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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

SNOW DAY! And 4 Snowy Food Facts

Tuesday, January 27, 2015 | 12:55 PM Posted by Northeastern Dining , , , , No comments
Hello Huskies! Hope you've been staying safe and warm while enjoying your snow day. Changes to our hours of operation are being posted to our website as well as our Twitter and Facebook pages so be sure to check those out for updates throughout this snowy Tuesday.

With the serious info out of the way, we're here to have some fun too. In between Netflix binge-watching sessions, how about some interesting snow-related food facts?

1. Hostess Sno Balls are actually upside-down Hostess CupCakes
You know them as those pink or white shredded coconut and marshmallow delicacies, but since the 1950s, the inner cakes have been manufactured exactly the same way as their chocolate icing-covered CupCake counterparts.1

2. Canada is much more than snow
Our snowy neighbor to the north is actually the 5th largest agricultural exporter in the world. Canada also produces 85% of the world's maple syrup so whether you enjoy it on French toast at brunch or spaghetti during Christmas, there's a good chance you have Canada to thank for it.2

3. Ice cream helps drive the U.S. dairy industry
While you may or may not be eating ice cream while trying to stay warm today, this frozen treat is a favorite of dairy farmers across the country. About 9 percent of all the milk produced by dairy farmers in the United States is used to produce ice cream, generating total revenues of $10 billion in 2010.3

4. Commercial ice production is a very real thing
Despite what you saw at the beginning of Frozen, today's commercial ice industry has evolved from the days of slicing and collecting giant ice blocks from frozen lakes. According to the 2002 U.S. census, 426 commercial ice-making companies in the country generated a combined $595,487,000 in shipments that year.4

Stay safe everyone!

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