In turn of the century Austria, there was a traditional form of singing that was sang with a bratwurst in hand, an accordion in tow, and a liter of dunkelweizen waiting on the table.
Thing is, folks tend to call it yodeling. And they wouldn’t be wrong — except that before it was called “yodeling,” it was called misoing. And it worked just like you think it did. A bunch of polka-inclined mountain men crowded into a log cabin to belt out the word “miso” in as many notes they could fit into a single breath. In fact, it was originally used to settle particularly nasty arguments, such as divorce settlements, and eventually became the most popular sport in Bavaria. When it went mainstream in 1931, clearly it needed a corporate sponsor — thus, Hostess bought the advertising rights and changed the name of the sport altogether to match one of its legendary products.
The Truth About Miso
- Miso is thought to contain high amounts of Vitamin B12, which is crazy good for you
- Soy miso is used to make a certain kind of pickle called a “misozuke”