#71 Pass the Tofurky

Written on May 19, 2019
Tofurky is an iconic vegetarian food. It’s been talked about on the Today show, and the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and more. But it wasn’t an overnight success. The founder, Seth Tibbott, struggled for years to build the…

#70 Craft Beer Beginnings

Written on December 23, 2018
One of the things that my friends and I do for fun is we go to breweries and we try out different craft beers. Nowadays, there are breweries both big and small, and beers come in a ton of different flavours. The creativity in the beer world seems endless. It’s…

#69 The Oreo Story

Written on August 24, 2018
The Oreo cookie is the only cookie that I, as an adult, still buy from the snack foods aisle. Shockingly, this cookie is over a hundred years old! Mother Goose biscuit ad [credit yagirlthebottledigger] In 1912, the National Biscuit Company announced the release of 3 high end cookies - they…

#68 Kombucha: Tea of Immortality

Written on June 18, 2018
Kombucha is a drink that is typically a little bit sour and a little bit sweet. You brew it by fermenting sweet tea with a SCOBY (the acronym stands for: Symbiotic Culture Of Bacteria and Yeast). Have you ever wondered how people discovered kombucha? Like did someone find a gross…

#67 Nutella Since Napoleon

Written on December 30, 2017
This is the incredible true story of Nutella - properly pronounced as "New-tell-uh"! I know...it looks like it should be pronounced "nut-ella", but the name was created in Europe, so it may be useful to remember that the root word "nut" is "nuss" in German, "noce" in Italian, "nuez" in…

#66 Monastery Breweries

Written on November 2, 2017
Westvleteren beer [credit Trappist Beer Travels] This is the story of the 11 Trappist brewing monasteries in the world. The monks at these 11 brewing monasteries are part of the Cistercian Order of the Strict Observance and the term “Trappist” is a casual way to refer to the monks of…

#65 And This Led to Corn Flakes

Written on July 31, 2017
Lots of people know the story of how cornflakes were created - this is the story of why. John Harvey Kellogg was born on Feb. 26, 1852. When John Harvey Kellogg was a child, his father, John Preston Kellogg, moved his family to a small town called Battle Creek. Today,…

#64 How Fondue Became Popular

Written on July 1, 2017
Searching for an origin story is not easy...the origin story of fondue was no exception. Sometimes, there were things named fondue that weren't really fondue as we know it, and sometimes there were things that sounded kind of like fondue, but we weren't not sure if it was close enough…

#63 Tony the Tiger

Written on May 22, 2017
Tony the Tiger was created by the advertising company, Leo Burnett, which is still operating today. This is the company that also created the Marlboro Man ads for Marlboro cigarettes, the Jolly Green Giant, Pillsbury Doughboy, and Toucan Sam. Leo Burnett, the company, was started by Leo Burnett, the person,…