August 20th is perfect not only for a sweet tooth, but also for nut lovers, because National Chocolate Pecan Pie Day is coming! They grow in North America, have been known for a long time, but only in the 19th century they were grown for sale. Let’s remember how it all began.
The nut was known at least 10 thousand years ago, which means Native Americans often used it in their diet. The first recipe was published in 1886 in one of the issues of Harper’s Bazaar magazine.
In 1920, the pie became popular when one of the syrup manufacturers mentioned it on their package. People prepared dessert, turning it into a national treasure.
Buzzfeed, a US news media company, rated desserts in 2013, in which this treat took an honorable fourth place.
The pie is made in different ways: adding chocolate, ice cream, sugar, molasses, corn syrup, honey, etc. The main difference is a soft, melting filling and a crust of crispy nuts. The nice texture comes from the fact that the pecans rise to the top and the cream settles from the bottom.
- In Texas, the pie is the state’s main dessert;
- Most people make it for Thanksgiving;
- Sometimes alcohol is added: bourbon, whiskey, or rum;
- There are over 600 pecan trees in Georgia, some of them up to 150 feet in height.
How to take part
Check out the recipes and try making it at home! There are a lot of instructions on the Internet on how to do it right.
If you are not confident in your abilities, visit a restaurant or order a dessert from private companies.
Some areas host National Day events that include competitions and fun festivals.
When is National Chocolate Pecan Pie Day celebrated in 2024?
National Chocolate Pecan Pie Day is observed on August 20 each year.