• Josh Chang

National Potato day is this Wednesday, August 19th! Never celebrated this tasty tot before? Good news, we have some great ways to celebrate today and this versatile vegetable.



Potatoes have been a popular food for centuries so it’s about time we recognize this versatile and ap-peeling favorite. Mashed, smashed, chipped, or covered in cheese, potatoes can be eaten with just about every meal — or as a meal! — making these starchy veggies a delicious and easy way to get iron, Vitamin C, and potassium.



How Do People like their Potatoes?


1. The standard cut might be a classic, but when surveyed 22 percent of people said curly fries were their favorite type of french fry.


2. 46 percent of all people surveyed pick Lay's as their go-to bag of potato chips. 

3. At over one-in-three people surveyed, McDonald's is chosen more than any other fast food joint as the people's favorite place for fries. 






HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL POTATO DAY


There’s no wrong way to prepare a potato and the Internet (and probably your grandma) have a million and one recipes for you to try. But if you'd like you can checkout Pikup's top recipes for you to try! Select a favorite, and discover for yourself why this hot potato is such a hot commodity. Don’t forget to invite some friends and make it an event!

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  • Josh Chang

National S’mores Day on August 10th recognizes the most popular campfire treat! Millions of people of all ages love this gooey, toasted treat.


The origin of this tasty snack is credited to the entrepreneur Alec Barnum. However, the first recorded version of the recipe can be found in the 1927 publication of Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts.  Even though the Girl Scouts were not the first ones to make s’mores, Girl Scout groups describe them in their reports as early as 1925. Earlier recipes used the name “Some Mores.”  It is unclear when the word “S’mores” became the more common name.



Today’s Chocolate,  graham crackers, and marshmallows facts:


1. The Hershey Company makes more than 373 million HERSHEY’S Milk Chocolate bars a year.  That’s enough to make 746 million S’mores!


2. HONEY MAID Graham Crackers were introduced in 1925 and are the leading brand of Graham Crackers in the U.S.


3. Every HONEY MAID Graham Cracker is made with the goodness of 5 grams of whole grain per serving and real honey.


4. Americans buy around 90 million pounds of marshmallows every year.






HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL S'MORES DAY

Try this S’more Bar recipe at home. Enjoy and share with your friends and family. However, if you think s’mores are too messy for you but enjoy the flavor, add the s’more ingredients to delicious desserts. Cakes, pies, and dips also offer a terrific way to enjoy the taste of a s’more.




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  • Josh Chang

Diet? Not on August 6. It’s National Root Beer Float Day, after all — a time to enjoy one of the best beverage/dessert combos on the planet.



It all started in Colorado back in 1893. Frank J. Wisner was inspired. Surrounded by Cow Mountain where his Cripple Creek Brewing Company was located, Wisner came up with a great idea. While mountain gazing, he didn’t see snow-covered peaks. Instead, Wisner says he envisioned scoops of ice cream floating in root beer.  Crazy, right? So, today, enjoy the tallest, fizziest root beer float you can find!



FLOATS COME IN MANY VARIETIES

The Boston Cooler was invented in Detroit, of all places, and is made with Vernor's ginger ale and vanilla ice cream. In many Asian eateries you can order a Snow White, which is composed of vanilla ice cream and 7-Up or Sprite. In Mexico, you can grab a Holado flotante, a combination of cola and lemon sherbet.




HOW TO OBSERVE NATIONAL ROOT BEER FLOAT DAY

If you have an A&W restaurant near you, you're in luck! A&W Restaurants throw a party by filling small frosty mugs with their classic mix of vanilla soft serve and root beer — and giving them away free!


WHIP UP YOUR OWN FLOAT

Don't have an A&W near you? No problem. There's no better way to celebrate National Root Beer Float Day than by concocting your own root beer float. Grab a bottle of your favorite brand of root beer, pour into a chilled glass and top off with a fresh scoop of vanilla ice cream. Nice!



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