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The History of the Fork

Random word of the day is “fork.”

Did you know the use of a fork was once seen as evil?

The origins of the fork date back to the Eastern Roman Empire of Byzantium but some of the earliest known table forks made their debut in Ancient Egypt. The Qijia, who resided in part of present-day China, also are known to have used forks. The utensil migrated west after Byzantine princess, Theodora Anna Doukaina married the Venetian doge in 1075, brought the utensil to Venice. God-fearing Venetians saw the fork as a monstrosity.

God in his wisdom has provided man with natural forks – his fingers. Therefore it is an insult to Him to substitute artificial metallic forks for them when eating. -St. Peter Damian

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In the 16th century during the Italian Renaissance, the popularity of forks began to grow when Catherine de Medici brought along a set of eating forks from her native Florence to France. People also became more aware of hygiene and didn’t want their food covered in filth. Men still preferred to use their fingers as forks were deemed too feminine.

By the 18th century, the upper-class began carrying forks as part of their utensils set. During the industrialization period, the middle and lower-class gained access to the “split spoon.”

In 1633, John Winthrop, a founding father of the Massachusetts Bay Colony received a case of utensils accompanied by a note stating, “for the useful application of which I leave to your discretion.” At this time, the proper use of a fork was still unknown. Once the Americans grew accustomed to the fork, their dining etiquette was critiqued by international users. Everything from how Americans held the fork and whether or not the tines should be facing up or down as you ate the food was a source of controversy.

The popularity of forks blossomed and several variations were created.

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So the next time you use your fork, take a closer look. It had a long journey to become a staple in our lives.

 

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’90s Candy You Probably Forgot About

A friend and I were reminiscing about our childhoods and landed on a lengthy candy conversation. We were naming candies we used to love, forgot about, and wished we had at that moment. When we thought about the sweet treats we used to eat, we quickly realized our teeth should have fallen out a long time ago. Let’s take a walk down memory lane.

**I know some of these still exist and/or were in production before the ’90s.**

Bubble Jug

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Remember the powder we shook into our mouth that turned into bubblegum? We already had packs of bubblegum, so why anyone thought it was a good idea to turn it into a powder is beyond me.

Life Savers Holes

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Life Savers Gummies already existed, so maybe the company was trying to prevent waste by selling the holes they punched out of the ring gummies. I remember having these a handful of times before they quietly disappeared from stores.

Mamba

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Whenever I could afford these, I considered them an upgrade from Now & Later. THESE were delicious, but my circle of friends would try to sell or swap out the lemon flavor. Why does the lemon flavor always get the bad rap?

Mega Jawbreaker 

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The mega jawbreaker never made any sense to me. It took forever to finish a normal jawbreaker. Why would anyone want to buy a mega-size only to lick it for five years? OK, maybe not five years, but you get the point. My friends used to break it into pieces with a hammer.

String Thing

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You were either a Fruit Roll-ups or String Thing fan. String Thing, in my opinion, was long Twizzlers, but with better flavor.

Push Pop Candy

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I told my friend this was the best candy invention ever. The idea that kids were constantly running around playing and needed a candy that could retract back into its packaging and placed in their pocket was amazing.

Now and Later Candy

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These were my go-to! One mini pack cost 25¢ and a long pack cost 50¢. For the longest time, I never knew there was an “and” in the name. I referred to them as Now Laters.

Candy/Bubblegum Cigarettes and Cigars

I remember my first pack of smokes. When you blew into the cigarettes, the sugar would act like smoke. They would never sell these to kids today for obvious reasons. Good thing I knew smoking was bad growing up. I can see how this could have led to kids wanting to smoke. Yikes!

Laffy Taffy

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My mouth watered when I thought of these. If I didn’t have enough money for Now and Laters, Laffy Taffy was my next option. I think they cost about 10¢ a piece.

