Amazing Brownie Facts
Did You Know?...
that a chocolate brownie is a flat, baked
square or bar introduced in the United States at the end of
the nineteenth century and popularized in both the U.S. and
Canada during the first half of the twentieth century?
… that the
sliced from a type of dense, rich chocolate cake, which is, in
texture, like a cross between a cake and a cookie?
… that they are either
or cakey, depending on their density, and
they may include nuts, frosting, whipped cream, chocolate
chips, or other ingredients?
… that a variation that is made with brown
sugar and no chocolate is called a blondie?
brownies are common
lunchbox fare, typically eaten by hand, and often accompanied
by milk or coffee; however, they are sometimes served warm
with ice cream (à la mode) or topped with whipped cream?
… that the
appeared in public during the 1893 Columbian Exposition, held
in Chicago, Illinois, when a chef at the city's Palmer House
Hotel created the confection after Bertha Palmer requested a
dessert for ladies attending the fair; it should be, she said,
smaller than a piece of cake and easily eaten from boxed
… that the first Palmer House
brownies featured an apricot glaze and walnuts, and
they are still being made at the hotel according to the
… that the earliest published recipes for a
brownie like those of today appeared in the
Home Cookery (1904, Laconia, NH), Service Club Cook Book
(1904, Chicago, IL), The Boston Globe (April 2, 1905 p.34) and
the 1906 edition of The Boston Cooking School Cook Book by
Fannie Merritt Farmer; however, these recipes produced a
relatively mild and cake-like brownie?
... that the name "brownie"
first appeared in the 1896 version of The Boston Cooking
School Cook Book, but this was in reference to molasses cakes
baked individually in tin molds, not true brownies?
…that in 1887, author Palmer Cox
popularized the name “Brownie” with the
publication of his book The Brownies, Their
Book and with the
rise in popularity of the book, commercial businesses
developed advertising tie-ins to the name?
…that Kodak names its popular camera “Brownie,”
and a range of candy companies use “brownie” in the name of
their chocolate candy treats; also, Sears & Roebuck Co. used
use the name for a cookie?
…that a second brownie
recipe appeared in 1907 in Lowney’s Cook Book, by Maria Willet
Howard and published by the Walter M. Lowney Company of
Boston, Massachusetts and this recipe added an extra egg and
an additional square of chocolate to the Boston Cooking School
recipe, creating a richer, fudgier brownie. She then added yet
another square of chocolate and named the recipe Bangor
Brownies and finally a rich, chocolaty brownies?
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