With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about the sweet and savory treats on the table. Whether your family does turkey or glazed roast ham, and whether you prefer stuffing or green bean casserole, surely no one can debate that the humble pumpkin pie is the definitive dessert of choice for Thanksgiving. For most, it’s a must-have dessert for the holiday season, with an estimated 50 million pumpkin pies sold and consumed each Thanksgiving in the USA alone. From Trader Joe’s to Kroger, you can pick up the popular pie from pretty much anywhere in the USA. But which pumpkin pie is the best money can buy? To discover just that, here at Casino Canada, we’re launching a search for a truly one-of- a-kind job role. We’re looking for a pumpkin pie taste tester – someone who will taste and review some of the most popular pumpkin pies available to buy.
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There’s nothing wrong with a tasty pecan pie, an apple tart with vanilla ice cream, or maybe a classic cherry pie – but the pumpkin pie reigns supreme as the dessert of fall festivities.
The original pumpkin pie wasn’t as we know it. Pumpkins are native to North America, and in season during the fall, so it makes sense that the abundant crop would be used in Thanksgiving dinner. But most early references to sweet pumpkin pies come from English cookbooks, such as The Gentlewoman's Companion from 1675, which suggested filling a pie with layers of pumpkin and apple, flavored with spices, rosemary, and thyme. In fact, the first pumpkin ‘pies’ made by early American colonists were more like a soup, made and served in a pumpkin! Accounts describe hollowing out and filling the shells with goat’s milk, honey, spice and pumpkin.
A version of the dessert as we would recognize it didn’t appear in Canadian and American recipe books until the early 19 th century, and the pumpkin pie only became truly synonymous with Thanksgiving in the 1820s.
Sarah Josepha Hale was an abolitionist and a huge Thanksgiving fan. She published the most widely circulated magazine in the US prior to the Civil War, ‘Godey’s Lady’s Book’, and worked for years to have Thanksgiving declared as a national holiday.
She wrote ‘Northwood: A Tale of New England’, a novel that dedicated an entire chapter to describing the classic Thanksgiving meal, complete with turkey, gravy, stuffing, and, of course, pumpkin pie! Ever since then, it’s been a stable at Thanksgiving tables across Canada and the United States.
- The world’s largest pumpkin pie was 20ft in diameter, weighing 1,678kg and using 550kg of canned pumpkin! It was made in New Bremen, Ohio, as part of the New Bremen Pumpkinfest in 2010, and made it into the Guinness Book of World Records.
- Did you know that pumpkins are actually a fruit –in fact, they’re a berry! They belong to a class of berry called a ‘pepo’, a term used for fruits in the gourd family, such as cucumbers and watermelons.
- The first canned pumpkin was introduced in 1929, thanks to Libby’s of Chicago – no need to roast and strain your own squash.
- The word ‘pumpkin’ comes from the original Greek ‘pepōn’, meaning ‘large melon’. This became the French ‘pompon’, then the Early Modern English ‘pompion’ which eventually became the ‘pumpkin’ we all know and love thanks to 17th-century English colonists encountering them in North America.
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To enter Casino Canada’s ‘Pumpkin Pie Tester’ competition you must be a U.S citizen aged 21 or over and have a valid ID. The entry dates are between 30th October and 13th November. If chosen, you will be contacted via email and must respond within 48 hours to confirm you are happy to take part. The winner will be reimbursed $50 to cover the total cost of pies and will be rewarded with a $500 egift card of their choice (the gift card must be able to be purchased in the UK and shared with the participant via email). The winner must review each pie and provide reviews by 20th November.