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Love clams and chowder? Everyone’s heard of clam chowder, but did you know that it’s also has a holiday? National Clam Chowder Day is a day all about celebrating the history of this beloved fish stew, historical in its origins to the New England area and helped ultimately inspire creations such as the Manhatten clam chowder, Rhode Island clam chowder, and Long Island clam chowder.

History of National Clam Chowder Day

Chowder dates back as early as 1795 when chowder was originally made as water-based fish soup and various thickness featuring onions, potatoes, and carrots.

The origins of this kind of stew are said to have begun with the French, Nova Scotian, and British as it was a commoner’s dish during the 1700s. Crackers and croutons are usually added as a thickener, and it was just around that time when clam chowder started popping up as a popular version within the Boston area.

By 1836, clam chowder became a staple for sailors, as it was another way to make a constant diet of fish palatable. Most were then a creamy white soup, as a diary, later on, became a more popular addition to the soup in cooler regions where milk animals flourished. 

Here’s a fun fact; In 1939, a bill was introduced into the in the Maine state legislature that almost made the use of tomatoes in clam chowder against the law. That’s how much they love their clam chowder!

Today, clam chowder has become a staple for many restaurants all over the United States and has also become more accessible for people when companies such as Campbell’s and Progresso introduced clam chowder in a soup can.

On this day, people either go out to their favorite places to eat clam chowder, buy a can of soup for dinner, or attempt to make their own clam chowder for dinner that day. 

How to Celebrate National Clam Chowder Day

People all over celebrate National Clam Chowder Day, so why not take a crack at it by looking up a popular recipe for clam chowder and make it yourself! Season it the way you like it, make it milk-free if needed, and see how well you make clam chowder.

If you’re not up for cooking, head on over to a  restaurant you know that’s excellent at making clam chowder; one of the most famous places in the United States for its clam chowder is the Ye Olde Union Oyster House, one of the oldest standing restaurants in New England since 1836. Share this holiday with your friends and enjoy a delicious meal with each other. 

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