National Pancake Day: Go to IHOP!

Stack of pancakes.

Stack of pancakes. Mike Kemp Tetra Images/Newscom. License this image from Newscom.com: tiphotos046236

A pancake is not just any cake, it is a cake created for nourishment and a warm welcome to the world we wake up in.  You could try the cousins: waffles, crepes, blinis, or drop-scones. But why? When you could go with buttermilk, buckwheat, honey, potato, blueberry, cinnamon, peanut butter, or chocolate chip drenched in syrup, butter, honey, berries, nutella, with bananas… hungry yet?

Gluten free pancakes for kids at the Healthy Hut Market and Cafe, St. Pete Beach.

Gluten free pancakes for kids at the Healthy Hut Market and Cafe, St. Pete Beach. Scott Keeler/ZUMApress/Newscom. License this image from Newscom.com: zumaamericastwo980831

There’s more to a pancake than just flour, eggs, butter, salt, sugar, milk and baking powder.  The history of pancakes goes all the way back to ancient Greece, 5 BC, when it was first mentioned.  Pancakes are the earliest cereal food recognized across all cultures and nations.

In the Netherlands pancakes are meant for dinner. Scotts have pancakes with their tea in the afternoon. During the pig-slaughter feast in Spain, they will add blood into their sweet cakes made especially for carnivals. A common practice in Christian religions is to celebrate Shrove Tuesday or Fat Tuesday before Lent begins. The Tuesday before Ash Wednesday in olden times was the day all perishable foods were used up in order to prevent waste during the next 40 days of fasting in Lent.

In America, we have an entire day devoted to celebrating pancakes – today is national pancake day and IHOP gives customers a free stack of pancakes and asks that guests consider offering a donation for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals or other charities. After scrolling below to whet your appetite you should go pay your local IHOP a visit.  Follow us back to Newscom if you need more prompting!

Young girl sitting behind a tall stack of pancakes.

Young girl sitting behind a tall stack of pancakes. FBP Tetra Images/Newscom. License this image from Newscom.com: tiphotos051982

Girl enjoys pancakes with honey at Pancake Week fair on Moscow's Vasilyevsky Slope.

Girl enjoys pancakes with honey at Pancake Week fair on Moscow’s Vasilyevsky Slope. Filippov Alexei Itar-Tass Photos/Newscom. License this image from Newscom.com: tassphotoslive175621

De Pannekoekenbakker, pancake bakery, Thorn, Limburg, Holland, Netherlands, Europe.

De Pannekoekenbakker, pancake bakery, Thorn, Limburg, Holland, Netherlands, Europe. Günter Lenz Image Broker/Newscom. License this image from Newscom.com: ibpremium292315

Strawberry pancakes on plate, close-up.

Strawberry pancakes on plate, close-up. Creativ Studio Heinemann/Westend61/Newscom. License this image from Newscom.com: westendrf010369

Andy Wrobel from Melbourne S Pancake parlor stands Beside His Pancake Stack during The International Pancake Day Celebration in Melbourne.

Andy Wrobel from Melbourne S Pancake parlor stands beside his Pancake Stack during The International Pancake Day Celebration in Melbourne Australia ON Feb 21 2012 Andy Wrobel Broke The Guinness World Record by Building a 76 centimeter Tall Stack of Pancakes. imago stock&people/Newscom. License this image from Newscom.com: imagostock319948

Over a hundred pancake workshops in Hami rushed to make more than 20,000 pancakes.

People of Uygur Nationality dry the crusty pancakes in air in Hami, northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, May 17, 2008. Over a hundred pancake workshops in Hami rushed to make more than 20,000 pancakes, which were transported to southwest China’s quake-hit Sichuan Province on the night of May 17. The crusty pancakes, a kind of staple food of the Uygur and Kazak nationalities, can be preserved for long time, and easy to be transported. Xinhua/Photoshot/Newscom. License this image from Newscom.com: ptsphotoshot064302

Boy eating pancakes.

Boy eating pancakes. Godong/Newscom. License this image from Newscom.com: dpaphotos510363

Russian girl stares at pancakes at Pancake fest.

Pancakes traditional treat on Shrovetide. A Shrovetide amusement ground was opened today on Vasilievsky Spusk under the Kremlin walls. Kizhel Konstantin Itar-Tass Photos/Newscom. License this image from Newscom.com: tassphotos083328

Boy looking at stack of pancakes.

Boy looking at stack of pancakes. KidStock/Blend Images/Blend Images LLC/Newscom. License this image from Newscom.com: biphotos088096

Competitors flip their pancakes while running their heat February 21, 2012 during the annual Washington National Cathedral Pancake Race in Washington, DC.

Competitors flip their pancakes while running their heat February 21, 2012 during the annual Washington National Cathedral Pancake Race in Washington, DC. The National Cathedral hosted the annual Pancake Races dubbed the “Shake, Rattle & Race,” because of the earthquake damage done to the Cathedral. The race are a celebration of the British tradition of “Pancake Day” as Mardi Gras is known there, to mark the last day before the beginning of Lent. KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images/Newscom. License this image from Newscom.com: afplivefour303379

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