October 14 is National Dessert Day, a day to celebrate all types of desserts, be it from a restaurant, a local bakery, or homemade. There is no need to count calories today, so why not throw a real candy party?
The word “dessert” originates from the French word “desservir”, which means “to clear the table”. This term was used to describe the course served after the main course was finished and all the dishes had been removed. Sweets have been around for much longer than the term “dessert” itself. Ancient civilizations used to offer honey and dried fruits to their gods, while the Ancient Greeks baked Plakous, a sweet bread made with honey and nuts. Aristophanes even mentioned pastries with fruit in his plays, suggesting pies were invented in Ancient Greece.
On this special day, here are a few fun facts about desserts:
- Cheesecake is believed to have been invented in Ancient Greece and served as energy food to athletes during the Olympic Games.
- The first documented recipe for an apple pie was in England in 1381.
- The beloved sugar cookie was invented by Protestant settlers in Pennsylvania in the 1700s.
How to take part
On National Dessert Day, why not treat yourself to a delicious dessert? You can try something new or indulge in your favorite sugary treat. If you want to get creative, you could even bake your own dessert or try a semi-prepared dish from the store. You could also organize a dessert party and ask your family and friends to each bring a dessert of their choice.
When is National Dessert Day celebrated in 2023?
National Dessert Day is observed on October 14 each year.