October 14 at National Dessert Day you can forget about counting calories. Desserts at a restaurant, a local bakery, prepared by your grandmother or somewhere else – today you can enjoy all this without remorse. Throw a real candy party.
The word “dessert” comes from the French word “desservir”, which means “to clear the table”. This dessert got its name because it is served on the table after the main course, when all the dishes have already been removed. Sweets themselves, of course, appeared long before they were called “desserts”.
In ancient civilizations, it was customary to offer honey and dried fruits to their gods. The ancient Greeks baked placous – sweet bread with the addition of honey and nuts. Plakous was very similar to a pie. Aristophanes mentioned pastries with fruit in his plays, so perhaps the very first pies were invented in Ancient Greece.
On this national day, we can remember a few interesting facts:
- it is generally accepted that cheesecake was 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 sugar cookie we all love was invented by Protestant settlers in Pennsylvania in the 1700s.
How to celebrate
On National Dessert Day, it is important to taste delicious desserts in person. Perhaps try some new dishes or buy your favorite. Try your hand at cooking, bake your own dessert dish, or buy a semi-prepared dish from the store and cook it in the oven. Invite family and friends to a dessert party, and ask everyone to bring their favorite dessert with them.
When is National Dessert Day celebrated in 2022?
National Dessert Day is observed on October 14 each year.