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JANUARY 3, 2018 | NATIONAL CHOCOLATE COVERED CHERRY DAY | NATIONAL DRINKING STRAW DAY | NATIONAL FRUITCAKE TOSS DAY

NATIONAL CHOCOLATE COVERED CHERRY DAY

Recognized by the National Confectioners Association and celebrated by millions of people across the country, January 3rd is National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day.

It is almost impossible to eat just one of these chocolate covered cherry candies that have combined two favorite flavors into one delicious treat. The candy often is made with a sweet liquid center and in some cases has a liquor filling center.

Known to many as a mid-winter pick-me-up, chocolate covered cherries, also called chocolate cordials, can be either store-bought or homemade. There are also many recipes that mimic the flavor of the long known and well-loved candy.

In the 1700s in England, cherries were enclosed in chocolate with a little kirsch (cordial) liqueur. After finding their way to the United States, Americans received them quite well, delighting in the little bit of alcoholic cordial surrounding the fruit dipped in chocolate.  Although originally made with the liqueur, cordials/chocolate covered cherries are more commonly made with a sugar syrup flavored with cherries.  The pitted cherries have been cooked in sugar syrup and jarred.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Enjoy your day sharing some chocolate covered cherries with your friends and try one of the following recipes:

Chocolate Covered Cherries
Chocolate Covered Cherry Cake
Chocolate Covered Cherry Fudge
Chocolate Covered Cherry Cookies

Use #ChocolateCoveredCherryDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

Within our research, we were unable to find the origin of National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day.

National Drinking Straw Day - January 3
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NATIONAL DRINKING STRAW DAY

On January 3, 1888, Marvin C. Stone received the patent for the paper drinking straw.  In acknowledgment of that invention, each year on January 3, people across the nation observe National Drinking Straw Day.

It is believed the very first drinking straws were used by the Sumerians for drinking beer.  Archeologists speculate they used the straws to avoid the solid byproducts of fermentation that would have sunk to the bottom.  The oldest drinking straw known to be in existence was found in a Sumerian tomb dated 3,000 B.C.E.  This found straw was a gold tube inlaid with a precious blue stone.

The Argentines used a similar metallic device called a bombilla.  Used for hundreds of years, the bombilla acted as both a straw and a sieve.

Today, manufacturers make a variety of reusable straws.  From stainless steel and glass to bamboo and silicone, they not only save money and the environment but they are also fun to use.  They come in a variety of creative shapes and colors. 

HOW TO OBSERVE

Enjoy your favorite beverage using a drinking straw. Use #DrinkingStrawDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

The United States Patent Office granted Mavin G. Stone his Patent # US375962 A on January 3, 1888.

National Fruitcake Toss Day January 3
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NATIONAL FRUITCAKE TOSS DAY

National Fruitcake Toss Day is annually observed on January 3 (occasionally listed as the first Saturday in December).

Many people receive fruitcakes as gifts sometime during the holiday season. Some people eat the holiday bread. Others may re-gift them. There are those who sneakily throw them away and others who will do so openly. 

But on the third day of January, another type of fruitcake, ahem, person comes out of the woodwork.  These are the characters who have hoarded them, stored them and hid them so they can celebrate National Fruitcake Toss Day.

HOW TO OBSERVE

Compete with friends by seeing who can toss a fruitcake the farthest. Use #FruitcakeTossDay to post on social media.

HISTORY

The first Great Fruitcake Toss was held in Manitou Springs, Colorado on January 3, 1996. Each year the entrants compete to see who can hurl or toss their fruitcakes the farthest.

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