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MaMa's Recipe Box

Updated on September 19, 2013

MaMa's Recipe Box

The best recipes are easy, look fancy and are great tasting. I have collected recipes all my life. I collected my mothers and her mothers collections. I have collections on collections. By trial and error I have gathered the best recipes through the years. I would like to share some of these with you here. These are my Best of the Best recipes. I hope you enjoy them!

Clifton J. Gray said "If life gives you lemons, make lemonade. However - if life gives you pickles, you might as well give up because pickle-ade is disgusting."

Savory Crescent Chicken Squares

Savory Crescent Chicken Squares

3-oz pkg cream cheese, softened

3 tb butter, melted

2 cups cooked cubed chicken

1/4 ts salt

1/8 ts pepper

2 tb milk

1 tb chopped chives or onion

1 tb chopped pimiento, if desired

8 oz can Pillsbury refrigerated Quick Crescent Dinner Rolls

3/4 cup seasoned croutons, crushed

Heat oven to 350 F. In medium bowl, blend cream cheese and 2 tb butter, (reserve 1 tb) until smooth. Add the next 6 ingredients; mix well. Separate crescent dough into 4 rectangles; firmly press perforations to seal. Spoon 1/2 cup meat mixture onto center of each rectangle. Pull 4 corners of dough to top center of chicken mixture, twist slightly and seal edges. Brush tops with reserved 1 tb butter; dip in crouton crumbs. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 F for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown.

Makes 4 sandwiches

Best Meat Loaf

Best Meat Loaf

2 lbs hamburger

1 lb bulk sausage


1 egg

saltine crackers

3 to 4 slices bacon, uncooked

salt and pepper

1 can tomato soup (small)

Combine hamburger, sausage, crackers, egg, salt and pepper in pan. Add tomato soup, keep adding crackers until texture is right and holds together. Sprinkle ketsup over top and place slices of bacon on ketsup. Bake at 350 F for 1 1/2 hour.

Chafing Dish Meatballs

Chafing Dish Meatballs

This is a classic and the recipe that is often taken to pot luck dinners.

1 lb hamburger

1/2 cup bread crumbs

1/3 cup minced onion

1/4 cup milk

1 egg, beaten

1 tb minced parsley

1 ts sale

1/2 ts worchestershire sauce

1/8 ts pepper

1/4 cup shortening

1 (12 oz) bottle chili sauce

1 (10 oz) jar grape jelly

Combine hamburger, bread crumbs, onion, milk, egg, parsley, salt, worchestershre and pepper. Shape into 1 inch balls. Cook in hot shortening over medium heat for 10 to 15 minutes; drain on paper towels.

Heat chili sauce and grape jelly together. Add meatballs. Simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Serve in shafing dish.

Makes 5 dozen.

What is the literal meaning of the Italian word linguine?

Little tongues.

Baked Lobster Tails

Baked Lobster Tails

Baking Schedule:


2 oz for 12 minutes

4 oz for 18 minutes

6 oz for 22 minutes

8 oz for 26 minutes

12 oz for 30 minutes

14+ oz for 25 minutes

Thaw lobster tails.

Cut away the under membrane with a scissors or shears. Loosen meat from the shell with your fingers and replace in shell. Sprinkle with salt and pepper (and other flavorings to your taste: i.e. paprika, lemon juice, butter, dill etc) Place each tail on a piece of foil large enough to wrap amply. Fold foil over, crimping the ends to make sure the juices stay sealed in each package.

Place tails on a cookie sheet, shell side down, meat side up. Bake in a preheated 450 F oven.

When done, unwrap. Save the lobster juices and pour some over each serving. Serve with melted butter on the side.

Batter-Fried Franks

Batter-Fried Franks

1 lb hot dogs

1 cup pancake mix

2 tb cornmeal

1 tb sugar

2/3 cup water

1 quart fresh vegetable oil

Wipe hotdogs with paper toweling to remove excess moisture. In mixing bowl, combine pancake mix, cornmeal and sugar. Add water and beat (with beater) for 2 minutes.

In 2 1/2 quart Hi-Boy or 3 quart sauce pan, heat oil, uncovered, over medium heat to 375 F. Dip hotdogs into batter, draining excess batter over bowl. Fry in hot oil until golden brown, for 2 to 3 minutes. Remove with slotted spoon and drain on paper toweling.

