Who Invented French Fries?

Who Invented French Fries?...

Historical accounts do not really clearly signify the person who invented french fries. Thus, many try to claim for the glory. Here are some of the countries that were involved in the question of who really invented this dish: Does Belgium Really Hold the Credit of Inventing this Dish? According to Jo Gerard, a historian of Belgium, early traces on who invented french fries can be seen during the 1680s. In Gerard’s findings, poor inhabitants of Belgium usually had small fried fish with their meals. But, when the river in that area became frozen, and most of the families were unable to fish, they used potatoes fried in oil with their meals. These potatoes were said to be cut lengthwise, and served as a good substitute for fried fish. There was also a particular legend in this country that somehow supports the theory that french fries indeed originated in Belgium. According to this legend, some American or British soldiers went to Belgium on World War I, and were able to taste the Belgian french fries. Since the official language of the army of Belgium was French, the term “French” was attached to the dish of fried potatoes and initially used by these soldiers. Is French Fries a Dish from France? France is another country thought to be the original creator of french fries. These fried potatoes are simply referred to as “pommes frites” or “frites.” Some even call it “pommes de terres frites.” If the French invented this dish, no one can say, but there is a particular cookbook that was published during 1755 that held various recipes that one can make for fried potatoes. This cookbook was Menon’s “Les soupers de la cour.” Also, a Frenchman named Antoine-Augustin...
Who Invented Cereal?

Who Invented Cereal?

According to history, it was the American Seventh-day Adventists who were the ones who invented cereal. During their time, they estaliblished a group in the 1860s and it was known as the Western Health Reform Institute. The Adventists continuously manufactured cereal foods, widely promoted the use of these wholesome cereals, and sold these products. The ones they invented were originally the first modern and commercial products of cereals. The Invention of Corn Flakes After a few years, around 1894, Will Keith Kellogg searched for a better substitute of bread to be included in the diet of hospital patients. What Kellogg was looking for had to be more digestible and had to include boiling wheat to further improve the patients’ food intake. So, Kellogg placed some wheat in a pot and left it to boil. But, accidentally, the boiling process took longer than intended. That is why when it was time to roll or soften the wheat and make it dry, what Kellogg found out was that each grain became a thin and large flake that proved to be a very delicious cereal. That was the first invention of corn flakes by Kellogg who later established a foundation in 1906 called as the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. Kellogg, a Seventh-day Adventist, also founded another company, the Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Company, in the year 1906. And it can be inferred that cereals took a different turn in history ever since, and became more well-known to many. Other Forms and Flavors of Cereals In 1929, the Kellogg Company introduced another cereal food – rice krispies. Because of the popularity of these cereal foods, other people saw the potential of a large market. Hence, Charles William Post, an American manufacturer, was also...
Who Invented Chocolate?

Who Invented Chocolate?

Do you know who invented chocolate? Have you ever wondered how this sweet concoction in many cookies, cakes, and its own sweet variations really started? The Cacao (Cocoa) Beans Dating back to 1500 BC, during those early Mesoamerican civilizations, Olmec Indians grew cacao beans. Perhaps, from this info, you would think that this was the first taste of chocolate in those times. Were the Indians the ones who invented chocolate? Actually, according to history, it was the Mayans and the Aztecs who developed these beans into chocolate drinks. Aside from the Indians, these groups were also known to grow these beans. Another historical figure that you may want to thank is Christopher Columbus. In the early 1500s, Columbus brought those cocoa beans to Europe. During that time, chocolate drinks spread throughout Spain. But it didn’t become an instant hit in other parts of Europe immediately. It took a hundred years later before people from various regions in Europe tasted the drinks. Progress and Popularity A Frenchman opened a shop that served as London’s first chololate house in 1657. It was named The Coffee Mill and Tobacco Roll. Since the cost for the the chocolate beverage was too expensive, loyal patrons of the shop were merely from the upper class of society. In 1674, chocolate was used for another type of business. It became a main ingredient in making cakes and rolls. But the progress of chocolate didn’t stop there. Monsieur Dubuisson of France took its popularity another notch higher. This was clearly achieved in those days when Dubuisson invented a table mill in 1732 which was known to help grind chocolate. Another invention by Joseph Fry of England also made chocolate gain more popularity. Fry’s invention created another milestone...
Who Invented the Chinese Egg Roll?

Who Invented the Chinese Egg Roll?...

