National Pecan Pie Day - July 12

National Pecan Pie Day – July 12


National Pecan Pie Day is observed annually on July 12th.  The delicious pecan pie is made primarily with corn syrup, pecan nuts, salt and vanilla flavoring with some variations including sugar syrup and molasses or maple syrup.  Chocolate and bourbon whiskey may also be added to the pie recipe and is a popular addition in some areas.  Pecan pie is often served with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

Pecan pie is considered a specialty of Southern U.S. cuisine.

The attempts that have been made to trace this dish’s origin have not found any recipes dated earlier than 1897, even though there are claims made of the pie existing in the early 1800′s in Louisiana.  Well known cookbooks such as Fannie Farmer and The Joy of Cooking did not include this dessert until 1940.

Pecan pie was significantly popularized by the makers of Karo syrup.  Their company has claimed that the pie was a “discovery”, in the 1930′s, by a corporate sales executive’s wife, as a “new use for corn syrup”.


Find or make a pecan pie to eat. Post on social media using #NationalPecanPieDay to encourage others to join in paying it forward.


Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Pecan Pie Day, an “unofficial” national holiday.


3 Responses to “NATIONAL PECAN PIE DAY – July 12”

  1. Denise July 12, 2014 at 7:02 pm #

    Pecan Pie, contrary to what the article states, is a DESSERT, not a “desert”. A few examples of a desert are The Sahara, The Gobi, etc. A few examples of dessert are pies, cakes, cookies, etc.

    • jillmagnus July 13, 2014 at 3:33 pm #

      The correction has been made, thank you very much Denise! Have a great day!


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