NATIONAL BLONDE BROWNIE DAY
National Blonde Brownie Day on January 22nd recognizes a treat often referred to as blondies.
Almost everyone knows that a blonde brownie is similar to a chocolate brownie. In place of cocoa, bakers use brown sugar when making this delicious brownie, giving it a sweet-tooth-satisfying molasses flavor!
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Most people like to add white chocolate or chocolate chips to their blonde brownies or other things like nuts, toffee, or butterscotch. Blonde brownies are usually prepared unfrosted as the brown sugar flavor tends to be sweet enough. These blondies are sometimes served in sundaes, often topped with caramel sauce.
HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL BLONDE BROWNIE DAY
While enjoying a blonde brownie would count toward celebrating the day, that may be much too simple. Blonde brownies also make a delicious addition to a layered trifle dessert. Add a scoop of ice cream to a freshly baked blonde brownie and top with your favorite syrup. If you prefer the lighter side, serve a blonde brownie with a serving of fresh fruit. Pineapple, cherries, or apricots seem appropriate.
Serve your blondies with tea, coffee, or hot chocolate. And of course, you can’t enjoy them alone. You must extend an invitation to a friend or two. They’ll happily help you finish off a few blondies while catching up on the new year. You can make them for church, school, or work occasions, too.
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NATIONAL BLONDE BROWNIE DAY HISTORY
There is no found documentation of the beginning of National Blonde Brownie Day. It is known, however, that this light-colored treat was actually invented in Upper Sandusky, Ohio. Recipes for blonde brownies can be found in recipe books dating back into the 1940s and maybe even earlier.
Blonde Brownie FAQ
Q. Do I have to be a baker to celebrate National Blonde Brownie Day?
A. No. Anyone can celebrate the day whether they enjoy baking or not. It’s an especially good day for those who cannot have chocolate but enjoy a sweet snack now and then.
Q. Can I use white chocolate in a blondie?
A. Yes. A lot of recipes call for white chocolate chips.
January 22nd Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) History
President Harry S. Truman signs a directive creating the Central Intelligence Group, the predecessor to the Central Intelligence Agency.
The sketch comedy television show, Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In, premiers on NBC. Comedians Dan Rowan and Dick Martin hosted the show for five years.
During a Super Bowl XVIII commercial, the Apple Macintosh computer is introduced. It is the first home computer to utilize a mouse and graphical user interface.
Aboard the space shuttle Discovery, the first Canadian woman and first neurologist launched into space. Dr. Roberta Bondar began her training in 1984 with the Canadian Space Agency.
The United States Senate confirmed Madeleine Albright as the first female United States Secretary of State. President Bill Clinton appointed her to the Cabinet position, and she served until January 20, 2001.
January 22nd Celebrated (and Not So Celebrated) Birthdays
Justina Laurena Carter Ford – 1871
Shortly after earning her medical degree from Hering Medical School in Chicago, Ford became the first African American woman to obtain a medical license in Colorado. However, since all the hospitals in Denver denied her privileges, she opened her own practice.
Willa Brown – 1906
In 1938, Brown became the first African American woman to earn a pilot license in the United States – 17 years after Bessie Coleman earned hers in France. A year later, Brown obtained her commercial license.
Sam Cooke – 1935
The gospel singer earned the title “father of soul” in the 1950s. Some of his most popular songs include “Twistin’ the Night Away,” “You Send Me,” and “Chain Gang.”
Beryl Swain – 1936
In 1907, the International Auto-Cycle Tourist Trophy race commenced. At the time it was a 15-mile race on the Isle of Man – an island between Ireland and England. Today, it is considered the world’s most dangerous motorcycle race at 38 miles and is known as the Isle of Man Tourist Trophy race. In 1962, Beryl Swain became the first woman to compete in the race. She completed the race 22nd out of 25 racers.