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DECK THE HOLIDAY'S: 06/16/13

Sunday, June 16, 2013

CANDY FACTS TO MAKE EATING THAT BIT OF CHOCOLATE A LITTLE MORE INTERESTING!




A Quick Guide to Candy Facts

  • Besides being great for the taste buds, there are other interesting candy facts that you may not know.

  • Candy - the word usually refers to foods made from sugar. It may be added to a liquid or sprinkled on top, but sugar is the main ingredient. There is seemingly no end to the candy that we can make.



  • A few of the more interesting candy facts:

  • Each year, there are 60 million chocolate Easter bunnies made.

  • Making a marshmallow peep takes six minutes.






  • Cocoa butter's melting point is only a bit above the human body temperature, which is why chocolate can melt in your hands, as well as your mouth.

  • One of the most unbelievable candy facts: Americans over the age of 18 eat 65 percent of every year's candy production – not the kids!

  • Americans eat about 25 pounds of candy per person annually. In contrast, the people in Denmark eat 36 pounds per person.

  • From the list of bizarre candy facts:

  • King Tut's tomb contained large supplies of licorice.

  • Seven billion pounds of candy and chocolate are made in the United States every year.

  • Americans like chocolate the best of any flavor; 52% of adults in the United States said chocolate is their favorite flavor. Second place was a tie – vanilla and berry flavors.




  • Makers of chocolate use 20% of the world's supply of peanuts and 40% of the world's almonds in their products.

  • The Midwest and Northeast eat more candy than the Mid-Atlantic, West, South or Southwest regions.

  • More Candy Facts For Your Enjoyment!






  • Recent studies show that candy is a school child's number one choice for an after school treat.

  • Hard candies are more popular with young children than older children.

  • In the category of longevity candy facts, roughly 65% of U.S. candy brands have been in existence for fifty years or more.

  • Some “ageless” candy facts:





  • Butterfinger bars were invented in 1923, Reese's Peanut Butter Cups also in 1923, The Snickers bar in 1930, and Hershey's Milk Chocolate Bar in 1900.

  • M&M's were invented in 1940, Nestle's Crunch in 1938, Kit Kats in 1933, and Three Musketeers bars in 1932.






    Odd names in candy facts lore:

    • Some candy names introduced in the 1920's: Chicken Dinner, Snickers, Butterfinger, Milky Way, Mr. Goodbar, Oh Henry, Kandy Kake, Vegetable Sandwich, Big Dearos, Fat Emmas and Milk Nut Loaf. It’s no wonder some of those didn't last.




    • Milky Way's were introduced in 1923, by Frank Mars. They went on to make the Snickers bar starting in 1930. Three Musketeers were brought out in 1932, and the original Three Musketeers had three separate bars, each a different flavor!

    CINNAMON SUGAR PULL APART MUFFINS!!

     This recipe comes from www.wndyseewendydo.com .  Nothing like the smell of cinnamon baking in the oven!








    Ahhhh, cinnamon sugar!! The perfect combination of spicy sweet. Doesn't it just scream childhood memories? I am pretty sure everyone was treated with a cinnamon sugar something when they were a kid. For me, it was cinnamon sugar toast. My mom used to slather lightly toasted bread with lots of salty butter and then top it with a heaping amount of cinnamon sugar. The spice mixture just perked me up and made me smile! It still does today!!








    Don't be intimated by this recipe. It is quick, easy and super delicious. What is my secret weapon, you ask? Store-bought bread dough! Have you ever used this stuff? I love it!! Use it to make a loaf of tasty french bread, roll it out to make a thick pizza crust OR pull apart muffins!! YEAH BABY!!












    CINNAMON SUGAR PULL APART MUFFINS


    Makes 6 muffins

    Ingredients

    • Pillsbury Simply Rustic French Bread dough
    • 1/2 stick of butter
    • 1 cup sugar
    • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
    Directions

    1. Preheat oven to 350ºF.
    2. In a small skillet, brown butter over medium-low heat, about 5 minutes. You know the butter is browned when it turns a light caramel color and smells slightly nutty. ((Be careful not to burn the butter!)) Once browned, set the butter aside to cool.
    3. Remove bread dough from tube and place on a cutting board. Starting in the middle, divide the dough with a small slit. The divide again and again until you have 31 slits. Using a very sharp knife, slice the dough. You should end up with 32 slices. Flatten each slice with you hands or a rolling pin and place on a sheet of parchment or wax paper.
    4. In a bowl, combine the sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
    5. To assemble the muffins, brush each dough slice with the brown butter. Then sprinkle with the entire sugar mixture. (Yes, ALL of the cinnamon sugar!) Stack the dough slice on top of each other. (some stacks will have five slices and some will have six.) Using a sharp knife, slice the stacks down the middle.
    6. Place two of the sliced stacks, side by side, cut side down into a greased muffin tin. Repeat with the rest of the stacks.
    7. **This step is very important!!** Before you put the muffin tin in the oven place it on a larger, rimmed baking sheet. This will catch any butter/sugar overflow and avoid a very smokey oven.
    8. Bake muffins for 20-25 minutes until tops are golden brown. Allow to cool for 10 minutes. Gently remove. Enjoy!!

    THE JACKALOPE FESTIVAL FROM DOUGLAS, WYOMING!