Makes 8 to 10 servings.

Baked Corn

Baked Corn

1 can creamed corn

2 eggs

1 tsp. sugar

2 T. flour

salt and pepper


1/4 c. milk

Beat eggs. Add corn, sugar, flour, milk, salt, pepper. Pour into a greased casserole. Dot with butter on top. Bake in a pan of water for 1 hour at 325 degrees, or until a knife inserted in middle of casserole comes out clean.

Corn Pudding

Corn Pudding

2 cans (8 3/4 oz each) corn

2 eggs, slightly beaten

3/4 cup evaporated milk

2 tb butter, melted

1 ts salt

1/8 ts pepper

Mix well all ingredients. Pour into a greased 1 1/2 quart baking dish. Bake at 350 F for 45 minutes, until firm.

Makes 6 servings, 1/2 cup each

What animals milk is used to make authentic Italian mozzarella cheese?

The water buffalo's.

Almond Asparagus

Almond Asparagus

1 pound asparagus

2 tb butter

1 tb lemon juice

1/2 cup Blue Diamond blanched slivered almonds, toasted

Salt and pepper

Wash asparagus; cut into 1 inch diagonal slices, heat butter in skillet; add asparagus and saute 3 to 4 minutes. Cover skillet and steam about 2 minutes or until tender-crisp. Toss asparagus with lemon juice and almonds; salt and pepper to taste.

Which native American fruit is also known as the bounceberry?

The Cranberry.

Of all the fruits that we can grow or buy in the grocery store, only three are native to North America----Concord grapes, the blueberry and cranberries. Cranberries are called bounceberries because they bounce when ripe This can be used to tell the ripe berries from the immature berries at harvest time.

Real German Potato Pancakes

Real German Potato Pancakes

3 cups well-drained shredded raw potatoes (4 medium)

(store over night in water to lessen starch if desired)

1/4 cup grated onion

3 tb flour

1 1/4 ts salt

1/4 ts pepper

2 eggsk, beaten slightly

3 tb butter or bacon drippings

Combine potatoes, onion, flour, salt, pepper and eggs, Heat a small amt of butter in skillet. Spoon 1/4 cup potato mixture into skillet for each pancake and spread carefully to make a 3 inch cake. Cook until borwoned on both sides, turning once, total cooking time 8 to 10 minutes.

Serve with applesauce

What is the only fruit to have its seeds on the outside?

The strawberry.

Creamed Cucumber Slices

Creamed Cucumber Slices

1 cup mayonnaise

1/4 cup milk

1 ts sugar

1/2 ts white vinegar

1 large cucumber, sliced

salt and pepper to taste

In a bowl mix the mayonnaise, milk, sugar and vinegar until smooth. Place cucumber slices in the bowl and toss to coat with the dressing. Season with salt and pepper. Chill 30 minutes in the refrigerator before serving.

7 Layer Bean Dip

7 Layer Bean Dip

3 medium ripe avocados, peeled,cored,mashed

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1 cup sour cream

1/2-1 package taco seasoning mix

2 cans bean dip

2 medium tomatoes, chopped

1 bunch green onions, chopped

1 (3 ounce) can black olives (sliced or chopped)

1 (8 ounce) package shredded cheddar cheese

Mix avocados, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Mix mayonnaise, sour cream, and taco seasoning mix. Layer ingredients as follows. Bottom layer: Bean Dip. Second layer: Avocado mixture. Third layer: Sour cream mixture. Fourth layer: Tomatoes. Fifth layer: Onions. Sixth layer: Olives. Seventh layer: Cheese (I like to use Colby Jack cheese). Top with extra sour cream/olives/salsa, etc. if desired. Serve with tortilla chips.

**This seems to be a little bit better if you can chill it for a few hours or over night to let the flavors intensify**. Great for Super Bowl parties, work parties, other gatherings! Pretty easy to can use store bought guacamole if you can't find ripe avocados. 8-10 servings - 30 minutes prep.

On what vegetable did an ancient Egyptian place his right hand when taking an oath?

The onion. Its round shape symbolized eternity.

