JANUARY 3, 2020 | NATIONAL DRINKING STRAW DAY | NATIONAL CHOCOLATE COVERED CHERRY DAY | NATIONAL FRUITCAKE TOSS DAY

NATIONAL DRINKING STRAW DAY – January 3

NATIONAL DRINKING STRAW DAY

On January 3rd National Drinking Straw Day commemorates the date in 1888 that Marvin C. Stone received the patent for the paper drinking straw. Since then, all variety of drinking straws are used.

It is believed the Sumerians used the very first drinking straws 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 #DrinkingStrawDay

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

NATIONAL DRINKING STRAW DAY HISTORY

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

National Day Calendar continues to research the origin of this tubular celebration.

NATIONAL CHOCOLATE COVERED CHERRY DAY – January 3 (1)

NATIONAL CHOCOLATE COVERED CHERRY DAY

National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day on January 3rd spotlights a favored treat during many holidays. The National Confectioners Association has even been noted to recognize the annual event. 

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

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 #ChocolateCoveredCherryDay

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.

NATIONAL CHOCOLATE COVERED CHERRY DAY HISTORY

While the National Confectioners Association recognizes this day honoring this tasty chocolate treat, National Day Calendar continues to seek the origins of the celebration. 

NATIONAL FRUITCAKE TOSS DAY – January 3

NATIONAL FRUITCAKE TOSS DAY

On January 3rd, National Fruitcake Toss Day challenges us to chuck the fruitcake as far as you can. (Occasionally, this fun holiday is listed as occurring on the first Saturday in December.)

Many people receive fruitcakes as gifts sometime during the holiday season. Some people eat this holiday bread while 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 with a competition of sorts.

HOW TO OBSERVE #FruitcakeTossDay

Host a fruitcake tossing competition. Invite family to join you outside with their respective fruitcakes (the ones made with flour, fruit and nuts) and take turns chucking them as far as they can. Make hot cocoa and prizes. Share your celebration using #FruitcakeTossDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL FRUITCAKE TOSS DAY 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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Recipe of the Day

COFFEE STEAK MARINADE

Prep: 5 minutes + marinade time of 1-2 hours
Cook: 6-12 minutes
Total Prep:  17 minutes
Servings: 4 servings

Coffee Steak Marinade

Ingredients:

3/4 cup strong coffee
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons avocado oil
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
1 clove minced garlic

Mix ingredients together and marinate steaks for 1-2 hours. Grill as desired.

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