Where does come from?
The pancakes emoji came out in 2016 under Unicode 9.0 alongside other new food emoji you might find around the breakfast table, including the bacon, egg, and glass of milk emoji.
It depicts a stack of golden brown, American-style pancakes drizzled with syrup and topped with butter, sometimes plated up. Drooling yet?
The pancakes emoji spikes in usage on weekend and holiday mornings but also on Shrove Tuesday in the British Commonwealth and Ireland, their name for the day before Ash Wednesday, or start of the Christian season of Lent.
In these countries, rich and indulgent pancakes—which are more like crepes to Americans—are enjoyed before entering into the solemn, fasting season of Lent, just as elsewhere in the world people are gorging and partying for Mardi Gras. Thanks to the custom, Shrove Tuesday is also called Pancake Day.
— Foodimentary 👨🍳 (@Foodimentary) February 13, 2018
Who uses ?
Outside Shrove Tuesday, the pancakes emoji is used in text messages and on social media when referring to various types of breakfast pancakes, whether going out to a restaurant to eat them or trying a recipe at home.
Test day breakfast 🥞 🍳 pic.twitter.com/DVwF0OkE2f
— Khechara Bradford (@khechara) May 14, 2018
It can also be used when referring to eating a hearty breakfast or brunch, often times paired with other food or drink emojis to illustrate the pure joy of eating.
This Sunday’s gonna be a lit one.... BRUNCH AND BOOOOZEE 🍻🥞
— Brii (@brinana98) December 29, 2017
Since they are often considered a special treat, the pancakes emoji is sometimes coupled with emoji faces to illustrate guilt or hashtag Instagram food porn.
＊Cafe🥞 . [ Salut ] キャラメルバナナ . 先日仕事帰りにめちゃくちゃ生クリーム食べたくてサリュへ寄り道🐱 パンケーキ3枚の上に アイスがドーン その上に生クリームがドーン ただただ幸せだった . 今んとこサリュのパンケーキでこれが一番好き🙆✨ . ＊ #cafe #sweets #pancake #cream #coffee #カフェ #カフェ巡り #カフェ好きな人と繋がりたい #カフェ好き #カフェ部 #愛媛グルメ #海賊グルメ #松山 #愛媛カフェ #松山カフェ #松山夜カフェ #夜カフェ #松山パンケーキ #パンケーキ #珈琲 #コーヒー #美味しい #サリュ #salut #🥞
Various organizations hold Pancake Breakfasts to raise money for their cause, and the pancakes emoji is ready to promote them.
And of course, the pancakes emoji calls up singer Jack Johnson's 2005 sugary hit "Banana Pancakes."
Listening to “Banana Pancakes” while making banana pancakes and it’s raining!
I’m living my best life rn 🥞😻
— Manda Tof (@manduhhhpleaz) December 29, 2017
Starting my birthday with a swim in the pacific followed by all of the pancakes 🥞
@pvhsSTUCO16, May, 2018
LAST BREAKFAST OF THE YEAR!!!!!! 🥞 tomorrow morning at 7! don’t miss it! 👍👍👍👍👍👍👍👍
@katetumelty, December, 2017
Here’s a thought: What if every restaurant that made money off a Mother’s Day brunch today used the proceeds to install a changing table in the men’s room? 🥞 💰👶💩
@BethNovey, May, 2018