(Last Updated On: November 9, 2022)



National Scrapple Day on November 9th recognizes the first pork food invented in America. For those not familiar with scrapple, it is traditionally a mush of pork scraps and trimmings combined with cornmeal, wheat flour, and spices, such as sage, thyme, savory and black pepper. The mush is then formed into a semi-solid loaf, sliced and pan-fried.

Scrapple is also known by the Pennsylvania Dutch name pon haus, and the immediate ancestor of scrapple was the Low German dish called panhas. Local settlers adapted the dish to make use of locally available ingredients. In parts of Pennsylvania, it is still called Pannhaas, panhoss, ponhoss, or pannhas.

When is National Pennsylvania Day?

During the 17th and 18th centuries, German colonists who settled near Philadelphia and Chester County, Pennsylvania, developed the first recipes for scrapple. With such a rich heritage, many strongly associate scrapple with rural areas surrounding Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington D.C., eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware, eastern Virginia, and the Delmarva Peninsula.

  • Supermarkets offer scrapple throughout the regions in both refrigerated and frozen cases.
  • Did you know some recipes for scrapple include beef, chicken, or turkey?
  • Instead of pan-frying scrapple, try deep-frying or broiling it for a different texture.
  • Scrapple makes an excellent breakfast sidedish.
  • Try your scrapple with a side of apple butter, ketchup, jelly, maple syrup, honey, horseradish, or mustard.

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalScrappleDay

Introduce a friend to this regional favorite. Take them out to your favorite restaurant serving scrapple. While you’re there, give the cook a shout out! Another way to celebrate is by sharing your best scrapple recipes or trying your hand at some of these tasty eats. And don’t forget to use #NationalScrappleDay to share your celebration on social media, too!


National Day Calendar® continues researching the origins of this American food holiday.

November 9th Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) History


President Theodore Roosevelt departs for Panama on the first official international trip by a chief executive. The purpose of his trip was to inspect the construction of the Panama Canal. The President and the First Lady traveled aboard the U.S.S. Louisiana and arrived in Panama on November 14th.


NASA launches the Apollo 4 unmanned Earth-orbital space mission.


Rolling Stone’s first cover features John Lennon. The publication was the collaborative effort of Jann Wenner and jazz critic Ralph Gleason.


At the age of 22, Garry Kasparov becomes the youngest winner of the World Chess Championship by defeating Anatoly Karpov.


After twenty-eight years, East Berlin opens its borders. East and West Berliners join in a massive celebration that is witnessed by the entire world.

November 9th Celebrated (And Not So Celebrated) Birthdays

Benjamin Banneker -1731

The African American farmer, mathematician, and astronomer worked alongside Andrew Ellicott surveying the land for the future capital of the United States. He was also an author and publisher with several volumes of an almanac to his name.

Gail Borden – 1801

The persistent innovator received patent No. 15,553 for a process of making evaporated milk. This condensed and preserved milk led to a product line produced by the Borden Family of Companies.

Florence Sabin – 1871

In 1917, the medical scientist teaching embryology and histology became the first woman to hold a full professorship at John Hopkins School of Medicine.

Hedy Lamarr – 1913

The stunning actress graced the silver screen for nearly 30 years. During that time she made an incredible contribution to science that we continue to utilize today. In 1942, she co-developed with George Antheil a radio signaling device that alternates radio frequencies. During World War II, the device helped the military to send coded messages securely and thwarted the enemy’s attempts decoding them. Today, the same technology applies to cellular communications.

Choi Hong Hi – 1918

Drawing from his military experience, Choi Hong Hi studied a variety of martial arts, developing Taekwondo.

Alice Coachman – 1923

During the 1948 London Olympics, the track and field high jumper became the first Black woman to win a gold medal. Her record-breaking jump cleared the bar at 5 feet 6 inches.

Carl Sagan – 1934 

Sagan focused an entire generation on science. The scientist not only made significant contributions to research and development but also made science attainable in the world of education.

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