National Gingersnap Day celebrates the day of both sweet and spicy gingery baked goods. This treat is a popular snack for tea all over the world, and has many variants: with sugar, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, or molasses. On July 1, you can honor the holiday and have these delicacies along with a cup of tea, coffee, hot chocolate, milk, or yogurt. Another advantage is that ginger has a positive effect on health, can improve the body’s immunity, and helps to cope with circulatory problems and heart disease.
It is not really known why it was decided to celebrate National Gingersnap Day on July 1. However, people have been using ginger for a very long time, and they were making sweet treats with it in the UK, Australia, and New Zealand. Presumably, one of the first to start baking gingerbread was the monks in Germany in 1926.
Despite the recipe in most countries not changing much, they eat it in different ways. For example, in the UK, because the cookies are dry and difficult to bite into, they are first dipped in a cup of tea. In the USA, in addition to molasses and brown sugar, maple syrup is also added. Sometimes the surface of the gingerbread is decorated with seeds or nuts.
On the occasion of National Gingersnap Day, we can remember that:
- The first use of ginger as a medicine was in 500 BC in ancient India and China;
- Ginger treats, thanks to their enzymes, help to eliminate stomach diseases and nausea;
- In 2018, 2.8 million tons of ginger were produced worldwide.
How to take part
National Gingersnap Day is not complete without a delicious gingerbread cookie. You can try to bake it yourself or buy it in the store. You can also take a photo of the ginger treat for social media and post under the appropriate hashtag for the national day.
When is National Gingersnap Day Celebrated in 2023?
National Gingersnap Day is associated with the anticipation of happiness and joy. It is observed on July the 1st each year.