Who Invented Gingerbread Men?

Who Invented Gingerbread Men?...

One can say that the person who invented gingerbread men actually influenced a lasting love of many people towards sweet stuff and biscuit or cookie moulds. The Legend of the Gingerbread Men Many say that it was Queen Elizabeth I who invented gingerbread men. This respected queen of England was said to have the first gingerbread men made into the image of the queen’s courtiers. This was done as such so it could serve as small gifts to be given to them. Some say that this is merely a myth. Others say it is reality. Other Interesting Notes on Gingerbread Men After that first batch of delicious gingerbread men, it was said that the English went to America and brought ginger with them to the USA colonies. And, perhaps, you can say that this delicious sweet treat spread throughout the land. There were even some accounts that mentioned the use of ginger cookies as a means of persuasion to voters in Virginia. This was given to the people so they, in turn, would elect the candidates that would be working in the House of Burgesses. Perhaps, because the use of gingerbread men became more famous, the brothers Grimm soon wrote the fairy tale, Hansel and Gretel, which modernized the use of gingerbread. This story was written and published during the 19th century. Pertinent Information to Bear in Mind There are a few things to learn if you’re going to think of making gingerbread men. The term “ginger” is actually taken from the Sanskrit word “srngaveram” meaning “horn root.” In the olden days, particularly, in Medieval England, the term gingerbread came from the Old French word “gingebras” which, in turn, was taken from the Latin term “zingebar.” Gingerbread meant “preserved...
Who Invented Candy?

Who Invented Candy?

Because there are many types of candy, no one person can be singled out as the inventor. Scholars studying the history of candy are also in disagreement as to when and where it originated. The Earliest Candies The word candy came from the Persian word qandi. However the candy is much older than the Persians. Remember that candy refers to any confection combined with sugar, honey or other sweets. Using this definition, the earliest candies can be traced back to ancient Egypt. Archeologists have uncovered 2,000 year old papyri depicting candies. These illustrations show the sweets made from honey and other ingredients. These were usually heated and cooked in ovens. The Romans and Chinese ate barley sugar candies. Experts on the history of candy state that the Romans, Greeks and Chinese indulged in it along with sesame seeds. During the Middle Ages, sugar candies became quite popular. The candy was categorized as a drug though and sold as such. Candies were also exclusively for the rich as the price of sugar was very high. Aside from sugar, candy was also made by combining sugar and honey with nuts. Fruit candies were made by combining fruits with sugar and sweets. In 1519, cacao was invented in Mexico. Cacao was uncovered by the Spaniards in the country and brought it back to Europe. 1700 to 1800s The history of candy and its development really took off in the 1700s. The cost of sugar went down and machinery was becoming commonplace. These twin developments made it easier to mass manufacture the confection. Such was the popularity of candies that there were hundreds of factories in the US by the 1850s. In 1854, Whitman’s chocolate came out and in 1880, the candy corn...
Who Invented Vodka?

Who Invented Vodka?

Exactly when the history of vodka began is unknown. Its inventor is also a mystery. The earliest mention dates from 1405 in the Sandomierz Court registry in Poland. But it also developed in Russia, Lithuania and other countries. Possible Origin of the Word The word vodka appeared in Russia in 1751 meaning water. The word is recorded in documents that emerged during the reign of Catherine the Great. The paper was dated June 8, 1751. It refers to ownership of distilleries that were producing the drink. However there are other possible origins of the word vodka. The Novgorod chronicle refers to vodka as an herbal alcoholic tincture. In the long history of vodka it was included in pharmaceutical listings. The word was often combined with bread wine. Vodka was often used in phrases like “vodka in bread of wine”. Some scholars suggest that vodka was derived from vodit meaning diluting in water. During the early Middle Ages, alcohol was used as an ingredient in herbal medication. The word’s origin is still unclear. The word vodka was also known by other terms. In Poland it was known as gorzalka and in Belarus harelika. The Ukrainian word is horilka and in Lithuania it is known as degtin. A Brief History of Vodka As stated, vodka started out as an antiseptic. It was only in the 1300s that people discovered it could be used as a drink. By the mid 1300s variations of the drink had become very popular in Russia. It became a fixture in both religious festivals and celebrations. In 1771, the German chemist Christian Weigel invented the Liebig condenser. It helped improve distillation and preparation of drinks, including vodka. By the 18th century, vodka was a staple in the...
Who Invented Bacon?

