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See also: Article on Sandwiches; Club Sandwich Prices in 30 Cities; Stage Deli Sandwiches and Rueben Sandwiches

SANDWICH

The first Subway sandwich shop opened in 1965, and by 2010 Subway had over 34,000 sandwich shops in 96 countries.

In 2000, Smucker's introduced 'Uncrustables' - frozen peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with the crusts cut off.

John Montague, 4th Earl of Sandwich (1718-1792) is supposed to have invented the sandwich as a quick meal so as not to interrupt his gambling sessions.

The simple ham sandwich is still the most popular sandwich in the US, and in second place is the BLT.

"I dined at the Cocoa Tree....That respectable body affords every evening a sight truly English. Twenty or thirty of the first men in the kingdom....supping at little tables....upon a bit of cold meat, or a Sandwich."
Edward Gibbon, historian
The first written record of the word 'sandwich', from Edward Gibbons Journal, 11/24/1762

The ‘Dagwood’ sandwich was created by Dagwood Bumstead of the comic strip Blondie by Murat Bernard ‘Chic’ young. The ‘Dagwood’ is a sandwich made with many layers of bread, meats, cheese, lettuce, tomato, condiments, etc.

Muffuletta or Muffaletta is a hero or submarine type sandwich that originated in New Orleans early in the 20th century, probably at Salvatore Lupa's Central Grocery around in 1906 or 1910. It is made with a round loaf of Italian bread, split and layered with sliced Provolone cheese, salami, and ham, topped with 'olive salad' - chopped green olives, pinientos, celery, garlic, capers, oregano, parsley, olive oil and red wine vinegar.

It is estimated that Americans eat 300 million sandwiches each day - that's more than one for every man, woman and child in the nation!

According to the Guiness Book of World Records, the record for eating sandwiches is held by Peter Dowdeswell. He ate 40 jam and butter sandwiches (each 6 inches X 3 inches) in 17 minutes, 53.9 seconds on October 17, 1977.
 

 

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