No, this day is not talking about mops or brooms (although it’s certainly good to be very thankful for them, of course!) but National Something On a Stick Day is all about celebrating foods that people love to eat – and this amazing food just happens to come on a stick!
Because, who doesn’t love relaxed finger food that can be picked up by the stick and eaten? Whether it’s a toffee apple, camp-fire sausage, cheese cubes on a toothpick, an ice cream bar, lollipop or other lovely treats, feel free to indulge in them in celebration of National Something on a Stick Day! Or why not try the favorite American food on a stick if it’s possible – the famous corn dog?
History of National Something on a Stick Day
For thousands of years, people have been using skewers and sticks as a useful tool for cooking food, before forks were even thought of. In fact, single sticks were used in Ancient China as a predecessor to the use of chopsticks.
The concept of being able to use a stick to hold food over a fire is a clever one, resulting in the ability to cook without the need for pots and pans. From skewers for making kebabs to rotisseries that would slow roast meat on a spit over a fire, sticks have been an important part of food delivery for many years.
In modern times, the idea of not only cooking but also eating food that is presented on a stick is more about convenience. It’s just a simple and easy way to serve something without the need for a plate or utensils.
So forget the fork, because National Something on a Stick Day offers the perfect opportunity to serve and eat foods that work naturally on a stick!
How to Celebrate National Something on a Stick Day
Take advantage of National Something on a Stick Day to round up all sorts of food options to see how well they fit on a stick! Consider some of these ideas for observing the day:
Host a National Something on a Stick Day Party
What about planning an entire meal that includes an appetizer, main course and dessert, all of which are served on sticks? This concept for hosting a dinner party couldn’t be more easy, informal, and fun. And an added bonus is that there is very little cleaning up to do afterwards! What a great theme for a dinner party to have on National Something on a Stick Day!
Although it is certainly fun to revolve the day around the food, there are also some games that might be fun to try out during the party. Adults and kids of all ages can participate by playing games that include “something” on a stick, like pick-up sticks, kick the stick, or three sticks (aka capture the flag).
Get Creative with Food on a Stick
Take the opportunity to celebrate National Something on a Stick Day by thinking outside the box. Sure, it’s possible to serve corn dogs and shish kebabs. But what about some more interesting foods that can be eaten on a stick? Try out some of these ideas:
- Fruit Kebabs. Great when served as an appetizer, side dish or dessert, fruit kebabs can be made by stacking strawberries, grapes, watermelon chunks, pineapple pieces and many other varieties of delicious fruit onto a stick.
- Waffle Pops. Eating waffles just got a little more fun! Make waffles ahead of time in a round waffle maker, with a stick baked into each quarter. Drizzle with melted chocolate and top with sprinkles.
- Chocolate Bacon Skewers. The sweet and savory blend of bacon with chocolate is an amazing combination!
- Prosecco Pops. While popsicles are a delicious treat, making them for the adults-only crowd is even more delightful. These are especially tasty when paired with slices of fruit.