June 29, 2012

National Almond Buttercrunch Day

"Almond blossom, sent to teach us. That the spring days soon will reach us." - Sir Edwin Arnold

It's National Almond Buttercrunch Day!

Today almost got the best of me. For some strange reason, I was convinced that I didn't know what this mysterious "almond buttercrunch" food was. At one point, I was pretty set on just buying a Butterfinger candy bar and some almonds, chopping them both up, throwing them onto some ice cream, and calling it a day.

But I did some research and realized almond buttercrunch is really just toffee with almonds and chocolate (some purists think this is belittling the candy... fatties like me tend to disagree).

The candy was made famous by confectionery geniuses Harry L. Brown & J.C. Haley (of Brown & Haley) who developed a recipe for a log-shaped toffee, almond, and chocolate candy in 1923. A few years later in 1927, they began packaging it in tin containers, which helped to extend the product's shelf life... it also made it easier to ship overseas to troops stationed throughout Europe, the Middle East, Korea, and Vietnam during World War II. Because of that sort of global reach, the candy can now be found in 35 countries. (FMI click here).

And now you're all the wiser, foodies!

Happy National Almond Buttercrunch Day!