Are you planning to celebrate National Pi Day this year? Founded in 1988 by physicist Larry Shaw, Pi Day is celebrated annually on March 14 in honor of the mathematical sign “pi.” Shaw chose this day because the date in numerical form (3.14) represents the first three digits of pi.
The first Pi Day celebration took place at 1:59 pm—the pi numbers that follow 3.14—on the floor of a science museum in San Francisco. It featured a circular parade and the eating of fruit pies. Though the tasty festivities quickly caught on, it wasn’t until 2009 that Pi Day became an official national holiday when the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation.
While the first Pi Day celebration was over 30 years ago, ancient Greek mathematician Archimedes (287-212 BC) discovered the number more than 2,000 years earlier. Today, people celebrate Pi Day worldwide to reward their sweet-tooth and increase interest in math and science.
Looking for an easy way to celebrate this delectable holiday? Check out the quick and indulgent recipe below by Kristy Norrell for Cold Brew Coffee pie. With a smooth, semi-sweet flavor, our Private Reserve® Colombia Toledo-Labateca coffee is the perfect choice for brewing your own batch of cold brew for this delicious dessert. Need a refresher on making cold brew coffee? Visit our blog post here for brew instructions, tips and more!
COLD BREW COFFEE PIE
- 1 box instant vanilla pudding mix
- 3/4 cup cold brew coffee
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 (8 oz) tub Cool Whip, thawed
- 1 prepared Oreo cookie crust
- Whipped cream, for garnish
- Dark chocolate covered espresso beans, for garnish
- In a large bowl, whisk together the instant pudding mix, coffee, and milk. Whisk until well combined and slightly thickened, about 1 minute. Fold in the Cool Whip completely.
- Pour mixture into prepared pie crust and smooth out the top. Freeze for at least 6 hours, up to overnight.
- Just before serving, pipe on whipped cream and garnish with espresso beans. Cut into wedges and serve. Enjoy!