Rocky Road Ice Cream (Wiki-Link)
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The Great Depression caused an economic collapse; however, many people did not starve during the Great Depression.
Perhaps a family chose to have a new pair of socks or shoes for their child in lieu of eating a big meal. Perhaps having a second portion was not necessary. Perhaps they were too proud to ask for help. Or perhaps they were a bit creative about their meal choices (eating only turnips instead of asking for help).
While times were tough, most people just made do with lesser quality foods, including selection of lower quality meats. Soups and stews made up most of the meals, because it could stretch the food budget. Casseroles stretched the budget, too. During the Great Depression, people changed their eating habits to help their budget.
Food production changed too; Cri-co was a less expensive option to butter. O-car M-yer Wieners replaced more costly sausages. Ma-well House S-nka coffee was an option to whole bean coffees. He-nz Ketchup was used as the base for a simple tomato soup. Underw-od Deviled Ham substituted fresh lunch meat. C-rnation evaporated milk replaced fresh milk. Ground acorns became a substitute for coffee; or people added chicory to extend the coffee supplies. Honey, molasses and corn sweeteners replaced sugar as sugar was at a premium, and later rationed by World War II.
Meals during the great depression included; Grandmas Great Depression Cake (no eggs, no butter, no milk), creamed chipped beef on toast or waffles, creamed chicken on biscuits, as a variation of chipped beef, hash (potatoes and corned beef or sliced hot dogs), and Depression soup: this was simply 1/3 cup ketchup 2/3 cup boiling water, molasses and cornbread.
Foods that debuted during Great Depression include; B-squick, Good H-mor ice cream bars, Kr-ft macaroni and cheese, Krispy Kr-me doughnuts, K-ol-Aid, Toll Ho-se chocolate chips, R-tz Crackers and Sp-m.
Did you know Rocky Road ice cream was “invented” during the Great Depression?
It was indeed a “Rocky Road” ahead when the stock market crashed on October 29, 1929 and started the Great Depression. Poverty hit the masses for a decade, but hit its peak in 1933 when around 40% of the nation’s farms were on the auction block. Since that time, people have been preparing for the next Great Depression.
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Awesome info Frank; Thanks!
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