Dessert stats, historical facts and delicious recipes guaranteed to please
National Dessert Day was just last week. If you weren’t aware, it’s definitely not too late to celebrate with some delicious indulging. It’s not surprising that this tributary day falls in October—a month that’s filled with all sorts of sweet treats. From candy corn (which people seem to either passionately love or hate,) to candy apples, October is a month fully packed with flavor.
Of course, when talking about October sweets, we can’t forget candy. We spend about $2.08 billion on our Halloween hand-outs every year. New York Daily News recently reported that a lengthy 11-year study determined that America’s Favorite Halloween Candy was…(drumroll)…Skittles. The best Halloween candy is still a heated debate around our office, but there’s one thing we can all agree on: we love desserts.
DESSERTS OF THE PAST
It’s hard to believe, but there was a time when dessert as we know it didn’t exist at all. (Thank goodness we live in modern times!) Chef and author Yotam Ottolenghi addressed this history with visitors to his “Feast of Versailles” event at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The evening offered tastes of 17th-century-inspired desserts from several of the world’s most renowned pastry chefs.
During the event, Ottolenghi spoke along with food historian Deborah Krohn about the emergence of sweet desserts during the 17th century and the incredibly elaborate cakes, sugar sculptures and pastry items that filled plates during those days. These historical desserts were brought back to life before guests’ very eyes, and they were able to not only see them in all of their glory—but to taste their flavors, too.
Before feasting, several surprising facts about desserts were discussed, including these:
- Pastry crusts were originally designed to work as a sort of “Tupperware” for other foods, casing them in to preserve them—but they weren’t designed for flavor and likely wouldn’t have been very enjoyable to eat.
- Desserts used to be served during the middle of meals—not at the end of them.
- Sugar was commonly used as a sculpting material, and ornate designs were created with it.
Quite different from today’s techniques, right? If you want to learn more about 17th century meals and cooking, here are some recipes directly transcribed from originals that might peak your interest. If you try any, we’d love to hear all about it!
MODERN & MARVELOUS RECIPES
In honor of National Dessert Day and all of the flavor that comes along with it—we’ve been looking at some more modern and tasty recipes. Huffington Post pulled together this list of the 50 “best dessert recipes of all time.” Ranging from simple and classic to absolutely decadent, they offer something for everyone and were begging to be shared!
Of course, we can’t forget our own sweet treats. We take great pride in providing all sorts of delicious options at social events—and we love working with engaged couples to plan their perfect wedding cakes from top tier to bottom tier. If you’re planning an event this holiday season or planning your wedding day, we’d love to hear from you and to talk about everything—from sweet to savory.