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National Sticky Bun Day (February 21)

Check out the weird holiday National Sticky Bun Day on February 21. Learn the history of sticky buns, and get ideas on how to celebrate.

One weird holiday on February 21 is National Sticky Bun Day. Check out the other weird February holidays!

History of National Sticky Bun Day

These delicious baked sweets originated in Pennsylvania in the 1800s. German immigrants brought the idea with them as they settled near the Philadelphia area.

In German, sticky buns are called “schnecken,” which means snail. This is because they are rolled into a spiral much like a snail’s shell.

Stick buns usually contain brown sugar and cinnamon, and the bottom of the pan they are cooked in is lined with sweet and sticky ingredients like honey, sugar with butter, and maple syrup. Some people even put nuts on the bottom.

The sweet, sticky lining on the bottom of the pan, as well as the nuts, is what makes sticky buns different from cinnamon rolls (sometimes called caramel rolls). Another similar dessert is monkey bread.

The cinnamon bun (or cinnamon roll) was created in the 1920s in Sweden, and a few decads later in 1954 it began to be sold at the University of British Columbia by the Hungarian baker Grace Hasz.

Ideas for National Sticky Bun Day

You can make any of these delicious recipes to celebrate!

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