Spending breaks and leisure time is very much enjoyable with perfect and delicious snack food. It makes everything complete and fun. It helps us to boost our mood and appreciate our free time. Further, you may have your favorite snack but there are still a variety of snacks you can check and try. In this article, we will highlight the popular snack foods plus some origin trivia of each one of them if you are a little curious. Just like your snack, you will enjoy this article too!
It's Snack Trivia Time!
Have you ever wondered where your favorite snack comes from? Well, this blog's topic is snack food origin trivia! Let's take a look at five of the most popular snacks and their origins.
1. Cotton Candy
Cotton candy is a sweet, fluffy, chewy confection made from sugar and fibrous cellulose derived from cotton seeds. The mixture is spun into threads, then extruded into sheets that are dried out and cut into smaller pieces before packaging. The original cotton candy was invented in the United States in 1872 by John C. Wharton, who was inspired by his sister's invention of chewing gum when he was playing with a piece of cotton thread on the floor. He took this idea to his employer at the time, who sold it as "cotton candy" along with other novelties such as shoe strings and rubber bands.
Macaroons are small Italian cookies made with egg whites and almonds or coconut, filled with chocolate ganache or custard filling, and coated with powdered sugar. The word "macaron" comes from the Italian word "maccherone," which means "little monkey." It was first made as a hybrid between a cookie and a cake in 1665 by Sebastien 'Babet' Dumonceau in Paris.
Cupcakes are essentially cakes that contain frosting instead of buttercream or whipped cream. It is baked in a cupcake pan, often served as part of a special occasion such as birthdays or holidays such as Halloween or Christmas Day but it can also be a perfect snack on just any ordinary day. Moreover, they were invented by Amelia Simmons in the American Cookery Cookbook in 1976.
4. Tapioca Milk Tea
Tapioca milk tea is a fresh drink made from tapioca pearls which are boiled in water until they turn into pearls that can be used like tofu to make delicious soups and desserts. "Tapioca" is a starch made from the root of an aquatic plant called "cassava" that grows in tropical climates. Starch has been used for centuries as a food source and a medicinal agent. In modern times, tapioca starch has found its way into many forms of food: cakes, cookies, puddings, etc. But what about tea? Well, it turns out that Europeans first discovered this drink when they started to trade with China in the 16th century and they brought it back with them! This drink was originally called "tapioca tea," and it was served as a way to prevent indigestion during long sea voyages among other things.
5. Whoppie Pie
Whoopie pies are made from two thin layers of cake baked together with a filling between them, similar to a cookie or brownie but baked into one cake instead of being split apart into two pieces like cookies are typically made from. They're usually filled with chocolate frosting or cream filling, although some versions have fruit fillings instead like lemon curd or cream cheese frosting which makes them look even more like cookies than before. The first recipe for whoopie pies appeared in 1927 in an article in The Boston Globe by Mark Lindley, who was part of the Philadelphia Whoopee Pie Company.
It is a wonderful day to just sit, relax and enjoy your leisure time, of course, with your favorite snack. Nothing could be more perfect than that! So, the next time you are munching on your favorite snack, don't forget to think about its origin and the interesting story behind it.