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National Butterscotch Pudding Day – September 19, 2021

National Butterscotch Pudding Day is celebrated each year on September 19 in the United States. Although there are tons of puddings out there, butterscotch pudding remains one of the most loved. This milk-based dessert is prepared with starch, brown sugar, and butter. It is left to cool and set before consumption. Butterscotch could also have several other ingredients including corn syrup, lemon, salt, vanilla, and cream.

History of National Butterscotch Pudding Day

Created as far back as 1817, members of England’s Royal Family ate butterscotch candy as a dessert. Many believe the confectionery was invented by a man from Yorkshire, Doncaster — Samuel Parkinson. Records indicate that a recipe for butterscotch candy was included in a newspaper issue in 1848.

Although several theories lay claim to the creation of butterscotch, its origin remains elusive. One such theory claims that the name ‘scotch’ was used to denote the cutting or scoring of the candy into pieces before it hardens. Others believe that ‘scotch’ is a derivative of ‘scorched,’ and refers to the heating of sugar at high temperatures.

There is also the possibility of the confection being a product of the far north of Scotland — because the name ‘butterscotch’ cannot be dismissed either. This is another reason for the uncertainty behind the origin of this delicious confectionery.

The butterscotch pudding itself is just as much of a mystery as the confectionery that gives it its name. The origins of the custardy dessert continue to divide opinion. The creamy treat could very well have been created in the United States using the flavor created by the British. The first recipe for butterscotch pudding would include milk, butter, eggs, and brown sugar, giving it the delicious taste it’s well known for.

Today, we celebrate the deliciousness that is this tasty dessert. Join food lovers across the nation in celebrating this household name. If you have never tasted it, this is the ideal opportunity to start your love story. Find out for yourself why people love this sweet treat.

National Butterscotch Pudding Day timeline

1848
The Butterscotch Recipe Makes the Papers

The Doncaster Butterscotch recipe is included in a publication of “The Liverpool Mercury” newspaper.

1850
New Butterscotch Recipes are Created

More recipes for butterscotch enter circulation.

1855
Butterscotch is Defined

F. K. Robinson’s 1855 publication “Glossary Of Yorkshire Words” describes the confectionery as a “treacle ball with an amalgamation of butter.”

1951
Butterscotch Becomes a Household Name

Butterscotch candies are presented to England’s Queen Victoria and gain popularity as a result.

National Butterscotch Pudding Day FAQs

What is the difference between butterscotch and caramel?

Caramel is usually made from heating and melting white granulated sugar. Butterscotch, on the other hand, is made with brown sugar.

Is butterscotch healthy?

Butterscotch contains milk, which is rich in carbohydrates and calcium. There are several low-calorie versions of the pudding for you to enjoy.

Is there sugar-free butterscotch pudding?

Yes. Several brands sell sugar-free versions of butterscotch pudding. Ask at your local store or look up recipes that don’t include sugar. 

How to Celebrate National Butterscotch Pudding Day

  1. Make or eat one

    Celebrate Butterscotch Pudding Day by buying one from a local store or making one at home. Share with friends and family for a more enjoyable experience.

  2. Take a class or teach one

    Don’t know how to make butterscotch pudding? Why not take lessons from someone who does or look up the steps online. If you’re a pro at making this dessert, then teach someone who would like to learn.

  3. Research and try new recipes

    Try searching for a new recipe online or get creative and create one yourself. Let your imagination run wild!

5 Facts About Butterscotch Pudding That Will Blow Your Mind

  1. Naming rights

    ‘Butterscotch’ is also used to refer to the flavor of a butter and brown sugar mix, even if the real butterscotch confection isn’t included.

  2. Breaking records

    Norway holds the record for the largest butterscotch candy ever made — it measured a staggering five feet and weighed over 3,500 pounds.

  3. Complicated family tree

    Although caramel is similar to butterscotch, they are made with different sugars: white sugar for caramel and brown sugar for butterscotch.

  4. A royal delight

    Pudding was the main course in England’s Royal Navy between the 1700s and 1900s.

  5. Strange connections

    ‘Pudding’ is a derivative of ‘boudin,’ which is the French word for ‘black pudding.’

Why We Love National Butterscotch Pudding Day

  1. We love yummy treats

    Everyone deserves a treat from time to time. A national holiday that offers an excuse to enjoy a sweet treat is just aces in our book.

  2. Tons of flavors

    You can add lots of fun ingredients to your pudding for a unique taste — salt, lemon, or even corn syrup, it’s up to you!

  3. Tasty cocktails

    We love that you can get a little naughty and add a splash of rum or bourbon to your dessert. Pudding shots make the tastiest cocktails.

National Butterscotch Pudding Day dates

YearDateDay
2021September 19Sunday
2022September 19Monday
2023September 19Tuesday
2024September 19Thursday
2025September 19Friday

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