Sugar Daddy and Sugar Babies

I can go on forever about candy from my childhood, but I’ll end it on this teeth buster. I didn’t eat these that often because the feeling of my teeth being ripped out wasn’t pleasant.

Button Candy

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I’m going to be 100% honest. This had to be one of the dumbest candy ever! The struggle to get a “button” off without peeling the paper was a struggle. I can’t count how many times I either tossed the “button” or ate it with the paper on because I didn’t want to waste candy. To make things worse, they weren’t even good.

If you ate any of these candies as a kid and still have your teeth, kudos! I know I didn’t list every candy. If your childhood favorite isn’t on the list, list yours in the comments.

 

 

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Unique Coffee Drinks You Can Make at Home

With so many varieties of coffee in the world, why settle with using sugar and cream? Introduce your tastebuds to something new with these unique coffee drinks you can make at home.

Bicerin

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A popular coffee in Northern Italy, bicerin is made with hot chocolate, dark espresso, and steamed whole milk or sometimes cream. You can also use milk alternatives. Recipe: Salt & Wind

Affogato

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If you’re looking for a dessert coffee, the “affogato al cafe” or “drowned in coffee” in English, is made with Italian espresso and chocolate or vanilla gelato. Feel free to experiment with different gelato flavors for more options. Recipe: Eataly

Barraquito

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Barraquito is popular on the western coast of Spain and features layers of coffee, hot milk, condensed milk, cinnamon, lemon zest, and liqueur. The primary recipe uses 43, but you may also use Tía María liqueur. Recipe: Tenerife

Oatmeal Latte

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Enjoy your breakfast and latte in one cup! This unique recipe will have you wondering if you should scoop or sip. Whichever you prefer, just enjoy this two in one latte. Recipe: How Sweet Eats

Yuanyang

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Try the flavors of Hong Kong with this Yuanyang coffee. This coffee has aromatic espresso but elevated with the flavors of milk tea. It has a rich, balanced flavor that isn’t too sweet. Recipe: The Spruce Eats

Vietnamese Iced Coffee

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Instead of adding milk or half & half to your iced coffee, used sweetened condensed milk for more flavor and sweetness. Recipe: Steamy Kitchen

Snickerdoodle Latte

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The flavor of a snickerdoodle cookie in a cup? Yes, please! Creating this latte is way easier than the cookie recipe. House of Yumm provided additional latte recipes including Nutella, pumpkin spice, and salted caramel using the same base recipe. Score! Recipe: House of Yumm

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How Burger King Used Instagram Stories Better Than Their Competitors (Later.com Article)

If you’ve been using Instagram Stories for your business, you’ll want to pay attention to how Burger King upped the marketing ante when it comes to getting results.

If you aren’t sure how to get started with Instagram Stories for Business, our new Instagram Stories course will teach you how to obtain your ideal audience, drive traffic to your website, and much more for free! Set up your Later account to get started.

Burger King Reiterates “Have It Your Way” 

With 80 percent of users following a business on Instagram and over 300 million using Instagram Stories each day, there’s a lot of information to consume. Since Instagram users spend time flipping through stories, why not have them stop and make a burger?

Burger King España utilized the Instagram Stories poll to allow consumers to create their own Whoppers. After choosing their ingredients, participants received a promo code (sent through DM) to redeem their free custom Whopper.

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According to LOLA MullenLowe Madrid, the agency responsible for the “Stories Ordering” campaign, over 80 percent of their followers engaged with the story. More than 34,000 custom Whopper coupons were created to last 24 hours, but Burger King ran out within three hours.

What’s even more amazing is over 45,000 unique users interacted with the story for more than three minutes. In a society with short attention spans, that outcome is huge!

With a low production cost and no media advertising, Burger King España gained 5,000 new followers in one day and obtained data on their customers’ preferences to create the InstaWhopper.

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The winning ingredients included a double patty with cheese (selected by 90 percent), bacon (84 percent), ketchup (81 percent), mayo (76 percent), lettuce (75 percent), onion (57 percent), and tomatoes (57 percent).

