Top 5 Food Surprises

Fortune Cookie

5. Fortune cookies were invented in America.

“Opportunity is just around the corner.” Insert clichéd phrase here…The charming Styrofoam-like wafers that accompany every order of Chinese takeout are not, in fact, Chinese. At least they weren’t invented in China. They’re actually a purely American phenomenon, having originated on the West Coast around 100 years ago. The details vary depending on whom you talk to.


4. Almonds are (kind of) peaches. 

Almonds look just like peach pits—what’s the deal with that? According to the Huffington Post, “The nut we know as the almond is technically the hard-shelled fruit of the almond tree, itself a member of the prunus family. This category of stone fruit encompasses trees and shrubs that produce edible fruit like cherries, plums, peaches and nectarines.”


3. Honey lasts forever. 

Unlike Twinkies, which only last 45 days on the shelf, honey lasts forever. Assuming you keep it in a closed jar and don’t expose it to water, you could keep honey for thousands of years. In fact, upon digging up ancient Egyptian tombs, archaeologists discovered buried jars of honey in perfectly edible condition.


2. Froot Loops are all the same flavor. 

Despite being different colors, Froot Loops are all the same flavor. Orange, banana, berry, etc., are not differentiated. Rather, they’re mixed together into an amorphous fruity blend known as “Froot.” The same goes for Trix and Fruity Pebbles. You’ll never look at breakfast the same way again.

1. Americans eat a ton of food per year.

In a 12-month period, the average American consumes a ton—a ton!—of food. Our diets, which consist of comparatively high amounts of dense starches, cheeses, and meats are partially the cause. Large serving sizes also factor into the mix. Eat up and prosper!