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Celebration Ideas and Fun Facts for National Dessert Day

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Liza is a homemaker. She has an obsession with coffee and loves photography, baking, cooking, and writing.

I absolutely love baking and eating sweets, and National Dessert Day is the perfect excuse to do both!

I absolutely love baking and eating sweets, and National Dessert Day is the perfect excuse to do both!

October 14th Is National Dessert Day: Let's Celebrate!

October is such a wonderful month. Summer is over, and it's my favorite time of the year—fall! Did you know that October 14th is National Dessert Day in the United States? It's the perfect day to savor the dessert of your choice and satisfy your sweet tooth. Aside from Halloween, it's my favorite day to celebrate in the month of October.

I love making desserts because I have a major sweet tooth, and I enjoy being in the kitchen more than any other area in my house. I savor the feeling of taking out my baking essentials and getting down to business. That said, I don't really enjoy taking out my heavy stand mixer, but my husband always lends a hand whenever I need to get that beast of a machine down from the shelf. But enough digression—let's dig into this saccharine celebration and everything it entails.

In This Article

  • How to Celebrate National Dessert Day
  • A Gallery of Scrumptious Homemade Desserts
  • Fun Facts About Dessert
  • A Gallery of Delicious Desserts From Bakeries
  • How to Say "Dessert" in Different Languages
  • Sticky Toffee Pudding Recipe
  • Recipe Photo Tutorial

How to Celebrate National Dessert Day

There are many ways to celebrate this sugary day, the easiest of which is probably to pick up already-made desserts such as cakes, pies, fried dough, chocolate, candy, fruit tarts, and pastries at your local bakery or grocery store. If you're feeling industrious, however, you can also bake one of your favorite desserts at home and share it with friends and family. (Hint: If you're a fan of toffee and pudding, check out my recipe at the bottom of this article.)

More Celebration Ideas for October 14th

  • Make or buy a new dessert that you've never tried before.
  • Stop by your favorite local bakery and buy your favorite dessert.
  • Check with your local bakeries and grocery stores and see if they are offering a special dessert or discount for the occasion.
  • Share a picture of the dessert you made or ordered and post it on social media with the hashtag #nationaldessertday.
  • Enjoy a delicious dessert of your choice with a cup of coffee.
  • Go out to a restaurant, skip the main course, and order a round of desserts with friends and family.

Fun Facts About Dessert

  • Dessert is typically the last part of a meal, and it is usually sweet.
  • The word "dessert" originated from the French word desservir, meaning "to clear the table."
  • France is famous for creating the world-famous dessert known as crème brûlée.
  • According to Baked In, pasteis de nata (custard tarts from Portugal) are the best desserts in the world.
  • During the 19th century, the popularity of desserts exploded in the United States.
  • German chocolate cake was not created in Germany. It is named after Sam German, who was an American baker with exceptional baking skills.

How to Say "Dessert" in Different Languages

  • Malay/Indonesian: pencuci mulut
  • Italian: dolce
  • French and German: dessert
  • Japanese: dezāto (デザート)
  • Dutch: toetje
  • Spanish: postre
  • Portuguese: sobremesa
  • Korean: dijeoteu (디저트)
  • Arabic: alhulwaa (الحلوى)
  • Punjabi: miṭha'ā'ī (ਮਿਠਆਈ)
  • Afrikaans: nagereg
  • Irish: milseog
  • Latin: secunda mensa

Sticky Toffee Pudding Recipe

I make sticky toffee pudding (also known as date pudding) at home all the time, and this recipe hasn't failed me yet. I recommend using large pitted dates, as they usually yield the best results. This pudding is a perfect dessert for after lunch or dinner.


For the pudding:

  • 1 cup pitted dates, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 6 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1 cup white granulated sugar (reduce the sugar if you prefer a less-sweet pudding)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 large egg

For the toffee sauce:

  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar (reduce the sugar if you prefer a less-sweet toffee sauce)
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  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C) and grease baking pan.
  2. In a medium bowl or pitcher, combine dates, baking soda, and boiling water. Set aside and let sit for 15 minutes.
  3. In a mixing bowl, beat butter and sugar until creamy. Add egg and vanilla and beat until blended.
  4. Reduce speed and add baking powder and flour. Beat to combine. Add date mixture and beat until evenly combined.
  5. Pour batter into prepared baking pan. Bake for 40 minutes (baking time may vary) or until pudding is golden. Insert a toothpick in center of pudding. If it comes clean, pudding is cooked.
  6. To make toffee, combine brown sugar, heavy cream, and 4 tablespoons butter. Bring to boil over medium heat. Boil until mixture is melted together. Turn off heat.
  7. Spread the toffee mixture on top of pudding evenly, then broil for about 30 seconds or until mixture is bubbly. (If you don't want to use this method, transfer toffee sauce to pitcher or bowl and pour on top of pudding before serving).
  8. Remove pudding from oven and let cool for 15 minutes.
  9. Slice pudding and place on serving plates.
  10. Enjoy with coffee or tea.

