Reading Rules from the Experts

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Remember our New Year’s resolution to read more?  If you haven’t been working on your goal yet, maybe these quotes will encourage you to start today!

“The man who doesn’t read good books has no advantage over the man who can’t read them.”  Mark Twain

“A capacity, and taste, for reading, gives access to whatever has already been discovered by others.  It is the key, or one of the keys, to the already solved problems.  And not only so.  It gives a relish, and facility, for successfully pursuing the [yet] unsolved ones.”  Abraham Lincoln

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”  Dr. Seuss

“It is a good rule after reading a new book, never to allow yourself another new one till you have read an old one in between.” C.S. Lewis

Advice on Advice…

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We thought you might appreciate a little advice today, so check out these quotes and leave a comment with one of your own!

“Advice on advice: Get some.”  Anonymous

“Vision without action is a daydream. And action without vision is a nightmare.”  Japanese Proverb

“You don’t know what you don’t know.”  Socrates

“If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.”  Lewis Carroll

Famous Quotes Series – Food Quotes

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Some people just know what to say and how to say it.  So here are some of our favorite foodie quotes we would have written if we’d thought of them first. 🙂
“If you wish to grow thinner, diminish your dinner.”  H.S. Leigh
“A good meal ought to begin with hunger.”  French Proverb
“A smiling face is half the meal.”  Latvian Proverb
“It is a hard matter, my fellow citizens, to argue with the belly, since it has no ears.”  Plutarch
“A gourmet is just a glutton with brains.”  Philip W. Haberman

Famous New Year’s Resolutions

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Broken your New Year’s resolutions yet?  Check out these inspiring (?) New Year’s resolutions from these famous individuals!

Jonathan Swift (author of Gullivan’s Travels): “Not to tell the same story over and over to the same People.”

Marilyn Monroe: “keep looking around me — only much more so —observing — but not only myself but others and everything — take things (it) for what they (it’s) are worth.”

Woody Guthrie: “Wash teeth if any…Write a song a day…Learn people better…”

Click here to read more from Jonathan Swift’s, Marilyn Monroe’s and Woody Guthrie’s New Year’s Resolutions.

100-Day Celebration With Chocolate Trivia


Welcome to blog post #100 at American Carepackage!  Let’s celebrate our 100-day blog anniversary with more chocolate trivia.

1946 – Pull out a dime.  Almond Joys are now available!

1950 – The Annabelle Candy Company (founded by Sam Altshuler and named after his daughter) starts selling the Rocky Road candy bar.

1970 – The Snickers Munch Bar is introduced.  Check out this 1970s’ commercial:

More Chocolate Trivia!


More fun chocolate trivia!

1907 – Hershey’s Kisses enter the chocolate scene.

1921 – The Peter Paul Manufacturing Company decides to sell something other than just rubber.  Knights Knifty Knibbles are introduced.   Oh!  You might recognize the candy bar by its current name…Mounds.

1940 – The York Cone Company in York, Pennsylvania produces (you guessed it) the first York Peppermint Patti.

What You’ve Always Wanted to Know About Chocolate cont…


Ready to travel back with us to some more famous chocolatey dates?  Ready…Set…Munch!

1930 – M&M Mars begins selling Snickers Bars.  (The next time you eat a Snickers Bar, remember its namesake, Snickers…the Mars family’s much loved horse.)

1938 – Nestle Crunch makes a deliciously crunchy entrance…a new sensation for the tastebuds!

1939 – Toll House Inn’s Ruth Graves Wakefield cuts up a Nestle chocolate bar and adds it to a cookie recipe.  The rest is history…Nestle asks to use Wakefield’s recipe on the packaging for Nestle chocolate bars in exchange for a lifetime supply of chocolate.

Chocolate Trivia cont…


Welcome back for more chocolate trivia!

Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup – In 1928, H.B. Reese introduces his Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup—the first of its kind.

3 Musketeers – Introduced in 1932, the 3 Musketeers bar contained three pieces with chocolate, vanilla and strawberry flavors.

Hershey Milk Chocolate Bar – Selected by the U.S. government to be included in soldiers’ rations during World War II, this U.S. military chocolate continues to be the main chocolate inserted into military care packages.

Chocolate Trivia


Welcome back for some more chocolate trivia!  Check out these interesting facts about two of your favorite chocolate candies:

Tootsie Rolls – Naming the beloved candy after his daughter (nicknamed Tootsie), Leo Hartsfield introduced the Tootsie Roll shortly after starting his own candy business in 1896.  More than 100 years later, the Tootsie Roll recipe has stayed the same.

Baby Ruth – Tradition has it that this delicious candy, introduced in 1921 by the Curtiss Candy Company, was named after Ruth Cleveland (President Grover Cleveland’s daughter).  Coincidentally, the year the candy bar was released, Babe Ruth’s fame was growing.  Many believe the Curtiss Candy Company said they were naming the candy after Baby Ruth Cleveland to avoid having to pay the famous Babe Ruth any royalties on sales.

Five Chocolate Heroes


1765 – The first chocolate factory, Walter Baker Chocolate, is established in the U.S, bringing us the term baking chocolate.

1849 – San Francisco’s Gold Rush brings us one of chocolate’s best friends—Dominbro Ghirardelli.

1868 – California, welcome Etienne Guittard from Paris.  We have him to thank for the delicious brand of Guittard chocolate.

1875 – Switzerland’s Daniel Peter perfects the taste of milk chocolate and goes into business with his good neighbor, Henri Nestle.

1900 – Milton Hershey, a successful caramel candy maker, founds his own chocolate factory in PA.

Wonder who makes the best chocolate chips?  Check out these chocolate taste test results published in the San Diego Union TribuneAnd the winner is…GUITTARD!