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Food History & Myths

Who made the first noodle? Is Dr. Pepper really flavored with prune juice? Food history, myths and folk lore are both fun and informative!

Aphrodisiac Foods
Food has long been linked to sex with certain foods suspected of having aphrodisiac qualities. Whether fact or fiction, find out which foods have long been said to put humans in the mood!

Candy Cane History and Folklore
Candy canes started out as a popular, edible Christmas tree decoration, but have gained meaning and symbolism over the years.

The History of Cheese
The history of cheese dates back far before recorded history. What was most likely discovered by accident has become one of the world's favorite foods.

The History of Jelly Beans
Jelly beans have been a favorite candy for over a century, but have their roots in candy making techniques that are thousands of years old.

The History of Popcorn
Popcorn is a popular snack food that is enjoyed across the globe and dates back thousands of years. Discover popcorn's long history of being loved by many cultures!

The History of Popsicles
Popsicles have been one of America's favorite summertime treats for almost 100 years. Find out where it all started.

The History of the Twinkie
Twinkies may have started out as a humble, cream filled snack cake, but they have grown into an iconic symbol of American food culture.

The Twinkie Myth
Dispelling the myth that the popular snack cake, Twinkies, will stay fresh for years, even decades and can survive a nuclear war.

The History of Turkey
Turkeys have been an important part of cultures across both North and South America throughout history. Learn how the turkey went from a sacred representation of an Aztec god to the center piece of our Thanksgiving feast.

The Boston Molasses Disaster
The Boston Molasses Disaster, caused by an exploding storage tank, killed 21 people and injured 150 on January 15th, 1919.

The History of Doughnuts
This history of doughnuts including the origin, name, shape, automation, and doughnuts today.

The Culture of the Cocoa Bean
The Olmec Indians (1500 BC-400 BC) are believed to be the first to grow cocoa beans as a domestic crop.

Bourbon Lore and Legend
Bourbon is the liquor used in mint julep cocktails for the Kentucky Derby. Learn about the history of American bourbon whiskey.

British Food is Bad - Myth or Reality?
That British food is bad has long been the butt of jokes for its supposed poor food, lack of imagination, stodgy puddings and weak tea.

Walnut Lore and Legends
During the Middle Ages, Europeans believed walnuts would ward off fevers. Find out more about walnut lore and legends.

A Gallery of Aphrodisiac Foods, Lore & Recipes
A Gallery of Aphrodisiac Foods, Lore & Recipes

History of Candy Canes
The origin of the candy cane goes back over 350 years.

The Trademarks and History of Campbell's Soup
Soup history occurred when John Dorrance the nephew of a wealthy Campbell’s Soup investor went to work for the company. The English word "soup" comes from the old word "sop" which is a slice of bread covered with beef roast juices.

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