Sorry to all of you pickle lovers, but they didn’t make the cut. The InstaWhopper was sold for a limited time at every Burger King in Spain.

The popular strategy has made its way to America in honor of National Hamburger Day on May 28. You can place your votes for America’s Favorite Whopper in Burger Kings’ Instagram Stories.

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Of course, giving away free customizable burgers is a recipe for success. The other reason for this success is its interactivity. Enabling a personal conversation between brands and consumers is more appealing to millennials and Gen Z. The ease of instant gratification is a strategy very few businesses implement.

How to Make Instagram Stories Work for You

No matter what your business sells, storytelling is key. Drum up personal interest in your product so consumers will feel like they’re part of the brand. Make sure your Instagram Stories have a beginning, middle, and end that communicates a distinct message and outcome.

Create relatable quality content and viewers are more likely to engage and keep coming back for more.

If you’re not sure how you’ll get all of this done, don’t worry. Later is launching a new Instagram Stories Scheduling + Planning tool to make your Instagram Stories for Business marketing much easier.

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Description: Burger King used Instagram Stories to allow consumers to create customizable Whoppers.

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The Evolution of Devil’s Purse Brewing Company

Matt Belson and Mike Segerson started brewing together in 2010. What started off as a hobby, quickly evolved into a passion. After weekly gatherings to brew and talk about beer, the pair came up with the idea for Devil’s Purse Brewing Company and their goal to open a craft brewery in Cape Cod, became a reality.

Belson and Segerson improved their craft by traveling to a variety of breweries and obtaining advice from professional brewers. After several site visits, they found a wonderful location to open their brewery in the town of Dennis. On Jan. 1, 2015, Belson and Segerson received their permits and their first test batch of beer was brewed on Feb. 27, 2015.

After years of brewing in their home kitchen, tasting their first beer brewed in their new commercial system was, “truly satisfying, especially when it tasted delicious,” said Belson.

Throughout the years, Devil’s Purse Brewing Company has evolved into producing a variety of beers, including Surfman’s Check™ ESB and Pollock Rip™ IPA. Due to their love of creativity and experimentation, they feature rotating and seasonal beers including Cuddy Queen™ American Pale Ale, Shiso Berry Ale, Dock Lizard™ Imperial Spiced Ale, and Sevenstones™ Double IPA.

The journey to opening Devil’s Purse Brewing Company was filled with incredible experiences, trial and error, and many laughs.

“Starting Devil’s Purse Brewing Company has been and remains an incredible journey,” said Belson. “We could not have come this far without the support of our families, friends, and positive guidance from incredible people along the way.”

Belson and Segerson are devoted to brewing their beer with the finest ingredients. Having the opportunity to share their handcrafted beers with the public is a dream come true.

“We continue to be inspired by the tremendous craft beers that are being produced around the country,” said Segerson. “We are excited to share them with our awesome Cape Cod community and for all lovers of craft beer to enjoy.”

Originally Featured: https://www.mclaughlinmoran.com/blog/?p=129

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5 Fun Facts About Beer

With the holidays coming up, we’re quite sure you’ll have a drink or two. If you need something to talk about, drink up these fun facts about beer and sound smarter while you’re waiting for dinner to be served!

7.5 million liters of beer were served at Oktoberfest 2017

Oktoberfest is one of the most popular celebrations for beer consumers. This year’s event was another success with approximately 6.2 million visitors and 7.5 million liters of beer consumed. That number is up from 7.3 million liters at Oktoberfest 2015.

Doctors prescribed “medical beer”

During prohibition, brewers, physicians, and imbibers attempted to persuade U.S. Congress that beer was vital medicine. In March 1921, Attorney General A. Mitchell Palmer declared “doctors to prescribe beer at any time, under any circumstances and in any amount they saw fit.” Doctors prescribed “medical beer” from March 1921 to November 1921 until Congress banned it.

