Food…a subject that practically governs a whole world, the people in it, the culture they follow and of course for many the reason they live. Now there are lot of things about food that we may find funny and fascinating. Sometimes it’s in the name, or sometimes it is in the ingredients or the way it is prepared.
Anyway, let us find out some food facts that are funny and surprising…
Who invented the chewing gum?
Chewing gum was invented by our forefathers, and we can all take credit for it. Humans are built to chew, and archaeologists have discovered masticated wads of whatever was available for our ancient ancestors to chew on, complete with teeth marks. We enjoy chewing on tree resin, gristle, and pencil erasers. It relaxes us, aids digestion, calms our nerves, and prevents seasickness.
The packaged chewing gum first appeared in 1848. It was made of spruce resin, which Native Americans had been chewing for centuries. John Curtis and his brother created it, naming it State of Maine Pure Spruce Gum, and despite the bitter taste, the low price got people interested. Curtis then experimented with flavoured paraffin wax gums.
When exiled Mexican general Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna arrived on Staten Island, New York, around that time, he brought a large chunk of chicle with him.
Santa Anna showed it to Thomas Adams, a former photographer and inventor, who brought more chicle from Mexico to sell. Thomas Adams received the first patent for a gum-making machine a few years later, in 1871. Chicle was better than wax, which was better than spruce gum, but none of them tasted particularly good. Adding flavour was beneficial. Adam’s key ingredient was licorice flavouring, and thus Black Jack, which is still available today, was born.
In the 1890s, a soap salesman named William Wrigley Jr. got into the act, and his early inventions, Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit and Spearmint, have been perennial best sellers since their introduction in 1893.
Frank Fleer invented bubblegum in 1906, despite the fact that his and his brother Henry’s first attempts were disastrous. Even the name was a stumbling block: Blibber-Blubber Bubble Gum. When you chewed the gum, you were blibbering and blubbering, and only turpentine and scrubbing could get the sticky mess off your skin.
They never did sell it. It took until 1928 for Walter Diemers, the company accountant who was experimenting with the recipe, to get it right.
And why is it that the chewing gum is always pink?
Because that was the only colour left after Mr. Diemers’ first successful batch of Dubble Bubble. Henry Fleer had it easier. To make the Chiclet, he wrapped chicle in a hard candy coating. It’s difficult to be discreet when you’re smacking a juicy wad of gum.
Of course, the etiquette books of the time despised gum chewers. They labelled gum chewing as vulgar and advised chewers to limit their gusto. Miss Manners now considers gum chewing to be an impolite pleasure.
Why Are hamburgers called hamburgers if they aren’t made of ham?
Hamburgers are so named because they originated in Hamburg, Germany. Actually, the original hamburgers did not resemble a Big Mac. They resembled a steak. It all began with a band of nomads known as the Tatars or Tartars, who invaded Eastern Europe and Central Asia during the Middle Ages. They preferred their beef raw, and some people still enjoy a dish named after them, “steak tartare.”
When the Tartars arrived in Germany, the locals decided they liked their pulverised beef cooked with spices better. The Germans began to refer to the fried or broiled meat as a Hamburg steak, and they brought this culinary treat with them when they immigrated to the United States. The sandwich was introduced at the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904 and became an instant hit with Americans.
You can now get a hamburger almost anywhere in the world, and while many people believe it was invented in America, you now know better. The bun is an American addition, but the patty belongs to the Germans.
Is there Cocaine in Coke or Is it a rumor?
It is not a rumour; it is true.
Coca-Cola is now the world’s most well-known trademark. The syrup’s name was inspired by two of its ingredients: coca from coca leaves (the source of cocaine) and the Kola nut (a source of caffeine). When phamracist brewed the first syrup in 1886, he marketed it as a “brain and nerve tonic” and sold it for a nickel a glass.
Coca-Cola contained only a trace of cocaine—-perhaps 1 part in 50 million—-but cocaine became associated with crime after the turn of the twentieth century. It was prudent to disassociate yourself from the organisation. People even wrote articles arguing that there should be a law prohibiting the consumption of Coca-Cola. As a result, producers began to use only coca leaves from which cocaine had already been extracted. Then they dropped the idea of their drink being a headache cure and instead marketed it as a refreshing drink.
Coke still packs a punch… but a weak one.
“Food is not just eating energy. It’s an experience.”