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A Holiday I Can Get Behind!

Today is National Banana Split day!

Once again, that’s a holiday I can get behind.

See what I did there!

In case you were born last night, a banana split is an ice cream based dessert which in its traditional form is served in a boat type dish.

The bananas are cut lengthwise – as in a split – and placed in the boat.

Traditionally one scoop of vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry ice cream comes next, then chocolate syrup, nuts, pineapple, whip cream, and it’s topped off with a cherry!

A 23 year old apprentice pharmacist named David Evans Strickler is credited with the concoction.  Seems he liked creating sundaes at the Tassel Pharmacy in Latrobe, PA and while bored one day came UP with this version.

When it debuted in 1904, it costs a whopping 10 cents.

Word spread, the “recipe” was copied nationwide and the America’s love affair with banana splits began.

Strickler went on to purchase the pharmacy, renamed it after himself, and 100 years later, the city celebrated the centenary anniversary of the concoction.

The National Ice Cream Retailers Association certified the city as the birthplace as well.

Of course, there are posers.  Wilmington, Ohio’s Ernest Hazard clams he created it in 1907 to attract students from Wilmington College during the winter when ice cream sales were slow.

Wilmington takes his claim seriously and each June has a Banana Split Festival.

Charles Rudolph Walgreen of Chicago adopted the dessert as a signature dessert.  His soda fountains were customer magnets, and the banana split had a big pull.

Either way, PA or OH, have a banana split today.

That’s a real reason to party.

Banana Splits can contain UP to 1,000 calories, but the one from Dairy Queen is a mere 510!

Getting Shredded…

There was actually a battle over Shredded Wheat.

My first question was, “Why?”

I mean seriously folks, shredded wheat!!

Who cares, the stuff is horrible.

But, there was actually a Supreme Court Case over shredded wheat.

First, a little background.

Henry Perky invented shredded wheat in Denver in 1890 on August 1!

Watching a dyspeptic diner, Perky saw a man mixing his wheat with cream.  He rushed right out and came UP with a method of processing wheat into strips and stacked into “pillow like” biscuits.

It was a pretty complicated process; the wheat was cooked in water, tempered allowing moisture to go into the grain, then rolled through a set of rollers with grooves which produces strands.  These are stacked and crimped at pre-set intervals to make the little biscuits – we know and some people love thought I don’t know why – called shredded wheat.

Once in biscuit shape, they are baked until the moisture content drops to 5%.

Perky peddled his product to vegetarian restaurants back in 1892.  His factory was in Niagara Falls, but he leased his patented cereal making machines to folks in Denver and Colorado Springs so the folks out west could “enjoy” the cereal too!

John Harvey Kellogg bought one of the processors, but declined to buy the patent.

Kellogg thought it too weak in taste and compared it to “…eating a whisk broom…” which is a perfect comparison!

But realizing the success Perky was having, and founding his own cereal company with his brother, Kellogg offered to buy the patent.

Alas, Perky was insulted by the offer!

Perky premiered his product at the Chicago World Columbian Exposition in 1893, by that time he’d created the Natural Food Company which would become the Shredded Wheat Company which would be sold by his heirs to Nabisco in 1928.

Perky died in 1908, the patent on his shredded wheat biscuit expired in 1912, Kellogg jumped at the chance to make his own version of the rapidly growing in fame breakfast choice.

He called it Kellogg’s Shredded Wheat which prompted Nabisco to sue him for trademark infringement.

The suit demanded that he not call it shredded wheat and that he not manufacture it in the pillow shape American had come to love.

The suit plowed its way through the court system and landed in front of the United States Supreme Court as the case of Kellogg v. National Biscuit Co in 1938.

Dianna, Mary, and Florence The Supremes ruled that “shredded wheat” was a generic term and therefore not trademarkable.

And besides, the first patent had expired in 1912 passing the design, name, and manufacturing process to public domain.

Today, shredded wheat remains one of the most popular breakfast cereals – although I don’t know how – and comes in many forms; Frosted mini-wheats and Triscuits being two examples.

Frankly, I’m a Fruit Loops kinda guy!

But, to each his own.

Ain’t No Such Thing…

…as too much coffee and chocolate…

I made this over the holiday weekend…

It’s an Ina Garten/Barefoot Contessa recipe called Frozen Mocha Mousse.

A little time consuming but really easy to make, it’s worth the time and effort.

Here’s a side view…

Here’s the link to the recipe.

G’head, indulge, treat yourself!

Pi v. Pie

Today is Pi day!

It’s the day we celebrate the mathematical constant   π

I don’t know where the “we” comes from; the only math I celebrate is when my check book balances!

Frankly, it should be pie day, not pi day!

San Francisco hippie and physicist with time on his hands, Larry Shaw started the celebration of PI Day in 1988.  He led a march – really what is with all the marching in the country – and then he and the staff ate pies.

Since then, it’s been a thing.

For some.

Mostly nerds.

In 2014 they got really pushy and declared March Pi month.

Honestly, give people an inch!

If we’re gonna have a holiday celebrating Pi, it should be PIE DAY, and we should have this.

Frisch’s Strawberry Pie

What you’ll need.

  • 1 pie shell, 9inch, baked
  • 4 cups strawberries, fresh and sliced
  • 12cups water
  • 34cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 3 ounces strawberry gelatin

Here’s how you do that!

  • In baked pie crust add sliced strawberries.
  • In small saucepan, mix water, sugar, and cornstarch and bring to boil. Boil until mixture is clear and thick, approximately 2 minutes.
  • Remove saucepan from heat and add the strawberry gelatin, stirring until dissolved. Pour this over the strawberries in pie shell. Chill and serve.

Or, you could drive to Ohio and pick one UP!