National Grilled Cheese Day

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National Grilled Cheese Day? You're 'cheddaring' me! But yes, it's a gouda day to be cheesy (forgive the puns!). Each year, on April 12th, people around the globe celebrate the creaminess of cheese sandwiched between two golden, crispy breads. As soon as you take a bite, you know it's melt to be (last pun, we promise!)

When is Grilled Cheese Day?

It's national grilled cheese day on the 12th April.

History Behind the Cheesiness

National Grilled Cheese Day first buttered its way into our hearts in 2016, which is also the year we saw the most internet mentions. With a whopping 36,801 online nods, it seems everyone was 'feeling the melt'. But where did this delightful delicacy actually originate from?

Contrary to popular belief, grilled cheese sandwiches weren't always so glamorous. During the Great Depression in the 1920s, it was simply an affordable meal - bread and American cheese. However, it was in the 1960s that it truly gained prominence in American diner culture, and started to cheddar - sorry, shatter - all stereotypes.

Feta Celebrations

Celebrating National Grilled Cheese Day is simple - you indulge! Gather your friends or family around a hot griddle and clear your 'whey' to some cheesy goodness. Whether it's a classic American version, a mature cheddar, or even a new-age vegan concoction, there's no right or wrong way to enjoy a grilled cheese sandwich.

Don't forget to share your cheesy creations using the hashtags #NationalGrilledCheeseDay or #GrilledCheeseDay on social media to join the conversation.

Fact or American Tale?

Contrary to popular belief, grilled cheese sandwiches weren’t a popular choice until the 1960s. The dish got its real fame thanks to a man named James L. Kraft, who patented processed cheese. This affordable cheese product led to widespread popularity for all things cheesy, especially this iconic sandwich.

History behind the term 'Grilled Cheese'


Inception of the modern grilled cheese

During the 1920s, the modern version of the grilled cheese sandwich started to gain popularity. It became a common staple in American cuisine and was enjoyed by people of all ages. However, it was often referred to as a 'toasted cheese sandwich' rather than 'grilled cheese' during this time.


First appearance of 'grilled cheese'

In the 1960s, the term 'grilled cheese' started to gain traction and became a widely used term to describe the iconic sandwich. It was commonly prepared by toasting the bread and melting the cheese in a pan or on a griddle, which is why it was called 'grilled cheese'. The simplicity and deliciousness of this sandwich made it a favorite among Americans.


Rise in popularity through media

During the 1990s, the grilled cheese sandwich experienced a surge in popularity through various forms of media. It became a beloved comfort food and was often featured in movies, TV shows, and advertisements. This exposure further solidified its place in American culture and made it even more desirable.


Continued evolution and variations

In the present day, the grilled cheese sandwich continues to evolve and adapt to modern tastes. Chefs and food enthusiasts have become creative with their grilled cheese recipes, experimenting with different types of bread, cheese, and additional ingredients like bacon, avocado, or tomato. This classic sandwich remains a beloved comfort food that brings joy to people all around the world.

Did you know?

Did you know that, according to the Guinness World Records, the largest grilled cheese sandwich ever made weighed a staggering 1,360 pounds? That's the weight of a small car! It was crafted in 2000 and still holds the record. Now, that’s a ‘grate’ fact!


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First identified

12th March 2015

Most mentioned on

12th April 2016

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