National Pie Day

Do you love pie? If so, then you’re in luck! It’s National Pie Day and everyone is encouraged to celebrate the occasion by baking, cooking, or buying their favorite pie!

National Pie Day was founded by an engineer, brewer, and teacher named Charlie Papazian in 1975 when he declared that the special day be observed every 23rd of January—his birthday. However, because pie is such a crowd favorite, it’s also celebrated on the 1st of December! Pretty amazing, right? While most would think there’s a deeper meaning behind the pie-filled holiday, it’s actually just born out of Papazian’s love for the baked pastry. In fact, before National Pie Day became a thing, he would have a birthday pie instead of the traditional birthday cake.


10 Fun Facts About Pies

Fact # 1:  The first pie-in-the-face comedy gag happened in 1909 in a silent movie called “Mister Flip”.

Fact # 2: According to the American Pie Council, Americans buy about 700 million slices of pie (186 million pies) in grocery stores every year, not including those from restaurants.

Fact # 3: In the 19th century, fruit pies were a common breakfast food.

Fact # 4: The Boston cream pie isn’t actually a pie, but a sponge cake.

Fact # 5: In November of 2017, a woman named Molly Schuyler sets a new world record by eating 16 pounds of pie (50 slices) in 10 minutes!

Fact # 6: A chicken pie recipe was found carved into a tablet somewhere before 2000 BC in Sumer, Mesopotamia (today’s northern Iraq). It’s believed that pies have originated there, from the Greeks.

Fact # 7: A town in Mexico loves pie so much that it’s literally called Pie Town.

Fact # 8: According to the Guinness Book of World Record, the largest meat pie weighed 10,540 kg (23,237 pounds). It was made by 17 catering students from the UK.

Fact # 9: Pumpkin pie is considered the healthies pie a person can eat.

Fact # 10: The most expensive pie in the world is called “Posh Pie”. It was created by Paul Medcalf, an executive chef at The Lord Dudley Hotel in Paddington and costs AU $12,000 or US $9,484.


America’s Top 5 Favorite Pies

There’s no doubt that everyone loves pie, but some pies are just a bit more popular than others. According to a survey, these are America’s top 5 favorite pies:


Apple Pie

With 12% of Americans marking it as their go-to pie, Apple pie emerges at the top of the list! There’s no surprise there. Aside from being considered the ultimate American symbol—from baseball and the Statue of Liberty to American pride and prosperity—the apple pie’s popularity stems from being one of the first pies to have ever been created in the US. The fact that it’s also irresistibly delicious is simply the icing on the cake, or in this case, the pie.


Pizza Pie

Apple pie topping the list may not have come as a surprise, but pizza coming in a close second just might! When we think about pies, the first thing that comes to mind is the sweet kind, the one with the fruit or chocolate filling. Oftentimes we forget that pizza, a staple American snack, is also a pie, and 10% of Americans voted it as their favorite.


Chocolate Cream Pie

The chocolate cream pie comes in third place, with 9% of Americans choosing it over other variants. Chocolate is one of the most popular comfort foods, so you probably saw this one coming. It’s the first thing we grab whenever we’re in need of a pick-me-up, whether in the form of a chocolate bar, a chocolate drink, a tub of chocolate-flavored ice cream, and apparently, a slice of chocolate cream pie!


Pumpkin Pie

Coming in at fourth place is the famous pumpkin pie, with 7% of the American population marking it as their pie of choice. Like apple pies, pumpkin pies are considered near and dear to the American culture. It’s one of the most looked-forward desserts during the fall, winter, and of course, Thanksgiving.


Key Lime Pie

Yep, key lime pie makes the list! The tangy, creamy, sweetness of the pie had captured 5% of Americans. It’s the perfect choice for those that want to take a break from the traditional pie flavors and have something a bit more citrus-y and refreshing.


Pies You Shouldn’t Share with Your Pet

If you’re a pet parent, then it’s perfectly normal to let your furry family member in on the National Pie Day fun. However, since their stomachs are a lot more sensitive than ours, they may not be able to tolerate the ingredients found in some pies. To keep your pet safe during the celebration, make sure that you keep your pet away from the following pies:


Mince Pie

Mince pie is one of the most dangerous pies for pets. Whether you own a cat or a dog, it’s very important to keep this kind of pie out of their reach. Mince pies often contain raisins, grapes, currants, sultanas, cloves, nutmeg, and sometimes even rum—all of which are incredibly toxic to pets. Ingestion could lead to vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, and sudden kidney failure that could lead to death.


Chocolate Cream Pie

If you’ve owned pets for a while, then you’re probably familiar with the toxic effects of chocolate on our furry friends. Chocolate, especially dark chocolate, contains a substance called theobromine, which is a stimulant similar to caffeine. Since pets don’t have the ability to digest this substance like humans, it could build up in their system and cause poisoning or even death.


Macadamia Pie

Macadamia nuts, together with black walnuts, are known to be extremely poisonous to pets. When ingested, it can cause vomiting, weakness, increased body temperature, and loss of muscle control and coordination.

Although not all nuts are toxic to pets, they have a very high-fat content, so it’s simply better to refrain from feeding them to your pet. Too much could cause digestive issues, like vomiting, diarrhea, and pancreatitis or inflammation of the pancreas.


What kind of pie are you planning to get this National Pie Day?