National Pancake Day

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2024 DateSeptember 26, 2024
2025 DateSeptember 26, 2025

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National Pancake Day History

National Pancake Day is devoted to the savory and sweet delicacies that have been gracing breakfast tables across America for generations. The day provides an opportunity for everyone to revel in the pleasure of pancake crafting, honor its long-standing tradition, and enjoy their favorite variant of this versatile dish.

Pancakes, known to many cultures with a diverse range of recipes, have a long history stretching back to ancient times. National Pancake Day is thought to have been first established in the early 2000s in the United States. Its growth in popularity has resulted in the celebration becoming an almost internationally recognized event, with significant participation by not just individuals but also by restaurants and pancake-focused establishments across the country.

National Pancake Day promotes the sense of community and shared tradition, with families and friends coming together to enjoy both cooking and eating pancakes. Various establishments and eateries often offer special pancakes or have free pancake promotions, adding to the festive charm of the day. This day is observed twice a year, once as part of a religous observance called Shrove Tuesday in the spring and again in the fall for National Pancake Day. National Pancake Day is held every year on September 26.

Facts about National Pancake Day

  • The world's first ready-mix pancake batter was Aunt Jemima. Chris Rutt and Charles Underwood developed the mix in 1889. To compliment the pancakes, the Aunt Jemima syrup was made in 1966.
  • According to Guinness World Records, the largest pancake in the world measured 15.01m (49 ft 3 in) in diameter and 2.5 cm (1 in) in height. It was completed by the Co-operative Union, Ltd in England on August 13th, 1994.
  • All sorts of pancake flavors exist; strawberry, cinnamon, banana, etc. But have you heard of blodplattar? Blodplattar (blood pancakes) are from Sweden and consist of eggs, milk, butter, flour, and pork blood. These pancakes are considered a delicacy.
  • The largest producer of pancakes in the world is IHOP, an American multinational pancake house/diner-style table service restaurant chain.
  • The most widely known Pancake Day event is The Pancake Day Race in Buckinghamshire, England. It has been an annual event since 1445, where participants dressed in aprons and bonnets race down the streets flipping pancakes in a pan.

Top things to do for National Pancake Day

  • Gather your closest friends and head to the nearest diner to enjoy some delicious pancakes.
  • Host a pancake race. Each participant holds a pan with a pancake and must race to the end without letting it slip out. If it does slip out, they must return to the beginning and start again.
  • Try flipping a pancake as fast as you can. The world record is held by Brad Jolly who flipped a pancake a total of 140 times in one minute.
  • Attempt to make pancake art. Using a squeeze bottle and your favorite pancake mix, try making a portrait of a celebrity or cartoon character.

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