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Are you even a human if you don’t love cookies? Such is the love and acceptance for cookies throughout the world. However, when you count the calorific value and health boundaries of a regular cookie, we despise indulging in more of them. So, keeping in mind all of these, a healthier alternative to regular cookies was widely given acceptance. These cookies called ‘Gingersnaps’ were made from Ginger along with some other spices and molasses. Astonishingly, its popularity gave way for a whole day particularly meant for celebrations. Basically, July 01 is celebrated as a food holiday devoted to Gingersnap. So, let us find more interesting facts about the National Gingersnap Day 2023 in this article.
National Gingersnap Day 2023
To begin with, gingersnaps called ginger biscuit or ginger nut, is a globally popular biscuit or cookie flavored with Ginger. Apart from ginger as the main ingredient it includes other spices like cinnamon, clove, molasses, nutmeg etc. But, are you still wondering how a simple cookie achieves the status of a whole day dedicated particularly to it?! Well! This is simple and lies under the numerous health benefits that it offers. In order to acknowledge the various virtues of a Gingersnap, we celebrate National Gingersnap Day on July 01, every year. However, it sometimes feels strange how a food item made it to the national day list!
Origin of National Gingersnap Day
Even though the origin of National Gingersnap day remains unknown, it is anticipated to date back to the 13th century. It is believed that it was first prepared by the people of Germany. However, there is a conflicting notion that Gingersnaps were first made in England around the medieval times.
The word’ Gingersnap’ is derived from the German/ Dutch word ‘snappen’ that means ‘to seize quickly’. It is argued that the present day Gingersnap is a variation of the ancient delicacy called Lebkuchen, which was a special Christmas treat in Germany. Later, Lebkuchen evolved into different shapes, tastes and preferences. Eventually, this became known as Gingersnap world wide.
Health Benefits of Gingersnap
Unlike a regular cookie loaded with sugar and calories, a gingersnap has myriad health benefits to its name. Some of them are listed below:
- A batch of 5 Gingersnap cookies has only 3.6g of carbs, 0.2g of protein, 0.9g of fat, and 24 calories. This is relatively a great number compared to regular cookies.
- Provides anti-inflammatory properties.
- Fights against heart diseases.
- Cures nausea.
- Soothes coughing and throat problems.
- Instant mood lifter.
- Lower the likelihood of collateral cancer.
- Reduces headache and problems related to digestion.
- Decreases the intensity of menstrual cramps.
The above mentioned are some of the very few health benefits of a Gingersnap among many others. However, it is advised to take some precaution while consuming a Gingersnap as it is usually high in sodium content. So, watch it out!
Gingersnap Fun Facts
- Gingersnaps were first baked commercially in 1862
- Ginger is native to southeastern Asia.
- The first published recipe for gingersnaps was in 1805 by Mrs. H.L. Webster.
- A ginger plant can grow up to 4 ft. tall.
- Ginger is a natural decongestant and antihistamine
How to Celebrate National Gingersnap Day 2023
As is customary, the National Gingersnap day is celebrated with various activities and programs. The best way to celebrate National Gingersnap Day is by baking some Gingersnap yourself at home and sharing it with your friends, colleagues, neighbors, etc. Also, during the baking process do not forget to include the little ones at home! They will surely enjoy it. As you share the Gingersnap with your friends and family, everybody can consume it guilt free. The numerous health benefits that come along with it will surely impress others.
Perfect Gingersnap Recipe
This article will be incomplete without mentioning about the perfect Gingersnap recipe. All our readers shall indulge in some Gingersnap deliciousness by baking some of it at home; So, here you go!
- 3/4 cup butter at room temperature
- 1 cup of granulated sugar
- 1/4 cup of unsculptured molasses
- 1 egg
- 2 teaspoons of baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon of kosher salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoons of ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
- 2 cups of all purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons of granulated sugar
As you prepare the ingredients, allow your oven to preheat for sometime. Prepare the cookie dough just like any other normal cookie. And voila! It is good to go into the oven!
On this Gingersnap Day, all you to do is bake some delicious Gingersnap, make some awesome tea and Enjoy!
Have a Great Day!