Despite our inquiry, the origins of National Something On a Stick Day, which is observed on March 28, remain unknown. There appears to be no particular historical event associated with the beginning of the day’s national observance; it is more likely a case of a fun-loving individual or group manipulating internet search results with the wizardry of SEO to increase the holiday’s legitimacy, which we don’t mind! It cannot be denied that cuisine on a stick is entertaining. Today is the day to indulge in candy apples, creamsicles, shish kabobs, and teriyaki chicken on a stick, but perhaps not Jeff Dunham’s “Jalapeno on a Stick”
The background of National Something On a Stick Day
Wooden skewers have been used in the preparation and ingestion of food for a very long time. Very far away. A German archaeological site contained a stick with a burnt point, indicating that it was used to cook meat over a fire 300,000 years ago, during the Lower Paleolithic period.
Homer’s “Iliad” from ancient Greece mentions cooking flesh on skewers. In the absence of a metal grill to set over a wood fire, it is a no-brainer to pierce your meat with a sharpened stick and hold it over the flames while you turn it and alter its height above the flames to achieve the desired doneness. Possibly this is the only reason why this technique has existed for millennia.
Even prevalent among mediaeval scholars is the legend that Turkish soldiers in the Crusades used their swords as meat spits. Make that item multifunctional!
Know that you’re in excellent company the next time you’re camping and you cook your hot dog on the end of a sapling branch you’ve found: humans have cooked meat this way for nearly as long as there have been humans. And National Something On a Stick Day is the ideal occasion for doing so.
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Start the backyard fire grate ablaze.
Even in temperate climates, it shouldn’t be too cold to gather the children around a campfire on March 28 to roast hot dogs and marshmallows on poles or skewers over the flames. However, do not twirl your stick, as molten marshmallow on the cheek is never enjoyable.
Host a shish kabob barbecue.
Use official bamboo skewers to make kabobs of lamb, beef, poultry, tofu, and/or vegetables in this more refined celebration of flavour over an open flame.
Make your own ice treats.
Fill your regular ice-cube trays with Kool-Aid or another sweet liquid, cover the trays with plastic wrap, and insert a toothpick into each cube to serve as a handle after freezing. Mini-pops!
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Officials in the German cities of Frankfurt and Coburg will dispute the claim, but it is generally accepted that Viennese citizens Emil Reichel and Sam Ladany devised the hot dog as we know it and introduced it to American diners at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair.
Apollo 7 astronauts had freeze-dried ice cream removed from their space-bound menu, but the famous American hot dog remained on the menu for Apollo 11.
In 2015, Americans spent more than $2.5 billion on hot dogs, and between Memorial Day and Labor Day, they are expected to consume 7 billion hot dogs.
In the 2015 Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest, Matt Stonie, also known as “Megatoad,” consumed 62 hot dogs in just 10 minutes.
Stanley S. Jenkins applied for a U.S. patent in 1927, which was granted in 1929, for a machine that combined a conventional hot dog with cornmeal batter and fried it into a corn dog.
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