The term “dessert” originates from the French word desservir, which translates to the action “to clear the table.” This is because dessert is served after a main meal’s dishes have been cleared. However, the sweetness of dessert has existed long before there was a proper title for it. As an act of worship, ancient civilizations would offer dried fruits and honey to their gods. In Ancient Greece, a special sweet bread was made with nuts and honey to make an almost cake-like dish called plakous. It is believed the Ancient Greeks may have also invented pie, as Aristophanes mentions sweetmeats and pastries filled with fruit in his plays.
NATIONAL DESSERT DAY ACTIVITIES
1. Go ahead, order the dessert
Usually when we go to a restaurant, we restrain ourselves from picking up the dessert menu. But today is a national holiday! Don’t be afraid to conquer that chocolate lava cake a la mode style!
2. Bake your favourite cake
Whether from scratch or from a box, cakes always taste better when they rise in your own oven. That is, if you don’t accidentally eat all the cake batter beforehand. Save us the spoon!
3. Throw a pastry party
Warm, flaky, baked goods are best enjoyed with friends. Have everyone bring their favourite pastry, sit around the table, and strike a harmonious “yum!”
WHY WE LOVE NATIONAL DESSERT DAY
1. Endless flavours
Chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, and cream cheese frosting! No matter what you like, there’s a special type of dessert dedicated to your tastebuds!
2. It’s happiness in every bite
Sugar is scientifically proven to aid you through breakups, heartaches, and any case of the blues. When your mouth is happy, you’re happy too!
3. A treat for all seasons
During summertime, you can cool off with a delicious ice cream or frozen yoghurt. In the winter, pour that hot fudge on your crepe to make the ultimate warm and filling dessert!