In addition to being World Autism Sunday, Umbrella Day, and “All the News That’s Fit To Print” Day, February 10 is celebrated as National ‘Have a Brownie Day.
Does it need to be a holiday? Probably not. But we’re glad that it is, anyhow.
What’s the big deal about brownies? Brownies are a popular American dessert. Full of chocolate, super-simple to make, limitlessly customizable, it’s easy to see why brownies are one of America’s favorite dessert treats.
As far back as 30 years ago, Americans ate over two billion brownies per year, and current consumption numbers show no sign of letting up.
The chocolate brownie was developed in America in the late 1893s by hotelier and socialite Bertha Palmer (of Chicago’s Palmer Hotel). A recipe for chocolate brownies was first mentioned in print in Boston’s Fanny Farmer cookbook (1896), and the small chocolate dessert became popular throughout the US and Canada during the first half of the 20th century.
The basic brownie recipe is incredibly simple, with only five ingredients: butter, sugar, chocolate, eggs and flour. You can make brownies with melted chocolate chips, but straight cocoa powder or unsweetened chocolate are normally used, with a healthy serving of sugar.