#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,…

#62 The Palace Kitchen

Written on March 6, 2017
Food during the Tudor period in England is a fascinating topic, so we're going to tell you all about it! We’re focusing on food in wealthy households - particularly the royal household, and even more particularly, the household of King Henry the 8th. Why are we focusing on the royal…

#61 Turnspit Dogs

Written on January 28, 2017
These days when you roast something, you’re most likely going to use an oven to get the job done, but it used to be that roasting was done over an open fire. Since an open fire meant that the heat source was only coming from one direction, you had to…

#60 The Carrot Myth

Written on December 1, 2016
Have you ever heard the carrot myth? You know, it's something that parents always tell their kids - that eating carrots will give you super night vision. Some people's parents really play this up - I used to think that eating carrots would give me cat-like vision, but that never…