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National Peanut Cluster Day

Today we celebrate Peanut Cluster Day.  Who doesn’t love a sweet treat with loads of crunchy peanut?  Peanut Cluster is one of my favorites among chocolate covered nuts.  Any treats made with peanuts or any other nuts, count me in, especially peanut cluster which is the combination of sweet and salty just right up to the last bite.

Peanut Clusters is a type of candy that is mixed with melted chocolate and peanuts.  There are several versions of peanut clusters including caramel clusters, butterscotch clusters, and chocolate peanut clusters.  They have been around for many years dating way back from 1912 when they were first introduced and made popular by the Goo Goo Cluster.  The Goo Goo Cluster is an American candy bar created in Nashville, Tennessee by the Howell Campbell and Standard Candy Company.  The candy bar was shaped into a small dish containing marshmallow nougat, caramel, and roasted peanuts then covered with milk chocolate.

Today, celebrate this day by whipping up your version of the peanut cluster and share it with friends and family.  Using dark chocolate will be ideal for this crunchy delicious treat.  Happy cooking and don’t forget to share some photos of your creation on social media.

1917 February Revolution begins, leading to the end of czarist rule in Russia

In Russia, the February Revolution (known as such because of Russia’s use of the Julian calendar) begins when riots and strikes over the scarcity of food erupt in Petrograd. One week later, centuries of czarist rule in Russia ended with the abdication of Nicholas II, and Russia took a dramatic step closer toward communist revolution.

By 1917, most Russians had lost faith in the leadership ability of the czarist regime. Government corruption was rampant, the Russian economy remained backward, and Nicholas repeatedly dissolved the Duma, the Russian parliament established after the Revolution of 1905, when it opposed his will. However, the immediate cause of the February Revolution–the first phase of the Russian Revolution of 1917–was Russia’s disastrous involvement in World War I. Militarily, imperial Russia was no match for industrialized Germany, and Russian casualties were greater than those sustained by any nation in any previous war. Meanwhile, the economy was hopelessly disrupted by the costly war effort, and moderates joined Russian radical elements in calling for the overthrow of the czar.

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