This scrumptious chocolate pecan pie combines two of the United States' most popular pie flavors—chocolate (#3) and pecan (#6). Apple and pumpkin are the most popular.

Photograph by Susan Seubert, National Geographic
  • On January 23, 1983, the United States first celebrated National Pie Day, dedicated to “preserving America’s love affair with pies.”
    Pies can be savory or sweet. Savory pies, such as chicken pot pie, are usually filled with meat and vegetables. Sweet pies can be filled with fruit or creamy pudding.
    The most popular pies in the United States are
    1. apple
    2. pumpkin
    3. chocolate cream
    4. cherry
    5. apple crumb
    6. pecan
    7. lemon meringue
    8. blueberry
    9. Key lime
    10. peach
  • Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry
    brittle Adjective

    fragile or easily broken.

    celebrate Verb

    to observe or mark an important event with public and private ceremonies or festivities.

    etch Verb

    to engrave or carve into a hard surface.

    hieroglyphics Plural Noun

    written language using images to represent words.

    pharaoh Noun

    ruler of ancient Egypt.

    phyllo Noun

    thin, flaky layers of pastry.

    record Noun

    account of a specific observation or event.

    savory Adjective

    salty or spicy, not sweet.

    Sumer Noun

    (5000 BCE-2000 BCE) ancient civilization in what is now southern Iraq.