Unveiling Thanksgiving’s #1 Dessert

by Shannon Salzano

Published October 24 2023

Unveiling Thanksgiving’s #1 Dessert

What is the most popular Thanksgiving dessert?

The holidays are here and that means it’s time to plan your holiday menus. Sweet and savory food are a key part of celebrating any holiday, especially at Thanksgiving, but deciding on what to serve can feel more stressful than celebratory. We’ll take a look at the traditional thanksgiving dinner dessert moves and suggest what types of treats you should order for your big day.

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Why Thanksgiving Desserts Make the Holiday So Special

Sure, Thanksgiving conjures images of turkeys and pilgrim hats and cornucopias, but not far from mind on this holiday is one thing: dessert. While many holidays carry with them some elements of dessert, Thanksgiving celebrates the sweeter side of food in a big way. Imagine going to a family Thanksgiving meal with no pecan pie or cake to cap off the meal – it just wouldn’t feel right would it? So why is it that Thanksgiving has become so synonymous with dessert? Perhaps to balance out all the savory items? Or because folks want an excuse to linger a little longer with friends and loved ones.

Exploring Thanksgiving Dessert Trends

While we know pumpkin flavor desserts are a popular fixture of the Thanksgiving dinner, there are a few specific items that are most closely associated with this November holiday. In general, pie reigns supreme as a Thanksgiving dessert. While some families have their nice selections of pie servings, tradition says apple, pumpkin pie, and a southern pecan pie are the go-tos, typically made with a buttery pastry pie crust. It wouldn’t be unusual to see a chocolate cream pie of some sort if your crew is into chocolate desserts. So how do you choose the right dessert to serve or bring as a guest? Here are some choices that everyone at the table will enjoy.

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Finding the Perfect Thanksgiving Desserts That Everyone Will Love

Go with the classics: pie.

If you’re not trying to rock the boat, or a sucker for playing the classics you simply can’t go wrong with pie. Our iconic Milk Bar Pie is a buttery, gooey, brown sugary soulful treat and pleases snackers of all personalities. If you want something a little more thematic, a Milk Bar Pumpkin Pie ups the ante with vegetal pumpkin flavors perfect for the fall. These pies are modern twists on the classics, and your fellow feasters will be asking for seconds.

Go big with flavor: cake.

If you’re more of a fan of frosting, no need to apologize! Cake makes a great holiday centerpiece. Our cakes are layered up with loads of texture and flavor, making them a worthy complement to the holiday main course. Our Pumpkin Coffee Cake Cake will bring the traditional pumpkin energy your guests may be expecting, but surprise them with gooey cinnamon energy that feels like a cozy fall moment. If you prefer apple to pumpkin, our Caramel Apple Pie Cake remixes apple pie into a caramel loaded cake topped with ice cream frosting for something fresh and new.

Go with something snackable: cookie treats

Maybe you want something folks can graze on with their coffee or snack on while they watch the big game, cookies are an easy, low lift but high impact treat for Thanksgiving. Our assorted cookie packs mean you’ll have the perfect flavor for all of your guests, from salty and sweet to creamy and dreamy.

Go with the crowd’s needs: gluten free.

Don’t forget to take the dietary needs of your guests into consideration as you plan your dessert spread. We deliver gluten free cookies and cake for easy solutions to special requests. Even better: your non-gluten free guests would never guess there’s no gluten to be found in these goodies.

Save Yourself Precious Time by Ordering Milk Bar for Delivery

Still thinking about what to buy for Thanksgiving dinner? No matter what you’re serving, one thing is for sure, you don’t want to add any extra stress to the holiday. Order your treats from Milk Bar and we’ll send the freshest, tastiest treats straight to your door so you can unwrap, plate, and celebrate. You can even pick your delivery date so you’ve got one less thing to worry about!

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From pies to a cheesecake, desserts are a key part of celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday. We’ve helped take the guessing work out of the meal planning process by pairing the best Thanksgiving Day desserts with your holiday spirits. Whether you serve pumpkin ice cream to go with a pumpkin cheesecake, or a cherry pie topped with whipped cream and a perfected pie crust, all that’s left to do is plan the rest of your thanksgiving day menu! Check out more Thanksgiving timeline & pre-order tips for the perfect process!

About the author

Shannon Salzano is a New York Times best selling author and hospitality industry veteran. A graduate of Northern Illinois University's Literature and Communications program, Shannon spent half a decade in editorial publishing before making the pivot to hospitality. She served as the Creative Director to Chicago's lauded Girl & the Goat restaurant empire for five years where she oversaw the design and launch of several brick and mortar concepts, a line of home chef sauces and spices, and multiple cookbooks. In her Director of Special Projects role at Christina Tosi's Milk Bar, Shannon has executed partnerships with household names like Google, Verizon, Converse, Cheetos and Pillsbury, and oversees brand voice.