National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day

National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day is a holiday that falls on October 21st each year and honors an American dessert that blends creamy goodness with the fall flavor of pumpkin. Even though cheesecake is a dessert that has been around since ancient times, the combination of pumpkin and cheesecake is a relatively new one and most likely started with the pumpkin spice craze that began in 2015. Regardless of how it started, it is still a holiday that you might want to celebrate, especially if you are trying to get into an autumn kind of mood.

The History Of National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day

We are not entirely sure when National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day started, and no one has officially claimed credit for it. However, we do have a few hunches about when we think it began. We believe that it probably started sometime after 2015. This is when a pumpkin spice coffee created by Starbucks became insanely popular. Although the drink had existed for years before 2015, for some reason, that year was when it really became popular, and manufacturers tried to cash in on the craze by offering a variety of pumpkin-based products. We are pretty sure it was during this time that this day became an official holiday.

The History Of Cheesecakes & Pumpkins

For a person to make cheesecake, they need to have access to cheese, and people have been making cheese for over 4,000 years. It was not long after cheese-making had been invented that people began to make cheesecake. In fact, some historians believe that a rudimentary cheesecake may have been served to athletes during the Olympic Games in 776 B.C. Cheesecakes were also popular among Greek brides of the time who served them to their guests during wedding ceremonies.

Now that we know where cheesecake came from, let’s turn our attention to pumpkins. Pumpkins are a type of winter squash that is native to North America and are considered by historians to be one of the oldest domesticated plants—dating back at least 7,000 years and possibly as far back as 9,500 years.

So when did cheesecake and pumpkins get put together to make pumpkin cheesecake? We are unsure, but it is entirely possible that it was done during the beginning of the 20th century because cheesecakes had become extremely popular at that time. Of course, this is all conjecture, and no one really knows when pumpkin cheesecakes were first made.

Observing National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day

National Pumpkin Cheesecake Day is easily observed by making yourself a pumpkin cheesecake or buying one of the many that are available during this time of year. It is also a good time to use the hashtag #NationalPumpkinCheesecakeDay on your social media accounts to let the world know you are celebrating this holiday. While you are enjoying your pumpkin cheesecake, why not also try one of the many pumpkin spice coffee drinks that are also available at this time

When is it?
This year (2024)
October 21 Monday
Next year (2025)
October 21 Tuesday
Last year (2023)
October 21 Saturday
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