October 14th is National Dessert Day!

A “dessert” is a meal course that usually comes after dinner. Most often dessert foods are of sweet food but can also be of a strongly flavored food, such as cheese cake. The world dessert comes from the Old French word “desservir”, which means ‘to clear the table’. Often times in the English language dessert is confused with the word desert (note only one “s”). A simple way to remember the difference in spelling is: Dessert has an extra S, because everyone always wants an extra slice of cake.

It wasn’t until after the 19th-century when the rise of the middle class, and the mechanization of the sugar industry, brought the privilege of sweets into the general public. This was because sugar became cheaper and more readily available to the general public. As sugar was widely spread, so was the development and popularity of desserts.

In today’s culture, dessert recipes have become a popular item for discussion, as they are a way to win people over at the end of any meal. This is partly because if you serve a mediocre meal but with an excellent dessert, people will remember you for the dessert and may forget about the meal.

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