Beer Batter Onion Rings

Beer Batter Onion Rings

3 cups all-purpose flour

2 eggs, separated

1 cup beer

4 tablespoons butter, melted

salt to taste

3 large onions, sliced into rings

2 quarts oil for frying

Sift flour into a large bowl. In another large bowl, whisk egg yolks. Mix in beer, butter and salt. Set aside 1 cup of flour for dipping the onion rings. Slowly stir the egg yolk mixture into the remaining flour and mix well. Allow the mixture to stand 30 to 60 minutes.

Heat deep fryer to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

In a small bowl, stiffly beat the egg whites. Gently combine the egg whites with the batter.

Coat each onion ring with flour and dip into batter.

Deep fry the battered rings, several at a time, until golden brown. Drain on paper towels and serve.

Where did the pineapple plant originate?

In South America. It didn't reach Hawaii until the early nineteenth century.

Grandma Hamburger Hash

Grandma Hamburger Hash

1/2 to 1 lb Hamburger, cooked and roughly crumbled

3 to 5 Potatoes, washed, pelled and cut into bite size pieces

1 to 3 cans red kidney beans, with liquid



Combine all ingredients. Salt and pepper to taste. Amounts depend on how much Hamburger Hash you want.

Serve with buttered bread

Golden Cauliflower Soup

Golden Cauliflower Soup

2 - 10 oz pkg frozen cauliflower or 1 small head fresh cauliflower, separated into small flowerets

2 c. water

1/2 cup chopped onion

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup unsifted flower

2 cup milk

2 tb chicken flavor instant bouilion or 6 chicken flavor bouilion cubes

2 cup (8 oz) shredded mild cheddar cheese

1/8 to 1/2 ts ground nutmeg

chopped green onion or parsley

In medium saucepan, cook cauliflower in 1 cup water until tender. Reserve 1 cup cooked flowerets. in blender blend remaining cauliflower and liquid; set aside. In large heavy saucepan, cook onion in butter until tender; stir in flour. Gradually add remaining 1 cup water, milk, and bouilion, stirring until well blended and thickened. Add cheese, pureed cauliflower, reserved flowerets and nutmeg; cook and stir until cheese melts and mixture is hot (do not boil). Serve garnished with green onion. Refrigerate leftovers.

What is the only essential vitamin not found in the white potato?

Vitamin A

Pumpkin Tort

This takes a bit more work than most of my other recipes but it's worth it!

Pumpkin Tort

24 graham crackers

1/2 cup butter

2 cup sugar

5 eggs, - (2 whole, 3 yolks, 3 whites)

2 - 8 oz pkg cream cheese

1 lb can pumpkin

1 ts salt

1/2 cup milk

1 ts cinnamon

1 pkg knox unflavored gelatin

1/2 cup water

1 large container cool whip

1 small container cook whip

1 - Mix:

1 lb can pumkin, 1/2 cup sugar, 1 ts salt, 3 egg yolks, 1/2 cup milk, 1 ts cinnamon

Dissolve 1 pkg knox gelatin with 1/4 cup water. Add to pumkin. Cool until thick like pudding. Cool throughly.

2 - Combine:

24 graham crackers, 1/2 cup butter, 1/2 cup sugar

Press in 9x13 inch pan

3 - Cream:

2 (8 oz) pkg cream chees and 3/4 cup sugar. Add 2 eggs beaten. Make creamy. Pour over cruts. Bake at 350 F for 20 minutes. Cool

4 - Beat:

3 egg whites stiff. Add 1/4 cup sugar. Fold into pumkin mixture. Make sure all egg whites are mixed. Pour over cheese layer.

5 - Spread:

1 large container cool whip over pumkin mixture. Freeze overnight. (6 to 8 hours)

Tip: after freezing use 1 small container cool whip to make fresher before serving.

Mark Twain said "Part of the secret to life is to eat what you want and let the food fight it out inside."

Indian Bread

Indian Bread

2 cups flour

3 ts baking powder

1/2 ts salt

1/2 ts sugar

1 cup milk

1/2 tb shortening, melted and cooled

Fat for deep frying

Sift together flour, baking powder, salt and sugar into bowl, add milk and shortening to make a soft dough. Turn onto lightly floured board and roll or pat to 1/2 inch thickness. Cut into 1x 3 inch strips. Make a lengthwise slit in center of each strop.

Fry in deep hot fat (375 F) about 2 minutes total time, turning once. Drain on paper towels. Serve with syrup, honey or preserves.

