With 2-1/2 weeks to go until Christmas, Stretch has another idea on how to de-stress from the holiday whirlwind. Today he and his friend Tiny are celebrating “National Brownie Day,” a holiday we think has perfect timing because don’t many of us reach for something chocolate when we need a morale boost?
And this holiday has added meaning for me, a World’s Fair history buff, because the brownie was invented for the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair. A Chicago socialite named Bertha Palmer, wife of the owner of the Palmer House hotel, asked the pastry chef there to create some sort of rich cake that was smaller than a piece of regular cake so that women could easily eat it out of the boxed lunches that were popular with fairgoers.
The chef came up with the brownie, it was introduced at the Women’s Pavilion during the fair and the rest, as they say, is history! By the way, the first brownies featured an apricot glaze and walnuts and they are still served that way at the Palmer House Hilton today. So if you’re a fan of World’s Fair history and happen to find yourself in Chicago, you might want to indulge in a delicious trip down memory lane.