National Pancake Day – March 7

Pancakes. Does the mere mention of the word send your taste buds into overdrive? If so, National Pancake Day is for you. It’s observed annually on March 7, and since beginning its first celebration in 2006, IHOP restaurants have raised close to $24 million to support charities in the communities in which they operate.

Why We Love Pancakes (and National Pancake Day)

A. Pancakes increase your happiness
A meal of pancakes for breakfast will instantly brighten your mood and make your tummy happy. You can share, hog them, or surprise someone with pancakes in bed. You can’t go wrong with pancakes, which is why they are just so right!

B. Sweet or savory
While some people love sitting down and taking their time to enjoy a great hoagie, some just simply have a fast-paced lifestyle. For those people always on the go, a hoagie is always a great idea. Looking to have your mind blown? The possibilities are endless as you create your own combination of meats, cheese, vegetables, seasonings and sauces and have your hamburger your own way. Yes please.

C. Familiarity
Sometimes, when we go out to eat, we don’t like want to be challenged. Also, pancakes are easy to make. We crave the taste of the familiar and nothing’s more familiar, at least to Americans, than the taste of a good ol’ pancake with that maple syrup on top.

How to Celebrate National Pancakes Day

1. Create your own pancake
Pick one of the many pancake recipes online, go to your grocery store to buy the ingredients, and handle business. Most importantly, make those pancakes with love!

2. Head over to your local IHOP
You’ll be amazed at the various locations you’ll find nearby. Go on, enjoy a finely crafted pancake at your leisure.

3. Give the gift of pancakes
Yes, we said it. Treat your loved-one, friend, to a nice pancake meal. Together we’ll make the world a better place, one flapjack at a time.

Favorite Pancake Recipes

Chunky Monkey Pancakes  —  Allrecipes
Serve with a dollop of soft butter, a sprinkle of powdered sugar, sliced bananas, and whipped cream. Mmmm.

Chocolate Pancakes  —  Allrecipes
This is a sweet and slightly gooey chocolate pancake that is great with fresh fruit.

Pumpkin Pancakes  —  Allrecipes
For a spiced breakfast treat, try pumpkin pancakes.

National Pancake Day Survey Results
Additional Findings
FULL RANKING OF THE MOST POPULAR TYPES OF PANCAKES
#1: Buttermilk (33%)
#2: Blueberry (19%)
#3: Chocolate chip (18%)
#4: Original/plain (15%)
#5: Banana (8%)
#6: Cinnamon (5%)
#7: Wheat (2%)
#8: Whole oat (1%)

FULL RANKING OF THE MOST POPULAR PANCAKE TOPPINGS
#1: Maple syrup (62%)
#2: Butter (10%)
#3: Fresh fruit (8%)
#4: Fruit sauce (4%)
#5: Peanut butter (4%)
#6: Nutella (4%)
#7: Chocolate syrup (3%)
#8: Honey (2%)
#9: Jelly/jam (2%)
#10: Apple butter (2%)

PANCAKES ARE IN AMERICA’S TOP 3 FAVORITE BREAKFAST FOODS
Pancakes rank America’s #3 favorite breakfast food after bacon (#1) and eggs (#2). 
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