When is National Corn Fritter Day? Always July 16!
What are Corn Fritters?
Corn Fritters are a savoury snack. Traditional corn fritters are a mixture of corn kernels, egg, flour, milk, and melted butter. They can be deep fried, shallow fried, or baked and served with jam, fruit, honey, or cream. They may also be made with creamed corn, baked, and served with maple syrup.
The word "fritter":
A fritter is any kind of food coated in batter and deep fried.
The word comes from the Latin *frīctūra ("frying") by way of Old French and Middle English. It can refer to a dessert, a side dish or a main course food.
How is this holiday celebrated?
This holiday is celebrated by enjoying the delishious taste of corn fritters with friends, family and neighbors by having corn fritter parties! Here's a few ideas:
- Have a corn fritter party! (Party Planning) Cook up several batches of corn fritters and serve like party finger foods; with lots of dips to go with it. As you read in the definition above, fritters can be a savoury snack that can also be turned into a sweet snack if served with a sweet dip. You see corn fritters are perfect as a main food or a party food either one. Try it with sweet butter dips or savoury sour cream dips. Change up the corn fritter recipe between batches to add different veggie flavors such as onions, celery, green peppers- :)
- Corn Games! You can't have a party without games and since corn fritters are made with corn you need to come up with corn game ideas for your party. A simple door prize game is to fill a jar of any size with dried corn and have each guest pick up the jar and guess the weight of the jar. The one who comes closest wins a door prize :) What could the door prize be? Well it has to be corn! Make up a beautiful gift basket of corn or go simple and give a box of popcorn! giggle~
Origin of this Holiday
Our research did not find the creator, or the origin of this day. We did however find that this holiday has been celebrated for years. There is plenty of documentation to support that this holiday does indeed exist. -We are wondering if this holiday was created by a food organization- but, our research couldn't find the answer to this question- -This holiday is referred to as a "National" day., as all food & drink holidays are. However, we did not find any congressional records or presidential proclamations for this day. Even though we didn't, this is still a holiday that is publicized to celebrate.
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We found recognition about this holiday from:
Calendar sites, headline news & personal sites that blog and share information about this holiday.
- mahalo.com says: "Every 16th of July in the United States, people all over the country fry up a batch or two of corn fritters in celebration of a little known holiday called National Corn Fritters Day. On this day, the crispy fritters (which are made from corn kernels and various other ingredients, and are sometimes also called Southern bread) are enjoyed at tables across the nation. 12 Although many people may have never even heard of this food, it is commonly seen as a snack or a side dish in Southern regions....etc."
- punchbowl.com says: "Head to your local Southern-style restaurant or grab your frying pan to cook up some corn fritters today. Don't be surprised if you end up wanting more!"
- cdkitchen.com/ says: "It's National Corn Fritters Day! Have you tried making them? You'll love them homemade!" see recipes
You may also want to research:
Hush Puppies, Croquette, Fried dough foods, Doughnuts
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Fun Food Facts:
"Small cakes made with a primary ingredient, mixed with batter and fried, are found in many American cuisines. "Corn fritters" and "apple fritters" are well known, although the American apple fritter is unlike the British one. Fritters may use regular flour, cornmeal, or a mix. New England clam cakes and Maryland crab cakes are essentially varieties of fritter."