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National Coconut Cream Pie Day – A Recipe, Coconut Facts & more…

National Coconut Cream Pie Day is here! Today is the perfect reason to pull up a chair and enjoy a slice of coconut cream pie while learning more about coconuts.

This tropical food can be used in so many ways, but one of most delicious uses is in coconut cream pies.

If you want to make your own coconut cream pie, we have a printable recipe at the bottom of the post!

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What is National Coconut Cream Pie Day?

The month of May has a special day dedicated to celebrating coconut cream pie. This delicious dessert consists of crust, coconut filling, whipped cream and toasted coconut.

A coconut cream pie on a drying rack with parchment paper under it next to a blanket.

This day, National Coconut Cream Pie Day, falls annually on May 8. Even though you don’t need an excuse to enjoy this dessert, today encourages you to do so! 

National Coconut Cream Pie Day is one of only two national pie days in May (the other is National Apple Pie Day), which falls on May 13.

Facts about coconuts

Learn more about this delicious food by reading these coconut facts. There are links to relevant pages so you can learn more if you’d like!

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  • You may see recipes call for coconut cream, cream of coconut, or coconut milk. While they sound similar, they all have different flavors and uses! Click the link to learn more. 
  • If you’ve ever made a Pina Colada, you know cream of coconut is one of the main ingredients. Learn more about this drink in our post on National Pina Colada Day.
  • In addition to National Coconut Cream Pie Day, there’s another national day during the year that celebrates this food. It is called National Coconut Day.
  • While the type of bikini top made up of coconut shells is often associated with Hawaii, it is actually a western creation. 
  • Coconut is a sturdy building material. There is a building in the Philipines called The Coconut Palace that is almost entirely made of coconuts (70%!). 
  • A single coconut can give more than three or four cups of coconut. Find out how to store it, once opened, here.

More coconut facts

Here are a few more facts about coconuts for you to read and enjoy on National Coconut Cream Pie Day.

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  • Coconut trees can produce up to 180 coconuts for a single harvest.
  • The name coconut comes from the old Portuguese word coco. It means “face” or “skull”, and refers to the three holes in coconuts which were though to resemble a face.
  • Coconuts are considered drupes (or stone fruits). Cherries, peaches, and plums also fall into this category.
  • There are three holes in a coconut. These holes are germination pores for new coconut tree shoots to emerge through.
  • The term for dried coconut flesh or meat is ‘copra’.

History of coconut

In the 19th century, tropical fruits began gaining popularity in Europe. While there was a fascination around coconuts, they were not as popular as other tropical fruits because they would often go bad on the long journey across sea.

Coconuts on a beach with a blue sky and coconut trees in the background.

To solve this problem, a French exporting company based in what is now modern day Sri-Lanka decided to shred the meat of coconuts before shipping them to Europe.

This allowed coconut to be more easily transported without spoiling. It gave Europe a chance to fall in love with coconut, which they promptly did. The worldwide popularity of coconut increased.

Coconuts gained popularity in America when a Philadelphia based flour miller accepted a shipment of coconuts as a debt repayment from a client in Cuba, in 1895.

The miller set up a factory to dry and shred the coconut meat, which made it a widely accessible and popular ingredient in America.

How to observe National Coconut Cream Pie Day

There are lots of obvious ways to celebrate National Coconut Cream Pie Day. Here are a few other creative ideas to help honor this day.

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  • Make some recipes that utilize coconut from your favorite coconut recipe book!
  • Repurpose a coconut husk into a DIY candle.
  • Get a pair of his and hers coconut socks! There’s no better day to wear matching coconut socks than today.
  • Make sure you use every part of the coconut, The coconut husks make wonderful bowls.
  • Make a coconut cream pie from the recipe at the bottom of this post.
  • Use the hashtag #NationalCoconutCreamPieDay to spread the word about the day on social media. Here is a tweet to get you started:
May 8 is National Coconut Cream Pie Day. Head over to Always the Holidays for a coconut cream pie recipe, coconut facts, and the history of coconuts! 🥥 #coconutcreampie #coconutfacts #coconuthistory Click To Tweet

What are national days?

National days of the year are a fun way to celebrate odd and unusual foods, animals and items that you come into contact with. Make sure you check out my national day’s guide for more fun days to celebrate.

There are nearly 2000 national days in the year and more than 150 of them are celebrated in May. To see them all, have a look at this post to discover more about the national days in May, as well as the May printable calendar of national days.

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Looking for more food days? Each day of the month has a food or drink associated with it, too. You’ll find all the May food holidays here.

Be sure to check out these other national pie days (and national pie-adjacent days):

More May 8 national days

Did you enjoy learning about National Coconut Cream Pie Day? Well you’re in luck, May 8 is host to more than just one national day! 

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Here is a complete list of all the May 8 national days:

  • National Coconut Cream Pie Day
  • National Have A Coke Day
  • National Student Nurses Day
  • Free Trade Day
  • No Socks Day
  • Iris Day (called Irisfeest in Belgium)

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Yield: 8 servings

Coconut Cream Pie Recipe

A coconut cream pie on a drying rack with parchment paper under it next to a blanket.

This coconut cream pie is easier than you might think. This delicious pie is creamy, decadent and full of coconut. It's the perfect make-ahead dessert!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Additional Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sweetened coconut flakes
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 3 cups half and half
  • 1/2 cup flour (all purpose flour)
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cooked pie shell crust (9" diameter)
  • 1 cup frozen whipped cream topping, thawed

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Line a baking sheet with a silicone mat and spread coconut flakes evenly on it.
  3. Bake until golden brown, stirring occasionally (roughly 5 minutes).
  4. Combine the eggs, half and half, flour, sugar, and salt in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil on a burner over low heat. Make sure to stir constantly.
  5. Remove the pan from the heat and add in the vanilla and 3/4 of the coconut flakes (reserve the rest for later).
  6. Pour the mixture into the pie crust and refrigerate until the filling is firm (roughly 4 hours).
  7. Once chilled, top with whipped topping and the rest of the toasted coconut.
  8. Enjoy!

Notes

Keep an eye on the coconut flakes when they're baking so they don't cook too much. They should be golden brown when done.

Make sure to stir mixture on the stovetop consistently.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 358Total Fat: 17gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 84mgSodium: 202mgCarbohydrates: 45gFiber: 2gSugar: 30gProtein: 7g

Nutritional information is approximate due to natural variation in ingredients and the cook-at-home nature of our meals.

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Since graduating from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Jess Speake has been living and working in Los Angeles, CA. She is a freelance writer, specializing in content related to fashion, food and drink and film industry topics. Find out more about Jess here.

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