I was intrigued earlier this week when I found that Coke was rolling out “Coca-Cola with Coffee.” Lexie and Zoe looked for it over two days, but found it last night at a convenience store. It is interesting – the flavor seems to be heavy on the Coke first, then the coffee kicks in. Here’s a picture:
and…IT’S NATIONAL CHOCOLATE CAKE DAY…(AND I’M SHOUTING…)
In America, chocolate was consumed primarily as a beverage until the 1830s or 40s. Chocolate cakes, as we think of them today, mostly did not exist then. According to the Dover (DE) Post, the chocolate cake was born in 1765 when a doctor and a chocolate maker teamed up in an old mill. They ground up cocoa beans between huge millstones to make a thick syrup. The liquid was poured into molds shaped like cakes, which were meant to be transformed into a beverage. A popular Philadelphia cookbook author, Eliza Leslie, published the earliest chocolate cake recipe in 1847 in The Lady’s Receipt Book. Unlike chocolate cakes we know today, this recipe used chopped chocolate. Other cooks of the time such as Sarah Tyson Rorer and Maria Parloa all made contributions to the development of the chocolate cake and were prolific authors of cookbooks.
The first boxed cake mix was created by a company called O. Duff and Sons in the late 1920s. Betty Crocker released their first dry cake mixes in 1947.
Today’s Who Am I? Who Knew Wednesday question:
– I was born today in 1901 in Coulterville, PA
– I was a boxer and football player before getting into the business of football
– I bought an NFL franchise for $2,500 in 1933
– My team has six Super Bowl rings
– My team has the same colors as my city’s baseball team and hockey team
The answer is Art Rooney – the owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers! Congratulations to Richard from Fredericktown, who wins the $5 gift card to Everlasting Cup.
Thanks for listening!
– Joe and Lexie