A sandwich is a food item commonly consisting of two or more slices of bread, with one or more fillings between them. Sandwiches are a widely popular type of lunch food, typically taken to work, school, or picnics to be eaten as part of a packed lunch. The bread can be used as it is, or it can be coated with any condiments to enhance flavor and texture. They are also widely sold in restaurants and cafes, served hot or cold.
- Sandwiches are thought to be the namesake of John Montagu. He was the 4th Earl of Sandwich, following the claim that he was the eponymous inventor of the sandwich.
- The first written usage of the English word appeared in Edward Gibbon’s journal, in longhand, referring to “bits of cold meat” as a “Sandwich”.
- The average American will have consumed 1,500 PB&Js by the time they graduate high school.
- The most people making sandwiches simultaneously is 607. This was achieved by British Sandwich Association (UK), in Manchester, UK, on May 14, 2013.
- The world’s largest sandwich weighed 5,440 pounds.
- The most expensive sandwich ever sold was a grilled toast sandwich. It seemed to have an image of the Virgin Mary on it. It sold for $28,000 in 2004.
- Depending on the region, hero sandwiches have been called many other names, including hoagie, grinder, and sub. The latter comes from Benedetto Capaldo’s Italian deli in New London, Conn., during World War II. The deli received an order from the nearby US Naval submarine base for 500 hero sandwiches. From that day forward any time a customer ordered a hero sandwich the employees at the deli called it a “sub.”
- Americans eat more than 300 million sandwiches every day. This is an amazing statistic since there are slightly more than 300 million Americans.
- The most popular sandwich in America is the standard ham sandwich. It consists of ham, cheese, and mustard or mayonnaise. It is followed by the BLT.
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