National food holidays have been around for decades. Unfortunately, most of them aren’t real holidays, but they sure are fun to celebrate. Then again, it’s always nice to have an extra excuse for enjoying certain foods. What makes a work day more fun than honoring everything from National Hamburger Day to National Baked Alaska Day? We cover them all so you always know what food your food truck should be celebrating.

National Baked Alaska Day Fun Facts

Baked Alaska is a dessert made of ice cream placed in a pie dish lined with slices of sponge cake and topped with meringue.

  • February 1st is National Baked Alaska Day.
  • This dessert was developed by Benjamin Thompson. When experimenting with dessert techniques, he realized that while pastries would conduct the heat and protect a cold core, a layer of meringue would do so to an even greater degree.
  • What we commonly call Baked Alaska was dubbed as such by the famous Delmonico’s Restaurant in New York City in 1876 to celebrate Alaska’s annexation.
  • Early versions of this dessert used pie crusts instead of meringue.
  • As part of its “Lick Global Warming” campaign, in 2005, Ben & Jerry’s protested the drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge by whipping up the world’s largest Baked Alaska. The dessert weighed 1,140 pounds and measure 4 feet tall and 4 feet around, with the help of 3,600 four-ounce scoops of Ben & Jerry’s Fossil Fuel ice cream, 90 pounds of cake and 150 pounds of marshmallow cream.

How To Observe National Baked Alaska Day

  • Make up a batch of Baked Alaska and experiment with it as an ingredient in one of your food truck dishes for your customers.
  • Use #NationalBakedAlaskaDay to post on social media. Facebook | Twitter

National Baked Alaska Day Facts We Missed

Let us know if we missed any Baked Alaska fun facts in the comment section. If we can verify that the facts is just that, a fact, we will give the reader credit in the article.

There is a National Food Holiday for almost every day of the year. Don’t miss a single one! Find all of the National Food Holidays to spice up your food truck menu specials throughout the year.

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REFERENCE: Baked Alaska Fun Facts