History of National Brownie Day
Legend has it that the creation of brownies hales from the Palmer House Hotel in 1893. Bertha Palmer, a prominent Chicago socialite whose husband owed the hotel, asked a pastry chef for a dessert suitable for ladies attending the Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition. She requested a cake-like delicacy small enough to be included in boxed lunches. The result was the Palmer House Brownie with walnuts and an apricot glaze. The modern Palmer House Hotel serves a dessert to patrons made from the same recipe. The name was given to the dessert sometime after 1893, but was not used by cook books or journals at the time.
By 1907 the brownie was well established in a recognizable form, appearing in Lowney’s Cook Book by Maria Willet Howard as an adaptation of the Boston Cooking School recipe for a “Bangor Brownie”. It added an extra egg and an additional square of chocolate, creating a richer dessert. The name “Bangor Brownie” derives from the town of Bangor, Maine, which legend states was the hometown of a housewife who created the original brownie recipe. Maine food educator and columnist Mildred Brown Schrumpf was the predominant proponent of the theory that brownies were invented in Bangor. While “The Oxford Companion to American Food and Drink” refuted Schrumpf’s premise that “Bangor housewives” created the brownie, “The Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America” said it had discovered evidence to support Schrumpf’s claim, in the form of several 1904 cookbooks that included a recipe for “Bangor Brownies.”
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Betty Crocker, an early chatbot?
The Washburn Crosby Company created the character Betty Crocker to answer thousands of customer questions about baking. The surname Crocker was chosen in honor of the company's retired and popular director William G. Crocker, and the name Betty was picked simply because it was a friendly sounding name.
The Girl Scout Brownies group, originally called Rosebuds, was organized in 1914 by Lord Baden-Powell. The girls in this group are between the ages of seven to ten years old.
Closer to the brownies we know and love today, Bangor Brownies were invented by housewives in Bangor, Maine.
A sweet confection
The Palmer House Hotel created the Palmer House Brownie with walnuts and an apricot glaze
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National Brownie Day Activities
Stuff your face
Obviously that would be our go-to choice. In all honesty, what else would you expect for a day dedicated to something as amazing as this? Take the day to try new kinds of brownies that you've never tasted, and don't forget to bring milk!
Share your brownies
Spread the word that today is National Brownie day by posting your best pictures on social media. Inspire your followers to get out there and try new brownies for themselves.
As mentioned above, there are a variety of brownie recipes our there. Invite your pals over for a night of brownie taste testing. Supply a brownie bar of different kinds. We recommend double fudge, Oreo, mint, walnut and caramel brownies.
Why We Love National Brownie Day
Ding ding ding! Vanna, show them what they've won! Brownies are rich in flavor and definitely a guilty pleasure of ours. No matter hot or cold, they are delicious. Don't believe us? We dare you to tell us otherwise.
They are fun to make
Watch me whip, watch me bake, bake! Aren't baking brownies a blast? Always remember, that preparation is key. Pick your favorite ingredients and use some of the amazing recipes below in the content section!
They make you happy
Think about those movie scenes of dealing with break ups by eating chocolate. Why do you think that is? It's because they make you happy! And, ya know, release the mood enhancing chemical, serotonin. So don't cheat yourself, treat yourself to some delicious brownies!
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