Who Invented Bacon?

A look at the history of bacon reveal that the word is likely derived from three sources. The French word bako, the Germanic word bakkon or Old Teutonic backe. All the words mean “back” in English, which is where bacon cuts are usually taken from. In the US the cut is from the pork belly. History During the Middle Ages bacon (or bacoun) was used to describe pork in general. It was around the 12th century that the phrase “bring home the bacon” originated. Legend says that a church in Dunmow, England promised to give bacon to any man who could swear to the church and God he hadn’t argued with his wife for a year. Thus, the man that was able to bring the bacon home to his wife was held to be a good individual. Whether this is really part of the history of bacon or not is uncertain. However the phrase has struck. The British and the Bacon By the 17th century, bacon had come to refer to the pork’s side cured with salt and not to pork in general. The Oxford Companion to Food refers to bacon as a product of the UK. Other accounts state that bacon wasn’t solely a British product. However the British system for making them was used in other countries. Other accounts say that preserved pork were part of the British diet for hundreds of years. By the 18th century, production of bacon in Britain had become widespread. According to some accounts of the history of bacon, John Harris of Wiltshire set up one of the first bacon curing shops in the country. The place has certainly become known for its production of bacon. Other Accounts Some claims that the...
Who Invented the Twix Candy Bar?

Who Invented the Twix Candy Bar?...

One of the leading products of Mars Inc., the Twix chocolate bar is consisted of a biscuit, milk chocolate as well as caramel. It was first manufactured in Great Britain in 1967 and it was launched in the commercial market in the U.S. in 1979. The merchandise was known in other countries including Portugal, Switzerland, Austria, Poland, Belgium and Germany as Raider before it was renamed in 1991 to 2000. To know more about the history of the merchandise, let us identify the individual behind the creation of the chocolate bar. History of the Merchandise Who invented the Twix candy bar? Forrest Mars Sr., owner of Mars Inc., invented the chocolate bar in the 1930s. The product was first manufactured in Great Britain at the Slough factory of the firm in 1967. For the succeeding years, the chocolate bar was launched in the different countries in Western Europe. It became available in the United States in the late 1970s and was named as the Twix Cookie Bar. When it was first released in the U.S., it became popular as the candy bar packaged in a gold colored wrapper. To enhance the sales of the tasty and sweet treat in the different regions of the world, the company decided to launch variations of the delectable and popular chocolate bar in the 1980s and 1990s. The first variation of the candy is the peanut butter flavored Twix. Instead of caramel, the manufacturer used soft peanut butter in this variant. Additional Information and Other Important Details The variants of the product include the Twix Tea Breaks, the Twix Miniatures and the Chocolate Fudge Twix. Other popular variations of the merchandise are the triple chocolate, orange, coffee as well as java flavors. One...
Who Invented Jolly Rancher?

Who Invented Jolly Rancher?...

Jolly Rancher is a popular brand name or trademark of candies manufactured by Hershey’s Foods Corporation. The brand includes different types of candies like fruit chews, gummies, hard candy, sodas, lollipops as well as jellybeans. The history of the creation of the trademark is interesting and informative because it reflects different values and traits like hard work, family bonding and loyalty. In order to know more about the history of the product line, it is best to begin with identifying the people behind the creation of Jolly Rancher. History of the Brand Name Who invented Jolly Rancher? The trademark was invented by Bill Harmsen and Dorothy Harmsen in 1949 in Golden Colorado. The operation of the company started when the Harmsen family opened a dairy products store at the east side of Washington Avenue. The original products offered by the couple to consumers in Denver are soft ice creams as well as chocolates. To accommodate the increasing demands and number of customers of the company, the couple decided to transfer the business operation at the Wheat Ridge in 1951. Due to the unstable performance of the company, the couple sold the firm to Beatrice Foods Co. in 1966. Bill Harmsen became the president of Jolly Rancher after the acquisition but he filed his retirement in 1977. After the retirement, his son Robert Harmsen was appointed as the general manager of the product line. In 1983, Beatrice Foods Co. was acquired by Huhtamaki Oy. After the acquisition of the firm, Huhtamaki Oy established Leaf Inc. at Denver in Colorado. Leaf Inc. was acquired by Hershey Chocolate and Confectionery Corp. in 1997. The factory of the products is situated at Wheat Ridge until October 2002. Afterwards, all the machines used in...
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