History Stories
CATEGORY: Sandwiches
McDonald’s Surprising Start, 75 Years Ago
May 15, 2015

On the 75th anniversary of the opening of the first McDonald’s, look back at the fast-food hamburger chain’s surprising origins as a barbecue joint. Read More

From Prune Whip to PB&J: The Evolution of Kid’s Menus
February 6, 2015

The arrival of kid's menus on the restaurant scene represented a new era both in dining, and in American attitudes towards children. Read More

Who Invented Sliced Bread?
January 16, 2015

Everybody’s heard the expression “the greatest thing since sliced bread,” but who actually invented the popular food? Read More

Miners’ Delight: The History of the Cornish Pasty
October 10, 2014

Few meals have roots as deep as the Cornish pasty, which was developed as a lunch for workers in the ancient English tin mining region of Cornwall. Read More

Sky-High Sourdough: Expensive Vittles in Gold Rush Fields
September 19, 2014

Why did the discovery of gold in California lead to a dramatic rate of inflation in the cost of food itself? Read More

Hamburger Helpers: The History of America’s Favorite Sandwich
August 29, 2014

The hamburger is one of the world’s most popular foods, with more than 40 billion served up annually in the United States alone. Read More

The Story of the Sandwich
July 18, 2014

Would you believe that Americans eat more than 300 million sandwiches a day? Read More

History in a Basket: It’s Picnic Time!
August 30, 2013

It’s hard to envision prehistoric man enjoying lunch by the lake as much as we do. So how and when did the picnic become popular? Read More

Break Out the Buns: The History of the Hot Dog
August 28, 2013

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Ketchup: A Saucy History
July 20, 2012

Explore the history of this beloved condiment and try out your own homemade version. Read More