What to Make to Celebrate Every Food Holiday in January
We believe every day is worth celebrating. That's why we created this comprehensive guide to January food holidays and what to make for each one.
It's no surprise that New Year's Day is National Black-Eyed Peas Day (this recipe is as tasty as it is lucky), but did you know that January 14 is National Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day (this sub is certainly worthy of its own holiday) or that January 29 is National Corn Chip Day (you simply must try this Fritos Pie)? Let the celebrations begin!
January 1: National Black-Eyed Pea Day
It's no surprise that January 1 is National Black-Eyed Peas Day. According to folklore, those who eat them on New Year's Day will have good luck for the rest of the year.
Bonus: Bottoms up! It's also National Bloody Mary Day. Try our Classic Bloody Mary recipe.
January 2: National Cream Puff Day
Chef John's take on cream puffs (or profiteroles) was inspired by his favorite Netflix binge: The Great British Baking Show. Celebrate the second day of the year with the creamy, decadent balls.
Bonus: Happy National Buffet Day! Celebrate at home with one of our 14 Most Popular Potluck Recipes.
January 3: National Chocolate Covered Cherry Day
Sure, you could go to the store and buy a box of chocolate-covered cherries — but where's the fun in that? Make the indulgent bite-sized treat from scratch with just five easy-to-find ingredients.
January 4: National Spaghetti Day
January 5: National Whipped Cream Day
January 6: National Shortbread Day
More than 2,000 Allrecipes home cooks have given this cookie recipe glowing five-star reviews, so you know it's good enough for your National Shortbread Day celebration.
Bonus: It's also National Bean Day. Make one of these Quick Protein-Packed Dinners with Canned Beans.
January 7: National Tempura Day
Fact: Tempura batter makes pretty much everything better. This version of vegetable tempura is cooked in an air fryer, so it's a bit healthier for you than the traditional deep-fried stuff.
January 8: National English Toffee Day
January 9: National Apricot Day
January 10: National Bittersweet Chocolate Day
Indulge in this Costa Rican-inspired panna cotta, flavored with instant espresso powder and topped with a decadent chocolate rum sauce, on National Bittersweet Chocolate Day.
January 11: National Milk Day
January 12: National Glazed Doughnut Day
Skip the lines at your local bakery and make soft and crispy glazed doughnuts at home on National Doughnut Day. This recipe is a labor of love, but oh-so worth it.
January 13: National Gluten-Free Day
January 14: National Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day
Make this delicious deli-style sandwich with sliced pastrami, Swiss cheese, spicy mustard, and sauerkraut on January 14 to celebrate National Hot Pastrami Sandwich Day.
January 15: National Bagel Day
"I accidentally stumbled upon a method for making bagels that were structurally and texturally superior, I decided to take advantage of that fact, and the San Francisco-style bagel was born," says Chef John.
January 16: National Fig Newton Day
"This is a dark, not very sweet, fig-filled cookie, basically a homemade Fig Newton," according to recipe creator Kim. "The crust gets a toasty flavor from whole wheat flour and walnuts, while the fig filling really lets the dark flavor of the fruit come through."
Bonus: Spice up your International Hot and Spicy Food Day with some Homemade Hot Sauce.
January 17: National Hot Buttered Rum Day
Frosty January weather got you feeling chilly? You're in luck! January 17 is National Hot Buttered Rum day, so you have the perfect excuse to warm up with a mug of the cozy drink.
January 18: National Peking Duck Day
"I absolutely love duck," says reviewer Kara Davidson. "I was so excited to see this on here. Followed exactly and it turned out wonderful. If you really like duck I would get a little bigger duck for more servings."
Bonus: It's National Gourmet Coffee Day! Head to your favorite local coffee shop for a cup of joe.
January 19: National Popcorn Day
Celebrate National Popcorn Day by making the snack the old-fashioned way. It only takes about 10 minutes to make 10 whole cups! Once you try this method, you'll never go back to the store-bought stuff.
January 20: National Cheese Lovers Day
Smile and say "cheese" — it's National Cheese Lovers Day! This easy and one-pot comfort food, which has Parmesan and Cheddar, is the perfect way to celebrate.
Bonus: National Buttercrunch Day is the perfect excuse to make this irresistible Almond Buttercrunch Candy.
January 21: National New England Clam Chowder Day
Creamy and hearty soup is the perfect way to warm up on a cold January night, so it makes perfect sense that National New England Clam Chowder Day falls in the dead of winter.
Bonus: January 21 is also National Granola Bar Day, so it's the perfect time to try this top-rated Chewy Granola Bar recipe.
January 22: National Blonde Brownie Day
"OMG! These are fantastic," reviewer SUSSYA says of these white chocolate blondies, which are perfect for National Blonde Brownie Day. "I am a huge white chocolate fan and I couldn't stop eating these!"
Bonus: What better way to celebrate National Southern Food Day than with Easy Southern Fried Green Tomatoes?
January 23: National Pie Day
January 23 is not only National Pie Day — it's also National Rhubarb Pie Day. Celebrate with this deliciously tart and sweet fruit pie (and a healthy scoop of vanilla ice cream).
January 24: National Peanut Butter Day
You only need six easy-to-find ingredients to make this incredibly easy top-rated fudge recipe on National Peanut Butter Day.
Bonus: Did you know there was a National Lobster Thermidor Day? Well, there is — and it's today. Here's a recipe for Chef John's Lobster Thermidor.
January 25: National Irish Coffee Day
Happy National Irish Coffee Day! You don't necessarily need a recipe for two-ingredient Irish cream and coffee, but we have one just in case you do.
January 26: National Peanut Brittle Day
January 27: National Chocolate Cake Day
January 28: National Blueberry Pancake Day
This pancake recipes is basic, but it's anything but boring. Topped with butter and your favorite maple syrup, the absolutely perfect way to kick off National Blueberry Pancake Day.
January 29: National Corn Chip Day
January 30: National Croissant Day
"I wouldn't describe making homemade croissants as easy since there are multiple steps, and it does take at least half a day. But it's really not that hard either; and certainly simpler than flying to Paris, which is the only other way to enjoy these amazing pastries," according to Chef John.
January 31: National Hot Chocolate Day
Finish the month strong with a creamy and cozy cup of hot cocoa on National Hot Chocolate Day. This three-ingredient recipe, made with leftover candy, will warm you up from the inside out.