Chinese egg rolls have long been enjoyed on family dinner tables the world over and a favorite recipe in Asia. Despite being called Chinese, many still wonder where this dish originally came from and who invented the Chinese egg roll. Asian Origin Countless varieties of egg roll recipes are well known in Asian home kitchens and restaurants. They are stuffed with different fillings from ground pork or beef to assorted chopped veggies and seafood. But most of them are called Chinese rolls no matter if they originated someplace else in Asia. Thus, some culinary people are sure, it was an Asian who invented the Chinese egg roll. And probably the Chinese egg roll inventor was a Chinese. Like most Asian and Chinese cuisines, the original creator of the egg roll is unknown. No specific name has been mentioned. And anyway, it’s possible that is was not originated from China. Similarly, a lot of so-called Chinese noodle recipes are unheard of anywhere in China. So, just because a dish has “Chinese” included in its name doesn’t always follow that it was first cooked by a Chinese. Many cuisine experts are reluctant to say that a Chinese was who invented the Chinese egg roll. Who knows, the Chinese egg roll inventor may have been a German? Cantonese Origin Being often deep fried, most people, especially gourmet people, claim that the dish is Cantonese. Southern Chinese cooking, like Cantonese recipes, are mostly deep fried. Hence, there’s a strong possibility that a Cantonese or a Southern Chinese was who invented the Chinese egg roll. However, there are some Chinese egg roll recipes in Asia that use raw veggies and roll wrappers. So there are variants that are not deep-fried. Other Possible Origins Egg...
Who Invented Burger King?

Who Invented Burger King?...

One of the leading fast food chains in the world today, Burger King is known for its great-tasting, sumptuous and generous servings of high quality hamburgers. Likewise, it serves other types of delicious treats such as salads, milkshakes and French fries. Today, the product offering of this restaurant chain has grown even further, now serving different kinds of fish and chicken dishes. Aside from these things, there are still other important things to find out about this highly successful business including who invented Burger King. The Invention of Burger King Who invented Burger King? Based on reports, the concept behind this popular restaurant chain was invented by business partners David Edgerton and James McLamore. It was established on December 4, 1954 somewhere within the Miami area in Florida. Before Burger King, there was Insta-Burger King, which was established in 1953 by Matthew Burns and Keith J. Kramer in Jacksonville, Florida. One of their trade secrets was the use of Insta-Broiler, which they used in their various franchises. This method of cooking produced an enticing flavor for the burgers. Edgerton and McLamore bought the rights to operate stores in the Miami area. They opened a branch of the Insta-Burger King within a Miami suburb on December 4, 1954. Because of the growing demand, the two entrepreneurs tried to improve their cooking equipment. Instead of continuing the use of Insta-Broiler, they replaced it with flame broiler, which is basically a mechanized gas grill. At some point in time, financial difficulties took its toll on the Insta-Burger King franchise. Edgerton and McLamore grabbed this opportunity to buy the rights of the restaurant chain to operate nationally. After that, they renamed the restaurant chain as Burger King of Miami, which later on became...
Who Invented Cool Whip?

Who Invented Cool Whip?

Cool Whip is a famous trademark of a non-dairy whipped topping manufactured by Kraft Foods. In North America, this product is commonly used as topping for desserts like no bake cookies and no bake pies. The whipped topping does not contain lactose, cream as well as milk, which make it healthier than other whipped cream that are available in the commercial market. In order to know more about this merchandise, let us start with the history of the development of Cool Whip. History of the Product Who invented Cool Whip? The whipped topping was invented by General Foods Corp. food chemist William A. Mitchell in 1967. The product was introduced by the company’s Birds Eye division the same year and it easily became popular to consumers. After several years, the division was consolidated with Kraft Foods and the right to manufacture the merchandise was transferred to the latter. One of the unique features of the product that attracted consumers is that it was sold by grocery chains and supermarkets in a frozen state. At this year, the merchandise was available in the different regions of Canada and the United States. The whipped cream was offered in big plastic tubs as well as in 226 grams package. Additional Information and Other Important Details To promote the product and to attract more consumers, the company manufactured variations of the whipped cream. Some of the variants of the merchandise are the Extra Creamy, the French Vanilla, the Sugar Free and the Reduced Fat. Other popular variants of the product are Fat Free, Ultra Low and Chocolate. To compete with other products in available in the commercial market, Kraft Foods released Cool Whip packaged in an aerosol can in 2008. However, the downside...
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