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9 Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About White Castle

Do you have the Crave… for trivia? We can relate.That’s why we’re handing out these juicy and delicious White Castle facts by the sack. So slide-r on over and learn these 9 bite-sized facts that might change the way you think about one of America’s most-beloved burger joints.

 

Original Owner Invented Flat Shaped Patties

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One day, frustrated by his inability to handle meatballs on his griddle, Walt Anderson smashed one flat with his spatula. The pancake-like shape was infinitely easier to handle, and Anderson adopted the method moving forward. Maybe that’s why Time named the White Castle Slider the most Influential Burger of All Time in 2014.

 

White Castle Was the First Fast Food Chain in America

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When Anderson started flipping burgers in Wichita, KS in 1921, he created the industry standard low-cost, fast prep burgers’ on-demand business model. The end result was a ringing success, leading them to start opening shops outside of Wichita as early as 1922. Even though fish and chip stands had existed in England since the 1860s, White Castle was the first American establishment to catch on.

 

The Name Was Chosen to Combat the “Unhealthy” Image of Hamburgers

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Upton Sinclair’s 1906 muckraking novel, The Jungle, exposed the harsh working conditions and unsanitary standards in meat-packing facilities, leaving a sour taste in America’s mouth. The book had impacted the name of ground beef so much, that Anderson and business partner Billy A. Ingram choose the name “White Castle” to convey a sense of purity and strength.

 

White Castle Building No. 8 Is a Historic Landmark

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One of the earliest franchises (the 8th, to be exact), White Castle Building No. 8 features the architecture that the chain was known for early on: white exterior bulwarks designed after the Chicago Water Tower. Measuring only 28 x 28 feet, the building is completely moveable and functions today as a souvenir stand.

 

The Most Sliders Eaten in One Sitting is 103

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This gargantuan feet of miniature beef was completed by Joey Chestnut in only 8 minutes. The current no. 2 ranked eater in Major League Eating (MLE) also holds records for eating hotdogs, pork ribs, and steak. Guess he’s earned the nickname “Jaws.”

 

White Castle Used to Deliver Burgers

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Because the Crave is so damned powerful, White Castle created a hugely successful “Burgers to Fly” program in the mid-’80s. No matter where you were in the US, they would deliver frozen sliders to your door within 24 hours. While it sucks that they don’t deliver anymore, the service paved the way for the freezer-aisle sliders that can help satisfy cravings.

 

Crave Mobiles Also Deliver Sliders to Castle-less Areas

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If you don’t live in one of 13 states with a White Castle, then you’d better pray that the Crave Mobile is headed to a town near you. While the frozen sliders will do in a pinch, we know you’ve been looking for fresh steamed Sliders to come your way—which is exactly what this food truck offers.

 

They’re a Hot Spot on Valentine’s Day

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You’ve decided to share your lives together, but will you share that last slider? White Castle is currently accepting reservations for Valentine’s Day dinner, so if your love is strong enough, hurry up and call. They’ll decorate the store and maybe even light a Slider Scented Candle to set the mood.

 

Kumar Was Vegetarian

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What the…? Huh? Kal Penn was faking the Crave the whole time? Give that man an Oscar.

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You’re Pronouncing Sriracha Wrong, and 6 Other Things You Didn’t Know About Rooster Sauce

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For being the most popular hot sauce in the world, Sriracha is still a huge mystery. No one really knows where it came from (pho restaurants), no one really knows when it got here (1980s), no one even really knows the correct way to pronounce it (SIR-rotch-ah, not SREE-rotch-ah). Luckily, foodie trivia is interesting for some reason, and the folks at Thrillist decided to compile this list of things you probably didn’t know about Sriracha (but you know, probably actually did).

(Hint: one of them is “You can cook really good food with it.”)

Prepare to have your mind blown.

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1. It’s pronounced Sir-Rotch-Ah, not Sree-Rotch-Ah

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For those of you who didn’t read the intro. Yeah, you thought I wouldn’t notice, didn’t you?

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2. It’s less spicy than a jalapeno.

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Jalapenos rate between 2,500 and 5,000 Scovilles; Sriracha weighs in at a wee 2,200.

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3. The founder’s Chinese zodiac sign was a rooster.

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Thus the logo and our lovely “cock sauce” pseudonym.

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4. They make over a ton of the stuff every hour.

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So go ahead and drizzle half the bottle all over your microwave mac & cheese. There’s plenty more.

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5. They’re making a documentary about it.

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Thanks Kickstarter!

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6. You can buy the stuff direct and it’s really cheap that way.

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$7 for two bottles of sriracha, plus chili garlic paste, plus Sambal Oelek.

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7. Apparently you can make really good food with it, according to Thrillist.

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I know, crazy right? We had no idea.

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Check out six more facts at Thrillist.