New Hampshire consumes the most beer

You would think Nevada would have been number one, but New Hampshire takes the top spot in beer consumption with 41.7 gallons annually per capita. Montana was second with 39.1 gallons of beer and South Dakota rounded out the top three with 38.6 gallons of beer.

Fried beer won Most Creative Food at the 2010 Texas State Fair

State fairs have become synonymous with unique fried treats. At the 2010 Texas State Fair, deep-fried beer-filled pretzel pockets were entered into the Big Tex Choice Awards and won for Most Creative Food.

Mars has a crater named Beer

Beer is a crater located in the Margaritifer Sinus region of the planet Mars named after the German astronomer Wilhelm Beer. The next time you’re drinking beer under the stars, raise your glass and say, “Cheers to Beer.”

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What’s the Difference Between Beer and Cider?

Beer is one of the most popular alcoholic beverages around the world, but cider, a staple in Britain, is growing in popularity in the states. Most cider and beer lovers have a hard time differentiating between the two. Here are a couple of differences you should be knowledgeable of.

Ingredients

Beer is made from malted barley while cider is made from fermented apple juice. There are several beers that contain fruit and other ingredients, but the core is always malted barley. No true cider contains malted grains.

Color

Beer comes in a variety of colors from pale to very dark depending on the malt. Ciders are often yellow, orange or brown. Ciders may also vary in cloudiness and sediment due to the fermentation process and filtering.

Sugar Content

The amount of sugar in beer compared to cider is the biggest difference. Beer contains a larger amount of complex sugars post-fermentation which aids in balancing bitterness and rounds out the mouthfeel. Beer and Cider both can have sugar added to it in order to dry it out or even to increase the sweetness. Sugar is not used post-fermentation to sweeten beer while with cider it can be used pre or post-filtering to balance the acidity or mouthfeel. Cider contains a higher quantity of sugar and varies per brand. Dry ciders allow the yeast to feed on the natural sugars to create a less sweet and higher alcohol content. As well as the difference in fermentation, beer is boiled while cider is more often than not, not boiled.

Health Benefits

The fruit juice in ciders contain antioxidants including polyphenols. According to one study, these antioxidants have been linked to protecting against certain types of cancers, cardiovascular diseases, and neurodegenerative diseases.

Naturally occurring polyphenols are present in hops and malts, but brewers often remove it during the beer-making process because it makes the beer cloudy. In a study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health, beer does contain flavonoids (a type of polyphenol compound) that may be good for your heart.

Alcohol Content

Beer and cider have a similar alcohol content, but in America cider can be alcoholic as well as non-alcoholic. In most English speaking countries, cider is synonymous with alcoholic apple fermented products and apple juice encapsulates all of the other varieties of non-alcoholic apple beverages. Beer always contains alcohol.

These differences don’t make one better than the other. Some may say people who aren’t beer drinkers should start off with ciders and work their way to beer. Regardless of preference, there are a variety of ciders and beers to choose from. If you would like to taste the difference between a cider and beer, try McKenzie’s Hard Cider and Stella Artois Cidre.

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5 Amazing Health Benefits of Beer

We always hear about the amazing health benefits of wine, but what about beer? Here are five amazing health benefits of beer you may not have known.

Improves Cholesterol

A 2016 study by the American Heart Association revealed moderate consumption of beer slowly decreased cholesterol over time. You may think drinking more would increase those results, but the same study revealed that heavy drinking eliminated this benefit.

Improves Memory

Beer contains vitamin B12, which is essential in maintaining healthy brain cells, concentration, and memory.

Boost Problem-Solving Skills

A study published in the Consciousness and Cognition journal revealed that participants with a blood alcohol level of 0.07 or higher solved 40 percent more problems and took less time to complete than their sober counterparts.

The findings found that participants were in a more flexible mental state which allowed them to be more creative to solve problems compared to those who were sober.

