Nov 3 - Geezer's Blog - National Sandwich Day

In Case You Were Curious…About Sandwiches!

November 03, 2017

The Bottom Line: Delicious facts about sandwiches!

The Full Story:

  • Americans eat more than 300-million sandwiches every day – an amazing statistic since there are slightly more than 300-million Americans.
  • What’s the most popular sandwich? If you guessed peanut butter and jelly, you would be close since on average, we each will have eaten about 1,500 PB&Js by the time we graduate from high school. The most popular sandwich in Americais the standard ham sandwich (ham, cheese, and mustard or mayonnaise), followed by the BLT.
  • The average American will have consumed 1,500 PB&Jsby the time they graduate high school.
  • The most expensive sandwich ever sold was a grilled toast sandwich that seemed to havean image of the Virgin Mary on it. It sold for $28,000 in 2004.
  • Depending on the region, hero sandwiches have been called many other names, including hoagie, grinder, and sub. The latter comes from Benedetto Capaldo’s Italian deli in New London, Connecticut during World War II. The deli received an order from the nearby U.S. Naval submarine base for 500 hero sandwiches.From that day forward any time a customer ordered a hero sandwich the employees at the deli called it a “sub.”
  • The ‘Dagwood’ sandwich was created by Dagwood Bumstead of the “Blondie” comic strip, by Murat Bernard ‘Chic’ Young. The ‘Dagwood’ is a sandwich made with many layers of bread, meats, cheese, lettuce, tomato, condiments, etc.
  • Muffuletta or Muffaletta is a hero or submarine type sandwich that originated in New Orleans early in the 20thcentury, probably at Salvatore Lupa's Central Grocery around in 1906 or 1910. It’s made with a round loaf of Italian bread, split and layered with sliced Provolone cheese, salami, and ham, topped with 'olive salad' - chopped green olives, pimientos, celery, garlic, capers, oregano, parsley, olive oil and red wine vinegar.
  • With the price of peanut butter today, you may not believe it, but the PB&J offered a lot of nutrition for a low cost during the Great Depression. This was due in part to two crucial advances in food delivery, the development of the process for making peanut butter and the adoption of the process for pre-slicing and packaging bread. These two advances made the necessary ingredients readily available at a reasonable cost just in time to help feed the families struggling through the depression.
  • To see a list of the most popular sandwiches around the world, CLICK HERE.
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