Beer Bread

Beer Bread

1 can warm beer

3 tb sugar

3 cup self rising flour

Mix ingredients in bowl and pour into bread pan. Bake for 1 hour at 325 F

You can also bake this beer in a can near an open fire. It's a favorite camp fire dish.

Baking Powder Biscuits

Baking Powder Biscuits

2 cups sifted flour

3 ts baking powder

3/4 ts salt

1/2 cup shortening

3/4 cup milk

Combine and sift first 3 ingredients into bowl. Cut in shortening with pastry blender or knives until mixture resembles coarse meal. Add milk; mix lightly and quickly with fork just until dry ingredients are moistened. Turn onto lightly floured board; knead gently 6 to 8 times. Roll dough 1/2 to 3/4 inch thick for fluffy biscuits or 1/4 inch thick for crisp crusty biscuits. Cut with floured 2 inch round cutter. Arrange biscuits on ungreased baking sheet. Bake in very hot oven (450 F) until done and lightly browned, 10 to 15 minutes, depending on thickness.

Whole Wheat Biscuits: Follow above recipe and change as follows:

Reduce flour with wheat germ to 1 cup and stir 1 cup 100% whole wheat flour into sifted dry ingredients.

How many flowers are in the design stamped on each side of an Oreo cookie?

Twelve. Each as four petals.

Bread Pudding

Bread Pudding

8 cup dry bread - broken in 1 inch chunks

2 cup raisins

3 eggs

2 ts cinnamon

3 cup sugar

2 ts vanilla

2 cup milk (apx)

1 ts nutmeg (optional)

Place the broken bread in a large bowl. Add raisins, eggs, cinnamon, sugar and vanilla. Mix well. Add enough milk to just moisten the bread. Put mixture in a casserole dish and sprinkle with nutmeg. Bake covered at 350 F for 1 hour. Uncover and continue baking until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.

Note: To prevent crusts place casserole in a water filled pan and keep covered while baking.

Also: Honey and rum may be substituted for some of the liquid

Fantasy Fudge

No recipe collection would be complete without our Fantasy Fudge!

Fantasy Fudge

3 cups sugar

3/4 cup butter

2/3 cup (5-1/3 fluid oz can) evaporated milk

1 (12 oz) pkg semit-sweet chocolate pieces

1 (7 oz) jar marshmallow creme

1 cup chopped nuts

1 ts vanilla

Combine sugar, butter and milk in heavy saucepan; bring to full rolling boil, stirring consatantly. Continue boiling 5 minutes over medium heat, stirring constantly to prevent scorching. Remove from heat; stir in chocolate until melted. Add marshmallo creme, nuts and vanilla; beat until well blended. Pour into greased 13x9 inch baking pan. Cool at room temperature; cut into squares

Peant Butter Marshmallow Cups

Peant Butter Marshmallow Cups

1 lb. white chocolate

1 c. peanut butter

2 c. Rice Krispies

2 c mini marshmallows

Melt white chocolate in a bowl in the microwave for about 2 minutes. Watch this carefully and don't over cook. Stir in peanut butter. Stir in Rice Krispies. Fold in marshmallows until coated. Spoon into petite paper cupcake cups. Let cool.

Nuts & Bolts

The original recipe

Nuts & Bolts

1/4 cup butter

2 ts worcestershire sauce

1/2 ts seasoned salt

1 1/2 cup bite sized shredded rice biscuits

1 1/2 cup bite sized shredded wheat biscuits

1 cup thin pretzel sticks

1/2 cup dry roasted unnsalted peanuts

Heat oven to 250 F. Melt butter, add worcestershire and salt. In large flat baking pan combine cereals, pretzels and nuts. Gradually pour butter over mixture while stiring to coat. Bake 1 hour, stirring every 15 minutes. Cool and store in air tight container.

Grandma's Molasses Oatmeal Cookies

Grandma's Molasses Oatmeal Cookies

1 3/4 cup flour

1 ts baking powder

1/2 ts salt

1 ts baking soda

1 ts cinnamon

2 cups oats

1 cup raisins, chopped

1/2 cup shortening, melted

1 1/4 cup sugar

2 eggs, well beaten

6 tb molasses, dark

Sift flour, add baking powder, salt, baking soda and cinnamon. Sift again. Add oats and raisins. Add shortening and sugar. Add eggs and molasses. Blend well. Add dry ingredients and mix throughly. Drop by teaspoonfuls 2 to 3 inches apart onto greased cookie sheet.

