National Mincemeat Day - October 26
Thu, Oct 26, 2023

National Mincemeat Day

National Mincemeat Day takes place on October 26th in the USA. This festive day speaks not only of meat products but also of finely chopped fruits – widely used as a filling. Therefore, those unfamiliar with cooking can take part without confusion. Let’s learn more about this delicious holiday!


We don’t know who founded National Mincemeat Day, but we can celebrate this date not only in America but also in other countries. Let’s talk about stuffings!

The 15th century was rich in bakers who created real innovations. At that time, many textures were added to minced meat, such as cinnamon, nuts, cloves, and candied fruits. Wine or vinegar were also often used. Later, they came up with the idea of adding alcohol. By the 20th century, all recipes began to be called mincemeat, regardless of whether meat was included or not.

Today, you can enjoy this dish every day! Although, in America in the 1650s, eating this type of pastry was prohibited by English politician and military leader, Oliver Cromwell, in an attempt to stop gluttony in the country.

Interesting facts

Here are four amazing facts you may not have known about mincemeat:

  1. It used to be that each family member should mix the mincemeat in order for the cake to come out airy and tasty, and bring happiness to the house.
  2. Early pies were distinguished by oval shapes, due to the molds they were made with.
  3. People tried to stir the stuffing counterclockwise due to certain superstitions.
  4. In the month of Christmas, more mince pies were eaten in order to gain good luck for the whole year.

How to take part

This holiday is perfect for those who like to experiment – why not try a new dish? Ask your parents or grandparents for recipes, or look them up online. Share the result of your work with your friends and leave a poll – does the pie look appetizing or not?

When is National Mincemeat Day celebrated in 2023?

National Mincemeat Day is observed on October 26 each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Thursday October 26 2023
Saturday October 26 2024
Sunday October 26 2025
Monday October 26 2026

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