Gut Rumbles

December 21, 2005

snack food

Did anybody besides me watch Snack Food Tech on the History Channel? If you haven't seen it, make it a point to catch that show if you can. It's FULL of amazing stuff about candy, ice cream, pastries and other munchie foods.

Did you know that chewing gum was invented by a guy trying to make a soft tire for buggy wheels? And that he got his first ton of chicle, the "gum" in chewing gum, from Mexican General Santa Anna?

Krispy Kreme makes enough doughnuts every seven minutes to create a stack as tall as the Empire State Building.

120 MILLION pounds of pigskin go into making pork rinds every year. Pigskin also goes into gelatin and Gummy Bears.

If something is rotten in Denmark, it's probably teeth. Danes consume more candy per capita than any other country in the world.

"Moxie" soda is the oldest continuously produced soft drink in the United States. (Not to be confused with the bitter shrew of the same name.)

The program is chock full of trivial information like that. I think I gained weight just watching the show.


I too was inthralled with all of the trivia in that episode. Have u seen the one about sandwiches?

Posted by: Lil Toni on December 21, 2005 11:55 AM

Saw that last night, too. The chicle trivia about the tire and Santa Ana was something I'd never have believed, unless I saw it myself on 'Modern Marvels'. That show AL:WAYS teaches me something that results in a private 'No shit?!' moment.

Posted by: Pete the Streak on December 21, 2005 12:16 PM

BTW Rob - Thursday at 8, the History Channel airs a documentary on the black box info from the KAL Flight (700?) that was shot down by the Russians years ago. I know you like this stuff too.......

Posted by: Pete the Streak on December 21, 2005 12:19 PM

My personal favorite was how the ovens for the cupcakes and twinkies work, and the twinkie dude talking about twinkie urban legends.

Posted by: caltechgirl on December 21, 2005 12:28 PM

Yeah, that was a pretty fascinating show. I liked the 13 pound tootsie roll and was pretty astounded by the numbers that factory puts out every day. I'm also a major league jerky consumer so the Oberto's segment was really interesting. I always wanted to see what goes into making that stuff on a large scale. 3lbs. of meat for 1lb. of wonder it's so damned expensive.

Posted by: marcl on December 21, 2005 12:29 PM

Liked it. I also enjoyed the history channel shows on food in America that aired on Thanksgiving morning (and early afternoon since the Detroit game was so lame).

Posted by: Dishonorable Schoolboy on December 21, 2005 09:21 PM

They still SELL Moxie in vending machines in Maine. That stuff is scary. It tastes like low-grade turpentine mixed with grass clippings. I suspect it makes an excellent engine degreaser but I wouldn't DRINK the stuff. *shudder*. The cans are Hazard Orange for a reason, folks.

Posted by: bad cat robot on December 22, 2005 12:51 PM
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