Bake at 325 F for 12 to 15 minutes.

Store in air tight container with a slice of bread to keep cookies soft.

Grandma Cooper made these by the bucket fulls and froze them in 5 quart ice cream pails.

Cream Cheese Penguins

I love these little guys!

Cream Cheese Penguins

18 jumbo black olives, pitted

1 (8 oz) pkg cream cheese, softened

18 small black olives

1 carrot

Cut a slit from top to bottom, lengthwise, into the side of each jumbo olive. Carefully insert about 1 ts cream cheese into each olive. Slice the carrot into eighteen 1/4 inch thick rounds; cut a small notch out of each carrot slice to form feet. Save the cut out piece and press into center of small olive to form the beak. If necessary cut a small slit into each olive before inserting the beak.

Set a big olive, large hole side down, onto a carrot slice. Then set a small olive onto the large olive, adjusting so that the beak, cream cheese chest and notch in the carrot slice line up. Secure with a toothpick.

Scarves and hats can be added by using fresh red pepper strips or canned pimentos cut into different shapes.

Makes 18 penguins

Cold Veggie Squares (Veggie Pizza)

Cold Veggie Squares (Veggie Pizza)

2 (8 ounce) packages refrigerated crescent roll dough

2 (8 ounce) packages cream cheese, softened

3 tablespoons mayonnaise

1/2 teaspoon dried basil

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1 cup chopped fresh broccoli

1 cup chopped cauliflower

1/2 cup shredded carrots

2 tablespoons salad seasoning mix

Without separating the dough, roll out both packs of crescent rolls onto a baking sheet, forming them into a single, flat surface. Bake according to the directions on the package. Allow the finished rolls to cool.

In a bowl, Mix together the cream cheese, mayonnaise, basil and garlic powder. Spread the mixture evenly over the surface of the rolls. Spread the broccoli, cauliflower and carrots on top of the cream cheese mixture. Sprinkle the salad seasoning mix over all. Cut into squares and serve.

Served cold.

Fondue Sauces for Beef

The Garlic Sauce dip is so delicious!

Fondue Sauces for Beef


1 cup sour cream

2 clove garlic, crushed

1 Tb chopped chives

salt & pepper to taste

Combine and chill


1 cup sour cream or mayonnaise

1/2 ts dry mustard or to taste

salt & pepper to taste

Combine and chill


1 cup sour cream

3 ts horseradish

salt & pepper to taste

Combine and chill


1 cup catsup

3 ts worchestershire sauce

3 ts prepared mustard

3 ts prepared horseradish

Combine in saucepan, bring to boil. Serve hot.

Fruit Dip

Fruit Dip

8 ounces cream cheese, softened

1 (7 ounce) jar marshmallow creme

3-4 tablespoons milk, if desired

Mix cream cheese and marshmallow cream together with an electric mixer.

If mixture is too thick, you may add a few tablespoons of milk, until you get the consistency you desire.

Serve with fresh fruit, such as strawberries, kiwi, and melon.

Avocado Dip

Avocado Dip

2 avocados

1 cup mayonnaise

1 cup sour cream

1/2 (1 ounce) package taco seasoning mix

2 (16 ounce) cans refried beans

3 cups shredded Cheddar cheese

1/2 cup shredded lettuce

1 large chopped fresh tomato

2 green onions, chopped

1/2 cup green bell pepper

1/4 cup sliced black olives

Spread refried beans evenly on a medium sized serving platter. If the beans are watery, chill for 20 to 30 minutes.

Peel the avocados and remove the pits. In a food processor, blend the avocados with the mayonnaise, sour cream and taco seasoning until smooth. Pour over the refried beans. Top with cheddar cheese. Add lettuce, tomatoes, green onions, green pepper and black olives if desired. Refrigerate until serving. Serve with your favorite tortilla chips.

Picante Dip for chips

Picante Dip for chips

8 oz sour cream

8 oz picante sauce, med or hot

8 oz cream cheese, softened

1 dash garlic to taste

1 dash seasoned salt to taste

Mix and put in refrigerator to thicken for a day.

