40 Fascinating Food Facts That I Honestly Think About Way Too Often
I’ll never look at a Trader Joe’s banana the same way again.
Peaches and nectarines are basically the same, too.
In the U.K., arugula is called rocket.
The cheapest item at Trader Joe’s is bananas. They cost 19 cents each — and the reason why is a little dark.
Trader Joe’s employees use a bell system to communicate with each other because higher-ups didn’t like the way P.A. announcements sounded at other grocery stores.
This is how quinoa grows:
A few years ago, Butterfinger changed its entire recipe.
Elephant garlic exists, too. 👀
Allspice isn’t a mix of other spices.
But chili powder *is* a mix of other spices.
McDonald’s fries were cooked in beef fat until 1990.
Jam is made with fruit — and jelly is made with fruit juice.
Fruity Pebbles are just grains of white rice that have been flattened and puffed up again.
Pomegranates grow on trees.
Asparagus grows straight outta the ground.
On Sesame Street, Cookie Monster’s cookies are actually painted rice cakes.
Rhubarb leaves are poisonous in large doses.
Raw cashew shells are poisonous too.
The same guy invented Cool Whip, Pop Rocks, and Tang.
A chipotle pepper is just a dried and smoked jalapeño.
European chocolate generally tastes better than U.S. chocolate because it’s required by law to have more milk fats and dry milk solids.
Sour Patch Kids and Swedish Fish have the same base.
Mahogany cake was America’s first chocolate cake — though it’s been largely forgotten since.
A single spaghetti noodle is called a spaghetto.
Too much nutmeg can get you high.
Paprika is made of ground up red bell peppers.
Reese’s Pieces have a different filling than Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups.
A few years ago, Nabisco redesigned its famous animal crackers box after PETA flagged it.
It can take at least three years for a vanilla plant to produce its first vanilla bean.
Jelly Belly is one of the few jelly bean companies that flavors both the inside *and* the outside of the bean.
Ritter chocolate bars were invented to be square so they could fit into jacket pockets without breaking.
Brussels sprouts, kale, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and kohlrabi all come from the same plant.
Out of all the popular alcoholic drinks, red wine makes you the sleepiest.
Tootsie Rolls start out as gigantic 13-pound logs that are then shaped down to their mini size.
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Published at Thu, 18 Feb 2021 01:16:09 +0000