5+ Facts You Didn’t Know About ‘The Food That Built America’

At this point, you’re probably looking for a new show to watch (and inevitably become obsessed with). You’ve finished everything on your list and all of your reality TV go-tos just aren’t hitting the same. It may sound crazy, but we think you should be mixing in some educational programming into your queue, and lucky for you, The HISTORY Channel is bringing back The Food That Built America for season two on Tuesday, February 9. (Full disclosure: Our editorial director Jo Saltz makes an appearance in a bunch of episodes this forthcoming season!)

The show focuses on the origin stories behind the iconic brands we know and love, ranging from pizza chains to the candies you probably have in your pantry as we speak. Hosted by Adam Richman, The Food That Built America features reenactments and expert commentary about the history of America’s favorite foods, so you can learn some fun new facts to throw around at the dinner table or keep in your back pocket for your next trivia night.

Here’s everything you should know about the show:

  1. Season two will focus on the history of some of the most beloved food brands of all time.
  2. You can catch up on season one by streaming it on Hulu.
  3. Season two will feature 18 one-hour episodes.
  4. The series includes commentary by some top food experts like chef Marcus Samuelsson and RZA, who wrote the new Good Humor ice cream truck song.
  5. Adam Richman, who is in The Food That Built America, will be hosting the HISTORY Channel’s popular show Modern Marvels for some similarly food-inspired episodes.
  6. Adam got his start in the food media industry as a competitive eater but has since retired from competitions. He last competed in 2012!
  7. The show will have an accompanying podcast with the same title and it will be available wherever you prefer to listen to podcasts.
  8. You’ll learn a lot about how popular food brands got their names. Hint: Many of them are named after their inventors.

    1. You can tune in to a sneak preview of season two of The Food That Built America on February 9 at 10 p.m. EST on The HISTORY Channel. After its premiere, the program will move to its regular time slot on Sundays at 9 p.m. EST.

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