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National Sandwich Day

National Sandwich Day

Celebrated annually on November 3, National Sandwich Day is one of our favorite holidays. The sandwich is believed to be the namesake of John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich, following the claim that he invented the first-ever sandwich. As one of America’s most popular lunch items, this day gives us a great reason to enjoy a sandwich. The most versatile snacks get their day on National Sandwich Day on November 3.

History of National Sandwich Day

Though the combination of bread filled with cheese and meats has been enjoyed for years prior, the creation and naming of the sandwich have been attributed to the 4th Earl of Sandwich, John Montagu. In 1762 the earl, who was fond of gambling, asked his cook to prepare him a meal that wouldn’t require cutlery nor interfere with his 24-hour-long gambling streak. The cook gave him sliced meat between two pieces of toast, which allowed the earl to have one hand free to continue his game. 

Of course, neither the earl nor the cook was the actual sandwich inventor. It is said that before this event above, Montagu had visited the Eastern Mediterranean and saw sandwiches served by the Greeks and Turks with their appetizers and asked his cook to copy their methods for its convenience. A few years later, sandwiches were a well-established English meal during the Revolutionary War. However, they only made their way to America once included in an American cookbook in 1815.

The New Orleans’ Po’ Boy came around during the Great Depression during a streetcar worker strike. Two brothers who were former streetcar workers owned a sandwich shop and promised to feed any striking worker for free. Whenever a hungry worker walked to the shop, the clerks would say, “Here comes another po’ boy,” which soon became the sandwich’s name. In Omaha, Nebraska, Reuben made its first appearance. It was named after one of the players of a weekly poker game in a hotel. The hotel owner decided to feature the sandwich on the hotel’s dinner menu, and later, it won a nationwide recipe contest.

National Sandwich Day Timeline

1762
The Earl of Sandwich
John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich, names the sandwich after his town in the county of Kent.

1929
Po’ Boy For Poor Boys
The Po’boy is created by two brothers who own a sandwich shop in New Orleans to feed hungry workers on strike during the Great Depression.

1965
Eat Fresh
Subway was founded on August 28 in Bridgeport, Connecticut.

2006
What is a Sandwich?
A court in Boston, Massachusetts, ruled that a sandwich includes at least two slices of bread and does not include burritos, tacos, and quesadillas, as they are typically made with a single tortilla.

National Sandwich Day Around The World

National Sandwich Day Around The WorldCountryHolidayOccasionDate

Sweden Waffle Day A chance for the Swedish to celebrate their beloved waffles. March 25

New Zealand National Chocolate Fish Day That sacred day when New Zealanders eat chocolate fish. Yep, it’s a thing. May 11

South Korea Black Day Black Day is for single people in Korea, and they celebrate by eating black noodles. April 14

Germany National Soup Day When winter begins to set in, our friends in Germany get warmed up by eating a bowl of soup. November 19

Australia National Marshmallow Day A day for our Australian friends to enjoy toasted marshmallows and a cup of hot cocoa. May 18

By The Numbers

4th — The Earl of Sandwich, after whom the sandwich was named. 

1762 — the year when Edward Gibbon first used the word ‘sandwich.’ 

12 billion — the number of sandwiches consumed every year in the U.K.

The weight of the world’s largest sandwich is five thousand four hundred forty pounds. 

2008 — Iran attempted to beat the record for the world’s biggest sandwich but failed. 

£345 — the price of the most expensive sandwich ever, created by Chef Tom Bridge

1,500 — the number of PB&J sandwiches consumed by the average American before they graduate high school. 

607 — the record for the most sandwiches prepared simultaneously, achieved by the British Sandwich Association (U.K.)

$28,000 — the price of the most expensive sandwich ever sold, a grilled toast sandwich.

National Sandwich Day Faqs

Is National Sandwich Day today?
National Sandwich Day, a day that celebrates one of America’s favorite lunch foods, occurs every year on November 3.
Is a burger a sandwich?
A hamburger is a sandwich as its contents are placed between two pieces of bread.
Who invented the sandwich?
Though the sandwich has been around for years, it was officially named by John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich.

National Sandwich Day Activities

Make someone a sandwich.
Give a sandwich to a loved one, friend, or stranger you pass on the street. Spread the love because it doesn’t have to be a cold-cut world.
Make it your way
Pick one of the many sandwich recipes online, go to your local deli or grocery store to buy the ingredients, and handle the business.
Cruise over to your local deli
You’ll be amazed at all the delis you’ll find nearby. Enjoy a finely crafted sandwich at your fingertips.

5 Facts About Sandwiches That Will Make You Grab One Right Now

The anatomy of a sandwich
According to the United States Department of Agriculture, a sandwich must contain at least 35% cooked meat and no more than 50% bread.
Elvis Presley was a fan.
Presley flew to Denver to pick up his favorite sandwich; a Fool’s Gold Loaf.
A sandwich is good sustenance.
In 1927, MGM’s lion was in a plane crash and survived on milk, water, and sandwiches.
A fine delicacy
Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches were originally only for the upper class.
In season
McDonald’s restaurants on Canada’s east coast have a seasonal ‘McLobster’ sandwich.

Why We Love National Sandwich Day

It’s a great to-go meal.
For those constantly on the go, a beautifully crafted sandwich is always the best choice. So feel free to scarf down sambo while walking to pilates and sharing that same sambo on Tik-Tok.
Familiarity
Nothing says continuity more than a sandwich when we go out to eat. No matter where you go, if you order ham and cheese, you know exactly what you’ll get.
They’re delicious
Looking to have your mind blown? Are the possibilities endless as you create your combination of meats and cheese; looking to have your mind blown? The possibilities are endless as you create your combination of meats, cheese, vegetables, seasonings, and sauces to have your sandwich your way. Yes, please, with some aioli spread on top., seasonings and sauces to have your sandwich your way. Yes, please, with some aioli spread on top.

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