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National Clam Chowder Day


Pike Place New England Clam Chowder

Mmm…chowdah! A warm mug of clam chowder hits the spot most days of the year. This famous seafood chowder is so popular there is an entire day devoted to it: National Clam Chowder Day. 

National Clam Chowder Day is February 25. Here’s everything you need to know to celebrate this souper soup made with clams, onions, and potatoes.

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History of National Clam Chowder Day

National Clam Chowder Day has been celebrated for many years. It is a culinary holiday that serves as the perfect excuse to eat New England, Manhattan, or Rhode Island clam chowders.

Seafood chowder has been a popular soup for centuries, and the love for clam chowder pre-dates this American holiday. 

Derived from chaudron (French for cauldron), this seafood stew was first made in French fishing villages. More popular iterations, like thick, creamy seafood chowders, were introduced by British, French, Nova Scotian settlers to the Northeastern United States in the 18th century. 

Later came Manhattan clam chowder and other types of seafood chowders. No matter which chowder you like, National Clam Chowder Day is the perfect day to chow down on chowdah.

What State is Best Known for Clam Chowder?

Maine, followed by Massachusetts, is best known for clam chowder. While the whoopie pie is the official state treat of Maine, the state’s New England clam chowder is world famous. Cream or milk-based “white” chowder is widely preferred over tomato-based “red” Manhattan clam chowder.

Folks in Maine take their clam chowder so seriously that a state legislator unsuccessfully tried to have a bill passed in 1939 that would have prohibited the use of tomatoes in clam chowder.

How to Celebrate National Clam Chowder Day

The best way to celebrate National Clam Chowder Day is by eating clam chowder. Celebrate this soup-er day by:

  • Attending a clam chowder event or festival
  • Eating clam chowder
  • Making clam chowder from scratch
  • Trying a new recipe
  • Sharing soup selfies on social media
  • Buying clam chowder from Goldbelly!
Splash Cafe Award Winning Clam Chowder

Splash Cafe’s Award Winning Clam Chowder

Since opening in 1989, Splash Cafe in Pismo Beach, California, has been serving up one of the freshest clam chowders ever. 
Splash Cafe’s Award Winning Clam Chowder is brimming with three types of clams, fresh California cream, celery, and potatoes. This soup is so delicious, it’s no surprise 40,000 gallons are sold every year.

Boston Sail Loft New England Clam Chowder

Boston Sail Loft’s New England Clam Chowder

Located on the water in Boston’s historic North End, the family-owned Boston Sail Loft serves one of the most famous New England clam chowders ever. 

Each award-winning creamy cup of Boston Sail Loft’s New England Clam Chowder is filled with chopped clams, potatoes, and dill.

Legal Sea Foods _ Signature New England Clam Chowder

Legal Sea Foods’ New England Clam Chowder + Maine Lobster Bisque

Fresh clams make all the difference. True to its motto “If it isn’t fresh, it isn’t Legal!”, Legal Sea Foods has one of the freshest New England clam chowders ever. 

Legal Sea Foods’ New England Clam Chowder is overloaded with fresh New England clams! It comes perfectly paired with rolls and garlic herb butter, oyster crackers, and Tabasco sauce — all included in this soup package.

Soup’s on. Get ready to sip, spoon, and savor the best clam chowders shipping nationwide on Goldbelly!

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