The Unofficial Happy History of Pancakes
The pancake’s cake-y goodness has been making people happy since the dawn of man. Here are a few notable moments in the pancake’s journey to greatness.
600 BC - The first recorded mention of pancakes dates back to ancient Greece and comes from a poet who described warm pancakes in one of his writings.
1100 AD – Shrove Tuesday (Pancake Day) becomes a traditional way to use up dairy products before lent – the pancake breakfast is born.
1445 - The year that villager’s in Olney, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom, started their famous pancake race. Each year the winner receives a smooch from the church bell ringer.
1700s – Before baking soda chefs used fresh snow, which contains ammonia, to help make pancakes light and fluffy.
1800s - Milk and occasionally cream become the preferred liquids for pancake batter: before then, brandy and wine had been just as common.
1870s - The flapjack becomes known as the pancake and America is changed forever.
1880s –Maple syrup becomes the preferred topping of choice.
1931- Bisquick is first introduced and good cooks across America start using it to make extra fluffy pancakes.
1966 – A “New York Times” food editor publishes a recipe for a baked pancake that he discovered while visiting a friend in Honolulu.
1985 – Bisquick becomes the official sponsor of National Pancake Week, creating a weeklong celebration of all things pancake.
1995 - The largest pancake ever flipped was made in Rochdale, United Kingdom. It measured 16.4 yards across, weighed 3 tons and took more than just a frying pan to flip it over.
2008 – Actor Rainn Wilson creates SoulPancake.com, a feel good website that encourages people to explore what it means to be human with a little laughter along the way.
2009 – Aldo Zilli set a new world record for flipping a single pancake – he flipped it 117 times in 60 seconds.
2012 – 890 people set a world record for the most people tossing pancakes — 930 tried but 40 flippers were disqualified for dropping their cakes.