National Papaya Month – June

National Papaya Month takes place in June. The vibrantly colored fruit grows on an herb in southern Mexico, Central America, and northern South America. They are also commercially produced in Hawaii and Puerto Rico. The mildly flavored fruit tastes subtly like a cross between a mango and a peach when ripe. It pairs well with …
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NATIONAL PEANUT CLUSTER DAY – March 8

March 8th is National Peanut Cluster Day!  Melted chocolate mixed with peanuts makes a perfect combination for sweet and salty deliciousness! Two things had to happen for peanut clusters to even exist. First, a method had to be invented for the cocoa bean to be processed and transformed into what we know as chocolate. That process …
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NATIONAL GUMDROP DAY – February 15

Observed on February 15th, National Gumdrop Day recognizes a favorite candy of many; the gumdrop! There’s no question as to what to do.  Eat gumdrops and eat as many as you want! Gumdrops are a tasty, colorful, chewy candy that is made with gelatin and then coated with sugar.  They come in a variety of …
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NATIONAL CHEDDAR DAY – February 13

National Cheddar Day adds some cheesy goodness on February 13th! Grilled cheese would be buttered bread without melt-able slices piled high; burgers would be lackluster without a perfect ooze; mac & cheese would just be…mac, to be frank. So many of our iconic American dishes simply wouldn’t be the same without a slice of cheddar’s …
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NATIONAL CHEESE LOVER’S DAY

On National Cheese Lover’s Day, don’t feel bleu, throw a feta or act capricious. January 20th is a gouda day to kummin over and have some sharp cheddar, munster, or fontina!  There is no firm evidence of how cheese making was discovered. but legend tells us it was likely by chance that someone created the …
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NATIONAL DRINKING STRAW DAY

On January 3rd National Drinking Straw Day commemorates the date in 1888 that Marvin C. Stone received the patent for the paper drinking straw. Since then, all variety of drinking straws are used. It is believed the Sumerians used the very first drinking straws for drinking beer.  Archeologists speculate they used the straws to avoid …
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NATIONAL HARD CANDY DAY – December 19

favorite of young and old alike, National Hard Candy Day on December 19th, recognizes the sweet tooth in all of us.  Most hard candies are 100% sugar with flavoring and colors added. To achieve a hard candy, confectioners boil a sugar syrup to 320 degrees Fahrenheit. Once the temperature is reached, the hot, pliable sugar …
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NATIONAL COTTON CANDY DAY

National Cotton Candy Day celebrates the spun sugar treat that delights candy fans of all ages. On December 7th get your favorite flavor of this sweet delight that dates back to the 1400s. Originally called spun sugar, cotton candy is still a staple at carnivals, fairs, and the circus. While it may be reminiscent of …
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NATIONAL CANDY CORN DAY – October 30

On October 30th, the country celebrates its favorite vegetable with National Candy Corn Day. In the late 1800s, George Renninger of Wunderle Candy Company created candy corn. His sweet treat represented the bright colors of corn kernels. Originally, candy corn was yellow, orange and white. However, it wasn’t until1889 that the Goelitz Candy Company made …
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NATIONAL CARAMEL MONTH – October

National Caramel Month is an annual designation observed in October. Whether you’re eating it drizzled over your popcorn, covering an apple on a stick, smothered on hot dough, or just on it’s own… Caramel is a mouth-watering, delicious snack. I wish I was exaggerating when I say that thinking about a gooey piece of caramel …
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