Thursday, November 3, 2011

Chocolate Sandwich: Blondie's Cookbook

Today is National Sandwich Day, and although I've posted several Chocolate Sandwiches over the years, I turned to my "Tie-In" Cookbook collection and Blondie's Cook Book for today's recipe. Dagwood is the iconic King of Sandwiches.  My Dad used to make Dagwood Sandwiches... those were the sandwiches that contained every thing but the kitchen sink.  My father never added chocolate.

Dagwood Bumstead, in case you don't know, is a main character in comic artist Chic Young's long-running comic strip Blondie. He first appeared in the U.S. sometime prior to February 1933.

According to What's Cooking America, the Dagwood Sandwich  is a multi-layered sandwich with a variety of fillings. The term is used to denote a sandwich put together so as to attain such a tremendous size and infinite variety of contents as to stun the imagination, sight, and stomach of all but the original maker. Dagwood sandwiches is a term so well-known that it's in the Webster's New World Dictionary.

According to the creator of the comic strip, Murat Bernard “Chic” Young (1901-1973), the only thing that Dagwood could prepare in the kitchen was a mountainous pile of dissimilar leftovers precariously arranged between two slices of bread. Dagwood became known for his huge sandwiches he created on evening forays to the refrigerator. The comic strip is produced today under the direction of the creator's son, Dean Young, the strip has continued to keep up with the times.

Blondie's Cook Book: Chic Young's Classic Cook Book with New Comic Art Selections by His Son Dean Young (Gramercy Books, New York 1947, 1996)

This Comic says it all:

CHOCOLATE SANDWICHES RECIPE: Not sure how many sandwiches (or layers) this is supposed to make, but that's a lot of sugar. I've never made this recipe, so I'm thinking it might be a mistake.

1 comment:

Nikita Gould said...

Really? Dagwood sandwiches are so popular it made its way into the Webster's New World Dictionary? Amazing! :)