National Dessert Day
On October 14 everyone is allowed to indulge in their favorite sweet treats because it is National Dessert Day! If for one reason or the other you’ve been avoiding desserts lately, this is the perfect day to treat yourself, who can resist a gooey brownie or a crispy donut?
The origins of this holiday in the United States are unknown, but it is no wonder that someone would come up with the idea to create a special day to celebrate desserts.
The first record of the concept of dessert dates back to the 1600s in France. The word dessert actually comes from the French word “desservir” which means “to clear the table” and refers to the last part of the main meal that would be served after all the other dishes had been removed from the table. Originally, this meal did not consist of a specifically sweet dish, however, at the time, chefs often added sugar to their savory dishes which would be served last. With time, this last dish of the meal started being a sweet treat, such as cake or mousse.
Desserts grew in popularity in the United States in the 19th century, with Boston cream pie and key lime pie being the two favorite desserts in America. Other desserts that have been the favorites of Americans throughout the years have been baked Alaska, cheesecake, apple pie, and brownies, which have all become American classics.
For many people, desserts are important because they bring them happy memories, of baking with mom, or going to grandma’s house to eat her famous pies. Desserts can also be family heirlooms, as recipes are passed down through generations.
How to celebrate National Dessert Day
This day is all about treating yourself to a sweet treat. This can be at a cafe, a bakery, in your home or with family.
If you love baking, make a dessert you love or try a recipe that you have never made before. Invite your family and friends to come over, because dessert is always better when shared with the ones you love.
You can also revisit your childhood by visiting your grandma, and making your favorite cake or pie together.