National Dessert Day

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2024 DateOctober 14, 2024
2025 DateOctober 14, 2025

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National Dessert Day History

National Dessert Day is a day dedicated to indulging in the savory sweetness of varied desserts. It is a day to embrace and relish the wide array of desserts that continue to satisfy the sweet tooth of Americans everywhere. The celebration encompasses all forms of dessert, including cakes, pies, cookies, donuts, pastries, ice cream, and more, highlighting the crucial role these delights play in our culinary landscape.

The origin of National Dessert Day remains unclear, with no definitive records about its institutionalization. It is, however, accepted with fervor by the dessert loving public and professionals within the food and restaurant industry who use the day to promote their sweet offerings. Sharing dessert recipes, giveaways, baking, and of course, devouring desserts are some common activities associated with National Dessert Day.

Beyond its celebration of sugary goodness, National Dessert Day also underscores the artistry involved in creating fine desserts and the skill honed by any baker or pastry chef. It showcases the versatility of dessert as a dish that can end a meal, serve as a snack or even become an elaborate edible artwork. National Dessert Day falls on October 14 each year.

National Dessert Day facts

  • The word dessert comes from the French, desservir, which means to clear away (as in the table).
  • One of the oldest desserts still eaten today is rice pudding, which we can trace as far back as ancient Greece, where it was a hearty offering to the gods.
  • The earliest version of ice cream was created in China around 200 B.C. The Chinese Emperor enjoyed eating meals with a dish made of buffalo milk, flour and camphor.
  • Chocolate is the preferred flavor by a wide margin for desserts in America. According to a survey by the National Restaurant Association, 70% of respondents said chocolate is their favorite dessert flavor.

Top things to do for National Dessert Day

  • Sign up for an online dessert cooking class. Many cooking instructors and pastry chefs offer virtual classes, where you can learn to make fancy desserts like creme brulee, tiramisu, or macarons.
  • Have a friendly dessert decorating contest with your family or friends. Provide plain cupcakes, cookies, or a cake, along with various decorations like frosting, sprinkles, and candies.
  • Spend the day baking your favorite desserts or try out new recipes.

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