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Saturday, May 12, 2012

The Sandwich Celebrates 250th Anniversary

This year marks the official 250th birthday of the sandwich.

For longer than I can remember, the sandwich has been an ideal part of a well-balanced diet, while providing the healthy nutrition for a full course meal. It can also be a fun time for children to make whatever they want and put it in a sandwich. My
favourite growing up was PB&J with the crusts cut off alongside a plate of fruit. And it has really come a long way since the beginning of time included in Canadian meals.

The history of the sandwich dates back to 1762 when John Montagu was on a hot winning streak in a game of cards in a small United Kingdom town called Sandwich. Because he was so active in his game, he refused to leave the table to grab a bite, so he got his server to put together two bread slices with meat in the middle. It’s believed that from there, he was granted the title, “King of Kaiser” and became known as the inventor of one of the most famous foods in history.

With May 12 – 19 being National Sandwich Week, various events and promotions will take place across the country to celebrate putting food in between two pieces of bread. So enjoy and raise a slice and toast to one of the most enjoyable and wholesome meal choices of all time
with some fun finger-food facts.

Canadian Sandwich History Bites
  • Hero sandwiches were re-named subs during World War II after the U.S. Navy’s submarine base in Groton, Connecticut became a regular customer at Benedetto Capaldo’s Italian deli with a daily order of 500 sandwiches!
  • In 1916, a prize winning recipe entered into a contest sponsored by J.M. Schneider & Sons at the Toronto National Exhibition featured a sandwich filling using Schneiders Liver Sausage or Brunswick Sausage, minced onion, chopped pickles or olives and cream or salad dressing. It suggested using white, brown or rye bread. Mrs. C.A. Strutt won third prize for her recipe.
  • In 1938, Canada Packers offered a recipe book called “Tasty Meals for Every Day” that included an open sandwich recipe for Creamed Ham on Toast. Diced cooked Maple Leaf Ham was added to milk, butter, flour, salt, pepper, peas and green pepper, heated and spread over buttered toast with a sprig of parsley as garnish.
Today’s Facts
  • Ninety-four percent of Canadians say they eat at least one sandwich each week*.
  • The most popular sandwich filling choices in Canada are turkey, ham and bacon.*
  • Each serving of Dempster's WholeGrains Breads delivers the full flavour of 100 per cent whole grains and is an excellent source of soluble fibre, which may help reduce blood cholesterol and control blood sugar levels.
  • Each slice of Dempster's WholeGrains Breads also contains protein and eight essential nutrients, and counts as one serving of Grain Products in Canada’s Food Guide.
Source: The Canadian Sandwich Consumer Trend Report, Technomic Inc., 2010, Report

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