2012 is definitely a special year for those that are celebrating centennials. Two of my favorite treats turned 100 this year: the Oreo cookie and Girl Scout Cookies! Meanwhile, both the Titantic and our beloved Fenway Park in Boston will also be celebrating their 100th anniversary this month. Today’s blog post will feature the food aspect, of course.
Oreo is one of my favorite cookies. I like to eat them plain, with milk, in confections (like cupcakes, cheesecakes, pies, ice cream, etc.), home made from scratch, and even the cereal kind (anyone remember Oreo O’s?). A few months ago, I discovered how to make Oreo truffles, which was fun to make and surprisingly very easy to prepare – only five ingredients! I love that they are so cute, bite-size, and perfect to share with the office and friends. Here’s a photo of the end results of my first attempt. I dipped the truffles in melted white chocolate, turned them into truffle pops by adding lollipop sticks, and then decorated the truffles with sprinkles, walnuts, and milk chocolate drizzle.
Everyone loves Girl Scout Cookies. Not only do they taste delicious, but they’re for a good cause and organization. My favorite is the Caramel deLites or Samoas, which are donut-shaped cookies, coated in caramel, sprinkled with toasted coconut, and laced with chocolate drizzle. Because the Girl Scouts only sell the cookies during a certain time of the year, what happens when you crave them during off-season? Well, I found an easy recipe for homemade Samoas on Group Recipes, definitely worth checking out. The Girl Scout cookie season has already ended for Eastern Massachusetts this year. If you didn’t have any, give the recipe a try!
This Sunday, April 15th will be exactly 100 years since the end of the Titanic’s maiden voyage. The Herald News recently wrote about the last dinner on the Titanic, which inspired a chef from Warren, RI to recreate the foods from this time period. In particular, he prepared a Waldorf pudding, which would have been most likely served to the first class passengers back in 1912. It is of British influence, since the Titanic set sail from Southampton, England. What makes this pudding different from others is that it consists of apples, walnuts, and raisins, which are the same ingredients in a Waldorf salad.
The 100th anniversary of Fenway Park, ball park and home of the Boston Red Sox, is especially significant to local baseball fans. In fact, today (April 13th) is Opening Day! Hot dogs, peanuts, and cracker jacks are classic ballpark food that have been served to fans for decades now. Read about the history of these traditional snacks here. For desserts, I recommend doing a baseball design on any treat, such as cupcakes, cookies, truffles, and even strawberries – just coat them with a white frosting or chocolate and lace with red gel or icing.
If you are celebrating these centennial events, let us know what your plans are! Happy 100 to Oreo, the Girl Scouts, Titanic, and Fenway Park!