© 2020 Liza


Liza (author) from USA on October 19, 2020:

Hi Eman, I'm glad you liked the article. I'm not trying to be biased about my sticky toffee pudding but, it was a delicious dessert :) My family loves the pudding a lot. If you like dates, this pudding is a must-try! Thanks for commenting.

Eman Abdallah Kamel from Egypt on October 19, 2020:

It's the first time for me to know there is a National Dessert Day. Sticky toffee pudding looks delicious. I enjoyed reading this article. Thank you for sharing.

Liza (author) from USA on October 17, 2020:

Thank you, Linda. The photos are from past desserts that I have made at home. The toffee sauce is super easy to make, and the result is amazing! It's perfect with other type of pudding as well.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on October 16, 2020:

Your collection of dessert photos is wonderful! The sauce of the sticky toffee pudding sounds delicious. The pudding does, too.

Liza (author) from USA on October 16, 2020:

Hi Prithviraj, thank you for your appreciation to the photos. The sticky toffee pudding is scrumptious delicious. I served the pudding with tea, though I'm not a tea drinker. They went perfect together.

Prithviraj Shirole from India on October 16, 2020:

Tasty photos. Thanks for the amazing facts about dessert. The Toffee Pudding recipe is also interesting.

Liza (author) from USA on October 16, 2020:

Not a lot of people know about the National Dessert Day, but I'm on-board with it. By the way, dessert is one of my favorite courses to make. I can spend hours in the kitchen to make it. Thank you for reading the article, Liz.

Liza (author) from USA on October 16, 2020:

You're welcome, Abby. Thanks for taking the time to read the article.

Liza (author) from USA on October 16, 2020:

You're welcome. The sticky toffee pudding is absolutely delicious. It's perfect dessert after lunch or dinner, Amy.

Liz Westwood from UK on October 16, 2020:

This is a mouthwatering article. It's good to know that there's a day when we can eat dessert guilt-free. Extremely well-illustrated and interesting article.

Abby Slutsky from America on October 15, 2020:

This was fun to read. Thank you for sharing your recipe.

Amy on October 15, 2020:

Interesting article! The recipe sounds easy and the desserts you have made looks so yummy. Thanks for your recipe.

Liza (author) from USA on October 15, 2020:

I understand not many people recognize the national day, Peggy, which is absolutely fine. On the other hand, I love celebrating the obscure holidays, especially, everything with food and beverage.

Sticky toffee pudding is one of my favorite desserts. It's simple but, delicious! Hey, so you baked the oatmeal cookies yesterday, so I guess you were celebrating the day too :). So cheers to that!

Liza (author) from USA on October 15, 2020:

Ankita, I am a sweet tooth. I love making dessert, especially for a special event or celebration like birthdays. Thank you for taking the time to read and comment on the article.

Liza (author) from USA on October 15, 2020:

Hi Danny, my pleasure. Please try make one dessert of your choice to celebrate the day. Thanks for commenting!

Liza (author) from USA on October 15, 2020:

Hi Flourish, German chocolate cake is yummy! Haha, yeah, I love everything sweet and national dessert day is absolutely in my calendar of celebration.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on October 15, 2020:

I did not know that yesterday was national dessert day. My husband wanted some homemade cookies, and I made my grandmother's crunchy oatmeal cookies. So cheers to desserts of all types! Thanks for your recipe!

Ankita B on October 15, 2020:

The deserts you have made looks so delicious. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this article with the fun facts and the recipe.

Danny from India on October 15, 2020:

Liza thanks for sharing the desserts. I surely try to make some right away.

FlourishAnyway from USA on October 14, 2020:

German chocolate cake or chocolate cheesecake is my favorite dessert. You can count me for celebrating dessert day!

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