Is there anyone that doesn’t love a good sandwich? Whether you’re a gourmet that prefers whole grain bread piled with roasted vegetables, Swiss cheese and Italian dressing or you’re a meat-and-potatoes type that loves a good, old-fashioned ham and cheese on white bread, the reason sandwiches are so popular is because they’re so versatile! And today, one of the world’s most famous food creations of all time celebrates its 250th birthday!
Now the idea of combining bread and tasty filling has been around for much longer than that. But it was on May 21, 1762 when the combination got its current name thanks to John Montagu.
Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich, was on a winning streak while playing cards and refused to leave the game to eat. He asked his valet to bring his dinner out between two pieces of bread and ever since then, people all over the world have been stuffing things into rolls, baguettes, buns and loaves of bread.
Here are a few other fun facts about the sandwich:
- May 12th-19th is National British Sandwich week
- 94% of Canadians say they eat at least one sandwich each week.
- The most popular sandwich fillings are bacon, turkey, and ham
- Sandwiches are the leading entrée on restaurant menus
- The Guinness Book of World Records® for eating sandwiches is held by Peter Dowdeswell who ate 40 jam and butter sandwiches (each 6 inches X 3 inches) in 17 minutes, 53.9 seconds on October 17, 1977
Of course, the key to any great sandwich is delicious bread and Dempster’s bread has plenty of varieties to suit anyone’s tastes. Whether you crave the sweetness of peanut butter and jam paired with Cinnamon Raisin bread or a savoury chicken and vegetable salad in a whole-grain wrap, Dempster’s has the products you need to make your sandwich sensational!
Dempster’s is celebrating this monumental special birthday with a very special giveaway! One lucky reader is going to win a $50 Visa Gift Card and three Dempster’s free product coupons! To enter, just leave a comment about why you love sandwiches! And if you’re looking for a new sandwich to make, check out the Dempster’s Facebook page for great recipes and to learn about all kinds of fun promotions! So this weekend, why not pick up your favourite sandwich filling and a loaf of Dempster’s bread and celebrate the sandwich’s birthday by whipping up one of your own!