Some say that it was started by a Cleveland philanthropist who wanted to show orphans, invalids, and under-privileged people that they were not forgotten. He would bring them small gifts and sweets on this newly created holiday.
Others chalk up its creation to a syndicate of candy-makers and other businessmen. Either way, though, it seems like this weekend is a good time to make something sweet - for yourself or for others! Is there a sweet recipe you've been wanting to try out?
(Painting: Victorian Cake Series: Gooseberry, by Marty Walsh at Dart Fine Art)