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National Pecan Pie Day


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 are popular additions in some regions of the country.  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 to trace the origin of pecan pie have not found any recipes dated earlier than 1897, even though there are claims made of the pie existing in the early 1800s 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 1930s by a corporate sales executive’s wife as a “new use for corn syrup.”


Make your family’s pecan pie recipe. Post photos on social media using #NationalPecanPieDay.


Within our research, we were unable to find the creator of National Pecan Pie Day.

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