Food Five of the oldest snacks we still eat today

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    Choices, choices! Your local grocery store is probably flooded with snacks and candy too, like in every other grocery store in the world. But do you know which are the oldest snacks we still eat nowadays?

    1. Pretzels
    Pretzel historians (yes, they exist!) say that the pretzel has it's beginning in the 6th century. An Italian monk, who was a fine baker too, used it to give as a treat to children if they attended church and said their prayers. The Latin word for pretzel is 'pretziola' which means 'little reward'

    2. Popcorn
    Pretzels have some heavy competition from popcorn, because popcorn historians claim that this is the oldest snack in the world. Archeologists found popcorn ears in 1948 in Minnesota were it's believed to be snacked by Native Americans around 5,600 years ago. They used hot stones over a fire to pop the corn. There is even a national popcorn day in the US, check your calendar!

    3. Oreo cookies
    Grab 'em. Pop 'em. Love 'em. My children still eat these and I must say...they taste great! It's the snack that has it's beginning in 1912 in New York. Nabisco, National Biscuit Company, released the cookie with the vanilla filling and since then over 362 billion are sold worldwide making it the best selling cookie of the 20th century.

    4. Lay's chips
    Although Lay's chips went through numerous name changes, everybody knows the classic potato chip. In 1932 Herman Lay started his business by selling the snack from the trunk of his car and it soon skyrocketed. In 1942 the first potato chip processor was made and from that time on the snack was processed in very large quantities. The company currently accounts for 59% of the US snack industry. De-Lay-Sious!

    5. Marshmallow
    I bet you didn't know that the marshmallowplant was used in ancient Egypt to soothe a soar throat. It has it's beginning as a medicinal substance sometimes covered with honey. By the 19th century French manufacturers made it into the treat it is today. The cylindric form, where the marshmallow is widely known for today, has it's beginning in 1948. Alex Doumak created and patented the extrusion process by running the ingredients through tubes.

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    Do you have a favorite snack that you ate as a child and still eat today?
     
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    @Warren : never ever heard of lamington but it sure looks tasty!
     
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    i certainly have. The good old Hamka's introduced to me in the 80s by @Rob :)
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    +1 very tasty indeed!
     
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    It's been a while since I had one, but the stroopwafel (syrup waffle) is one of my all time favorites! Typical Dutch and really yummie!
     
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    I will @Warren and post a picture when it's done! :D
     
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    Definitely Hamka's Bram! Still on my (almost) daily menu. To prove it i'll attach a picture of our trash can

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