National Peanut Cluster Day
National Peanut Cluster Day is a holiday that celebrates the candy that’s made using chocolate and peanuts. It’s a holiday that’s perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth and is celebrated annually on March 8th. On this day, people wishing to celebrate this holiday should head to their favorite candy store and pick up a bag of these crunchy, sweet candies, or maybe take the time to make their own at home. After all, there are really no bad peanut clusters, so grab the ones you like and celebrate this holiday in style.
The History Of Peanut Clusters
Alas, we were unable to uncover the history behind National Peanut Cluster Day, so we decided to find out who invented the candies instead. And as we researched this holiday, we came across some interesting facts about peanuts, chocolate, and ultimately, the creation of this candy.
First, let’s start with peanuts. Peanuts are a legume that was cultivated by the Incans of Peru as early as 1,500 B.C. This legume was used not only for sacrificial offerings but was also entombed with their mummies to aid with the recently departed’s afterlife. So evidently, peanuts were very important to them. New World explorers would discover peanuts in Brazil and brought them back to Spain in the 16th century. Traders would then spread peanuts all over Asia and Africa. During the 18th century, Africans would introduce peanuts to North America.
Chocolate also has an extensive history. There is evidence that it was used in Mesoamerica as far back as 1,500 BC. It was used to make a fermented drink that was consumed hot and had other ingredients added to it. The Olmecs, the Mayans, and the Aztecs all used chocolate in a variety of different ways, and it was very important in their lives. It’s believed that cacao beans were first transported back to Spain during the 16th century.
When people started putting peanuts and chocolate together to make peanut clusters is a little unclear. They were most certainly made before the beginning of the 20th century, but no one knows exactly who or when people started making them. We do know that a popular form of peanut clusters called Goo Goo Clusters was first made in 1912 by the Standard Candy Company in Nashville, Tennessee. However, that’s all that is known about the history of this great candy.
Observing National Peanut Cluster Day
Now that we’ve examined the history of peanuts, chocolate, and the peanut cluster, it’s time to talk about how this holiday can be celebrated. Celebrating this holiday is pretty easy. All you have to do is buy your favorite type of peanut clusters or make some at home. Since they’re made from peanuts and chocolate, they’re not that hard to make, so just about anyone can do it. And while you’re celebrating this holiday, don’t forget to use the hashtag #NationalPeanutClusterDay to let everyone know you’re enjoying this sweet, gooey holiday.