Celebrating the Life of Pie

Today is National Pie Day!

In honor of National Pie Day, we’ve compiled a list of ten fun facts about the great American dessert that is sure to leave you sur-PIE-sed!

  1. Apple pie is the number one pie preferred by nearly 20% of Americans, followed by pumpkin, pecan, banana cream, and cherry.
  2. Pumpkin pie was first introduced to the traditional holiday feast in 1623.
  3. Have you ever had pie for breakfast? In the 19th century, fruit pies were commonly eaten for the first meal of the day.
  4. 7% of Americans have passed off a store-bought pie as homemade.
  5. For a short period of time, it was against the law to serve ice cream with cherry pie in Kansas.
  6. Boston Cream Pie is not a true pie– it’s a cake.
  7. Two states have official state pies. In Florida, the key lime pie is the official pie. In Vermont, the apple pie is the official pie.
  8. The average American eats six slices of pie each year.
  9. The first pies were savory instead of sweet. They were filled with meat, rectangular in shape and called “coffins,” meaning “basket” or “box.”
  10. According to the Oxford Dictionary, the word “pie” most likely comes from the word “magpie.” Magpie refers to “a person who collects things, especially things of little use or value,” which can be compared to the variety of pie fillings that exist.

Did we leave you wanting pie?

Marie Callender’s is famous for its delicious pies… but if you’re in the mood to try someplace new, here are some of our suggestions:

Homemade custard pie. Image source: Ashley
Homemade custard pie
Image source: Ashley A.

Sources: American Pie Council , Crisco Fun Pie Facts, NPR Surprising Pie Facts, Oxford Dictionaries.

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