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What Are the Healthiest Nuts for Snacking?

There are many types of nuts…but what are the healthiest types of nuts to eat? How do you store them? Learn the facts about healthy nut snacks.

On December 22, 1944, during the Battle of the Bulge, the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division was under siege in the Belgian town of Bastogne by multiple German armored units. The German commander issued an ultimatum to the Americans: surrender or be annihilated. Army General Anthony McAuliffe dispatched a one-word response: “NUTS!” read more

Patriotic Popcorn

National Popcorn Day (Actually, There Are Three of Them)

When is Popcorn Day? Take your pick—there are three of them! Learn popcorn facts, and even how to make caramel popcorn. It’s not just for movies.

Is popcorn America’s favorite snack? Not even close. (According to one study, candy is #1; another says the top three are chips, chocolate and cheese.) Of course, American moviegoers would dispute this, as popcorn is the overwhelming choice for munching along with motion pictures…and they’re willing to pay exorbitant amounts for it. read more


Thanksgiving Ham Dinner: The Turkey Alternative

Looking for new Thanksgiving dinner ideas? We’ll take you beyond the traditional turkey menu with a much easier-to-serve Thanksgiving ham dinner.

For many people, what to make for Thanksgiving dinner isn’t much of a dilemma. Each family has its own traditional Thanksgiving menu—typically involving turkey—and deviating from it can be frowned upon. On the other hand, some families look forward more to seeing the same beloved faces gathered around the table each year, and are open to a little variety when it comes to what they eat together. And—let’s face it—some of us get a little tired of turkey every year. If you’re in the mood to change things up, consider the Thanksgiving ham dinner. read more

jelly belly

History of Jelly Beans: What Are They, and What Are They Made of?

How are jelly beans made? What are they made of? Learn the history of jelly beans, including Jelly Belly® jelly beans—by far the most popular.

What comes in a nearly endless supply of flavors and colors, contains about 4 calories, has two days named after it, and has been an important part of Easter baskets, holiday gifts and other events for decades? read more