National Gingersnap Day July 1

National Gingersnap Day July 1

NATIONAL GINGERSNAP DAY

Mmmmmm, hungry?  Join in National Gingersnap Day on July 1st by enjoying this sweet and savory treat. Gingersnaps are cookies typically made from molasses, cloves, ginger, cinnamon and brown sugar.  They are a combination of sweet and spicy and have long been enjoyed for generations.

Gingersnaps are a healthier alternative to other cookies since they are generally lower in calories than other cookies and have additional benefits.  For example, ginger, cinnamon and clove all have anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties and may help fight heart disease. Cinnamon is known to lower the amount of glucose in the bloodstream, ginger helps aid digestion and cloves also help prevent oral diseases and headaches.  

Around the world, gingersnaps come in different shapes and sizes.  In America, it’s much like a sugar cookie but in Scandinavia, it’s more like a wafer.

The American version of the gingersnap is a little more like a sugar cookie, while other versions, such as the Scandinavian one, is a small, thin cookie.

HOW TO OBSERVE

To enjoy this national holiday, you could make a batch yourself and savor a sweet treat while knowing that you are getting some health benefits at the same time!  Here is just one gingersnap recipe you can try. Post on social media using #NationalGingersnapDay.

HISTORY

The history of the gingersnap goes back for centuries.  Ginger dates back to the middle ages and gingersnaps have long been created in Germany and England.  Within our research, we were unable to locate the original creator of National Gingersnap Day.

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