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National Croissant Day (January 30)

Check out the weird holiday National Croissant Day on January 30. Learn the history of National Croissant Day & get ideas on how to celebrate.

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History of National Croissant Day

Did you know that croissants aren’t actually from France? Historians think that the kipferl, which is from 13th century Austria, is the origin of today’s croissants.

The kipferl – which is German for cresent – was created by Viennese bakers as a way to celebrate the defeat of the Ottoman Empire when they tried to invade Vienna in 1683.

Legend has it that the Turks wanted to conquer the city and decided to dig underground tunnels to get in. The Viennese bakers worked in the basements, so they heard the digging and informed the army. These bakers received high honors for their help in thwarting the Turkish army.

In celebration, the bakers developed a new pastry using kipferl dough. The crescent shape owas symbolic of the shape on the enemy’s flag, and they ate it as a way to symbolize the defeat.

The recipe for croissant dough first appeared in the 17th century in “Le Patissier francois” by Francois Pierre de La Varenne. It was also known as a puff pastry.

The croissant was developed by the Austrian military officer August Zang. H eopened a Viennese bakery in Paris, and the croissants became popular in France because the Viennese young woman Marie Antoinette (the last queen of France before the revolution) enjoyed them.

These croissants, which were also called Boulangerie Viennoise (and also called Zangs), appeared in a Paris bakery in 1837.

In 1915, a French baker named Sylvain Claudius Goy wrote the recipe for modern-day croissants.

Nowadays, croissants are used as bread for sandwiches, side dishes for soups, and even sweetened as a dessert. Often, however, they are used for breakfast.

Ideas for National Croissant Day

Enjoy a delicious croissant! Check out these yummy recipes below.

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