Reduces the Risk of Kidney Stones

Beer acts as a diuretic and increases urination. An increase in urination helps remove toxins and other materials from the body that can result in kidney stones.

Aids in Digestion

Beer is a great source of fiber. It has more fiber than wine which makes it a better option.

Beer may have great health benefits, this does not mean you should increase your alcohol consumption. Remember to always drink beer and other alcoholic beverages in moderation. Do not drink and drive.

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How Does Beer Get Its Color?

The primary ingredients in beer include water, yeast, hops, and grains (malted barley or other grains). With our evolving taste in beer, this has led many breweries to introduce a variety of light, dark, seasonal and fruity beers. With such a variety of flavors and beer colors, what exactly is being added to beer to have so many variations?

Beer Colors

There are a variety of terms to describe the color of beer including pale, blonde, honey-like, straw, pale and much more, but how exactly does beer get its color?

The first method for measuring beer color was invented by J.W. Lovibond in 1873. The Lovibond system originally used colored slides to measure the degrees of color, but the beer color was later graded by comparing it to glass standards.

The Lovibond system’s limitations became apparent. By the 1950s, the American Society of Brewing Chemists utilized the Standard Reference Method (SRM) color system and the Europeans developed their color system called the European Brewing Convention (EBC). Both systems are derived from using light spectrophotometer technology. If you don’t have a spectrophotometer laying around, you can use calibrated color reference cards.

The most significant source of beer color comes from the pigments in the grain. The longer the grains are dried and the higher the drying temperature, the darker the grist and the more opaque the beer will be.

Caramelization also plays a role in the final color. When you heat sugar at a high temperature, the sugar molecules will fall apart. This darkens the malt.

What are Adjuncts?

Adjuncts, a non-malt source of fermentable sugars, can be added to the brewing process which will impact the color. Types of adjuncts may include barley, rye, oats, maize, honey, maple syrup, agave nectar, sugar, fruit, and other natural ingredients. Adjuncts can be added to lighten the body, prevent cloying sweetness, provide a silky mouthfeel and produce flavored beers like pumpkin ales.

Why the negativity on beer colors and adjuncts? It may stem from the idea of an all-malt beer offering a higher quality and full-bodied flavor and beers with adjuncts are viewed as low quality.

Beer has a rich history and even the SRM and EBC methods have limitations, but do a reasonable job. We hope this article helps you understand how beer gets its color and how it can change based on the brewing process.

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Perfect Thanksgiving Beer Pairings

Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday where family and friends come together, celebrate all things they’re thankful for and enjoy a delicious meal. When it comes to pairing your feast with beer, it may be daunting due to the vast range of flavor profiles on your average Thanksgiving plate.

To a novice beer drinker, any beer would possibly suffice. If you want to impress your guests and give them well-rounded flavors, we have a list of beer styles you’ll be thankful for.

Belgian Dubbel

Belgian dubbels are high in carbonation and moderately strong. These beers help break up the richness of gravy and potato dishes to act as a palate cleanser. Dubbels have a rich peppery and dark fruit flavor that complements poultry, stuffing, sweet potatoes, and cranberry sauce.

Brown Ale

Many Thanksgiving items are prepared in the oven and experience caramelization and browning just like the flavors of a brown ale. You’ll experience the malt flavors of roasted nuts, chocolate and caramel qualities that pair well with dishes prepared in the oven.

Scotch Ale

Scotch ales weigh heavier on the ABV scale (6-9%) which makes them ideal to hang with the richer dishes on your plate. The smooth, caramelized malt flavors with toffee and smoke can offer a savory and sweet flavor to your palate.

Strong Golden Ale

The base of a strong golden ale is Pilsner malt which works well with the mildness of white meat and the toasted flavor of stuffing. A strong golden ale has high carbonation which clears the palate for your next bite.

With these beer pairings, you’ll add a pinch of elegance to your plate without clashing with flavor.

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