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It’s Crazy How Fast These Frozen Desserts Caught On

It was always ice cream’s destiny to end up universally beloved, but ever wondered where ice cream came from—who invented it, and how it used to be served and sold?

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The History of Ice Cream Trucks and Why They’re Here to Stay

Forget about the song of the summer, whatever it may be this year. There’s one sound that’s been ringing in the warm weather for nearly a century. Nothing quite signifies

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The (Hotly Debated) History Behind the Mojito

The mojito, the refreshing and minty drink from Cuba that mentally transports you to a tropical location no matter where you’re drinking it, is a lot more than meets the

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Bubble Tea Tales: The History of Boba

No other caffeine fix is quite as aesthetically satiating as bubble tea, the Taiwanese sweet-milk-and-tea-based drink. But where did it come from and how did it get so popular? Served

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How Cool Whip Became an American Icon

How, when, and why was Cool Whip first invented (and who was responsible)? We explore its origins, ingredients, and how the (formerly non-dairy) whipped topping became an American dessert icon. In

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How Did Nathan’s Become the Most Famous Hot Dog Brand in America?

When an unassuming Coney Island hot dog stand opened in 1916, no one imagined that it would become an iconic American institution. But over a century later Nathan’s has become

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The History of the Kosher Hot Dog

If you grew up near or currently live in a major U.S. city, there’s a good chance you associate hot dog vendors with everyday urban life—or catching a ball game

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If You Love S’mores, You Have the Girl Scouts to Thank

Now that it’s summertime, you’ve probably found yourself lounging by the fire pit, or maybe you’re basking in the glow of a bonfire down at the beach—or at least gazing into

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Where Did the Doughnut Actually Originate?

Beignet. Zeppoli. Puff puff. Oliebol. Whatever you call it, and wherever you are in the world, you’re sure to find some form of fried dough snack unique to that region

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A Brief History of BBQ

Barbecue has become a staple in American cuisine. In fact, one may even offer that barbecue is the original American cuisine, as it is a blend of other influences and

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The History of the Mint Julep

Think you know the history of the mint julep? Pour yourself a glass and read all about the surprising origins of the official Kentucky Derby drink.

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Your Espresso Addiction Stems from an Ancient Ceremony

It’s hard to imagine life before espresso, but believe it or not, there was once a tired, latte-less time. The first basic prototype for an espresso machine was invented in

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Lidia Bastianich Takes Us Through the History of Cacio e Pepe

Cacio e pepe is a social media sensation. Everywhere you look, there are live-action pasta lifts or perfectly backlit shots of creamy, bespeckled, oh-so-twirlable mounds of this classic pasta dish.

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What’s the Origin of Easter Baskets? (And Why Are They Full of Candy?)

Like Christmas, Easter is a Christian (and possibly originally pagan) holiday that’s just as popular among the secular set. Giving children Easter baskets laden with candy is as vital a part

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Everything You Wanted to Know About Eggs Benedict

If you’re a brunch enthusiast with eggs on the brain, chances are likely you’ve ordered quite a few eggs Benedict in your day. But who knew your favorite breakfast indulgence

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The History of Spiral Ham

Lots of us will have a glazed spiral ham on the table this Easter (certainly more of us than will have rabbit). And as thin slices of pink meat lift

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A Brief History of Cadbury Creme Egg’s Many Controversies

What is it about Cadbury Creme Eggs? Has any candy inspired equal measures of rabid loyalty and fierce consternation, often by the same people? Whether you love them or loathe them,

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Veuve Clicquot Champagne: A History Lesson in Female Empowerment

You know it as one of the most, if not the most, iconic Champagne brands. With its distinct font and simple but elegant yellow label styling, it is an immediately

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A History of Lenten Fish Frys

There’s about a month left until Easter, which means that we’re firmly in Lent season. Growing up in a heavily Christian, Midwestern suburb, I’d listen to my friends chatter about

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A History of Shepherd’s Pie

St. Patrick’s Day is fast approaching, and if you’re like the preponderance of Americans looking to eat like they’re Irish, you’re probably thinking about where you can indulge in some

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Everything You Never Knew About McDonald’s Shamrock Shakes

It’s that time of year again (but it’s already almost over)! The green shake has appeared once more on the Golden Arches menu, and fast food lovers have rejoiced as

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