Monthly Archives: November 2012

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PEZ: America’s Favorite Dispenser

History: Austria 1927; it all began with a peppermint breathe mint, originating in pocket tins. Edward Haas had a dream of creating an alternative to smoking; little did Haas know what his dream would blow up to be. The word PEZ comes from the German word for peppermint (pfefferminz), taking the first letter, middle, and last creating the simplistic iconic name. In 1948 came the expansion of the company; along with it came the “easy, [Click for full post…]

Lollipops: History & Recepe

Lollipops History: In the 17th Century, as sugar became more plentiful, the English enjoyed boiled sugar candy treats and inserted sticks into them to make them easier to eat, too. Linguists say the term ‘lolly pop’ literally means ‘tongue slap’ the word for ‘tongue’ is ‘lolly’ in Northern England and ‘pop’ means ‘slap.’ London street vendors may have coined this term as they peddled the treat, which was soft rather than hard. If the 17th [Click for full post…]

Where did Chocolate Come From?

One of the relief-decorated ceramic vessels that served as a cocoa mug depicting a young man. Chocolate was the drink of the aristocracy in the Mayan society. (Photo: Archaeological Project Uxul/University of Bonn)

History of Chocolate: Etymologists trace the origin of the word “chocolate” to the Aztec word “xocoatl,” which referred to a bitter drink brewed from cacao beans. The Latin name for the cacao tree, Theobroma cacao, means “food of the gods.” Many modern historians have estimated that chocolate has been around for about 2000 years, but recent research suggests that it may be even older. In the book The True History of Chocolate, authors Sophie and [Click for full post…]

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