May 27, 2012

Celebrating 250 Years of the Sandwich!

Sandwiches are one of the most popular snacks around the world. This month, London celebrates the 250 years of Sandwiches as the first written record of the sandwich was in 1762. It is thought  the fourth earl of Sandwich invented the popular snack during a long game of cards, hence the name...

The man behind the popular snack John Montagu, the fourth Earl of Sandwich, is said to be the man after whom the sandwich was named, 250 years ago, when he ordered beef served between slices of bread about 250 years ago he probably did not think his request would become a global convenience meal. The story goes that the Earl asked for the particular serving so that he could eat while continuing to play cards and his friends asked “to have the same as Sandwich”, according to the British Sandwich Association. Today, sandwiches are popular all over the world in different shapes and tastes...

This month, the 11th Earl of Sandwich, who shares his name with the fourth Earl after which the sandwich is said to be named, recently hosted a lunch in Sandwich, Kent (England). John Montagu said: “I am delighted to wish a happy 250th birthday to the sandwich. "My ancestor, the 4th Earl, could never have imagined that his simple invention would spawn a multi-billion dollar industry, employing hundreds of thousands of people in this country.“
 
Happy 250 Years of Sandwiches!
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