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Pi Day

Celebrate this mathematical holiday with a slice of that most traditional sweet treat!


Math fans and pie fans unite — National Pi Day is the holiday everyone can enjoy!

Since 1988 math teachers and bakers have had one gloriously bizarre thing in common – March 14th is one of their favorite days of the year. 3.14, the first three numbers of the math constant π, or Pi, bridges the gap between sweets and science, making this holiday the best middle-of-the-week excuse to pick up a pie on your way home. Let’s just say it’s all for science.

Face it. Pie has long been relegated to the back of every holiday dessert table.

Sure, if someone else is going to slice it, we’ll maybe have a piece. Just put it right there next to Aunt Susan’s fancy Pinterest-worthy tower of cupcakes that happen to match the table linens and the drapes. Too often these days do we pass over this true, unsung hero of sweet satisfaction. Still, pie is patient. It is humble and honest in its delivery of fruit, chocolate, whipped cream and flaky, golden crust. Yes, now you’re starting to remember. Pie is good. Pie is beautiful, and on March 14th, pie will have its day.

To help you commemorate this quirky, numerical celebration, we’ve rounded up some of the best places to get your Pi(e) on. Pop in to one of NEPA’s favorite locally owned bakeries for a treat to help celebrate math’s most popular number.

Sweet, Warm, Oven-Fresh Pies:

  • Lynn Sandy's Bakery

    This little Scranton staple goes toe to toe with some of the biggest bakeries in the region. I guess size doesn’t matter when your insanely delicious, homemade pies, cupcakes and cookies pack in so much of that classic, just-like-grandma-baked goodness.

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  • The Apple Pie Café

    It doesn’t matter if you’re in the mood for something sweet or something savory – the extensive menu at this Delaware Water Gap cafe has your back this Pi Day. Of course, you have to get the apple pie though. You know that, right? It’s in the name!

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  • Market Square Coffee House

    This Orwigsburg favorite brings together two of the greatest gifts ever bestowed upon humankind — fresh-baked pie and coffee. Why can’t math always be this delicious?

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  • Something Special

    There’s no need to dust of the old protractor. This popular Kingston sweet spot has triangulated the exact position of crispy, golden crust, all natural, decadent pie filling and absolute deliciousness. In a perfect world, their pies would also be infinite.

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  • Bingham's Restaurant

    Mathematicians have discovered the existence of what they’re calling a “true happiness equation” at this Kingsley restaurant. Their research indicates a link between chocolate, peanut butter, pie and ultimate satisfaction.

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  • Bakery Delite

    Spoil your family and friends with a decadent chocolate cream pie or convince yourself that fruit pies are healthy and grab a few at this popular Plains bakery. It works for me every time.

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  • Waterwheel Café, Bakery and Bar

    This Milford café combines the best of both worlds with their Tollhouse Cookie Pie. Pop Quiz: If Sam travels 45 miles west of… Answer: Sam is crazy. He’s traveling away from the giant chocolate chip cookie pie.

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  • Minooka Pastry Shop

    This legendary, family-run bakery in Scranton is on top of its game when it comes to pie. How do you calculate the square root of pure, sweet and tangy happiness? It’s Lemon Meringue Pie. That’s the answer. Always.

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  • DiMarco's Bakery

    Stop by this Brodheadsville favorite for a decadent slice of Dutch Apple Pie. Multiply that by a slice of Coconut Custard Pie and divide both by a slice of Pecan Pie. How many slices do you have left? Um… None.

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  • Babuni's Table

    This adorable Polish deli in Brodheadsville bakes up some delicious Szarlotka, a traditional Polish apple pie. This decadent dessert is baked with fresh apples and layers of sweet spiced cake, and it is served up with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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