10 Interesting Dessert Fun Facts

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Looking for the next fact you can impress your friends with at your next gathering? We’ve gathered up some amazing party facts for you about your favorite sweet subject: dessert. After learning these brief dessert fun facts, you’ll know a lot more about the sweet treats we all know and love. You’ll also have some interesting fodder to entertain your loved ones.

Where Did Dessert Originate?

According to experts, dessert, as we know it today, has likely only existed since the seventeenth century. This is when the idea of having a separate course for sweets first arrived. Prior to that, sweet and savory foods were all seated at the same time.

When first introduced as its own course, dessert was originally served in between main courses. Then, it slowly evolved to being served at the end of a meal. This transition towards sweet desserts during this time period was partly due to the cultivation of New World plantations, which lowered the price of sugar.

Additionally, one of the first appreciated desserts was fruit. Seventeenth-century royalty coveted out-of-season fruit because it demonstrated their wealth and mastery over nature. Dessert has come a long way since then. Today, there are hundreds of different types of desserts, each more delicious than the last. Read on for even more info about our favorite sweet and decadent course.

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Top 10 Dessert Fun Facts

If you’re looking to learn something new about your favorite sweet treats, we’ve got some facts you probably didn’t know. Check out the following ten fun and interesting facts about desserts:

  1. The Origin of the Word Dessert

Dessert

The word “dessert” actually originated from the French word desservir, meaning “to clear the table.” This refers to the fact that desserts are served after the other dishes are cleared off the table.

2. The Most Expensive Dessert

Ice Cream Sundae

The Frrrozen Haute Chocolate ice cream sundae from a restaurant called Serendipity 3 in New York takes the cake as the most expensive dessert. It costs $25,000 and is so expensive partly due to the fact that it contains five grams of edible 23-karat gold.

3. Chocolate Chip Cookies Eaten Each Year

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Each year, seven billion chocolate chips are consumed in the United States. This equates to over 19.2 million cookies eaten a day. About 50% of those cookies are homemade, while the others are store-bought.

4. Weddings at McDonald’s

McDonalds

In Hong Kong, McDonald’s offers wedding packages to brides, grooms, and their families. On the menu, the franchise features wedding cakes made completely out of their famous baked apple pies.

5. The Origin of German Chocolate Cake

German Chocolate Cake

German chocolate cake isn’t German. It’s actually named after Samuel German, an American baker who worked at Baker’s Chocolate Company. He actually created a new type of baking chocolate that incorporated more sugar than typical semisweet chocolate.

6. How Professional Taste Testers Eat Ice Cream

Ice Cream

Ice cream testers use gold spoons for tasting the product instead of regular spoons. Gold eliminates even the slightest “after-taste” that can be caused by the metal or plastic from regular spoons.

7. The Chocolate River Made of Real Chocolate

Willy Wonka

The chocolate river in the movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was made of real chocolate. It contained 150,000 gallons of water mixed with chocolate and cream. The cream made the mixture spoil pretty quickly on set.

8. The Largest Gingerbread House

Gingerbread House

The largest gingerbread house was built in Texas. It covered an area of more than 2,500 feet and contained more than 35,000,000 calories. It was large enough that an entire family of five could live inside.

9. The World’s Biggest Chocolate Bar

Chocolate Bar

According to the Guinness Book of World Records, Armenia holds the title for the world’s biggest chocolate bar. The giant plain chocolate bar, made by the Grand Candy Company, weighed over 9,000 pounds and was created in 2010.

10. Candy Cane Legend

Candy Canes

Legend says that the candy cane was invented to keep children quiet in church. In 1670, a choirmaster in Germany handed out sugar sticks among the young singers to keep them quiet during a Christmas ceremony and bent the candies into shepherds’ crooks for the occasion.

Hopefully, these fun facts about dessert have taught you something new. These newfound facts will also serve as intriguing conversation-starters at your next gathering.