NATIONAL CARAMEL DAYCelebrated annually on April 5th is National Caramel Day. Caramel is made by adding milk and fat to a sugary syrup that has been heated and stirred constantly until it reaches a light brown color. As early as the seventeenth century, American women were using caramelized sugar and water to make candies. It was a very inexpensive candy to produce. Around the year 1850, someone discovered that adding milk and a fat product to the cooked sugar mixture that a soft chewy candy would be produced. This candy, very quickly, became popular.
“Caramel is a beige to dark-brown confectionery product made by heating any of a variety of sugars. It is used as a flavoring in puddings and desserts, as a filling in bonbons, and as a topping for ice cream, custards, and caramel corn.
The process of caramelization consists of heating sugar slowly to around 170 °C (340 °F). As the sugar heats, the molecules break down and re-form into compounds with a characteristic color and flavor.
A variety of candies, desserts, and confections are made with caramel: brittles, nougats, pralines, creme brulee, creme caramel and caramel apples.” (Wikipedia)
There are also caramel flavored coffee, popcorn, ice cream, pudding and many other desserts.
NATIONAL CARAMEL DAY HISTORY
Our research was unable to find the creator or the origin of National Caramel Day, an “unofficial” National holiday.
NATIONAL LOVE OUR CHILDREN DAYAs part of National Child Abuse Prevention Month, which each April is a time dedicated to child abuse education, awareness and prevention activities, Love our Children USA created National Love Our Children Day.
Love our Children USA is a national organization that is headquartered in New York. Their mission is to break the cycle of violence against children.
National Love Our Children Day is a day to acknowledge the value of all children and to educate the parents, guardians, foster parents, caregivers, teachers and etc. on the importance of giving their children love, protection and respect.
NATIONAL DEEP DISH PIZZA DAYThe door bell rings and you hear the other people in the house all yell “the pizza is here, the pizza is here!”
April 5th celebrates a food holiday that pizza lovers all across the country will enjoy, National Deep Dish Pizza Day.
- In ancient Greece, the Greeks covered their bread with oils, herbs and cheese which some believe is the beginning of the “pizza”.
- In Byzantine Greek, the word was spelled “πίτα”, pita, meaning pie.
- A sheet of dough topped with cheese and honey, then flavored with bay leaves was developed by the Romans.
- The modern pizza had it’s beginning in Italy as the Neapolitan flatbread.
- The original pizza used only mozzarella cheese, mainly the highest quality buffalo mozzarella variant which was produced in the surroundings of Naples.
- It was estimated that the annual production of pizza cheese in the United States in 1997 was 2 billion pounds.
- The first United States pizza establishment opened in 1905 was in New York’s Little Italy.
- Pizza has become one of America’s favorite meals.
NATIONAL DEEP DISH PIZZA DAY HISTORY
Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Deep Dish Pizza Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.
NATIONAL GO FOR BROKE DAYNational Go For Broke Day is celebrated annually on April 5. Go ahead, go for it…this would be the day! What is it?? That is for you to decide. Are you a gambler? If so, take a big risk, “Go for Broke”. If you are not a gambler, it may be you want to take a risk with your job, a new project you are working on, buying a new home, financial investments, relationships, travels or any risk, go for it….”Go for Broke”!
We did find reference that this day also is connected to the 442nd Regimental Combat Team of the United States Army. The 442 RCT was a regimental size fighting unit composed mainly of American soldiers of Japanese descent who had volunteered to fight in World War II. The 442nd is considered to be the most decorated infantry regiment in the history of the United States Army. ”Go for Broke” was the 442nd Regimental Combat Team motto.
NATIONAL GO FOR BROKE DAY HISTORY
Our research was unable to find the creator and the origin of National Go For Broke Day, an “unofficial” National holiday.
NATIONAL READ A ROAD MAP DAYAnnually, Read a Road Map Day is celebrated April 5. It is a day to go back in time in a bit, back to the days before the GPS. There are some people that are driving now that have never used a paper road map, as they grew up, got their drivers license and learned with the GPS and other electronic navigation devices. So, unfold a traditional paper road map, familiarize yourself with it and take a little trip by following the map, without using an electronic device.
NATIONAL READ A ROAD MAP DAY HISTORY
We were unable to find the creator of national Read a Road Map Day, an “unofficial” National holiday.
NATIONAL RAISIN AND SPICE BAR DAYCelebrated annually on April 5 is National Raisin and Spice Bar Day. This is a day that we remember that wonderful and comforting smell from the kitchen and think of the delicious raisin and spice bars that were a special treat as soon as they cooled down from the oven.
There are many variations for these yummy bars, in recipes books dating back many years. You can also find many different recipes for raisin and spice bars, online.
Following is one of the many delicious recipes that are available: