Paid PostPosted on Apr 12, 201813 Interesting Facts About The Grilled Cheese That Will Make You Love It Even MoreA whole month dedicated to grilled cheese? How beautiful! You know what else is beautiful? Getting a quote with GEICO to see what you could save during National Grilled Cheese month.by GEICOBrand PublisherFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink 1. One of the first appearances of the term "grilled cheese" was in a 1930s luncheon menu published in the LA Times. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Columbia Pictures Those fancy luncheon ladies had some good taste. 2. Throughout history, grilled cheese (frequently called a "toasted cheese") was open-faced and sometimes topped with tomato. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Sentai Film Works From ancient Rome to early 1900s French croque monsieurs, grilled cheese has pretty much been around since day one. 3. Schools quickly adopted grilled cheese and tomato soup in cafeterias as a cheap meal option that fulfilled vitamin C and protein requirements. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF 20th Century Fox Make grilled cheese every single day of the school week, please and thank you. 4. Despite the popularity of processed factory cheese in the States, it was frequently referred to as "rat cheese" by the English who were dedicated to their delicacy cheddars. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Pixar Say what you will, Americans will defend that delicious "rat cheese" to the death. 5. After the bread slicer and patent for processed cheese slices came around, the familiar two-slice grilled cheese sandwich emerged and became a staple in kitchens everywhere. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Warner Bros. Grilled cheese was the coolest thing since sliced bread. 6. An internet search for "how to make the perfect grilled cheese" produces over a million results. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Netflix Everybody's got an ooey gooey opinion. 7. But the Royal Society of Chemistry believes they have created a scientific formula for a perfect grilled cheese. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF ABC The power of science has truly taken us to better places. 8. During a 2012 eating contest in Texas, a man once set a world record by eating 13 grilled cheese sandwiches in one minute. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Universal Pictures Equal parts delicious and horrifying. 9. In 2004, a grilled cheese with a burn pattern bearing the likeness of the Virgin Mary sold for $28,000 in an online bidding war. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Universal Pictures Holy cheesus! 10. But according to the Guinness Book of World Records, one of the most expensive grilled cheeses you can actually eat costs $214. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Comedy Central Made from champagne bread and edible gold flakes, it better be worth it. 11. While Greece consumes the most cheese per capita, the United States is one of the top producers of cheese in the world. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF FOX At home and abroad, cheese continues to cast her magical spell across the world. 12. Americans eat approximately 2.2 billion grilled cheese sandwiches a year, according to a market research study. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Comedy Central Which brings new meaning to the phrase "proud to be an American." 13. The same study also concluded that grilled cheese fans were more likely to be charitable than their cheese-less counterparts. Tap to play GIF Tap to play GIF Hulu Grilled cheese is truly the gift that keeps on giving. It's so much more than just a grilled cheese, just like GEICO is more than just car insurance! Get a quote today on renters insurance, motorcycle insurance, and more.