National Pecan Pie Day

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Ah, National Pecan Pie Day! A sweet celebration that leaves our social media feeds drooling every July 12th. This day dedicated to the syrupy, nut-filled dessert has been making quite the tasty impression with 2,915 mentions on the internet in its 'creme de la creme' year of 2016.

When is Pecan Pie Day?

It's national pecan pie day on the 12th July.

Cracking the History

We know what you're thinking - who 'nutted' together this fantastic idea of honoring pecan pie with its own day? The origins are shrouded in a delicious mystery, much like the secret family recipe for the perfect pecan pie. Nurtured in American South, this pie quickly baked its way to internet popularity.

Sugar-Coated Highlights

July 12th, 2016 stands out as the day most sprinkled with 'sweet' attention. This was the year National Pecan Pie Day received a record-breaking 2,915 mentions online. Firm proof that when pecans and pastry unite in heavenly dessert-tion, the world takes to Twitter, Facebook, and presumably their kitchens, to commemorate.

Join the Celebration!

So, how can you participate in the festivities? It's as simple as pie! You could try baking your own version, celebrate it with friends and family, or simply enjoy a slice at your local bakery. The point is to have fun, and most importantly - eat pie!

History behind the term 'Pecan Pie'


The Emergence of Pecan Pie

Pecan pie, a classic American dessert, made its debut in the year 1890. It is believed to have originated in the southern United States, primarily in the states of Texas and Louisiana. The term 'pecan' refers to a type of hickory nut that is native to North America. The pie quickly gained popularity due to its rich and indulgent flavor, becoming a beloved dessert in Southern cuisine.


The Rise in Popularity

By the 1920s, pecan pie had become a staple holiday dessert in many American households. Its popularity can be attributed to various factors, such as the abundance of pecan trees in the southern regions and the accessibility of pecan nuts. Pecan pies were often served during Thanksgiving and Christmas, and their delectable taste became synonymous with festive feasts.


Pecan Pie Goes Mainstream

In 1929, a recipe for pecan pie was published in the 'Mrs. Bradley's Cook Book: Recipes for Bi Electra Gas Range.' This publication further popularized the dessert and made it accessible to a wider audience. The recipe showcased the pecan pie's simple yet irresistible combination of buttery crust, sugary filling, and crunchy pecans, ensuring its place in American culinary history.


Pecan Pie as a Southern Tradition

During the 1940s, pecan pie solidified its status as a beloved Southern tradition. It became a symbol of Southern hospitality and warmth, often served as the pièce de résistance at family gatherings, social events, and community celebrations. The Southern states embraced pecan pie as a cultural icon, showcasing the region's agricultural abundance and culinary heritage.


Recognition as a State Pie

The love for pecan pie reached a new level of recognition in 2005 when the pecan pie was officially designated as the state pie of Texas. This acknowledgment solidified the dessert's significance in Texan culture and its deep-rooted connection to the state. Pecan pie continues to be a popular dessert choice across the United States, loved for its irresistible combination of buttery sweetness and nutty crunchiness.

Did you know?

Did you know it's a widely debated topic whether pecan pie is better with or without chocolate?


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First identified

14th April 2015

Most mentioned on

12th July 2016

Total mentions


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