Search icon


04th Jun 2014

Food for Thought: A Short History of the BLT

The history behind some of your favourite foods.

We need food and drink to survive, to nourish us and to keep us in tip-top shape. But did you ever wonder about the history behind certain foods and drinks?

This week we’re bringing you the history behind the BLT.

The ingredients for the classic BLT existed for years, but despite this, there’s little evidence to prove that this sandwich was available before 1900.

Looking back, one of the earliest mentions of the sandwich was in the 1903 Good Housekeeping Everyday Cook Book, where a club sandwich included bacon, lettuce, tomato, along with mayo and a slice of turkey.

However it was unclear when people started abbreviating the bacon, lettuce and tomato to BLT.

The sandwich grew in fame and was popularised after World War II, following the expansion of supermarkets that made ingredients available all year-round.

In 1958, Hellmann’s Mayonnaise advertised their product as “traditional on bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwiches”, suggesting that perhaps that it could have been the case that when people were taking orders, to save time, the servers simply wrote “BLT”.

Today the BLT is seen as one of the quickest and tastiest sandwiches to put together and can be found on menus across the world.

Previously: Beef BourguignonBloody MaryBrowniesBubble TeaCaeser SaladCarpaccioChewing GumChicken à la KingCorn FlakesCrème BrûléeCupcakesDigestive BiscuitEggs Benedict, GingerbreadGranny SmithsGuacamoleGummy BearsKaleKitKatMargherita , Pad Thai, PizzaMarzipanMelba ToastMeringuesNachosPancakesPiña ColadaPopcornProseccoRavioliRed Velvet CakeSmartiesWafflesWaterford Blaa