Emergency Substitutions

1 c. sifted cake flour = 7/8 c. sifted all-purpose flour.

1 c. corn syrup = 1 c. sugar & 1/4 c. liquid used in recipe.

1 c. whole milk = 1/2 c. evaporated milk & 1/2 c. water.

1 c. of buttermilk = 1 tbsp. vinegar & 1 c. of milk.

1 c. sour cream = 7/8 c. of buttermilk or sour milk & 3 tbsp. butter.

1 c. of brown sugar = 1 c. granulated sugar & 2 tbsp. molasses.

Equivalent Measurements


3 teaspoons = 1 tablespoon

4 tablespooons = 1/4 cup

5 tablespoons + 1 teaspoon = 1/3 cup

16 tablespoons = 1 cup

2 cups = 1 pint

2 pints = 1 quart


1/2 ounce (1/8 stick) = 1 tablespoon

1 ounce (1/4 stick) = 2 tablespoons

2 ounces (1/2 stick) = 4 tablespoons

4 ounces (1 stick) = 1/2 cup

16 ounces (4 sticks) = 2 cups


12-ounce morsels = 1 cup melted chocolate

12-ounce morsels = 2 cups whole morsels


1 cup heavy cream = 2 cups whipped cream


8-10 whites, large = 1 cup egg whites

12-14 yolks, large = 1 cup egg yolks


1 pound = 4 cups


1 medium lemon = 3 tablespoons juice + 1 tablespoon grated rind

1 medium orange = 1/3 to 1/2 cup juice + 2 tablespoons grated rind

1 pound apples = 3 medium whole or 3 cups sliced

1 pound bananas = 3 medium whole or 1 1/2 cups mashed


4 1/2 ounces nuts, chopped = 1 cup


1/4 cup kernels = 8 cups popped


1 pound brown sugar = 2 1/4 cups

1 pound confectioners' = 4 1/2 cups sifted

Seasoning Blends

Chili powder (red pepper, cumin, oregano, salt, and garlic powder)

Curry powder (coriander, turmeric, cumin, fenugreek seed, white pepper, allspice, yellow mustard, red pepper, and ginger)

Poultry seasoning (white pepper, sage, thyme, marjoram, savory, ginger, allspice, and nutmeg)

Pumpkin pie spice (cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves)

White Sauce

The Essential Basic

2 T. butter

2 T. flour

1 1/2 c. milk

1/2 tsp. salt

Melt butter without browning; add flour and salt and cook until it is well blended. Add milk slowly, stirring all the while to keep from scorching. When it reaches the boiling point, remove from heat and beat well or until creamy. Serve over vegetables.

This recipe is so basic I doubt anyone can cook without it. It's for vegetables, soups, sauces, and graves.

Easy Blender Hollandaise Sauce

1/2 lb butter

4 egg yolks

dash white peppers or 203 drops tabasco sauce

1 tb lemon juice

1 tb water

Melt butter until bubbling. REmove from heat. Place egg yolks, lemon juice, water and seasoning in blender; blend at high speed for 30 seconds. Open top of blender and slowly pour in hot butter in a thin stream. Hollandaise will be thick and creamy.

Serve over vegetables.

Cocktail Sauce

2/3 cup catsup

3 TB chilli sauce

1 TB prepared horseradish

3 TB lemon juice

1 ts Worchestershire sauce

Mix this all together and chill.

Foolproof Pie Crust

Makes 3 crusts

4 c. flour

1 T. sugar

2 tsp. salt

1 3/4 c. Crisco

1 egg

1/2 c. butter

1 T. white vinegar

Mix in large bowl: Flour, sugar, salt together. Cut in Crisco. In small bowl beat: egg, butter, vinegar. Combine the two mixtures. Refirigerate for 20 minutes. Roll out dough on floured surface.

Junk Food Junkie Quiz

See how many of these you know. Answers are below.

