Festive Taste Test Trivia

1. Some people leave milk out as a gift for Santa Claus. But what is the name of the process that destroys harmful bacteria in milk production?

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Pasteurization. This process is widely used to make milk safe to drink.

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2. In Poland, people often eat carp over the festive season, but where is the fish stored before it is cooked?


Bathtub. In Eastern Europe, the traditional festive dish is carp. The carp typically arrives at the table after having spent two to three days in the family bathtub.

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3. Sweet foods are often eaten over the winter holidays, but what is an alternative name for the fifth basic taste, sometimes referred to as savoury?


Umami. In addition to sweet, salty, bitter and sour, most people have a fifth basic taste known as umami, which is associated with flavours such as soy sauce and shrimp.

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4. Which way should British people stir the traditional “Christmas pudding” mixture for good luck?




5. “Stollen” is the traditional festive fruit cake of which country?



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6. Many of us will be washing the dishes after festive lunches. But which contains more germs, the kitchen sink or the bathroom?


Kitchen sink. Your kitchen sink may contain 100,000 more germs than your bathroom.


7. How many festive dinners are thrown away each year?


4 million. This equates to £64 million wasted on uneaten festive food each year.

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8. Many of us have leftovers over the seasonal holidays. But can you tell if leftovers have gone off simply by smelling them?

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No. Smell is not a good indicator of listeria, E. Coli and many other contaminants. A food can smell perfectly normal but make you very ill.

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9. As the New Year approaches, how many food and drink products are launched worldwide each year?


100,000. Manufacturers launch more than 100,000 new food products each year, but only about 5 percent of these will succeed.

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10. Eating healthier is a popular New Year’s resolution. But what percentage of people break their New Year’s resolution each year?


80%. The failure rate for New Year's resolutions is said to be about 80 percent, and most lose their resolve by mid-February.

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