        Home to the infamous "Jackalope", Douglas Wyoming is a popular stop when traveling in the Wild West! The town of Douglas ... is small town America at its best!     In fact, we were rated "One of the Best small towns" in America!
        This area of east central Wyoming is the home of many historic trails rich in their history and rugged scenery. The mountain ranges and foothills offer refuge to elk, bear and deer with herds of antelope foraging on the the diverse landscape.
       The town of Douglas sits on the banks of the North Platte River, on the path from/to Denver, Colorado, Yellowstone National Park, or the Black Hills of South Dakota.
    Other attractions of the area are: the Wyoming State Fairgrounds, the Wyoming Pioneer Memorial Museum, Douglas Railroad Interpretive Center, Oregon Trail and Historic Marker, Fort Fetterman, Ayres Natural Bridge, Sir Barton Memorial Statue - the First Triple Crown Winner in the United States, Laramie peak in the medicine Bow






       National Forest, Esterbrook Recreational Area and Friend Park Campground.
    The town of Douglas celebrates the Jackalope the first weekend of June with many activities, such as, vendor entertainment, various events and mudbogging. Come join the fun!

    The Origin of the Jackalope

        Douglas Herrick, creator of the "jackalope" — that curious critter with a jack rabbit's body and an antelope's antlers that could turn downright vicious when threatened yet sing a gentle tenor along with the best of the campfire cowboys —died Jan. 3, 2003 in Casper, WY. He was 82.






        In the 1930s, the Herrick brothers — Douglas and Ralph, who studied taxidermy by mail order as teenagers — went hunting. Returning home, they tossed a rabbit into the taxidermy shop.
        The carcass slid right up to a pair of deer antlers, and Douglas Herrick's eyes suddenly lighted up.
        "Let's mount it the way it is!" he said, and a legend was born — or at least given form.
    Jackalope, thanks to the Herrick brothers, have taken their place in modern mythology right alongside Bigfoot and the Loch Ness Monster.






        As "proof" of the jackalopes’ presence now and in the past, they cite:
    Fact or fiction, legend or lark, the jackalope the Herricks stuffed and mounted gave their native Douglas, WY., a reason to be.
        Before discovery of uranium, coal, oil and natural gas doubled the town's population to about 7,500 in the mid-1970s, Douglas specialized in selling jackalope souvenirs. The Herrick’s fed the increasing demand for the stuffed and mounted trophies. Tens of thousands have been sold.
        That first jackalope was sold for $10 to Roy Ball, who installed it proudly in the town's LaBonte Hotel. The mounted horned rabbit head was stolen in 1977.






        The town of Douglas erected an 8-foot-tall statue of the jackalope on one of Center streets islands, which met its demise when a four wheel drive pick up tried to run it over. The statue was re-constructed in Jackalope Square in the center of Douglas, where it stands to this day. Proud city fathers later added a 13-foot-tall jackalope cutout on a hillside and placed jackalope images on park benches and fire trucks, among other things. Now the largest jackalope in the world resides at the Douglas Railroad Interpretative Center.
        Acknowledging the animal's purported propensity to attack ferociously anything that threatened it, the city also posted warning signs: "Watch out for the jackalope."
    The Douglas Chamber of Commerce has issued thousands of jackalope hunting licenses, despite rules specifying that the hunter can hunt only between midnight and 2 a.m. each June 31.






        Tourist-shop clerks in Douglas told and retold tales of cowboys who remembered harmonious jackalope joining their nightly campfire songs. Visitors rarely have left Douglas without buying jackalope postcards and trinkets.
        The state of Wyoming trademarked the jackalope name in 1965. Twenty years later, Gov. Ed Herschler, crediting Douglas Herrick with the animal's creation, designated Wyoming the jackalopes’ official home. The governor proclaimed Douglas to be the "Home of the Jackalope".
        Mr. Herrick made only about 1,000 or so horned rabbit trophies before going on to other things. His brother kept churning out jackalopes.






        Mr. Herrick grew up on a ranch near Douglas and served as a tail gunner on a B-17 during World War II. He worked as a taxidermist until 1954, when he became a welder and pipe fitter for Amoco Refinery until his retirement in 1980.

    Myth of The Jackalope

        The myth of the jackalope has bred the rise of many outlandish (and largely tongue-in-cheek) claims as to the creature's habits. For example, it is said to be a hybrid of the pygmy-deer and a species of "killer rabbit". Reportedly, jackalopes are extremely shy unless approached. Legend also has it that female jackalopes can be milked as they sleep belly up and that the milk can be used for a variety of medicinal purposes. It has






    also been said that the jackalope can convincingly imitate any sound, including the human voice. It uses this ability to elude pursuers, chiefly by using phrases such as "There he goes! That way!" It is said that a jackalope may be caught by putting a flask of whiskey out at night. The jackalope will drink its fill of whiskey and its intoxication will make it easier to hunt. In some parts of the United States it is said that jackalope meat has a taste similar to lobster. However, legend has it that they are dangerous if approached. It has also been said that jackalopes will only breed during electrical storms including hail, explaining its rarity.






        Jackalope legends are sometimes used by locals to play tricks on tourists. This joke was employed by Ronald Reagan to reporters in 1980 during a tour of his California ranch. Reagan had a rabbit head with antlers, which he referred to as a "jackalope", mounted on his wall. Reagan liked to claim that he had caught the animal himself. Reagan's jackalope hangs on the ranch's wall to this day.