1. Which two candies were named after horses (one was a racehorse)?

2. What candy bars were dropped out of airplanes over US cities as an advertising stunt?

3. On the average, it takes how many licks to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop?

4. Kids in America eat more candy than adults do.

5. Cotton candy was originally marketed as "Fairy Floss Candy".

6. What is the origin of the fortune cookie that no self-respecting Chinese restaurant would be caught without?

7. What is the state snack of Utah?

8. What was marshmallow originally used for?

9. What people invented the corn dog?

10. In what week is the most pizza eaten in the US?

Answers to Junk Food Junkie Quiz

1. Snickers and Lollipop.

Snickers was introduced by Mars in 1930 and was named after a horse that the Mars family owned. Lollipop is the one named after a racehorse. The largest producer of lollipops is the Charms Plant in Covington,Tennessee

2. Baby Ruth and Butterfinger.

The owner of Curtiss Candy Company of Chicago chartered a plane and dropped Baby Ruth bars over Pittsburgh in 1928. It was a very successful stunt and people scurried about picking up the free candy. Sales went up significantly. He continued the stunt and dropped Baby Ruths and Butterfinger bars over cities in 40 states.

3. 252.

Tootsie Pops are made by wrapping a hot strip of sugar into a cone. The Tootsie Roll mix is then poured into the cone and a machine turns the sugar candy around to form a ball. A stick is then inserted. According to recently reclassified documents from the company, it takes an average of 252 licks to get to the center. This was really an unknown fact until the cartoon owl in old Tootsie Pop commercials raised the question. Since the company had raised the question themselves, they decided they had better research the matter. The Tootsie Pops have been changed because in the past the hard outside sugar shell was thicker. But then management realized that people really wanted to get to the center as quickly as possible so they began reducing the outside sugar shell. I like the red ones best---and then the purple.

4. False.

Kids do love candy but adults eat about two thirds of all candy sold. Americans eat about twenty nine pounds per person a year.

5. True.

Cotton candy was invented in 1897 by William Morrison and John Wharton both of Nashville, Tennessee, USA who invented the cotton candy machine. They took their new candy to the St. Louis, Missouri 1904 World's Fair and sold 68,655 boxes of the sweet confection for twenty-five cents each. The British continue to call it candy floss and in other countries it may be known by different names such as spun sugar. The early cotton candy machines were unreliable. It took Gold Medal Products of Cincinnati, Ohio to perfect them. Gold Medal makes most of the cotton candy machines used today in America. Cotton candy is about 80% air and 20% pure sugar. It only contains about one hundred calories per serving and has less calories than a can of soda. Pink and blue are the most popular colors.

6. Los Angeles and San Francisco California, USA.

Like chop suey, fortune cookies are American creations. A Los Angeles noodle maker by the name of David Jung began making them in 1916. He was inspired by an old story about the Chinese putting notes inside of cakes during the Mongolian invasion of the 13th century. It was a good way to send secret messages. It is also reported that they originated at a tea garden in San Francisco. Take your pick! Remember the old joke about the person who opened a cookie to find the message "Help, I'm a prisoner in a fortune cookie factory!"?

7. Jell-O.

Jell-O was invented in 1897 and is an American classic There are certainly parts of this world that have never heard of Jell-O but not in the US! Jell-O is 80% sugar out of the box and the original flavors were orange, raspberry, lemon and strawberry. Lime was added in 1930. Some flavors that didn't go over so well were root beer, mixed vegetable, tomato, red hot cinnamon, Coca-Cola and cotton candy. Cecil B. DeMille used Jell-O in his 1923 movie, the "Ten Commandments" to simulate the effect of the Red Sea being parted.

8. Medicinal Candy.

Marshmallow was generally reserved for royalty and was used as far back as Egyptian times. The candy was first made with sap from the roots of the marsh mallow tree (Alothea officinalis) which is a member of the mallow family. Okra, hollyhock and the cotton plant are all members of this family. The sap soothed mucous membranes. The plant can still be found in the wetlands of the eastern US.

9. Texans.

Neil Fetcher put a stick in a hot dog, coated it with cornmeal batter and deep fried it at the 1942 Texas State Fair. They were an instant hit eventually selling over twenty thousand a day. Now days, everything is deep fried---Snickers Bars, Twinkies but I'll stick with the corn dogs. By the way, chili con carne was made famous by the Texans too. One would think Mexico, but one would be wrong.

10. The Week of Super Bowl Sunday.

One of the biggest parties of the year is on Super Bowl Sunday and more pizza is eaten during that week then any other week. What type crust does America like? Regular thin crust pizza makes up 61% of sales. Thick crust and deep dish follow with 14% and extra thin comes in as well at 14%

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