled up in the pit of a more-or-less remarkable spice humbly referred to as “nutmeg.Read More
Chocolate Candy: An Aphrodisiac – Is It or Isn’t It?
Is chocolate an aphrodisiac? The answer is yes.Read More
Where Have All the Halloween Marshmallows Gone?
Today, when you look at kids’ Halloween Bags you see individual serving size bags of, say, M&Ms, and little bricks of candy bars, but nary a marshmallow. Aside from Peeps’ Halloween selections, in fact, marshmallows have been cast aside in the one national event focused primarily on candy.Read More
The Guy Who Invented Chewing Gum – A Life of Many Firsts
John Bacon Curtis was the one who started it all – he ushered in the world of chewing gum, bringing the nation a new pastime and treat. In the process, he ignited many other firsts, most so commonplace we forget anyone could be first to do them.Read More
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