Now that summer is over, and there’s not much to lift our spirits on cold and rainy days, October 14th, the National Dessert Day, is a more than welcome reprieve. It’s also the perfect excuse for getting a sugar high, even if only for a day.
The term dessert comes from the French “desservir,” which means to clean out the table after a meal.
But etymology is not the only thing connecting desserts to France. Remember “Let them eat cake?” This was, allegedly, the response Marie Antoinette, the last French queen, gave when she was told that her people had no bread to eat. The French Revolution, unfortunately, wasn’t that sweet.
On a less bloody note, however, the history of dessert is as long as that of humans: Ancient civilizations were also fully aware of the power of sugar. This is why they gave grapes and honey to their gods as offerings to appease them.
The best part of this holiday is that it’s all about indulging yourself with a dessert, or several. And you shouldn’t feel guilty, either. Now that we’re aware of the long-term health risks of the keto diet, we can be sure that there’s nothing wrong with eating something sweet every now and again.
If you’re a wannabe patissier, you can try and make your dessert by giving your modern hand mixer a turn. Every nation has desserts in its traditional cuisine, and with a little help from the internet, you can attempt to make them yourself.
Otherwise, you can simply buy your sweet of choice in a cake shop or order it in. And while sharing is always nice, treating yourself is also a great way to celebrate this holiday!
If you want to go all out, however, you can organize a bake-off competition, or throw a dessert party with your friends. There are many ways to celebrate Dessert day, and luckily, even more dessert choices.
From fruit salads to ice creams, pies, cakes, cookies, pastries, cobblers, and donuts – eat anything you want! And if you want to keep up with the sweetness, mark the following dates:
October 28th—National Chocolate Day
November 4th—National Candy Day